• Senator Ted Cruz asks DOJ to investigate Twitter over Iran sanctions
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    Senator Ted Cruz asks DOJ to investigate Twitter over Iran sanctions

    Senator Ted Cruz is asking the Justice Department to investigate Twitter for allegedly violating Iran sanctions by refusing to ban a leader.

  • SpaceX's astronaut launch marks the dawn of the commercial human spaceflight industry
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    SpaceX's astronaut launch marks the dawn of the commercial human spaceflight industry

    SpaceX on Saturday launched two NASA astronauts aboard its Crew Dragon spacecraft, and the accomplishment is a tremendous one for both the company and the U.S. space agency. At a fundamental level, it means that the U.S. will have continued access to the International Space Station, without having to rely on continuing to buy tickets aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft to do so. With this mission, SpaceX will complete the final step required by NASA to human-rate its Falcon 9 and Crew Dragon spacecraft, which means that it can begin operationally transporting people from Earth essentially as soon as this mission concludes (Crew Dragon still has to rendezvous with the space station tomorrow, and make its way back to Earth with astronauts on board in a few weeks).

  • NASA astronauts successfully pilot SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft manually for the first time
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    NASA astronauts successfully pilot SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft manually for the first time

    NASA astronauts Doug Hurley took over manual control of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft on Saturday, shortly after the vehicle's historic first launch from Cape Canaveral in Florida. Crew Dragon is designed to fly entirely autonomous throughout the full duration of its missions, including automated docking, de-orbit and landing procedures, but it has manual control systems in case anything should go wrong and the astronauts have to take over. This test is the first time the manual controls have been used in space, and is a key part of certifying Crew Dragon for regularly operational human flight.

  • Toyota's RAV4 plug-in hybrid will be available this summer for $40,000
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    Toyota's RAV4 plug-in hybrid will be available this summer for $40,000

    Toyota’s RAV4 Prime will be available for purchase this summer, and its prices will start at $38,100, not including the company’s $1,120 fee for delivery, processing and handling.

  • SpaceX makes history with successful first human space launch
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    SpaceX makes history with successful first human space launch

    SpaceX made history today, flying NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to space aboard its Crew Dragon spacecraft using a Falcon 9 rocket. The launch, titled 'Demo-2', is for the final demonstration mission in the human rating process of SpaceX's Crew Dragon and Falcon 9, meaning that once this mission is complete, the launch vehicle will finally be certified for operational use for regular transportation of people to space.

  • SpaceX's historic launch succeeds on its second attempt
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    SpaceX's historic launch succeeds on its second attempt

    They did it. SpaceX becomes the first private aerospace company to shuttle American astronauts into space after a successful launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

  • Waymo's self-driving vans will return to Bay Area streets on June 8th
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    Waymo's self-driving vans will return to Bay Area streets on June 8th

    Waymo is putting its self-driving cars back on the road in the San Francisco Bay Area on June 8th, but only for deliveries and not passengers.

  • Zoom plans to offer stronger encryption to paying customers (updated)
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    Zoom plans to offer stronger encryption to paying customers (updated)

    A Zoom official says the company will provide stronger encryption to paying customers, raising concerns about security for free users.

  • Watch SpaceX's second attempt at launching astronauts at 3:22PM ET
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    Watch SpaceX's second attempt at launching astronauts at 3:22PM ET

    SpaceX and NASA are trying again to launch astronauts into space aboard Crew Dragon, with a livestream available ahead of the 3:22PM ET liftoff.

  • Original Content podcast: 'The Lovebirds' has charming leads and not much else
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    Original Content podcast: 'The Lovebirds' has charming leads and not much else

    "The Lovebirds" was originally slated for a theatrical release, but with movie theaters closed, Paramount decided to release the film through Netflix instead. It is, to be clear, a funny and watchable, thanks in large part to the charming performances of Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae as a couple who have hit a rough patch in their relationship — right as they're also embroiled in a murder mystery.

  • Hitting the Books: The Englishman who figured out flight
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    Hitting the Books: The Englishman who figured out flight

    Cayley’s first great insight was to break the ability to fly down into components, each of which represented a problem that needed solving. And there’s Drag, which slows the aircraft owing to oncoming air resistance.

  • Watch continuing coverage of SpaceX crewed launch to the International Space Station
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    Watch continuing coverage of SpaceX crewed launch to the International Space Station

    SpaceX is once again preparing to make history – the private spaceflight company is set to launch its Crew Dragon Demo-2 mission in collaboration with NASA today. The launch will take off from Cape Canaveral in Florida, and once again weather is a concern for today's launch window. SpaceX and NASA have an instantaneous launch window today, which means they only have the one shot to take off – if the weather isn't cooperating at 3:22 PM EDT, they'll have to re-attempt the launch again, with the next possible window set for tomorrow, Sunday May 31.

