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SpaceX has established close ties with US intelligence agencies – WSJ

SpaceX has established close ties with the US military and intelligence agencies and plans to expand contracts with the government, including the secret Starshield project. This was reported by the Daily Caller with reference to The Wall Street Journal. According to the media source, Starshield is just one example of ... Read more

Almost one in five Americans believe that Taylor Swift is working with the US government

Monmouth University conducted a survey and found that almost one in five Americans believes that Taylor Swift is running with Joe Biden in the 2024 US elections. Almost half of respondents have heard of this conspiracy theory. 18% believe Taylor is helping Joe Biden win the election. 80% of those ... Read more

In Alabama, criminals stole… 60-meter radio tower

A radio station in Alabama (USA) was forced to cease operations after intruders stole its 60-meter radio tower, reports The Guardian. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has ordered WJLX in Jasper, Alabama, to stop broadcasting after unknown thieves stole the station’s AM tower. “In all my years of being in ... Read more

137 crypto farms consume 2.3% of the electricity produced in the US

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) is requiring large crypto miners to report their energy consumption. This initiative is part of an effort to regulate cryptocurrency mining due to the exorbitant amount of energy consumed by the industry. writes Tom’s Hardware. So far, the EIA is only collecting data, but ... Read more

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has banned automated calls containing AI-generated voices

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has banned automated calls that contain voices generated by artificial intelligence. This decision should emphasize that the use of technology to mislead voters is unacceptable, writes PBS NewsHour. The new ruling expands the powers of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991, which restricts ... Read more

A law has been proposed in the United States that provides for significant prison terms for distributing deepfake porn

Following a police investigation into teenage boys in New Jersey who distributed deepfake porn images of classmates, the US has reintroduced a law that would impose severe penalties for such acts, writes Ars Technica. Joseph Morell, a Democratic congressman from New Jersey, announced that he has reintroduced the “Deepfake Intimate ... Read more

Sanctions are not working. China continues to receive banned NVIDIA A100 and H100 chips

Despite the sales ban on certain high-end NVIDIA chips to China (including Hong Kong) in September 2022, Chinese government organizations, including those associated with the military, continue to receive top-of-the-line NVIDIA A100 and H100 GPUs, writes Reuters. According to tender documents examined by Reuters, Chinese educational and research institutions, along ... Read more

A war over Taiwan between China and the United States could cost $10 trillion, or 10% of global GDP

Bloomberg has published an extensive analytical piece on the impact of a hypothetical war between China and Taiwan with the participation of the United States on the global economy. The forecasts are not encouraging. It could cost the world $10 trillion, or 10% of global GDP, which is much more ... Read more

An iPhone fell out of an Alaska Airlines plane at an altitude of 5 km. But it still works

It seems that the iPhone has successfully passed the most unusual crash test. Apple’s smartphone “survived” a fall from an airplane and continued to function, writes user Seanathan Bates on the X platform. This refers to an incident that occurred on January 6, 2024, on board an Alaska Airlines Boeing ... Read more

SpaceX accused of illegal dismissal of employees who criticized Elon Musk

The U.S. Labor Department has accused SpaceX of illegally firing eight employees for a letter calling CEO Elon Musk a “distraction and a disgrace”, writes Reuters. A regional representative of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) filed the complaint. He claims that SpaceX has violated the rights of employees to ... Read more

Pornhub starts blocking content for users in North Carolina and Montana

Pornhub started blocking access to content for users in two more US states – North Carolina and Montana, reports The Verge. In this way, Pornhub is protesting against legislation that requires adult websites to confirm the age of users through digital identification. In both states, such laws came into effect ... Read more

Disney’s Mickey Mouse will finally become public domain in the United States on January 1, 2024

On January 1, 2024, Disney’s iconic characters Mickey and Minnie Mouse will finally become public domain in the United States, reports Gizmodo. However, for now, we are only talking about the image from the 1928 Steamboat Willie cartoon. In a few days, it will be free to use and redraw, ... Read more

