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Russia’s Progress cargo ship successfully launches to space station, ,

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Tonight (June 29), Russia’s uncrewed Progress 78 mission successfully launched to space. At 7:27 p.m. EDT (2327 GMT, or 4:27 a.m. June 30 local time, Russia’s Progress MS-17 cargo spacecraft launched to the International Space Station from the Russian space agency Roscosmos‘ Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in a mission dubbed Progress 78 by NASA. The cargo ship launched aboard a …

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United’s latest jets will offer Bluetooth for in-flight entertainment,

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United Airlines is adding a long-awaited feature to the in-flight entertainment seatback screens of its new Boeing 737 Max 8 jets — support for Bluetooth headphones. The company is making the upgrade as part of “United Next”, a new plan to expand and modernize its fleet with what it says are larger, fuel-efficient jets and a more comfortable in-flight experience. …

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Hasan Piker on the problem with YouTube debate culture,

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Last week, a pair of YouTube’s most popular creators was set to spar in the marketplace of ideas in a debate over the government’s simple, common sense advice to wear masks during a global pandemic to stop the persistent spread of COVID-19. The spat grew from a series of videos between right-wing provocateur Steven Crowder and the host of the …

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Elon Musk counts on 500,000 Starlink users within the next year,

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SpaceX’s satellite internet network, Starlink, should have roughly 500,000 users within the next 12 months, Elon Musk said at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) conference on Tuesday. SpaceX’s current goal, Musk said, is to beam broadband internet to most of the planet by August. The internet network, in the midst of an open beta phase, has launched more than 1,700 …

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Watch live: Virgin Orbit launching 7 satellites early Wednesday, ,

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Virgin Orbit plans to launch seven satellites Wednesday morning (June 30) on a mission called “Tubular Bells: Part One.” The company’s Cosmic Girl carrier plane is scheduled to lift off from Mojave Air and Space Port in California between 9 a.m. EDT and 11 a.m. EDT (1300 to 1500 GMT). About an hour later, the LauncherOne rocket will separate from …

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Watch live: Russian Soyuz to launch Progress cargo ship tonight, ,

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A Russian Soyuz rocket will launch the uncrewed cargo ship Progress 78 to the International Space Station tonight (June 29) and you’ll be able to watch it live online. Liftoff is set for 7:27 p.m. EDT (2327 GMT). A Soyuz 2.1a rocket will launch the Progress cargo ship from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, where the local time will be 4:27 …

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Federal agencies use facial recognition from private companies, but almost nobody is keeping track,

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A new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has revealed near-total lack of accountability from federal agencies using facial recognition built by private companies, like Clearview AI. Of the 14 federal agencies that said they used privately built facial recognition for criminal investigations, only Immigration and Customs Enforcement was in the process of implementing a list of approved facial …

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‘Star Trek: Prodigy’ reveals cast and characters, ,

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Images and details have been released about the cast and their respective characters from “Star Trek: Prodigy,” the new animated “Star Trek” show coming from Paramount+. During the Paramount+ Star Trek First Contact Day event in April, an image of the primary characters together was released, along with the first images of Captain Janeway (serving as the starship’s built-in Emergency …