SpaceX launches a NASA telescope that will observe black holes

Mariella Moon

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket has blasted off with NASA’s Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) satellite. First announced in 2017, the IXPE is the first satellite capable of measuring the polarization of X-rays that come from cosmic sources, such as black holes and neutron stars.  The fridge-sized satellite has three telescopes that can track and … Read more

CD Projekt Red is working to settle a class-action lawsuit over botched Cyberpunk 2077 launch

CD Projekt Red is working to settle a class-action lawsuit over botched Cyberpunk 2077 launch

Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt Red has entered negotiations to settle a class-action lawsuit over the game’s bungled launch. There are still a number of outstanding questions about any potential settlement, according to court documents, including all class certification requirements, the proposed allocation plan for the settlement fund, and how the settlement will be administered. … Read more

Amazon starts shipping its $80 Halo View fitness band

Kris Holt

Amazon’s is now available from its online storefront, and Amazon 4-star and Amazon Books locations. The company for Halo View last month and said the fitness band would ship sometime in December. During the pre-order period, Amazon offered customers to snap one up for a $30 discount, but the device is back to the regular … Read more

ViacomCBS announces partnership with Wattpad to adapt originals

ViacomCBS announces partnership with Wattpad to adapt originals

Wattpad has long been a pipeline bringing content adaptations of stories by emerging writers to streaming services like Netflix and Hulu. Now, ViacomCBS and Wattpad’s studio arm are teaming up to spin out a slate of original series from successful titles on Wattpad and Webtoon. Wattpad has been a story springboard for streaming services for … Read more

Senators came to the Instagram hearing armed with their teenaged finstas

Karissa Bell

Instagram’s top executive spent more than two hours being grilled by the Senate about Instagram’s safety policies and its impact on teens’ metal health. Unfortunately for Mosseri, members of the subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Data Security came to the hearing armed with fresh anecdotes from their own finstas. During the hearing, Mosseri’s … Read more

Kickstarter is building an open-source blockchain protocol for crowdfunding

Kickstarter is building an open-source blockchain protocol for crowdfunding

Kickstarter is announcing some big changes to the foundations of its technology. The company said Wednesday that it will support the development of “an open-source protocol that will essentially create a decentralized version of Kickstarter’s core functionality,” according to a Kickstarter blog post published Wednesday. The protocol will live on a public blockchain and will … Read more

Meta’s prototype moderation AI only needs a few examples of bad behavior to take action

Andrew Tarantola

Moderating content on today’s internet is akin to a round of Whack-A-Mole with human moderators continually forced to react in realtime to changing trends, such as vaccine mis- and disinformation or intentional bad actors probing for ways around established personal conduct policies. Machine learning systems can help alleviate some of this burden by automating the … Read more