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Google Buys In on Musk’s Space Internet Plans

SpaceX, the space transport services company founded by billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, has raised $1 billion in funding from Google and Fidelity Investments. Together, they will together own almost 10 percent of SpaceX. Musk last November confirmed that SpaceX was developing advanced micro-sate...

TECH TREK

Russian Rocket, Satellite Don’t Quite Make It

A space-bound satellite designed to provide Internet access to remote regions in Russia and neighboring states was destroyed when its ride blew apart mid-flight. The Proton-M rocket, affixed with a European-built Express AM4R satellite, seemed to be doing well until nine minutes into the flight, whe...

TECH TREK

Fears Rise Among Free Net Advocates as UN Meeting Kicks Off

The UN-sponsored World Conference on International Telecommunications, which will feature government regulators from 193 countries, opened Monday, prompting fears that the meeting could ultimately damage Internet freedom. The UN's International Telecommunications Union reportedly is trying to allay ...

TECH TREK

UK, US Play Piracy Tug-of-War

There is cross-party pressure in the UK to stay the extradition of 23-year-old Richard O'Dwyer, who founded a website that shared links to TV shows. Last month Theresa May, the UK home secretary, approved the extradition request to send O'Dwyer to the U.S., where he faces up to 10 years in prison fo...

SPACE

10 Teams Sure They Have the Right Stuff for Google’s $30M Moon Shot

Ten teams from around the world have signed up to compete for the Google Lunar X Prize, a robotic race to to the moon with a $30 million purse. The basic rules are simple: Teams will compete to be the first to land a privately funded robotic craft on the moon, have it tool around on the surface for ...

SPACE

3-D Images to Illuminate Sun’s Secrets

A pair of NASA spacecraft have recorded the first 3-D images of the sun, giving scientists and space weather experts a much-improved ability to monitor and predict solar storms that can disrupt communications satellites, interfere with widely-used GPS systems, and knock out electrical power grids. T...

NASA Guards Report on Failed DART Mission

NASA won't release its 70-page report on why the DART spacecraft didn't complete its mission last year because of its sensitive content, the agency said. "The official DART Mishap Investigation Report will not be publicly released because it contains information that is protected by U.S. Internation...

Xerox PARC Veterans Picked for Prestigious Draper Prize

In what's been called the "Academy Awards for Engineers," four distinguished figures in personal computer history will be awarded the Charles Stark Draper Prize tonight at a dinner in Washington, D.C. Sharing the $500,000 prize will be Robert W. Taylor, Alan C. Kay, Butler W. Lampson and Charles P.

TECHNOLOGY SPECIAL REPORT

High-Tech Shift: From Home Computing to Homeland Defense

From the 1970s to the late 1990s, the computer industry's main source of revenue came from developing business and consumer markets through channels like the personal computer, client-server networking technologies and, eventually, commercialization of the Internet. But with consumer and business te...

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