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    1. Colorado Springs defense contractor Polaris Alpha to be sold with eye toward faster growth

      Colorado Springs defense contractor Polaris Alpha to be sold with eye toward faster growth

      Colorado Springs-based defense contractor Polaris Alpha will be acquired May 31 by California-based engineering and construction giant Parsons in a deal designed to accelerate Polaris Alpha's growth in cybersecurity, battlefield management, small satellites and other advanced technologies.

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    2. Colorado Springs company transformed by accelerator experience

      Colorado Springs company transformed by accelerator experience

      Participation in the first business accelerator program in southern Colorado proved to be "life altering" for a Colorado Springs startup - and a learning experience for all of the companies involved.

      Catalyst Accelerator launched in January at the Catalyst Center for Technology & Innovation in Colorado Springs with a focus on weather data and the military; predicting the weather and its impact is a key challenge for the military.

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    3. Colorado Springs unemployment rate declines in March to 9-month low

      More jobs were created than people entering the labor force in the Colorado Springs area in March, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports.

      The area's 3.2 percent unemployment rate was down from 3.5 percent in February, where it had remained six months, and was the lowest monthly rate since 3.2 percent in June.

      The local rate reached a 16-year low of 2.9 percent in March 2017.

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    4. FrontRange Software has become Ivanti and has big growth plans in Colorado Springs

      FrontRange Software has become Ivanti and has big growth plans in Colorado Springs

      Once one of the biggest names in Colorado Springs software, FrontRange Solutions Inc. became far less visible when it moved its headquarters and most operations to California in 2004.

      But the company never left entirely, keeping a small team that supports its information technology service management software and related products. It has survived more than a decade of mergers, acquisitions and buyouts.

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    5. Army considers 15 cities for home of new Futures Command

      The Army says it's considering 15 cities for the headquarters of its planned Futures Command , which will keep track of emerging technology and innovations that could be used in warfighting.

      The Army notified the cities this week and asked for detailed information.

      The contenders are Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Boston; Chicago; Dallas; Denver; Houston; Los Angeles; Minneapolis; New York; Philadelphia; Raleigh, North Carolina; San Diego; San Francisco; and Seattle.

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    6. Lockheed CEO: Time is now to inspire next generation of space pioneers

      Lockheed CEO: Time is now to inspire next generation of space pioneers

      The nation's space sector has a golden opportunity to inspire a generation of youth to pursue space careers, Lockheed Martin Corp. CEO Marillyn Hewson said Tuesday in Colorado Springs.

      Hewson compared President Donald Trump's reformation of the National Space Council, headed by Vice President Mike Pence, to a speech by President John F. Kennedy just four months into his term that called for putting a human on the moon by the end of the 1960s.

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    7. Space Foundation CEO wants to triple size of Colorado Springs-based organization

      Space Foundation CEO wants to triple size of Colorado Springs-based organization

      Tom Zelibor wants to triple the size of the Space Foundation during the next five years.

      In addition to hosting the city's largest convention, the Colorado Springs-based nonprofit plans to add a more extensive menu of educational programs and other events for its government and business members, Zelibor said.

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    8. Colorado Springs defense contractor Polaris Alpha plans major expansion, including Denver

      Colorado Springs defense contractor Polaris Alpha plans major expansion, including Denver

      Defense contractor Polaris Alpha LLC on Wednesday announced plans to add 450 employees by 2026 and build or lease 100,000 square feet of office space in Denver and Colorado Springs late this year.

      The moves aim to better accommodate rapid growth of the company's space, cybersecurity and intelligence analysis software and information technology services.

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    9. Colorado Springs cybersecurity symposium stresses avoiding disclosing personal information

      Colorado Springs cybersecurity symposium stresses avoiding disclosing personal information

      Hackers and cyber criminals aren't so much trying to attack computer network security measures as they are looking for vulnerabilities in people who use and operate those networks as a gateway to access them.

      That point was hammered home by the winning team of hackers during a cybersecurity "war game" hosted by information technology giant SAIC last week during the Rocky Mountain Cybersecurity Symposium at The Broadmoor hotel.

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    10. Washington becomes 1st state to approve net-neutrality rules

      Washington becomes 1st state to approve net-neutrality rules

      OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington became the first state Monday to set up its own net-neutrality requirements after U.S. regulators repealed Obama-era rules that banned internet providers from blocking content or impairing traffic.

      "We know that when D.C. fails to act, Washington state has to do so," Gov. Jay Inslee said before signing the measure that lawmakers passed with bipartisan support. "We know how important this is."

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    11. California OKs autonomous car testing without backup drivers

      California OKs autonomous car testing without backup drivers

      LOS ANGELES (AP) — Driverless cars will be tested in California for the first time without a person behind a steering wheel under new rules approved Monday for the fast-developing technology.

      The regulations are a major step toward getting autonomous vehicles to dealerships and onto the streets of California, where companies such as Tesla and Waymo are leading the way on the technology.

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    12. National Cybersecurity Center opens for business in Colorado Springs

      National Cybersecurity Center opens for business in Colorado Springs

      Two years after Gov. John Hickenlooper unveiled a vision in his State of the State address to build a cybersecurity center in Colorado Springs, the dream became a reality Monday in a former satellite plant on North Nevada Avenue.

      Hickenlooper's dream, however, came in a different form than the second-term executive first envisioned.

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    13. Supreme Court takes up case about privacy in digital age

      Supreme Court takes up case about privacy in digital age

      WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is taking up a case about privacy rights that could limit the government's ability to track Americans' movements in the digital age.

      The justices are hearing an appeal Wednesday from Timothy Carpenter. He was sentenced to 116 years in prison after being convicted of robbing electronics stores in Michigan and Ohio. Records from cellphone towers near the stores helped place Carpenter in the vicinity of the crimes.

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