  • Earth’s first off-world colonies will be built on soil
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    Earth’s first off-world colonies will be built on soil

    Elsewhere, however, “regolith is basically just moon dirt or Mars dirt,” says Jennifer Edmundson, a geologist and in-space manufacturing engineer at Jacobs Space Exploration Group, a NASA contractor.

  • Recommended Reading: He bought StubHub right before the pandemic
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    Recommended Reading: He bought StubHub right before the pandemic

    Noah Kirsch, Forbes In November, Eric Baker’s online ticket marketplace Viagogo purchased rival StubHub for $4 billion.

  • Trump’s attack on Twitter could rewrite the rules of the internet
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    Trump’s attack on Twitter could rewrite the rules of the internet

    Trump's attacks on Twitter could completely rewrite the rules of the internet.

  • The Morning After: Why would anyone buy a $350 'anti-5G' USB stick?
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    The Morning After: Why would anyone buy a $350 'anti-5G' USB stick?

    This morning we're looking forward to a new Crew Dragon launch attempt from SpaceX and NASA, discussing 5G conspiracy rumors on the podcast and preparing for next week's PS5 event.

  • Best Buy is selling the Lenovo Smart Clock for half of its launch price
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    Best Buy is selling the Lenovo Smart Clock for half of its launch price

    If you’re looking for an affordable Google-powered smart speaker, you may want to check out the Lenovo Smart Clock that’s currently on sale for $40 on Best Buy. That’s down $20 from its $60 retail price, and that’s also half of the device’s original $80 price at launch.

  • Save $70 on Jabra's Elite 85h noise-cancelling headphones at Best Buy
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    Save $70 on Jabra's Elite 85h noise-cancelling headphones at Best Buy

    If you're looking for a good pair of noise-cancelling headphones, Best Buy is currently selling the Jabra Elite 85h for $180.

  • 'Call of Duty: Warzone' adds Duos mode in Battle Royale
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    'Call of Duty: Warzone' adds Duos mode in Battle Royale

    Call of Duty: Warzone has a new mode for Battle Royale that could make or break friendships. In Duos mode, you play as a two-person team to battle enemies in Verdansk, complete contracts and beat other squads to be the last pair standing at the end.

  • The Android 11 beta launch event has been postponed
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    The Android 11 beta launch event has been postponed

    Google's launch of the Android 11 beta has been pushed back again.

  • Sony exec touts PS5 exclusive games while Xbox pushes 'choice, value'
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    Sony exec touts PS5 exclusive games while Xbox pushes 'choice, value'

    SIE head Jim Ryan said that Sony will deliver games with "something new, something different, that can really only be enjoyed on PS5," with exclusive titles that don't work on the PS4. That compares to Microsoft's plan for first-party titles, like 'Halo Infinite' that run on Xbox One and Xbox Series X.

  • Amid unprecedented growth on its platform, Acorns cuts roles and shuts down an office
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    Amid unprecedented growth on its platform, Acorns cuts roles and shuts down an office

    Acorns, which helps millions of people invest their spare change in the stock market, has laid off between 50 to 70 people, TechCrunch has learned from multiple sources. The Irvine, Calif.-based company would not confirm the total number of people laid off, but did confirm that there were cuts at the company as a result of broader business changes. The news emerged days after the fintech company closed its Portland office earlier this week, one of four offices the company maintained.

  • Zuckerberg explains why Facebook won't take action on Trump's recent posts
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    Zuckerberg explains why Facebook won't take action on Trump's recent posts

    In a statement posted to Facebook late Friday afternoon, Mark Zuckerberg offered up an explanation of why his company did not contextualize or remove posts from the accounts associated with President Donald Trump that appeared to incite violence against American citizens. "We looked very closely at the post that discussed the protests in Minnesota to evaluate whether it violated our policies," Zuckerberg wrote. Facebook's position stands in sharp contrast to recent decisions made by Twitter, with the approval of its chief executive, Jack Dorsey, to screen a tweet from the President on Thursday night using a "public interest notice" that indicated the tweet violated its rules glorifying violence.

  • Another SpaceX Starship prototype explodes after an engine test
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    Another SpaceX Starship prototype explodes after an engine test

    SpaceX lost another Starship prototype to an explosion during testing this afternoon.

  • As wildfire season approaches, AI could pinpoint risky regions using satellite imagery
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    As wildfire season approaches, AI could pinpoint risky regions using satellite imagery

    The U.S. has suffered from devastating wildfires over the last few years as global temperatures rise and weather patterns change, making the otherwise natural phenomenon especially unpredictable and severe. To help out, Stanford researchers have found a way to track and predict dry, at-risk areas using machine learning and satellite imagery. Currently the way forests and scrublands are tested for susceptibility to wildfires is by manually collecting branches and foliage and testing their water content.