Nasa’s life-seeking rover launches for Mars

Nasa’s latest Mars rover Perseverance launched yesterday on an astrobiology mission to look for signs of ancient microbial life — and to fly a helicopter-drone on another world for the first time. A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket took off on schedule at 7:50 am (1150 GMT) from Cape Canaveral, Florida, despite a 4.2-magnitude earthquake that rattled Nasa’s Jet Propulsion laboratory in California that manages the mission minutes earlier. The first stage separation took place a few minutes later and Perserverance prepared for a second burn to put it…

Read more.. gets $18.6M to take its air freight booking platform over the pond

Berlin -based, which runs a marketplace for booking air freight, has closed an $18.6 million Series A round of funding led by Index Ventures. Next47 and prior backers Creandum, Lufthansa  Cargo and Point Nine Capital also participated in the round, along with a number of angel investors — including Tom Stafford of DST Global and Carlos Gonzalez-Cadenas (COO of GoCardless and former Chief Product Officer of Skyscanner). The August 2017-founded startup says it’s seen bookings rise during the coronavirus crisis travel crunch as airlines seek alternatives to selling seats to passengers. Over the past…

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The Story Behind Google’s Success

Perhaps there is no greater testament to Google’s (GOOG) success than the fact that it has become a verb. We google for information in the same sense as we drink water. However, Google as a company has grown far beyond search. In this article, we’ll review the business model and strategies that have made Google—along with its parent company Alphabet—one of the most successful companies in the world. Monetizing Search: Adwords The launch and subsequent iterations of the search algorithm set the method that Google has brought to every subsequent product. Although…

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LinkedIn says its extra intense clipboard snooping in iOS is a bug

LinkedIn’s iOS app has taken the ongoing issue of snooping at users’ clipboards to whole, new level. The company has already said it’s a mistake that will be fixed. The issue of iOS apps monitoring copy-paste data has been a subject of concern since March, when a pair of software developers published their research. Tommy Mysk and Talal Haj Bakry discovered that a large number of existing apps (at the time) checked out users’ clipboard data every time those apps were opened. This is alarming when you really sit down and think…

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Five iPhone security settings you should check today

One of the winning features about iOS is that, even out of the box and without any tweaks, it’s a really secure platform. There’s rarely a shady app that makes it into the App Store, and Apple has struck the perfect balance between too much an too little security. Must read: I wish I’d found this iPhone accessory years ago 1: Make sure you have a strong passcode Don’t be that person who’s relying on 000000 or 123456 to protect their information. You are better than that. Much better. Go…

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Amazon reportedly pushes back Prime Day again

Amazon’s Prime Day sale is reportedly being pushed back again as coronavirus cases spike in the U.S. The massive sale will now be held in early October, according to Business Insider. Amazon is pushing back the sales event — which normally falls in July — due to concerns about the coronavirus interfering with the company’s supply chain, according to emails obtained by Business Insider. “Every year, Prime Day is a huge hit with customers, who enjoy some of the best deals of the year,” the email to sellers reportedly states….

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Tesla is taking reservations for its Cybertruck in China

Tesla has opened up reservations for its all-electric Cybertruck to customers in China, a move that will test the market’s appetite for a massive, futuristic truck. The reservations page on Tesla’s China website was first posted in Reddit channel r/teslamotors by user u/aaronhry. Electrek also reported on the Reddit post. The Cybertruck, which was unveiled in November at the Tesla Design Center in Hawthorne, Calif., isn’t expected to go into production until late 2022. But that hasn’t stopped thousands of U.S. consumers to plunk down a $100 refundable deposit for…

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