What to Expect from Virgin Galactic’s Upgraded Spaceplane

After a few short trips to the edge of space, Virgin Galactic’s VSS Unity spaceplane is set for retirement, making room for a worthy successor. The company’s Delta class vehicle is gearing up for its debut in 2025, promising to bring in some profit with weekly suborbital flights. Inspiration Behind the Reality-TV Style for The … Read more

Spotify Overhauls How It Pays Artists

This week, Spotify shared an update on its policies, aiming to “better support those most dependent on streaming revenues as part of their livelihood,” according to a company post. The updates address “artificial streaming,” the number of plays required to monetize tracks, and new minimums for the length of noise recordings. Johnny Knoxville Loved Collectibles … Read more

Teenage Engineering Just Released a $250 Toy Car

Screenshot: Teenage Engineering Teenage Engineering, the Swedish electronics firm, is known for its beautiful but pricey products—the bulk of which amount to functionalist art. Need a $1600 aluminum desk? TE’s got you covered. How about a $2,000 set of singing, wooden dolls? Again, the company is there to serve. We also wouldn’t have the Nothing … Read more

Tesla Investors Call for Musk’s Suspension, Apple Pulls X Ads

Tesla shareholders condemned Elon Musk’s antisemitic behavior, on his own social media platform, X, and other media outlets Thursday. Some investors are publicly saying he should be suspended, according to a Bloomberg report Friday. Apple also took action over Musk’s tweets by pausing ads on X, Axios reported Friday. Did Elon Musk Regret Buying Twitter? … Read more

OpenAI Fires CEO Sam Altman

Photo: Justin Sullivan (Getty Images) OpenAI announced Sam Altman has departed the company on Friday. Chief Technology Officer Mira Murati has been appointed interim CEO to lead OpenAI. The news comes just weeks after OpenAI’s DevDay, where Sam Altman announced some of the company’s biggest advancements yet. I Gave Sam Altman a Copy of My … Read more

Your Uber Driver May Soon Mount Your TV With Uber Tasks

Uber is testing out its own version of TaskRabbit called Uber Tasks in select markets, as first reported by Bloomberg Monday. The service will let users hire people to complete household tasks, expanding beyond ride-sharing and food delivery currently supported on the platform. What Inspired Dominic Monaghan’s Performance in Moriarty? “This small pilot is the … Read more

Google Witness Spills on Apple’s Cut From Safari Search Revenue

Google pays Apple 36% of its search advertising revenue from Safari, according to new details brought to light in Google’s search antitrust trial on Monday as reported by Bloomberg. The mere utterance of the number, which Google and Apple have tried to keep sealed, caused Google’s main litigator John Schmidtlein to visibly cringe. Google’s Antitrust … Read more

UK economy flatlines as finance minister decries inflation drag

Skyscrapers in the Canary Wharf financial, business and shopping district in London, UK. Bloomberg | Bloomberg | Getty Images The U.K. economy flatlined in the third quarter, initial figures showed Friday. Gross domestic product showed no quarterly growth in the the three months to the end of September, following an increase of 0.2% the previous … Read more

Disney+ Adds Nearly 7 Million Subscribers, Still Loses Money

Sabine Wren (Natasha Liu Bordizzo), Huyang (David Tennant), and Ahsoka Tano (Rosario Dawson) in Star Wars: Ahsoka on Disney+. Image: Lucasfilm No matter what you think about the House of Mouse, the Force, or Marvel’s many assorted heroes and villains, there’s no denying Disney+ has might behind it. According to today’s quarterly report, which you … Read more

Nextdoor Lays Off 25% of Staff as ‘Commitment to Shareholders’

Image: Ascannio (Shutterstock) Nextdoor, a popular neighborhood app, is prioritizing its “commitment to shareholders” over its commitment to employees by eliminating a quarter of its staff to meet shareholder expectations, the company said in a 2023 Q3 report Tuesday. The layoffs are reportedly part of an effort to reduce Nextdoor’s personnel expenses by up to $60 … Read more