Will Amazon's work to kill Seattle tax spook other cities?
A tax on large companies such as Amazon that was meant to fight a growing homelessness crisis got rolled back during a raucous Seattle City Council meeting that exposed divisions over how much companies that have fueled booming economies should help pay to alleviate the downsides of success.
A divided crowd chanted, jeered and booed at the meeting, drowning out city leaders as they cast a 7-2 vote Tuesday. People shouted, "Stop the repeal," as others unfurled a large red banner that read, "Tax Amazon." An opposing group held "No tax on jobs" signs.
The vote showed Amazon's ability to aggressively push back on government taxes, especially in its affluent hometown where it's the largest employer with more than 45,000 workers and where it has been criticized for contributing to a widening income gap.
It remains to be seen whether Seattle's retreat will have a chilling effect on other cities considering taxes on big tech companies to help mitigate the effects of growth.
The City Council in Mountain View, California, where Google is based, will vote June 26 on whether to put a similar measure before voters in November. The "Google tax," which has unanimous support from the council, aims to alleviate transportation woes and high housing costs in the Silicon Valley city south of San Francisco.
Mountain View Mayor Lenny Siegel said Seattle's about-face hasn't changed his support for the tax, the details of which the council and city administrators have been working on for several months.
"It appears that we have a better relationship with our business than Seattle does," Siegel said.
He said Google hasn't taken a position on the proposal and that no "groundswell" of opposition has materialized from the Internet search giant and other companies.
"That doesn't mean they support it," Siegel said. "Our chamber of commerce has not been excited by it."
In Seattle, the tax was proposed as a progressive revenue source aimed at tackling one of the nation's highest homelessness numbers, a problem that hasn't eased even as city spending on the issue grew.
Businesses and residents demanded more accountability in how Seattle funds homelessness and housing and said the city should take a regional approach to the problem. Many worried that Amazon and others would leave the city as the companies sharply criticized the tax.
Amazon called Tuesday's vote "the right decision for the region's economic prosperity."
The company is "deeply committed to being part of the solution to end homelessness in Seattle," Drew Herdener, an Amazon vice president, said in a statement.
City leaders underestimated the frustration and anger from residents, businesses and others over not just a tax increase but also a growing sense that homelessness appears to have gotten worse, not better, despite Seattle spending millions to fight it.
It poured $68 million into the effort last year and plans to spend more this year. The tax would have raised roughly $48 million annually.
But a one-night count in January found more than 12,000 homeless people in the Seattle and surrounding region, a 4 percent increase from the previous year. The region saw 169 homeless deaths last year.
Many supporters called the repeal a betrayal and said the tax was a step toward building badly needed affordable housing. They booed council members, imploring them to keep it and fight a coalition of businesses trying to get a referendum overturning the tax on the November ballot.
"It's frustrating to see the council be so spineless when the city has so much leverage for businesses to come here despite the tax," said Jake Lindsay, 25, a musician and Lyft driver who supported the tax.
Several council members, including three who sponsored the legislation but voted to repeal it, lamented the reversal and conceded they didn't have the resources or time to fight the referendum.
Councilwoman Lisa Herbold said it "was truly our best option" and that she repealed it with a heavy heart. She lashed out at business interests for blaming the problems on government inefficiencies.
Seattle's so-called head tax would have charged companies about $275 per full-time worker each year for affordable housing and homeless services. It targeted nearly 600 businesses making at least $20 million in gross revenue and would have taken effect next year.
Days after it passed, the business-backed No Tax On Jobs campaign began gathering signatures for the ballot and raised more than $280,000 in cash contributions in just weeks.
In Silicon Valley, Siegel, the Mountain View mayor, said Google and other companies such as LinkedIn that are based in the California city acknowledge that soaring housing costs and long commutes make it harder to recruit and retain workers.
He said city officials estimate the tax would raise about $10 million annually once it's completely phased in after three years. Google is expected to pay half.
Siegel said public meetings that touched on the issue were "moderately" attended, and the proposal does not appear to be as contentious in Mountain View as in Seattle.
