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Day: June 16, 2023

Day: June 16, 2023

NASA hits up 7 space companies to take on orbital squad goals

NASA has announced Space Act agreements with seven private space companies in the hopes of spurring tech developments the government may invest in down the line, from space stations to human transport and robotics. While no money is changing hands, these partnerships are official collaborations, with NASA providing expertise and resources to aid and guide companies as they attempt to “meet future commercial and government needs” in specific avenues of R&D. “It is great to see companies invest their own capital toward innovative commercial space capabilities, and we’ve seen how these  types of partnerships benefit both the private sector and

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BuzzCutt steers the sober curious toward booze-free bar and restaurant options

If you don’t drink, navigating nightlife, bars and even eating out can be an exercise in frustration. Non-alcoholic options are popping up everywhere, but for every neighborhood haunt with a booze-free beer, there are ten spots where you’ll be left high and dry — usually with a flat soda water plus sad lime in hand. BuzzCutt, a new app out of Portland, Oregon, might not change that overnight, but it does aim to shepherd non-drinkers, mindful drinkers and the sober-curious toward their best local options. The app, available nationwide now for iOS and Android, collects local hotspots with non-alcoholic options,

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It’s not just hype, corporate America is making huge bets on AI transforming their businesses

Hype or not, the potential of AI has tech companies enamored, and businesses large and small have begun betting heavily on efforts that leverage AI in some fashion to spur their growth to new heights.  These wagers have come in many forms. Firms like PwC and Accenture have promised to spend heavily on the sector, while others are creating new AI-focused capital pools and directly investing in AI-focused startups. A large number of tech companies today are also tapping their operating cash flow to add AI to their existing products and services.  There’s an all-out race to leverage AI to

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Make way for a new vegan protein on the menu

Fancy some dairy-free protein rich ice cream with a microbial twist? Finnish startup Solar Foods‘ novel alternative protein, Solein, is now on the menu of a restaurant in Singapore where it’s been blended into a custom (vegan) chocolate gelato. It’s the first time the startup’s microbial protein has been available for the general public to tuck into. And, indeed, it’s just one restaurant (Fico) that’s put it on the menu so far. But this is a baby step toward what the startup hopes will blossom into a wide range of food industry partnerships in the coming years as it works

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Ticketmaster, SeatGeek, Live Nation agree to disclose fees upfront (thanks, Biden)

Ticketmaster, SeatGeek, Live Nation and other companies have agreed to disclose ticket prices upfront, putting an end to the extra fees that consumers can’t see until the end of the billing process. President Joe Biden held a meeting on Thursday to announce the good news. Biden said that the solution to what he calls “junk fees” is all-in pricing. “That’s where companies fully disclose their fees upfront when you start shopping, so you’re not surprised at the end when you check out,” Biden explained. “Junk fees are not a matter for the wealthy very much, but they’re a matter for

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Mistral AI’s mega fundraise is a red flag for many concerned about inclusivity

Often, when people ask me how the venture and startup market is doing, I have to take a moment. The easy answer is that we’re seeing a downturn. The correct answer is more nuanced: There is indeed a downturn, but it is impacting some much more than others. One example of this as clear as day is Mistral AI’s recent $113 million seed fundraise. The company, founded by three French white men, was started just four weeks ago and doesn’t even have a product yet. That round, which values the company at $260 million, is being hailed as Europe’s largest

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US confirms federal agencies hit by MOVEit breach, as hackers list more victims

The U.S. government has confirmed that multiple federal agencies have fallen victim to cyberattacks exploiting a security vulnerability in a popular file transfer tool. In a statement shared with TechCrunch, CISA confirmed that “several” U.S. government agencies have experienced intrusions related to the exploitation of a vulnerability in MOVEit Transfer, an enterprise file transfer tool developed by Progress Software. The agency also attributed the attacks to the Russia-linked Clop ransomware gang, which this week started posting the names of organizations it claims to have hacked by exploiting the MOVEit flaw. CISA did not say how many agencies were impacted by

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A simple bug exposed access to thousands of smart security alarm systems

U.S. power and electronics giant Eaton has fixed a security vulnerability that allowed a security researcher to remotely access thousands of smart security alarm systems. Security researcher Vangelis Stykas said he found the vulnerability in Eaton’s SecureConnect, a cloud-based system that allows customers to remotely access, manage, and arm and disarm their security alarm systems from a phone app. Stykas said the vulnerability allowed anyone to sign up as a new user and assign that account to any other group of users, including a “root” group, which has access to all of the smart alarm systems connected to Eaton’s cloud.

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