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    SpaceX prints out a preview of super-sized Starship’s capabilities in users guide

    <img width="1084" height="588" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="Starship at Mars"><br>SpaceX provided details about the expected capabilities of its fully reusable Starship super-heavy-lift launch system in a payload users guide that was issued online today. Starship and its Super Heavy booster are still in their early stages of development — primarily at SpaceX’s Boca Chica launch complex in south Texas, where a new round of tests could begin as early as this week. SpaceX plans to conduct Starship launches at the Boca Chica site as well as at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Uncrewed missions could deliver more than 100 tons of cargo to low Earth orbit, or to… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    Japanese astronaut joins the crew for SpaceX Dragon mission to space station

    <img width="824" height="543" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="Soichi Noguchi"><br>The first non-American to be added to the crew for a SpaceX Dragon flight to the International Space Station is Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi. Noguchi first visited the space station in 2005 during the first space shuttle flight following the 2003 Columbia shuttle tragedy, and rode a Russian Soyuz spacecraft for a six-month orbital stay on the station in 2009-2010. For his next mission, Noguchi will be teaming up with NASA’s Michael Hopkins and Victor Glover Jr. — plus Shannon Walker, who was also named today as a member of the first crew to begin a regular tour of duty… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    How Microsoft is fighting the coronavirus outbreak with chatbots and virus trackers

    <img width="1245" height="903" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="Checking an app"><br>To cope with the global coronavirus outbreak, Microsoft is bringing out the bots — and that’s just the beginning. Software developers are also working on software tools to trace the people who came into contact with COVID-19 patients before they knew they were sick, to work through the molecular modeling for new vaccines and therapies, and to simulate how different responses change the course of an outbreak. The pandemic calls for all the tools that tech companies can muster, said Desney Tan, who is managing director of Microsoft Healthcare as well as chief technologist at IntuitiveX, a Seattle-based life sciences… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    Bill Gates outlines 3 steps US government needs to take ‘to save lives and get the country back to work’

    <img width="1260" height="836" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Shut down the country. Step up testing. Develop treatments and a vaccine using data. Bill Gates laid out a 3-step process the U.S. government must take to help curb the COVID-19 outbreak that could kill between 100,000 and 240,000 Americans, based on government estimates shared Tuesday. The Microsoft co-founder and global health expert published his proposed plan in a Washington Post column Tuesday afternoon. Gates has been increasingly outspoken in recent days about the need to take more aggressive action in the fight against the novel coronavirus. “There’s no question the United States missed the opportunity to get ahead of the… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    Analyst lowers Expedia profitability estimates again as questions swirl about future of travel

    <img width="1260" height="837" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>It’s unclear how the COVID-19 outbreak will change the way we travel. Will consumers be more wary of getting on a plane or staying in a hotel? Will remote work reduce corporate travel needs? Will the travel industry simply return back to normal? The uncertainty puts the future of travel companies up in the air. Seattle-based Expedia Group saw its stock price fall more than 50% this month amid the outbreak and travel restrictions around the globe. On Monday RBC Capital Markets again lowered estimates for Expedia’s key financial results after re-examining the impact on profitability this year due to… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    Microsoft president calls Washington state’s new facial recognition law ‘a significant breakthrough’

    <img width="1260" height="900" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Microsoft President Brad Smith took a break from responding to the COVID-19 outbreak Tuesday to praise Washington state’s landmark facial recognition regulations. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill Tuesday that establishes rules specifically governing facial recognition software. Smith called the law an “early and important model” and “a significant breakthrough” in a blog post published Tuesday. Some cities have enacted their own facial recognition rules, but Washington is the first to establish statewide regulations. “This balanced approach ensures that facial recognition can be used as a tool to protect the public, but only in ways that respect fundamental rights… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    Two small businesses rally to support others with online gift card sales that act as ‘microloans’

    <img width="1260" height="1051" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>While efforts to limit movement and interaction in Washington state appear to be slowing the novel coronavirus outbreak in the region, the mandate is hammering local businesses whose sales have plummeted. Now two Seattle-based initiatives are trying to give restaurants, bars, cafes, shops, salons and countless other small enterprises a shot of cash through the sale of gift cards and certificates. “You’re buying this for yourself and the establishment. It’s like a microloan to the business that needs cash right now,” said Richard Hurring. Hurring and Ian Dinsmore a week ago launched the Pay Forward Project, which has links to… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    Shiftboard merges with SchedulePro to offer more robust workforce scheduling software

    <img width="508" height="381" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Seattle-based Shiftboard is merging with Vancouver, B.C.-based SchedulePro to beef up its workforce scheduling application. Both companies sell similar software and say the combination will leverage strengths of each product. The new company will be retain the Shiftboard name. Shiftboard CEO Sterling Wilson will continue leading the combined company. Sachin Agrawal, CEO of SchedulePro developer EDP Software, will become CTO. “Shiftboard and SchedulePro each specialize in different areas of the process, SchedulePro being a leader with high-compliance industries and Shiftboard specializing in highly dynamic worksites across multiple industries,” Sterling said in a blog post. “We believe our two solutions will… <a href="">Read More</a>
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  • GOP economic recovery plan at a glance

