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NASA, Boeing delay the first crewed flight test of the Starliner capsule…again

Boeing and NASA said Thursday that the first crewed flight test of the Starliner capsule would be further delayed due to a new crop of technical issues with the spacecraft. The first crewed mission wa

Turncoat drone story shows why we should fear people, not AIs

A story about a simulated drone turning on its operator in order to kill more efficiently is making the rounds so fast today that there’s no point in hoping it’ll burn itself out. Instead

Fidelity has cut Reddit valuation by 41% since 2021 investment

Fidelity, the lead investor in Reddit’s most recent funding round in 2021, has slashed the estimated worth of its equity stake in the popular social media platform by 41% since the investment. F

Rocket Lab’s private mission to Venus slips to 2025

Rocket Lab’s mission to Venus, which was originally scheduled to launch last month, is “not imminent,” a spokesperson confirmed to TechCrunch. That means the mission will likely move

Salesforce could be repositioning itself as a data company

As Salesforce delves deeper into AI, the data exhaust from its core products could eventually be its most valuable asset.

‘Stranger Things’ game developer BonusXP is shutting down

BonusXP, the game studio that worked with Netflix to kick off its gaming initiative and introduced “Stranger Things” titles on mobile devices, as well as on desktop and consoles, is shutti

Monthly crypto exchange volume tumbled in May, hitting 32-month low

Follow me on Twitter @Jacqmelinek for breaking crypto news, memes and more. Welcome back to Chain Reaction. Although there are a lot of builders in the crypto space, the total money being invested int

Drive times app ETA brings its handy location dashboard to CarPlay

Nearly a decade after its launch, ETA‘s simple drive times app is finally making its way to Apple’s CarPlay. The newly updated app, which offers an alternative first step to planning a tri

Meet me at the dog run

You’ll have to forgive me, I spent most of the morning thinking and writing about VR. In the lead-up to Apple’s expected headset announcement at WWDC next week, I did a one-person crash course int

More SpaceX Starlink terminals will go to Ukraine following new order from Pentagon

The Department of Defense said Thursday it is buying more Starlink terminals from SpaceX for use in Ukraine, as the conflict between that country and Russia wages well into its second year. The Pentag

Filings reveal PE and VC returns amid escalating write-downs

Some high-profile venture capital and private equity firms are slashing the valuation of their holdings, causing billions in apparent profits to evaporate as the economic downturn undermines the susta

Fintech giant Stripe is getting into the credit game

Stripe wants to make it easier for businesses to access credit. The private financial infrastructure giant announced a new charge card program today from Stripe Issuing, its commercial card issuing pr

Germany’s antitrust watchdog questions the future of behavioral advertising

Germany’s antitrust watchdog made some interesting comments vis-à-vis the programmatic advertising market yesterday — which question the appropriateness and sustainability of the (still d

Meta announces over 20 new games for Quest headsets

In addition to news of a $499 Quest 3 headset arriving this fall, Meta today announced over 15 new titles for Quest VR headsets at the Meta Quest Gaming Showcase today. The games include Stranger Thin

Ceibo unearths $30M Series B to extract more copper out of existing mines

This Chilean startup used the side door to break into the mining industry, which is slow to adopt new technologies.

Kaspersky says attackers hacked staff iPhones with unknown malware

The Russian cybersecurity company Kaspersky said that hackers working for a government targeted several dozen employees’ iPhones with unknown malware. On Thursday, Kaspersky announced the alleged cy

Verizon’s +Play is the first to bundle Netflix and Paramount+ with Showtime

Verizon announced Thursday a new streaming bundle through its +Play subscription-aggregation hub that will combine Netflix’s premium plan and Paramount’s upcoming merged streaming service, Paramou

WordPress.com challenges Substack with launch of paid newsletters

WordPress.com is taking on Substack and others with today’s news that its Newsletter product will now support paid subscriptions and premium content. First launched in December, WordPress.com Ne

Google Play Books adds new practice feature to help kids learn how to read

Google Play Book is getting a new feature that is designed to help new readers independently improve their vocabulary and comprehension skills. Google announced today that the new feature, called &#82

Apple WWDC 2023: Headset rumors, iOS 17 and everything else to expect

Look. We’re all interested in one. I know it, you know it, Apple certainly knows it. Much as AI was Google’s primary focus at I/O and … I don’t know — Windows 11, I guess — was Mic
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