Baltimore’s Domino Sugar plant is working overtime at a historic pace, after a year of harsh weather and bad harvests

Under the neon Domino Sugars sign in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, a century-old refinery steadily produces the crucial ingredient in American candy, soda and other foods. The already busy plant soon might need to burn even more calories. Unusually bad weather around the country ruined both U.S. sugar beet and sugar cane crops last year, leading government officials to seek an 80 percent increase in raw sugar imports from Mexico. (Balt. Sun)

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Fesco to develop solar and battery system for District 40

A Frederick smart energy company has a deal to develop an energy project for a former mall in Frederick. Fesco Energy announced it would develop the project for District 40 that includes roughly 3 megawatts of solar power generation, 6 megawatt-hours of battery storage and controls that let the system behave independently of the wider power grid. District 40 was formerly known as the Frederick Towne Mall. It is being redeveloped as an entertainment center. (Daily Record)

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New Kroger Fulfillment Center In Frederick County To Create More Than 400 Jobs

More than 400 new jobs will be created in Maryland for the grocery store retailer Kroger plan to build a new high-tech fulfillment center. The project will be in Frederick County, partnering with Ocado, an online grocery retailer. Kroger owns Harris Teeter, a popular grocery store chains in Maryland. A preexisting distribution facility in Frederick will be part of the construction project. The company said up to 100 more jobs could be added later as the service areas of the facility continue to expand. (WJZ)

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Ad agency expands with new Baltimore office

Beyond Spots & Dots, a a full-service advertising agency based in Pittsburgh, announced Thursday the company has expanded with the opening of a new office in Baltimore. The company has leased space in the Inner Harbor area at the Legg Mason Tower, 100 International Drive. Terms of the lease were not released. The Baltimore office marks the agency’s second expansion in three years, having opened an office in Columbus, Ohio in 2017. (Daily Record)

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Uber is bringing its testing of self-driving vehicles to D.C. streets

Uber will start scanning and mapping District roads Friday in preparation for testing self-driving cars here later this year, the company said Thursday. The ride-hailing company is moving to expand testing on public roads following the conclusion, in November, of a federal investigation into problems with Uber’s technology and management that left an Arizona pedestrian dead in 2018. After its digital mapping is completed in Washington and other technical work is done in Pittsburgh, Uber will begin its autonomous operations on District roads with speed limits of 25 mile per hour, company officials said. (Wash. Post)

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TRX Systems gets contract for GPS spoof countermeasure

A Greenbelt developer of location technology has been selected by the U.S Army to deliver a prototype electronic warfare kit for dismounted soldiers. TRX Systems Inc. will provide a portable kit that enables alerts when electronic jamming or spoofing of GPS is detected, the company announced. The kit will provide a “rewind” navigation feature to estimate the user’s probable current position after jamming or spoofing has occurred, TRX said in a news release. (Daily Record)

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The week in bankruptcies: 2 entities in Greater Baltimore

Baltimore area bankruptcy courts recorded two business filings during the week that ended Jan. 17. Year-to-date through Jan. 17, the court recorded four Chapter 7 or Chapter 11 business bankruptcy filings, a 100% increase from the same span the prior year. Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection typically provides for the liquidation of a business’ assets to satisfy creditor claims, while Chapter 11 protection enables a business to restructure its creditor obligations with the goal to remain a going concern. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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The Technology 202: The U.K. is taking big steps to protect kids’ privacy. Advocates hope the U.S. will be next.

The sweeping new protections the United Kingdom just proposed for children online stand in stark contrast to the narrow, decades-old American law protecting minors' digital privacy.  The new standards unveiled Tuesday by a British data watchdog would require companies ranging from social networks to gaming apps to provide children a “built-in baseline of data protection.” Platforms such as YouTube, TikTok and Instagram will have to ensure children have the highest privacy settings by default, and targeted advertising and location tracking for children must be turned off by default. (Wash. Post)

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