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  • SpaceX's All-Tourist Crew Safely Splashes Back Down to Earth
    Watch the video here! "SpaceX safely returned its Crew Dragon spacecraft from orbit on Saturday, with the capsule carrying the four members of the Inspiration4 mission back to Earth after three days in space..." reports CNBC:"Thanks so much Space…
    - 5 hours ago, 19 Sep 21, 12:01am -
  • Report: Boeing Official Expected to Face Criminal Charges Over Fatal Boeing 737 Max Issues
    "Federal prosecutors plan to criminally charge a former Boeing Co. pilot they suspect of misleading aviation regulators about safety issues blamed for two fatal crashes of the 737 Max," reports the Wall Street Journal, citing "people familiar with th…
    - 6 hours ago, 18 Sep 21, 10:34pm -
  • Boston Dynamics' Spot Becomes a Robotic Watchdog for Hyundai
    CNET's Roadshow reports that a safety-oriented version of Boston Dynamics' headless dog-shaped robot "Spot" will begin patrolling a Kia plant in South Korea, "to survey industrial areas remotely and help identify issues before they happen."For exam…
    - 7 hours ago, 18 Sep 21, 9:34pm -
  • Mozilla Experiment: Set Default Search Engine to Bing for 1% of Firefox Users
    "Mozilla is running an experiment on 1% of the Firefox desktop population currently, which sets the default search engine to Bing in the web browser," reports Ghacks:[I]n most regions, it is Google Search. Mozilla and Google extended the search deal…
    - 8 hours ago, 18 Sep 21, 8:34pm -
  • Is Python About to Become the Most Popular Programming Language?
    "According to one measure, Python is potentially on the verge of becoming the most popular computer programming language," reports ZDNet, joining C and Java as the only other two languages to attain the #1 spot. Of course, it depends on who's making…
    - 9 hours ago, 18 Sep 21, 7:34pm -
  • FDA Approves Human Clinical Trials of a Possible CRISPR-Based HIV Cure
    "A CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technology that has shown promise in clearing HIV from mice is headed into human testing," reports Fierce Biotech:We don't like to throw the word "cure" around here. But Excision BioTherapeutics thinks the therapy could r…
    - 10 hours ago, 18 Sep 21, 6:34pm -
  • Global Computing's Carbon Footprint Is Bigger Than Previously Estimated
    An anonymous reader quotes a report from UPI: According to a new study, published Friday in the journal Patterns, information and communications technology, or ICT for short, is responsible for a greater share of greenhouse gas emissions than previou…
    - 11 hours ago, 18 Sep 21, 5:34pm -
  • Richard Stallman Shares His Concerns About GitHub's Copilot -- and About GitHub
    destinyland writes: A newly-released video at shows an hour-long talk given by free software advocate Richard Stallman for the BigBlueBotton open source conference (which was held online last July). After a 14-minute clip from an earlier spee…
    - 12 hours ago, 18 Sep 21, 4:34pm -
  • WSJ: Facebook's 2018 Algorithm Change 'Rewarded Outrage'. Zuck Resisted Fixes
    This week the Wall Street Journal reported that a 2018 algorithm change at Facebook "rewarded outrage," according to Facebook's own internal memos. But the Journal says the memos showed "that CEO Mark Zuckerberg resisted proposed fixes," and that the…
    - 13 hours ago, 18 Sep 21, 3:34pm -
  • Despite 'Economic Distress', Two US Nuclear Power Plants Saved From Closing Through Subsidies
    Slashdot reader oumuamua writes that two U.S. nuclear plants owned by Exelon "were almost shutdown prematurely...but were saved at the last minute by the Illinois Senate."The Illinois Senate has approved a clean energy deal which includes a subsidy…
    - 14 hours ago, 18 Sep 21, 2:34pm -
  • In Finland, Scientists Are Growing Coffee In a Lab
    An anonymous reader quotes a report from Fast Company: [R]esearchers in Finland are experimenting with growing coffee from plant cells in bioreactors. There are several reasons why it might make sense to have such an alternative, says Heiko Rischer,…
    - 16 hours ago, 18 Sep 21, 1:00pm -
  • GM Tells Bolt Owners to Park 50 Feet Away From Other Cars
    General Motors urged some owners of Chevrolet Bolt electric cars to park and store the vehicles at least 50 feet away from other cars to reduce the risk that a spontaneous fire could spread. Bloomberg reports: The Detroit automaker has recalled all o…
    - 19 hours ago, 18 Sep 21, 10:00am -


  • User’s Guide to TechCrunch Disrupt 2021
    TechCrunch Disrupt 2021 approaches in just three days. Here’s your how-to guide for everything you can expect at Disrupt. Although the main show kicks off on Tuesday the 21st, there’ll be some sneak peeks and extras going down on Monday. Make sur…
    - 8 hours ago, 18 Sep 21, 8:16pm -
  • Executive coaching for employees is complicated and emotional
    BetterUp, a reskilling and coaching platform for employees before and beyond the C-suite, is getting in touch with its emotions. This week, the richly funded unicorn startup announced a pair of acquisitions in the emotional artificial intelligence an…
    - 11 hours ago, 18 Sep 21, 6:05pm -
  • The GoPro-ification of the iPhone
    Hello friends, and welcome back to Week in Review! Last week, we talked about some sunglasses from a company that many people do not like very much. This week, we’re talking about Apple and the company 1,600 times smaller than it that’s facing si…
    - 11 hours ago, 18 Sep 21, 5:58pm -
  • This Week in Apps: Apple’s iPhone event, App Annie hit with securities fraud, OpenSea goes mobile
    Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry continues to grow, with a record 218 billion downloads and $143 billion in…
    - 11 hours ago, 18 Sep 21, 5:30pm -
  • SEC Regional Director Erin Schneider is joining us at Disrupt
    If ever there was a time when working at the Securities and Exchange Commission was a dull affair, that’s no longer true. The federal agency that’s responsible for protecting investors and maintaining fair and orderly functioning of our securitie…
    - 11 hours ago, 18 Sep 21, 5:26pm -
  • Divining the real value of my favorite fintech sub-niche 
    Welcome back to The TechCrunch Exchange, a weekly startups-and-markets newsletter. It’s inspired by what the weekday Exchange column digs into, but free, and made for your weekend reading.