Associated Press reporter Paul Elias in San Francisco contributed to this report.
June 13, 2018
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sion.</p><p>Microsoft founder Bill Gates is pouring $4 million into a project to create killer mosquitoes that destroy each other through sex.</p><p>It’s a bold bid to curb malaria, a deadly disease typically transmitted through the bite of infected mosquitoes.</p><p>Gates will use funds from his own charity organization – the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – to eradicate malaria “within a generation.”</p><p>Only female mosquitoes bite so Gates’ army of gene-engineered male mosquitoes would be safe to humans.</p><p>What’s important is that these male mosquitoes contain a self-limiting gene that gets passed onto female mates.</p><p>When the females give birth, their offspring will die before adulthood thanks to the gene.</p><p>Mosquitoes only start biting people once they’re adults, so given enough time, the danger of blood-sucking female mosquitoes could be eradicated.</p><p>This means it would be possible to stem the spread of malaria through mosquito bites.</p><p>Oxitec has already created gene-engineered mosquitoes to deal with the Zika virus.</p><p>In some areas, the wild populations of Aedes aegypti (the mosquito that carries Zika) have been reduced by 90 percent.</p><p>But the malaria-carrying Anopheles mosquitoes require a new genetically-modified breed to mate with.</p><p>Oxitec’s killer sex mosquitoes are expected to be ready for trials by the end of 2020.</p><p>However, not everyone is happy about the prospect of genetically-modified mosquitoes being used to prematurely terminate their offspring.</p><p>Oxitec’s work has been heavily criticized by Friends of the Earth, a charity dedicated to protecting the environment.</p><p>Back in 2012, Friends of the Earth’s Eric Hoffman said: “Trials of its mosquitoes must not move forward in the absence of comprehensive and impartial reviews of the environmental, human health and ethical risks.”</p><p>In a statement at the time, Friends of the Earth said: “The GM mosquitoes are intended to reduce the wild population by mating with naturally occurring mosquitoes and producing progeny which don’t survive, thus reducing the population and therefore the transmission of the tropical disease dengue fever.”</p><p>“The company has been widely criticized for putting its commercial interests ahead of public and environmental safety. Its first releases of GM mosquitoes took place controversially in the Cayman Islands, where there is no biosafety law or regulation.”</p><p>“Oxitec staff have been closely involved in developing risk assessment guidelines for GM insects worldwide, leading to concerns about lack of independent scrutiny and conflict of interest.”</p><p>But Bill Gates is a long-time supporter of Oxitec’s work.</p><p>Back in 2010, he gave $4.9 million to Oxitec to help fund early work on killer mosquito projects.</p><p>He has extensively funded work on eradicating malaria, a disease that kills around 440,000 people every year.</p><p>Complications that threaten human life including swelling of the blood vessels in the brain, a build-up of fluid in the lungs, organ failure (of the kidneys, liver or spleen, anemia and low blood sugar.)</p><p> News Corp. is a network of leading companies in the world of diversified media, news, and information services. </p>
sion.</p><p>Space is a chilly place, but scientists aboard the International Space Station are about to make it just a little bit colder — temporarily, at least.</p><p>Quantum entanglement allows two particles called “twins” to behave in unison even though they are separated by incredibly long distances. Any kind of interaction with one of the particles will result in the other particle reacting in the same manner, almost as though both the particles are actually one, existing in two places at the same time. It’s some seriously mind-boggling stuff, but it’s totally real and scientists are eager to learn more about it.</p><p>By cooling particles to incredibly low temperatures, scientists have a better opportunity to observe the behavior of these kinds of particles. The low-gravity environment of the space station makes it an ideal place for this kind of testing and will give researchers more time to observe the chilled particle clouds before they break down.</p><p>The work will actually be conducted by scientists here on Earth and the tiny laboratory won’t require any assistance from the crew of the space station. The remote experiments can be performed for nearly seven hours per day, which will give researches plenty of time to try to untangle the mysteries of the universe.</p><p> News Corp. is a network of leading companies in the world of diversified media, news, and information services. </p>
