Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin sets launch record as it tests NASA moon gear

Blue Origin set a new mark for recycling rockets Tuesday morning by sending the same New Shepard spacecraft to the edge of space for the seventh time.

The spaceflight company founded and funded by Amazon head Jeff Bezos completed its 13th New Shepard mission from its private launch facility in west Texas while also testing some key equipment for future NASA missions to the moon. 

The mission was originally set for late September from the Texas site, but was delayed multiple times due to weather and technical issues. It finally left Earth at 6:37 a.m. PT (8:37 a.m. Texas time) Tuesday and returned to land at the same facility in two pieces just about 10 minutes later. 

A New Shepard launches for the seventh time.


Blue Origin video capture by Eric Mack/CNET

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McAfee Sets Terms of IPO, Hoping to Raise up to $682 Million

McAfee Corp., the cybersecurity company founded by tech eccentric John McAfee, has set the terms for its initial public offering, hoping to raise as much as $682 million in a deal that could value the company at $3.64 billion.

McAfee, based in San Jose, plans to sell 37 million shares at a price of $19 to $22 each. The stock will trade on Nasdaq, with the ticker symbol MCFE, the company said in an SEC filing.

Of the 37 million shares, 30,982,558 will come from the company and 6,017,442 from existing stockholders. McAfee expects to have 165.44 million Class A shares outstanding after the IPO.

In the six months through June 27, McAfee posted profit of $31 million, swinging from a loss of $146 million in the year-earlier period. Revenue rose 9% to $1.4 billion from $1.29 billion.

John McAfee founded McAfee Associates in 1987 and ran it until 1994,

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Apple Sets Oct. 13 Online Event, Could Unveil New iPhone

Apple  (AAPL) – Get Report said it would hold an online event on Oct. 13, and industry watchers expect the tech company to unveil the latest iterations of its ubiquitous iPhone.

Four models of the iPhone 12 are expected to be announced at the event, according to Apple Insider. The iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Max, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max are all expected to debut. 

The new iPhone is expected to be 5G-enabled. The models would arrive just a month after Apple’s September event, where it introduced new hardware and subscription bundles. 

The standard models are expected to have 5.4-inch and 6.1-inch OLED displays, while the Pro versions are expected to have 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch versions. 

The standard models will have two 12-megapixel cameras, according to Apple Insider, while the pro model adds a third camera on the back for telephoto shooting. 

Speculation on the

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TechLaw.Fest 2020 Sets Stage For Legal Industry’s Future

SINGAPORE, Oct. 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — A legal profession powered by technology—that’s the bold new vision put forth for the profession’s future at the end of TechLaw.Fest 2020. Attracting more than 6,000 registrations from over 100 countries, the event featured more than 50 networking opportunities, panel discussions and keynote addresses over five days.

TechLaw.Fest 2020 also boasted more than 120 speakers from the likes of tech giants Alibaba and Google, academia, and leading local and international law firms. Together, they offered thought-provoking and practical insights into legal innovation, technology law, access to justice and the future of automated legal operations.

Said Mr Edwin Tong SC, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Second Minister for Law, “With its record turnout and success in bringing stakeholders of legal innovation closer together, TechLaw.Fest 2020 has shown how a purely digital event can be just as meaningful and engaging as a

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NSW government sets public cloud as default standard for agencies

Adopting public cloud will now be the default for all government state agencies under a new principle that has been introduced by the New South Wales government under its new cloud strategy.

Under the new principle, Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello said all agencies would embed a “public cloud by default” principle for all IT procurement decisions and have the “highest security, privacy, and contractual safeguards” when going to market for computing services.  

“It is a move that will accelerate innovation, modernise service delivery, and create better outcomes for the citizens of NSW,” Dominello said in a statement on Friday.

“A modern and reliable cloud strategy and cloud policy will enable government-wide adoption of public cloud services in a united and secure manner.”

According to the state government, the strategy has been designed to provide government agencies with a “common vision, direction, and approach for consuming cloud services”.

