SpaceX has secured a $2.89B NASA contract to build a spacecraft that will land astronauts on the moon. SpaceX proposed using its Starship spacecraft, currently under development, as the landing vehicle for astronauts once they arrive at their lunar destination. The announcement came as a blow to Blue Origin, the rocket company founded by Jeff Bezos.
Facebook’s self-styled and handpicked ’Oversight Board’ will make a decision on whether or not to overturn an indefinite suspension of the account of former president Donald Trump within ’weeks’, it said in a brief update statement on the matter today.
A scientist from Colorado has taught various AI learning algorithms to flirt. Janelle Shane trained four versions of the GPT-3 AI – DaVinci, Curie, Babbage, and Ada - to generate pick-up lines. The biggest one, DaVinci, was apparently the ’most competent’ one, able to create arguably meaningful sentences. One of DaVinci’s pick up line was, ’You have the most beautiful fangs I’ve ever seen.’
An Australian court found Friday that Google broke the law by misleading users about personal location data collected through Android mobile devices. The decision was a partial win for the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, which has been prosecuting Google for broader alleged breaches of consumer law since October 2019. Google is considering an appeal
Scientists have grown human cells in monkey embryos in a laboratory, in a study that has spurred a fresh debate into the ethics of such experiments. The embryos, known as chimeras, are organisms whose cells come from two or more ’individuals’, in this case, a long-tailed macaque and a human. The work could pave the way in addressing the severe shortage in transplantable organs.
Google pledged it would provide 250,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccines to ’countries in need’ Thursday when it announced that its tools to help people find vaccination centers have been expanded from the US to Canada, Chile, France, India, and Singapore. The tech behemoth said: ’Getting vaccines to everyone around the world is a challenging, but necessary, undertaking.’
On the basis of a recent market analysis of carriers by Speedtest Intelligence, T-Mobile has managed something it has been trying for years. The mobile carrier has become the fastest in the US after it smoked and jumped ahead of Verizon and AT&T during the first quarter of 2021. T-Mobile managed to score 50.21 on modern chipsets while AT&T and Verizon scored 48.38 and 41.25 respectively.
A mark was left on asteroid Bennu by NASA’s Osirix-Rex mission spacecraft which was used to study the asteroid. During the mission, the spacecraft was used to successfully grab a sample of the asteroid back to Earth. A view of the mark Osirix-Rex left on the asteroid during the operation was visible and showed ’obvious signs of surface disturbance’.
A new video feature is being launched by Google Earth, with the new feature aiming to illustrate how climate change has affected glaciers, beaches, forests and other places around the world. The tool has been described as the biggest update to Google Earth in nearly five years. Google will use time-lapse satellite imagery to show how parts of the world are changing.
Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon issued his final letter to shareholders before turning the helm over to AWS CEO Andy Jassy. He said ’We need a better vision for how we create value for employees.’ He said that the recent union election outcome at one of the company’s warehouses was an example of why the company needs to address challenges within its workforce.
Facebook has been asked to scrap plans to create and launch a new version of Instagram which would only be available for kids. 99 groups and individuals have signed a letter from the Campaign for a Commercial-free Childhood. Via the letter it has been claimed that the platform which is said to be ’image-obsessed’ could have adverse effects to the health and privacy of children.
A new study has found that an ingredient in magic mushrooms can help treating depression. It said two doses of the ingredient –psilocybin – appears to be as effective as the antidepressant escitalopram. However, Dr Robin Carhart-Harris, head of the Centre for Psychedelic Research at Imperial College London and a co-author of the study, warned against seeking magic mushrooms for self-treatment.
The Biden administration issued sanctions against Russian officials and companies after the expulsion of 10 Russian diplomats. This decision stands linked to the ’Moscow’s interference in elections and cyber-espionage campaigns.’ The sanctions so issued are the largest punitive action against the Kremlin taken to date.
Cyberpunk 2077 was one of the most hyped and anticipated games of all time. CD Projekt Red managed to sell over 13 million copies of the game in ten days but the game was full of bugs and glitches which resulted in bad user experiences. Joint CEO Adam Kiciński has said that he still has a lot of plans for the game and will bring the game to a state he will be proud of.
Computers of US companies which are currently running on insecure versions of Microsoft softwares have been hacked by the FBI in order to secure them according to a statement by the US Department of Justice. Hundreds of vulnerable computer systems were hacked into by the FBI in an operation which was approved by the federal court, in order to remove all malware placed earlier.
An investigation will be kicked off by the Irish Data Protection Commission into a data leak in which the details of hundreds of millions of Facebook users were published online. The IDPC has previously been looking into claims from Facebook that the data was old, but it has now said that there could have been a breach of data laws. Facebook, for its part said that it has been ’co-operating fully’