retweeted a photo of him and comedian Tom Arnold, who is working on a TV show to hunt down recordings of the president, fueling speculation Friday that Cohen has secret tapes of Trump and is willing to share them.</p><p> Last month, Vice announced that Arnold would be featured in a new show called, "The Hunt for the Trump Tapes" and would investigate rumored recordings of the president.</p><p> Arnold told NBC News on Friday that he met with Cohen at the Lowes Regency Hotel in Manhattan and they discussed the new show.</p><p> "We've been on the other side of the table and now we're on the same side," Arnold told NBC. "It's on! I hope he (Trump) sees the picture of me and Michael Cohen and it haunts his dreams."</p><p> In announcing the show last month, Vice said Arnold would "draw on his high-profile network of celebrity friends, entertainment executives, and crew members he's met over more than 35 years in showbiz to dig for evidence on Trump's most incriminating moments."</p><p> "I say to Michael, 'Guess what? We're taking Trump down together, and he's so tired he's like, 'OK,' and his wife is like, 'OK, (expletive) Trump,'" Arnold told NBC.</p><p> Cohen's attorney, Guy Petrillo, did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment on Friday. A publicist for Arnold referred an inquiry from The Associated Press to a VICE Media spokesman, who didn't immediately comment.</p><p> Cohen is under investigation by federal officials in New York and his home, office and hotel room were raided by the FBI in April as part of a probe into his business dealings. Investigators are also looking into a $130,000 payment made as part of a confidentiality agreement with porn actress Stormy Daniels, who alleges she had an affair with Trump in 2006, which he denies. She is suing both Cohen and Trump in an attempt to invalidate the nondisclosure agreement.</p><p> Daniels' former attorney, Keith Davidson, has sued Cohen and alleges that he illegally recorded their telephone calls when Davidson represented Daniels. The lawsuit, filed earlier this month in Los Angeles, provided no proof to substantiate the claims and no details on exactly when the calls were recorded.</p>
r salon, an outdoor clothing maker and an investigative news publisher have in common?</p><p>To Facebook, they looked suspiciously like political activists.</p><p>Facing a torrent of criticism over its failure to prevent foreign interference during the 2016 election, the giant social network recently adopted new rules to make its advertising service harder to exploit.</p><p>The new rules are meant to illuminate the sometimes shadowy world of politics on social media and help prevent fraud and abuse by organizations like Russia’s Internet Research Agency. But many advertisers, including small businesses and news organizations, are complaining that Facebook’s detection system has mistakenly miscategorized their ads as political. All ads that have political content — including the miscategorized ones and ads that are taken down after running — are included in the public database.</p><p>Michelle Benson, who runs a children’s day care center in Shirley, N.Y., tried to spend $100 to circulate an ad on Wednesday. The ad said that she had openings for more children this summer. “I will beat anyone’s rates and accommodate parents according to their schedule,” it read.</p><p>The ad contained no reference to any political candidate or issue. But Ms. Benson received a notification from Facebook that her ad had been rejected because she was not “authorized to run ads with political content.”</p><p>A similar thing happened to Jamila Zaidi, who manages a hair salon in Frederick, Md. Ms. Zaidi was surprised when her Facebook ad for a store special — “$100 for a full highlight or color service for all new clients!” — was deemed an unlabeled political ad.</p><p>The Wild Cow, a vegetarian restaurant in Nashville, felt the effects of the new policy as well, when Facebook took down an ad for a fund-raising show the restaurant was hosting for a local dog rescue group. The ad included information about the show along with a photo of a handsome pit bull.</p><p>“I was wondering why that didn’t get approved,” Melanie Cochran, the Wild Cow’s co-owner, said when a reporter told her that the ad had appeared in Facebook’s political ad archive. “I assumed it had to do with the picture.”</p><p>Rob Leathern, Facebook’s director of product management, said that in all three of these cases, the company’s review process had simply not worked as intended.