Max Q: SpaceX and Rocket Lab launch rockets and X-Wings take flight

Mon, 09 Dec 2019 00:13:34 +0000
Sign up here to receive Max Q weekly in your inbox, starting December 15. This week saw a ton of activity in the space industry, with multiple launches, key preparations for commercial crew missions, robots and much more. Besides all the real space news, there’s also some extreme fan service for Star Wars lovers, courtesy […]
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Snapchat Cameo edits your face into videos

Sun, 08 Dec 2019 16:59:54 +0000
Snapchat is preparing to launch a big new feature that uses your selfies to replace the faces of people in videos you can then share. It’s essentially a simplified way to Deepfake you into GIFs. Snapchat Cameos are an alternative to Bitmoji for quickly conveying an emotion, reaction, or silly situation in Snapchat messages. Some […]
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The new Mac Pro goes up for order December 10

Sun, 08 Dec 2019 12:55:38 +0000
After more than a year of teasing, Apple finally unveiled the new Mac Pro at WWDC in June. The long wait was finally over — though Apple left out one key detail: when, precisely the high end desktop would arrive, beyond a purposefully vague fall timeframe Earlier this, however, the company began sending out pre-pre-order […]
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In wake of Shutterstock’s Chinese censorship, American companies need to relearn American values

Sun, 08 Dec 2019 11:25:16 +0000
It’s among the most iconic images of the last few decades — a picture of an unknown man standing before a line of tanks during the protests in 1989 in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. In just one shot, the photographer, Jeff Widener, managed to convey a society struggling between the freedoms of individual citizens and the […]
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RaySecur, a mailroom security startup, raises $3M in seed funding

Sun, 08 Dec 2019 10:23:33 +0000
Raysecur says at least ten times a day someone sends a suspicious package containing powder, liquid, or some other kind of hazard. The Boston, Mass.-based startup says its desktop-sized 3D real-time scanning technology, dubbed MailSecur, can intercept and detect threats in the mailroom before they ever make it onto the office floor. Mailroom security may […]
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Original Content podcast: ‘The Crown’ embraces middle age

Sat, 07 Dec 2019 17:00:52 +0000
“The Crown” has returned to Netflix with a new cast — Olivia Colman as a middle-aged Queen Elizabeth, Tobias Menzies as her husband Prince Philip and Helena Bonham Carter as her sister Princess Margaret. Loyal listeners of the Original Content podcast may recall that we reviewed the show’s first two seasons last year. We didn’t […]
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This Week in Apps: Black Friday’s boost, security news and the year’s biggest apps

Sat, 07 Dec 2019 15:00:09 +0000
Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. What are developers talking about? What do app publishers and marketers need to know? How are politics impacting the App Store and app businesses? And which apps […]
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Real X-Wings took flight at Disney’s new Star Wars ride grand opening thanks to Boeing

Sat, 07 Dec 2019 13:48:54 +0000
Boeing might be taking the last crucial steps to prepare for its first crewed Starliner capsule spaceflight, but it’s also busy turning sci-fi into reality right here on Earth – by helping Disney build X-Wing large-scale starfighters to celebrate the opening of the ‘Rise of the Resistance’ ride at Disney World in Florida. Earlier this […]
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Startups Weekly: U.S. VCs eye European startups

Sat, 07 Dec 2019 13:00:32 +0000
In this week's newsletter: Vroom nabs $254M, the Away scandal and "inevitable takedown of a female CEO" and American investment overseas.
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Reddit links UK-US trade talk leak to Russian influence campaign

Sat, 07 Dec 2019 10:59:00 +0000
Reddit has linked account activity involving the leak and amplification of sensitive UK-US trade talks on its platform during the ongoing UK election campaign to a suspected Russian political influence operation. Or, to put it more plainly, the social network suspects that Russian operatives are behind the leak of sensitive trade data — likely with […]
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Facebook sells off Oculus Medium to Adobe

Sat, 07 Dec 2019 10:56:15 +0000
Facebook is selling Oculus Medium — a 3D virtual reality sculpting tool for creatives — to Adobe. The team was an expensive effort for Oculus and its sale signifies a broader rethinking within Facebook in what virtual reality projects they tackle in-house. It’s clear that Oculus pumped an awful lot of money into Medium over […]
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See Atomico’s most senior VCs on stage at Disrupt Berlin

Sat, 07 Dec 2019 06:00:07 +0000
Atomico is among the most widely respected venture firms in Europe, ranking right up there with friendly rivals like Accel London and Index Ventures. It’s also just 13 years old at this point, compared with its more established peers. It’s easy to overlook this, considering the impact the firm has made on the European startup […]
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