It

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WeChat sets the record straight for its 690,000 Aussie users

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The Select Committee on Foreign Interference through Social Media has been tasked with probing the risk posed to the nation’s democracy by foreign interference through social media.

Twitter, Google, Tiktok, and Facebook have previously made submissions to the inquiry, with the plan for representatives from each of the social media platforms to eventually face the committee.

TikTok was probed on Friday, using its time to clarify data protection rules, its plans to prevent distressing videos from being viewed on its platform, and how it wasn’t asked to provide assistance to a government investigation, among other things. Facebook was due to appear alongside TikTok, but blamed a scheduling issue for pulling out.

The latest submission [PDF] to the committee as part of its inquiry comes from the Middle Kingdom, by way of popular chat app WeChat.

WeChat is owned and operated by WeChat International Pte Ltd, an entity incorporated in Singapore.

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Amazon’s Ring drone camera sets a bad precedent for privacy

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Ring’s Always Home Cam features a camera below its propellors, which will be covered when docked.


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Amazon’s fall hardware event has come and gone, and as usual, it delivered a jetstream of announcements, including new Echo smart speakers, an all-new cloud gaming platform and — perhaps most interestingly — a flying camera drone from Amazon’s home security brand, Ring. Yes, the Ring Always Home Cam can literally undock, hover into a given room and record footage of, say, a break-in.

Depending on your point of view, Ring’s new drone cam could be a symbol of a shining, robotic future, or it could be a harbinger of darker days ahead. Ring insists its new camera is secure and private, and with a launch date of “early 2021” you won’t have to worry about it this year, but regardless of the particulars at release, the Always Home Cam is a bad

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Amazon Sets October 13-14 For ‘Prime Day’ Global Mega-sale

Amazon on Monday announced the new date for its annual global mega-sale, which it said aims to promote small and medium-sized businesses despite accusations by numerous lawmakers and trade associations that the retail giant is trying to crush competition.

“Prime Day,” named for the Amazon subscription service that offers users free delivery and other perks, will be held on October 13-14, the company said.

Launched in 2015, the wildly popular sale is normally held in July but had to be pushed back this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Because of lockdowns, Amazon has faced a huge surge in demand for online shopping and delivery of household goods, forcing its warehouses and supply teams into overdrive.

In its statement, the group said it would spend more than $100 million in new promotions to benefit small and medium-sized businesses and help them win new clients.

The company has played a crucial

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TikTok’s promise of 25,000 new U.S. jobs sets lofty goal

By Sheila Dang

(Reuters) – Even as dealmakers bicker over who will actually own TikTok Global, another question emerged after President Donald Trump agreed over the weekend to keep the wildly popular video-sharing app running in the United States for another week: how can they possibly create 25,000 new jobs in the United States?

That vow, repeated by the president on Saturday at a campaign rally in North Carolina, was part of a concession that dealmakers offered to convince Trump to green-light a transaction in which a new board comprised of U.S. citizens would oversee a new U.S.-based company and co-owned by Oracle Corp and Walmart Inc.

But the lofty hiring target will be tough to justify, experts said. Such a high number suggests an expectation for massive revenue growth at a time when TikTok faces unprecedented global challenges.

If TikTok operated at anywhere near the efficiency of other internet

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Amazon sets Prime Day 2020 for October 13 and 14

Amazon has confirmed it will be holding its Prime Day sales event on October 13 and October 14, with some Prime subscriber-exclusive preview deals starting today.

Following initial leaks on the date, Amazon has now started to promote Prime Day as taking place on October 13 and 14 in the United States and many other territories. The two-day event will commence at midnight PT on Tuesday, October 13, and will run into the following day.

Running for the fifth year in a row, the annual Amazon Prime Day is a shopping event aimed at encouraging consumers to sign up for the Prime subscription. Deals offered during the event are only able to be bought by subscribers, though customers can also start a 30-day free trial to take part.

As usual, Amazon claims there will be “incredible savings and deep discounts” across over one million deals during the

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