</p><p>“These ads were mistakenly marked as political, and those decisions have been overturned,” Mr. Leathern said. “These are new policies, and it’s not going to be perfect at the start.”</p><p>He added, “We think it’s better than doing nothing at all.”</p><p>The flagged ads were not part of large or lucrative campaigns, but they illustrate a growing problem for Facebook, which has said it is trying to safeguard elections around the world while not disturbing its hugely profitable advertising business, which generated $40 billion in revenue last year.</p><p>Facebook’s new review system uses a combination of artificial intelligence and human reviewers to determine if an ad is political in nature. The company said it looks at text and images in the post itself, as well as the ad’s target audience and other attributes, to make a determination.</p><p>Ads flagged as political are kept offline until the advertiser goes through the verification process, which can take several days. It requires the advertiser to submit a photo identification, the last four digits of his or her Social Security number, and a code that is sent in the mail.</p><p>“We believe that these tools, which make our mistakes very visible, are working,” Mr. Leathern said.</p><p>The new ad policies have been especially contentious within the news industry. Facebook has angered publishers by classifying some opinion columns and news articles — including some about issues like immigration — as political content. When publishers pay to raise the visibility of those columns and articles on Facebook, they have been held to the same standards as campaign ads and other partisan posts.</p><p>“Hi there, @facebook. This is not political content. This is journalistic content that deals with policy. There’s a difference,” the organization wrote on Twitter.</p><p>“News and advocacy are different, and we’ll be showing them separately in the transparency archive — but we flag both to prevent workarounds for bad actors,” Mr. Goldman wrote.</p><p>Some advertisers are being more patient, perhaps seeing a glitchy advertising filter as better than none at all.</p><p>Patagonia, the outdoor clothing company, has seen several of its Facebook ads rejected for mysterious reasons. Still, Scott Carrington, Patagonia’s digital and social media marketing manager, seemed to forgive the mistakes.</p><p>“While Facebook has more work to do to improve transparency among its users and advertisers, we applaud the steps the company is taking to prevent Russian bots from running and ruining our democracy,” Mr. Carrington said.</p>
or redistributed. ©2018 FOX News Network, LLC. All rights reserved. All market data delayed 20 minutes.</p><p> File photo. (REUTERS/Kacper Pempel ) </p><p>Cybercriminals are out in full force looking for ways to steal your data. It’s worth money to them. That’s why we’ve seen a massive uptick in the number of data breaches over the past few years.</p><p>With cybercrime so rampant, you need to be proactive about protecting yourself. To help you out, here are some things I do to keep hackers and scammers at bay.</p><p>First and foremost, it’s vital to install updates as soon as you can, especially if they fix security bugs. Keep all your apps, smart appliances, and gadgets updated with the latest patches and firmware too.</p><p>If hackers can find a flaw in a program or operating system, they can actively use it to attack computers until it gets patched.</p><p>Surprisingly, at least one-third of smartphone users don’t bother to use even the simplest four-digit passcode to secure their gadgets. There are many ways to lock and unlock our phones, computers, and tablets -- face scans, thumbprints, irises, passcodes, patterns, and more.</p><p>Just set it up. It’s a minor inconvenience that can save you a huge headache later.</p><p>Even if hackers manage to know your computer’s location and IP address, the firewall keeps them from accessing your system and your network. Not sure if you have a firewall in place? Newer Windows and Mac systems have built-in software firewalls for configuring your outgoing and incoming internet ports.</p><p>An extra layer of security you can employ is disk encryption. With encryption, your data will be converted into unreadable code that can only be deciphered with a specific key or password.</p><p>PC users can enable Windows’ built-in encryption tool BitLocker. BitLocker is available to anyone with a machine running Windows Vista or 7 Ultimate, Windows Vista or 7 Enterprise, Windows 8.1 Pro, Windows 8.1 Enterprise, or Windows 10 Pro.</p><p>Macs have their own built-in disk encrypting tool too called FileVault. Similar to BitLocker, it helps prevent unauthorized access to your data and adds an extra layer of security in case your computer is stolen or lost.