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Video Ingenuity has successfully performed a solar-powered autonomous flight on Mars, NASA confirmed on Monday.
The dual-bladed helicopter took off from the Jezero Crater at 0734 UTC, marking the first time in history an Earth-built aircraft has flown in skies away from Sol d. NASA has now named the patch of Martian surface that Ingenuity hovered over as the Wright Brothers Field, after human flight pioneers Orville and Wilbur Wright.
The Bank of England and HM Treasury have formed a Taskforce to “coordinate the exploration of a potential UK Central Bank Digital Currency (CDBC).”
Let’s call it “Britcoin”.
A Bank of England announcement quickly points out that no decision has been taken to green-light Britcoin and omits any mention of why the time is right to ponder a digital currency.
Wisconsin governor Tony Evers and Foxconn board member Dr. Jay Lee have announced a new agreement to revive and remodel the notorious high-tech plant that attracted billions in incentives but appears not to have delivered promised economic benefits.
The plant was announced in 2017, amidst much fanfare that Foxconn would spend US$10B facility to make LCD displays in Wisconsin. The State government tipped in over US$3B of incentives and then-President Donald Trump hailed the deal as a prime example of his policy to bring manufacturing jobs back to the USA. Trump even dug in with a shovel at the factory's launch and proclaimed it would become the eighth wonder of the world.
The plant was originally promised to employ 3,000 locals and climb to 13,000 once opened. But the number of jobs promised fell to 5,200.
Vodafone Idea, the Indian limb of the mega-carrier, has been fingered as the source of what’s been described as a “major BGP hijack” by Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security (MANRS), an organisation that “provides crucial fixes to reduce the most common routing threats.”
Early on Saturday, net-watchers noticed that an autonomous system number (ASN) held by Vodafone Idea published over 30,000 bogus border gateway protocol (BGP) prefixes.
Microsoft has announced a new Azure region in Malaysia.
As is often the case, Microsoft hasn’t said when its new data centres will fire up or if they’ll offer a complete range of Azure services. The company has said that Azure, Microsoft 365 and the Dynamics 365 and Power Platform will be offered.
Microsoft has also pledged to build Availability Zones, suggesting at least three data centres will be constructed.
Parler is set to return to Apple's App Store next week after the social network agreed to moderate hate speech on its platform.
In a letter [PDF] to Congress on Monday, Apple’s senior director of government affairs in the Americas, Tim Powderly, confirmed a duly updated version of Parler will be allowed into the iGiant's software souk.
The decision comes months after the self-described “free speech social network” was deplatformed by Big Tech over concerns it was used by far-right netizens to spread hate speech and whip up violence, particularly around the January 6 insurrection attempt at the US Capitol.
America's Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has urged owners of the hi-tech Peloton Tread+ treadmill to use caution after a child was killed by one of the machines last month.
"CPSC is aware of 39 incidents including one death," the US government agency said in a statement on Saturday.
"CPSC staff believes the Peloton Tread+ poses serious risks to children for abrasions, fractures, and death.
The US government's response groups for dealing with recent SolarWinds and Microsoft Exchange vulnerabilities have reached the end of the road.
In a statement on Monday, US Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber and Emerging Technology Anne Neuberger said the two Unified Coordination Groups (UCGs) formed in January and March respectively will be disbanded.
"Due to the vastly increased patching and reduction in victims, we are standing down the current UCG surge efforts and will be handling further responses through standard incident management procedures," said Neuberger.
Updated Authorities are investigating a Tesla crash in Texas in which two men were killed this weekend. The authorities are probing whether the vehicle was operating in its Autopilot mode with neither occupant in control.
According to reports, the collision happened at 23:25 local time on 17 April in the Houston suburb of The Woodlands.
Neither of the two unnamed victims – born in 1962 and 1951 – were in the driver's seat at the time of the accident, according to Sgt Cynthia Umanzor of the Harris County Constable Precinct 4, who spoke to local TV station Khou-TV (geo-restricted).
A proposal by a WordPress core contributor to treat Google's FLoC ad tech as a security vulnerability, and therefore backport an automatic opt-out to previous WordPress versions, shows the depth of community opposition to the technology.
FLoC (Federated Learning of Cohorts) is Google’s scheme to replace third-party cookies with an ad personalisation system based on groups of users. It has run into wide opposition from privacy advocates and browser makers, but Google has nonetheless pressed ahead with trials in the current version of Chrome.
Now a WordPress Core contributor has proposed treating “FLoC as a security concern.”
Gavin Patterson, former boss of BT, is in the frame to lead a proposed European football league at the centre of a storm of criticism.
According to Sky News, Patterson was approached informally several weeks ago about the role.
Proposals for the European Super League – which UK football clubs Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur have agreed to join – include a "new midweek competition" with teams continuing to "compete in their respective national leagues". AC Milan, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus and Real Madrid have also agreed to join the controversial league, which plans say will have 20 teams: the 12 founding members plus the three unnamed clubs they expect to join soon, and five teams who qualify annually according to their domestic achievements.
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