    - 11 hours ago, 18 Sep 21, 5:15pm -
  • SoftBank’s Marcelo Claure is coming to Disrupt next week
    SoftBank has been on a tear in Latin America. The Japanese investment conglomerate just announced it has launched its second Latin America-focused fund with a $3 billion capital commitment from the company that may grow as the fund explores “option…
    - 12 hours ago, 18 Sep 21, 4:23pm -
  • China Roundup: Beijing is tearing down the digital ‘walled gardens’
    Hello and welcome back to TechCrunch’s China roundup, a digest of recent events shaping the Chinese tech landscape and what they mean to people in the rest of the world. This week, China gets serious about breaking down the walled gardens that its…
    - 13 hours ago, 18 Sep 21, 4:07pm -

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  • Watch SpaceX's all-civilian spaceflight return to Earth starting at 6PM ET
    SpaceX's all-civilian Inspiration4 spaceflight is coming to an end, and the company wants to be sure you see those last moments. The firm is livestreaming its Crew Dragon capsule's return to Earth starting at 6PM Eastern, with an expected splashdown…
    - 7 hours ago, 18 Sep 21, 9:45pm -
  • Telegram blocks Russian opposition leader's chat bots during vote
    The Russian government still has a strong influence on Telegram despite lifting a ban last year. RadioFreeEuropereports Telegram has temporarily blocked all of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny's Telegram chat bots during voting in the country…
    - 7 hours ago, 18 Sep 21, 9:15pm -
  • Harley-Davidson will sell its retro-inspired e-bike by the end of 2021
    Don't worry if you were disappointed that Harley-Davidson's first e-bikes didn't include that eye-catching vintage model. As Electreknotes, Harley's Serial 1 brand now plans to sell a highly similar retro bike, the MOSH/TRIBUTE, in "late Q4" (read: D…
    - 9 hours ago, 18 Sep 21, 8:02pm -
  • Tesla kills referral programs for cars and solar panels
    If you were hoping to score a few thousand Supercharging miles from Tesla referrals, we're afraid you may already be too late. In a notice on its website spotted by Electrek, Tesla said that "vehicle products and solar panels are no longer eligible f…
    - 9 hours ago, 18 Sep 21, 7:49pm -
  • Amazon has banned over 600 Chinese brands as part of review fraud crackdown
    Have you noticed some well-known tech accessory makers disappearing from Amazon? Those aren't just rare incidents — they're part of a larger campaign. In a response to The Verge, Amazon has confirmed a South China Morning Postreport that the intern…
    - 9 hours ago, 18 Sep 21, 7:18pm -
  • Elon Musk says Starlink internet service will leave beta in October
    SpaceX's Starlink satellite broadband might not be considered a test for much longer. Elon Musk told Twitter users that Starlink should exit beta "next month" — that is, sometime in October. You could theoretically could use the quicker-than-usual…
    - 10 hours ago, 18 Sep 21, 6:17pm -
  • Valve's second Steam Next Fest starts October 1st
    Valve didn't wait long to hold its second Steam Next Fest. The Vergereports the games extravaganza (formerly the Steam Game Festival) is now slated to take place October 1st through October 7th. You'll see a range of upcoming games, including livestr…
    - 12 hours ago, 18 Sep 21, 4:50pm -
  • ICYMI: We test out the GoPro Hero 10 Black action cam
    This week we’ve got a few reviews for music and photography enthusiasts. First, James Trew put the GoPro Hero 10 Black through its paces and was impressed by the capabilities of the new GP2 processor. Next, Billy Steele listened to Jabra’s $80 El…
    - 13 hours ago, 18 Sep 21, 4:00pm -