</p><p>Crooks use public Wi-Fi to spy on unsuspecting users who join the network. Or, sometimes they even create “honeypot” networks, which are fake networks designed to steal your information.</p><p>If you’re not careful, cybercriminals at your local cafe can walk away with your name, address, Social Security number, email address, and your usernames and passwords.</p><p>This is why it’s critical that you use a virtual private network (VPN) when in public. It’s a good idea to use one at home, too. With a VPN, your gadget’s IP address is hidden from websites and services that you visit, and you’re able to browse anonymously.</p><p>Just like a real trash can, the contents of your PC’s Recycle Bin or Mac’s Trash Can are only cleared out when you empty them. Using the same analogy, if it’s been a while since you’ve emptied them, there’s a treasure trove of documents and items for someone to snoop through.</p><p>If you want to get serious about your security, you need to erase sensitive data for good. Use software tools like Eraser or Blank and Secure for Windows and Secure Delete - File Shredder for Macs.</p><p>Your password is the first line of defense. You want to make sure you set up a secure, unique password for every account.</p><p>A password manager is a program that can store and manage your passwords for each app, service, and site that you use. It’s like a locked safe (or a vault) for all your credentials, tightly secured with your key.</p><p>Two-factor identification is a fancy name for adding an extra verification step to the login process of your most critical accounts. Instead of just providing your username or password to log in to an account, a secondary form of verification is required to prove your identity.</p><p>Friends and family always want to use your Wi-Fi. They ask politely, phone in hand because they hate to burn up their data plans when they can use your connection. Instead of handing them your real password, use your router’s “Guest Network.”</p><p>This feature lets you share your internet connection with your guests while keeping them off your primary network, preventing them from seeing your shared files and services. To avoid confusion with your primary network, set up your guest network with a different network name (SSID) and password.</p><p>When you first set up a computer, you create at least one user account. If you have several people using a computer, you can create an account for each one.</p><p>User accounts are critical because they separate your files, and sometimes programs. This is good for privacy and security, as long as each account has its own password.</p><p>However, what many people don’t know is that there are multiple types of accounts you can create. The two major ones are “administrator” and “standard.”</p><p>This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. ©2018 FOX News Network, LLC. 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hese young people around the world,” said Ms. Jamie over tea at Soho House in West Hollywood not long ago, “and what I realized was that everybody was saying the same thing: ‘I’m so stressed.’ It didn’t matter what country, gender, age. It was unanimous.” </p><p>According to the C.D.C., suicide is now the second-leading cause of death among 15-to-34-year-olds. </p><p>Ms. Jamie, a graduate of the London School of Economics, has spent the past three years working with experts in the fields of psychotherapy, mindfulness and neuroscience in order to better understand the brain, and develop an app — the medium of the moment — that would distill that learning down to a daily five-minute mental workout. </p><p>“We have 40 to 60 thousand thoughts a day; 98 percent of them are the same as yesterday, and about 80 percent of them are negative,” Ms. Jamie, 27, said she had learned. “We have to change our behaviors to create a mind-set shift. But we’re never told that. We’re never taught how to process a breakup, or a death.”</p><p>“Happiness is not the absence of problems but the ability to deal with them,” she said. “I think ‘balance’ is a great word when it comes to happiness. What we’re waking up to is that happiness is not an achievement, like, ‘Oh, when I get that car, when I get that house,’ but a shift from external validation to internal fulfillment.”</p><p>Given that her 2016 TEDx talk, Addicted to Likes, explored a psychologically destructive social media culture, an app may seem an unlikely platform.