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Silicon Beach Report Jan. 16: Google to Connect Latin America and Los Angeles with New Undersea Cable

Google to connect Latin America and Los Angeles with new undersea cable; Snapchat content execs talk app redesign and push into scripted programming; and Lockheed Martin exec hints that SR-72 might be built already.

Google to Connect Latin America and Los Angeles with New Undersea Cable

Google is planning to build three underwater cables in 2019 to help expand its cloud business to new regions as it battles rivals Microsoft and Amazon with the first route going between Los Angeles and Chile, CNBC reports. The Curie cable, named after famous scientist Marie Curie, from Chile to Los Angeles will allow Google to serve cloud customers across Latin America.

Snapchat Content Execs Talk App Redesign, Push Into Scripted Programming

Snap Vice President of Content Nick Bell and Head of Original Series Sean Mills spoke to members of the television press for the first time on Monday, The Hollywood Reporter reports. In response to questions about Snapchat’s slow embrace of popular content creators, Bell said: “Our philosophy is to have a walled garden. We prefer to double down with a handful of partners in each category.”

Lockheed Martin Exec Hints That SR-72 Might Be Built Already

A Lockheed Martin executive, speaking recently at an aerospace conference, dropped a hint that the company’s hypersonic SR-72 aircraft might have already been built. Bloomberg reports Lockheed Martin Vice President Jack O’Banion said “without the digital transformation, the aircraft you see there (visible on the slide) could not have been made.” A Lockheed spokesperson declined to address O’Banion’s comments.

Technology reporter Garrett Reim can be reached at greim@labusinessjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter @garrettreim for the latest in L.A. tech news.


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