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EngadgetNov 26, 2022
Senator Markey calls for an end to ‘failed Big Tech self-regulation' following Musk letter snub
Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts is calling on Congress to pass new legislation to rein in Big Tech companies after Elon Musk ignored an information request. "Elon Musk could respond to my tweets but failed to respond to my letter by yesterday's deadline and answer basic questions about Twitter verification," Markey tweeted Saturday. "Congress must end the era of failed Big Tech self-regulation and pass laws that put user safety over the whims of billionaires."

Musk had until November 25th to answer a letter the senator sent on November 11th about Twitter's paid account verification feature. The initial rollout of the new Twitter Blue saw trolls use the service to impersonate celebrities, politicians and brands. Markey sent Musk a list of questions about the launch after The Washington Post created a "verified" account impersonating him. One day after Markey shared a copy of the letter on Twitter, Musk attacked the senator.


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Yahoo TechnologyNov 26, 2022
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EngadgetNov 26, 2022
NASA's Orion spacecraft breaks Apollo 13 flight record
The Artemis 1 Orion crew vehicle has set a new record for a NASA flight. At approximately 8:40AM ET on Saturday, Orion flew farther than any spacecraft designed to carry human astronauts had ever before, surpassing the previous record set by Apollo 13 back in 1970. As of 10:17AM ET, Orion was approximately 249,666 miles ( from 401,798 kilometers) from Earth.

"Artemis I was designed to stress the systems of Orion and we settled on the distant retrograde orbit as a really good way to do that," said Jim Geffre, Orion spacecraft integration manager. "It just so happened that with that really large orbit, high altitude above the moon, we were able to pass the Apollo 13 record. But what was more important though, was pushing the boundaries of exploration and sending spacecraft farther than we had ever done before."


EngadgetNov 26, 2022
The Internet Archive's PalmPilot Emulation project lets you relive tech history
Fifteen years after the release of the iPhone, it's easy to overlook the role early innovators like Palm played in popularizing the smartphone. By the time HP unceremoniously shut down the company in 2011, Palm had struggled for a few years to carve out a niche for itself among Apple and Google. But ask anyone who had a chance to use a Palm PDA in the late ‘90s or early 2000s and they'll tell you how fondly they remember the hardware and software that made the company's vision possible. Now, it's easier than ever to see what made Palm OS so special back in its day.

This week, archivist Jason Scott uploaded a database of Palm OS apps to the Internet Archive. In all, there are about 560 programs to check out, including old favorites like DopeWars and SpaceTrader. Even if you don't have any nostalgia for Palm, it's well worth spending a few minutes with the collection to see how much - or, in some cases, little - things have changed since Palm OS was a dominant player in the market.


Yahoo TechnologyNov 25, 2022
Elon Musk says Twitter banning Donald Trump was a 'grave mistake.' The tech billionaire is 'fine' with Trump not tweeting, too.


ComputerWorldNov 21, 2022
What Amazon, Twitter, Meta, and others got wrong with layoffs
Twitter, Stripe, Coinbase, Salesforce, Zendesk, Tesla, Meta, and others have announced significant layoffs in recent months, even though unemployment rates are among the lowest in 50 years.

Facebook parent company Meta announced last week it would cut 13% of its staff or 11,000 workers, with Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg saying he overestimated how long the pandemic's e-commerce boom would last.

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