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Historic SpaceX Launch Set for Wednesday

On Wednesday, Elon Musk’s SpaceX plans to launch its first spacecraft with human passengers. Weather permitting, the event will be historic. A successful mission would mark the first time in almost a decade astronauts will achieve orbit from a U.S. launch, and the first time ever that a private spacecraft will do so. It will also mark a crowning achievement for SpaceX, which has poured money...

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If Thursday was party time for tech companies, most of which reported better-than-expected earnings, Friday was the hangover. Most big tech stocks tumbled, as the Nasdaq led the market down by losing nearly 2.5%. Yes, there is a disconnect there, although major tech stocks have rallied strongly in recent months, so maybe they’re getting hit harder by growing anxieties about Covid-19 and ...

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Inside Apple’s Eroding Partnership With Foxconn
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Inside Apple’s Eroding Partnership With Foxconn
When Apple’s 2018 iPad Pro was undergoing production trials at the company’s largest outside manufacturer, Foxconn Technology, the Taiwanese firm gave Apple a list of how many workers it needed to develop the new product.
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This week, Tom and Jessica broke the news that Quibi founder Jeffrey Katzenberg had told people the video startup might have to shut down and then—a day later— reported the shutdown officially.
To Fix Section 230, Target Algorithmic Amplification
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It now seems inevitable that the U.S. government will try to roll back some of the protections that Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act has provided to internet companies.
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