</p><p>“We’ve got to accept that, in our world now, we’re integrated with technology,” Ms. Jamie said. “How do we make sure that our technology is helping us feel better rather than worse? How can we wake up in the morning and like ourselves first?” </p><p>Perk: A subscription ($9.99 for one month; $39.99 for six months; $59.99 for a year) provides access to more than 250 meditations and to a gratitude diary and compassion challenge history. </p><p>Developed by psychologists and educators, Smiling Mind is a nonprofit aiming to make mindfulness accessible to everyone, including children as young as 7. Meditations are offered according to age group and audience, for example Adults, Sport, Mindfulness in the Classroom, Mindfulness in the Workplace. Prompts like “How Do You Feel?” encourage checking in with oneself. </p><p> Perk: With Family Sharing, up to six family members can use this app.</p><p>The most popular free meditation app on Android and iOS stores, Insight Timer is home to some 4.5 million meditators and offers guided meditations, talks and podcasts by mindfulness experts, neuroscientists, psychologists and meditation teachers, in 25 languages, on topics including depression and grief. </p><p>Perk: Practitioners of all levels seeking community can see how many meditated “with” them, send direct messages and join discussion groups.</p><p>Named the No. 1 New App by Apple in 2017, Aura offers mindfulness meditations, short stories, music, sounds of nature, a gratitude journal and life coaching sessions to soothe stress and anxiety and help users sleep better. The artificial-intelligence-powered program uses questionnaires to personalize and improve the user experience.</p>
or redistributed. ©2018 FOX News Network, LLC. All rights reserved. All market data delayed 20 minutes.</p><p> THeMIS (Credit: MDBA) </p><p>A new robot will be able to stealthily approach an enemy tank – and destroy it.</p><p>This is no ordinary robot – it is missile toting one. A smart robot that can conduct missions to destroy enemy tanks entirely by itself.</p><p>Milrem Robotics has teamed up with missile specialist MBDA. Together, they are building a smart robot, armed with powerful missiles, designed to obliterate enemy tanks.</p><p>If successful, this revolutionary robot would mean the U.S. military could send in robots to stop a wave of enemy tanks rather than putting U.S. troops at risk.</p><p>While this is Terminator-level stuff, the robot will not look humanoid. The tank slayer robot will travel on tracks like tanks. In fact, it will look similar to ground robots currently used for defusing mines and reconnaissance; however, this robot is extremely lethal to tanks.</p><p>Milrem Robotics’ THeMIS (Tracked Hybrid Modular Infantry System) ground drone will be adapted for this anti-tank mission. A special turret from MBDA called IMPACT (Integrated MMP Precision Attack Combat Turret) will be mounted onto the robot to provide launching power.</p><p>IMPACT (Credit: Adrien Daste- MDBA) </p><p>The tank killer will be armed with MBDA’s highly-destructive fifth-generation MMP anti-tank missiles.</p><p>If deployed, battlefields could see scenarios of unusual, futuristic duels: tank versus robot.</p><p>These robots could also act as sentries, placed in positions in advance set in surveillance mode, and ready to swing into action when enemy tanks begin rolling towards them. Without an RF or heat signature, it would be very difficult for enemy forces to flag them.</p><p>The tank-slaying robots could also potentially act as a team moving through a battlefield and sweeping for tanks. Deployed in advance of ground troops, these robots could potentially remove the threat of main battle tanks.</p><p>Revealed last week at the Eurosatory event in Paris, weaponized THeMIS certainly drew a whole lot of buzz at high levels with the U.S. military and many allied militaries walking the floors, window shopping for cutting-edge land warfare advances.</p><p>Diesel-electric, THeMIS can reach speeds of approximately 14 mph. It can conduct missions for about 10 hours without needing to refuel.</p><p>The robot’s low center of gravity helps THeMIS stay stable for firing. It also helps the robot tackle tough terrain it encounters.</p><p>It has a silent mode, which is useful for sneaking up on enemy forces. In silent mode, the robot can operate on missions for about one and a half hours without needing a power boost.</p><p>A strong little fella, it can carry up to about 1,650 pounds.</p><p>From a significant distance away, the military team could pilot the robot using the cameras onboard to “see” what the robot “sees.”</p><p>Alternatively, forces could equip the robot for autonomy and then deploy the robot to complete missions as ordered, entirely by itself.</p><p>Both these methods of deployment provide the very crucial advantage of keeping ground troops at a distance from enemy tanks – and hopefully very safely beyond their reach.