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Trump’s Senate GOP allies Thursday released a $1 trillion-plus economic recovery plan to speed direct payments of up to $1,200 to individuals, help small businesses stay afloat, and provide subsidized loans to the airlines and other industries distressed by the economic wreckage of the coronavirus epidemic, among other provisions. The measure […]
  • Clorox, Kroger among stocks bucking the bear market

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Wall Street’s plunge into a bear market after a nearly 11-year bull market has been fast and severe, erasing nearly all the S&P 500’s gains since Donald Trump’s inauguration. The economic disruptions from the coronavirus pandemic and a steep drop in oil prices have many economists forecasting a global recession as […]
  • Scientists expect spring floods to be milder than last year

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Too often disasters come in threes. But the year of global pandemic and record wildfires in Australia will not also be a year of historic floods in the U.S., forecasters predict. Last year saw record floods in several regions of the country. But this year this annual spring flooding season will not […]
  • No family, fanfare for NASA astronaut launching next month

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A NASA astronaut who’s about to leave the planet for six months will blast off without any family or fanfare because of the coronavirus. Chris Cassidy said Thursday that he won’t have any guests at his April 9 launch from Kazakhstan. He expects to say goodbye in Russia to his […]
  • Conan O’Brien to return to air, with an iPhone from home

    NEW YORK (AP) — With iPhones and Skype, Conan O’Brien is going back on the air. The late-night host said he will resume putting out new episodes of TBS’ “Conan” on March 30. His staff will remain at home, and the show will be cobbled together with O’Brien on an iPhone and guests via Skype. […]
  • Virus-shocked Hollywood gets break with streaming services

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sports are on hold, theaters are closed and so are amusement parks, a disaster-movie scenario that has stunned Hollywood. But Americans held captive at home by the coronavirus can turn to Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and other streaming services, outliers in an entertainment industry brought to an unprecedented standstill. The recent launch […]
  • Chinese factories face new threat: US anti-virus controls

    BEIJING (AP) — Factories in China, struggling to reopen after the coronavirus shut down the economy, face a new threat from U.S. anti-disease controls that might disrupt the flow of microchips and other components they need. The shock threatens to set back the ruling Communist Party’s efforts to revive the world’s second-largest economy after it […]
  • Philadelphia schools, citing inequity, won’t teach online

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia School District will not offer remote instruction during the coronavirus shutdown, the superintendent announced Wednesday, citing equity concerns in a city where many students lack computers or high-speed internet at home. School districts nationwide have been wrestling with the same issues as they explore ways to keep children engaged as […]
  • Apollo 15 astronaut Al Worden, who circled moon, dies at 88

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Apollo 15 astronaut Al Worden, who circled the moon alone in 1971 while his two crewmates test-drove the first lunar rover, died Wednesday at age 88. Worden died in his sleep at a rehab center in Houston following treatment for an infection, said friend and colleague Tom Kallman. “Al was […]
  • SpaceX puts 60 satellites into orbit despite engine failure

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX launched 60 more of its internet satellites into orbit Wednesday despite an engine failure shortly after liftoff on a recycled rocket flying a record five times. SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk said one of the nine main engines shut down prematurely during liftoff, a rare occurrence. But the satellites […]
  • ‘Wonderchicken’ fossil reveals ancestor of today’s birds

    New York (AP) — A tiny fossil skull nicknamed “Wonderchicken” is giving scientists a rare glimpse at early ancestors of today’s birds. It may be the oldest known fossil from this group. With a face like those of today’s chicken-like birds and a back portion like that of living duck-like birds, Wonderchicken is ” down […]
  • Apple brings PC-like trackpad to iPad tablets

    NEW YORK (AP) — Apple’s new iPad brings PC-like trackpad capabilities for the first time, as the company seeks to make its tablet even more like a laptop computer. Apple says the trackpad will offer more precision than fingers in selecting text and switching between apps. Older iPads will also be able to get trackpad […]
  • Volvo recalls vehicles to fix automatic braking malfunction

    DETROIT (AP) — Volvo is recalling more than 736,000 vehicles worldwide because the automatic emergency braking system may not detect obstacles and stop the vehicles as designed. The recall covers certain 2019 and 2020 S60, V60, S90L and V90 models. The company says in government documents that a software-hardware incompatibility glitch causes the problem. If […]
  • Computer-graphics pioneers win tech’s Turing prize

    The technology that animated movies like “Toy Story” and enabled a variety of special effects is the focus of this year’s Turing Award, the technology industry’s version of the Nobel Prize. Patrick Hanrahan and Edwin Catmull won the prize for their contributions to 3-D computer graphics used in movies and video games. Edwin Catmull was […]
  • Tesla factory could be shut under California health order

    FREMONT, Calif. (AP) — The Tesla factory that employs thousands of people could be forced to close after Alameda County on Tuesday night declared it a “nonessential business” under the county’s shelter-in-place order. Seven Bay Area counties have ordered nearly 7 million residents to shelter in place for three weeks and ordered businesses to send […]