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We got up-close to a Bradley fighting vehicle — and saw how the small crews forge strong bonds

FORT BLISS, Texas — Three public affairs officers and I found the command center shown above about a mile from one of many dirt roads along the training grounds at Fort Bliss.

Commanded by a colonel, the entire 3rd brigade of the 1st Armored Division was spread out for miles around the sandy grounds, partaking in a large exercise called Bulldog Focus.

On the periphery of the command center, we found a Bradley fighting vehicle, stationed in front of small berm. Its crew was snacking on some crackers, apparently taking a break — but they gladly showed us around.

Here's what I saw:

The Bradley is a light-armored vehicle that entered service in 1981 and has since been upgraded several times.

Source: Military.com

Powered by a Cummins VTA-903T diesel engine, it has a top speed of 41mph and ...

We flew Virgin America one final time before it goes away forever — here's what it was like (ALK)

Virgin America has been one of the best airlines in the US since its launch in 2007. In 2016, Alaska Airlines acquired Virgin America for $2.6 billion. Virgin America will merge into Alaska Airlines in April. Business Insider took a roundtrip flight between Newark Liberty International and San Francisco to experience Virgin America one final time.

In August 2007,


10 things in tech you need to know today (FB, AAPL, GOOG)

Good morning! Here is the tech news you need to know this Monday.

1. Facebook is under huge pressure from politicians in the US and UK after The Guardian reported Cambridge Analytica, a Trump-linked research firm, accessed personal information of 50 million people via a Facebook app. Facebook suspended Cambridge Analytica from its platform for violation of its terms of service.

2. Facebook has banned the whistleblower behind the Cambridge Analytica revelations, Christoper Wylie. Wylie is unable to use WhatsApp, Facebook, or Instagram.

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A startup that uses software to discover new drugs just raised $10 million

twoXAR, a startup that uses software to discover new, experimental drugs, just raised $10 million. The Series A round was led by Softbank Ventures, and Andreessen Horowitz OS Fund joined in on the round.  The company hopes to find new treatments that can then be put to the test in animal, and then ideally human trials, without using a traditional lab. 

TwoXAR, a startup that's using software to discover new drugs that can be put to the test to treat different conditions, just raised $10 million.

The Series A round was led by Softbank Ventures, and Andreessen Horowitz OS Fund joined in on the round. 


Inside the 27-year friendship of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, who didn't even want to meet and now have each other on speed dial

Bill Gates and Warren Buffett have been best friends for 27 years. Initially, they weren't interested in meeting each other — but they hit it off right away. They've partnered on political and philanthropic ventures, mentored each other, and had lots of laughs.

Bill Gates and Warren Buffett are the second and third-wealthiest people on the planet. They also happen to be best friends.

But when they met 27 years ago, it was grudgingly. Each one was surprised at how much they enjoyed talking to the other.

Since then, they've been a tag team on political and philanthropic causes as well as mutual mentors. Plus, they love goofing off together.


The daughter that Steve Jobs once disavowed is writing a memoir about her childhood (AAPL)

Lisa Brennan-Jobs, the daughter of Steve Jobs, is writing a memoir about her childhood. The legendary entrepreneur initially refused to believe that Brennan-Jobs, now 39, was his child. Jobs was "rarely present in her life" and "cold, critical and unpredictable," the publisher says.

Steve Jobs' daughter — who he had initially disavowed — is writing a memoir about her childhood and her turbulent relationship with the legendary Apple cofounder.

This week, publisher Grove Press announced that 39-year-old


Bitcoin is dangerously close to a 'death cross' formation that could send it tumbling

Formerly red-hot bitcoin has seen a large drop from its record highs reached in December. The digital coin looks poised to trigger a bearish technical indicator known as a "death cross," which portends more selling to come. Goldman Sachs said earlier this week that bitcoin is at risk of taking out its February lows.

Bitcoin is flirting with disaster.

The formerly red-hot cryptocurrency has seen a precipitous decline from record highs reached in December. And the loss has gotten so pronounced that it's threatening to trigger the so-called "death cross," a bearish indicator used by technical analysts.


Hawkeye isn't in the trailers for 'Avengers: Infinity War,' and people's reactions to the snub are hilarious

Hawkeye, one of the first Avengers, isn't in any of the "Infinity War" trailers, and he isn't on the poster, either. Fans are speculating what his absence means, and it's hilarious. 

Hawkeye is the forgotten Avenger, even when he's on screen. 

Despite the fact that Hawkeye, played by Jeremy Renner, has been with the Avengers team since 2012's "The Avengers," his character is not featured in the trailers or the poster for "Avengers: Infinity War." In fact, Teen Groot has more screen time and poster space than him. That's quite a blow. 

Marvel fans are having fun with his absence, making jokes about his whereabouts on Twitter.

Some assume he dies in "Infinity War" and this is an attempt to keep that quiet, while others assume he's just taking care of his wife and kids.

Here are some of the best Hawkeye tweets:

Avengers: "Okay, who's getting snacks?"Hawkeye: "I can go get some, but I'm no...


US soldiers tested the new targeting system that can turn artillery into a 'giant sniper rifle' — and they liked what they saw

US soldiers recently finished another round of testing on the Army's new artillery targeting system at Fort Greely. The new system has been praised for its size and sophistication. One Army official has said the new device can turn artillery "into a giant sniper rifle."

US Army Field Artillery soldiers recently wrapped up testing of the Joint Effects Targeting System Target Laser Designation System on the rugged terrain of the Cold Regions Test Center at Fort Greely in Alaska.

The JETS handheld targeting system "is a paradigm shift" in how field artillery can be used on the battlefield, Lt. Col. Michael Frank, product manager for Soldier Precision Targeting Devices, said in October. The system could turn a howitzer or the Paladin self-propelled artillery weapon "into a giant sniper rifle," he added.


L.L. Bean cancelled its blockchain and sensor experiment amid layoff announcements

L.L. Bean has cancelled an experiment that would put sensors connected to the Ethereum blockchain inside some of its coats and books, according to The Wall Street Journal.  News of the cancellation came two days before L.L. Bean announced layoffs as the result of flat sales in 2017. The project used Loomia fabrics, which contain sensors that track how an item is used. Users could then send that data to the Ethereum blockchain, where it's accessed by companies looking for customer insights. 

The outdoor clothing retailer L.L. Bean is ending a planned experiment that would put blockchain technology inside its coats and boots, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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