Twitter breached contract by failing to pay millions in bonuses – US judge

Twitter breached its contract by failing to pay millions of dollars in bonuses that the social network, now called X Corp, had promised its employees. This conclusion was reached by a federal court in the United States, writes Reuters. We are talking about the case of Mark Schoberger, who was ... Read more

Mercedes-Benz receives permission to use turquoise color to indicate automated driving

Mercedes-Benz became the first company to receive permission to use the color turquoise for exterior lighting in cars to indicate automated driving. So far, the company has received such a permit in only two states in the United States – California and Nevada. In California, the permit is valid for ... Read more

Google to pay $700 million to settle Google Play lawsuit

Google has agreed to pay $700 million to ensure greater competition in the Google Play app store. The company will comply with these conditions as part of an antitrust settlement with US states and consumers, writes Reuters. As you know, Google was accused of overcharging consumers through illegal restrictions on ... Read more

SpaceX receives US permission to test Direct to Cell service for six months

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has granted Elon Musk’s SpaceX company permission to test the Direct to Cell service, reports Bloomberg. Thus, the commission approved the company’s request for six months of testing, which will involve about 2,000 test devices and 840 satellites. As you know, in the fall, ... Read more

The US approves treatment of a deadly disease using CRISPR gene editing technology

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved two drugs for the treatment of sickle cell disease. This is stated in the message on the FDA website. It is a painful and fatal disease that has not yet had a universal successful treatment. It affects about 100 thousand people ... Read more

Iranian hackers hack into water supply systems in the United States

An Iranian-affiliated hacker group is “actively attacking and compromising” numerous facilities in the United States that use Israeli equipment, reports NPR. The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) reported that hackers known as CyberAv3ngers displayed a message on the video screens of some devices that read “You have been ... Read more

It will take years for the US to achieve independence in chip manufacturing – NVIDIA CEO

It may take the US another 20 years to get rid of its dependence on foreign supplies for chip production. This opinion was expressed by NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang during the DealBook conference in New York, according to Bloomberg. He noted that his company’s products depend on many components that ... Read more

Children in the US want games and related things for Christmas most of all

The Entertainment Software Association shared a new study that surveyed 500 children and teens aged 10 to 17 about what they would like to receive for Christmas. The most popular answer was games or things related to them. 59% of girls and 86% of boys surveyed said they would ask ... Read more

NVIDIA postpones release of new AI chip aimed at China until 2024

NVIDIA has informed customers in China that it is postponing until early 2024 the release of a new AI chip that the company developed to comply with US export restrictions, writes Reuters with reference to informed sources. According to them, it is the H20 chip. It is considered to be ... Read more

Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao pleads guilty to money laundering and resigns

Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao has agreed to resign and plead guilty to money laundering as part of a US government investigation, reports Engadget. According to CNBC, Changpeng Zhao and the cryptocurrency exchange have signed a corresponding agreement with the government. According to the agreement, Binance will pay a fine of ... Read more

The US is considering treatment of a deadly disease using CRISPR gene editing technology

The United States is considering a new therapy that could potentially cure people of sickle cell disease. This is a painful and fatal disease that has no universal successful treatment, reports Slashdot. We are talking about the exa-cel method, developed by the Boston-based Vertex Pharmaceuticals and the Swiss CRISPR Therapeutics. ... Read more

NuScale halts project to build small modular reactor power plant in the US

NuScale, whose small modular nuclear reactor (SMR) has been approved in the United States, has announced the suspension of the Carbon Free Power Project (CFPP). This is stated in a post on its website. The project involved the construction of a power plant for Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS). ... Read more

Cruise recalls 950 self-driving cars in the US after pedestrian accident

Cruise recalls 950 self-driving cars in the US after a pedestrian accident. It is likely that the company will not stop there and will recall a certain number of cars, writes Reuters. The decision is linked to questions about the Cruise autonomous driving system, which may not react properly after ... Read more