</p><p>The tank-slaying robot’s design is taking into consideration the issue of heat signatures in the battlespace. An adversary equipped with tanks will most likely have sophisticated methods to seek out forces. For example, an enemy with thermal imagers could locate U.S. forces who are concealed to the naked eye by detecting their heat signatures.</p><p>If the robot’s heat signature is low enough, then it could potentially sneak up on enemy tanks with crew relying on tech like thermal imagers to “see” outside the tank.</p><p>The THeMIS robot would be enhanced with a turret ordinarily mounted on light armored vehicles.</p><p>The 550-pounder, motorized IMPACT has day and night sensors integrated for firing the missiles. It also carries two missiles ready to fire instantaneously.</p><p>For the robot to defend itself against threats smaller than a tank, this turret also provides a 7.62 mm machine gun. The IMPACT turret carries the machine gun ammunition as well.</p><p>Just like when the turret is mounted on vehicles and the crew can fire remotely while safely inside the vehicle armor, the robot can be commanded to fire missiles and its machine gun remotely. Teams could be safely behind cover and remotely fire from the robot.</p><p>Able to destroy tanks from more than two miles away, the robot will fire tank-destroying missiles called MMPs.</p><p>Not only can these missiles destroy tanks, they can destroy heavy tanks with reactive armor firing these MMPs. Reactive armor is an advancement that allows the armor to react to mitigate the impact of a weapon.</p><p>The robot could also destroy enemy installations, whether a base or a building where enemy forces have taken cover.</p><p>There are two firing mode options: ‘lock on before launch’ and ‘lock on after launch.’</p><p>The MMP is a "fire-and-forget" missile. This means that the missile is “smart” and can seek out its target on its own – locking on after launch.</p><p>To aid in precisely locating and confirming targets, the MMP has a dual seeker. The missile can “see” in both visible color and in uncooled infrared.</p><p>With the robot deployed, the human team can still stay involved in missile firing and control with the fiber-optic data link. MMP is designed for maximum precision and minimum collateral damage.</p><p>These robots could provide a key advantage to enhance force protection. By sending robots in to engage and destroy enemy tanks, human troops can be positioned at distances beyond enemy counter fire.</p><p>Teams could also deploy the robots at closer range to protect soldiers. For example in urban combat, a team could take cover inside an abandoned building in a region where enemy tanks are patrolling. By deploying the tank-killing robot, the team could remain safely behind cover and still eliminate the tank threat.</p><p>Similar to recon robots, the THeMIS equipped with IMPACT will also be able to provide potentially crucial data. Sent in advance of the human team to handle tanks, the robot can feed data back to the human team on intel like enemy positions, force strength, terrain and more. So while on its way to stop a tank and its way back, the little robot could also perform intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance duties.</p><p>This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. ©2018 FOX News Network, LLC. All rights reserved. All market data delayed 20 minutes.</p>
sion.</p><p>The latest cuts to the division that was once SolarCity — a sales and installation company founded by two cousins of Tesla CEO Elon Musk — include closing about a dozen installation facilities, according to internal company documents, and ending a retail partnership with Home Depot that the current and former employees said generated about half of its sales.</p><p>About 60 installation facilities remain open, according to an internal company list reviewed by Reuters. An internal company e-mail named 14 facilities slated for closure, but the other list included only 13 of those locations.</p><p>Tesla declined to comment on which sites it planned to shut down, how many employees would lose their jobs or what percentage of the solar workforce they represent.</p><p>The company said that cuts to its overall energy team — including batteries to store power — were in line with the broader 9 percent staff cut.</p><p>“We continue to expect that Tesla’s solar and battery business will be the same size as automotive over the long term,” the company said in a statement to Reuters.</p><p> News Corp. is a network of leading companies in the world of diversified media, news, and information services. </p>