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Rocket Report: SpaceX nets another boat, Air Force competition heats up

Ars - Fri, 2019-08-16 06:00

Enlarge / A Falcon 9 rocket launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base. (credit: Aurich Lawson/SpaceX)

Welcome to Edition 2.11 of the Rocket Report! As always, there is lots going on in the world of lift. This week saw a flurry of activity surrounding the US Air Force's competition for launch contracts between 2022 and 2026. Bids were due, and each of the four participating companies had plenty on the line. And already, we've had one protest of the process.

As always, we welcome reader submissions, and if you don't want to miss an issue, please subscribe using the box below (the form will not appear on AMP-enabled versions of the site). Each report will include information on small-, medium-, and heavy-lift rockets as well as a quick look ahead at the next three launches on the calendar.

Vector "pauses" its operations amid CEO shake-up. On Friday, Vector sent its employees in Arizona and California home from work, saying the company had failed to raise the needed capital to keep going, Ars reported. The company said it had parted ways with its chief executive: "Jim Cantrell is no longer with Vector effective today," a spokeswoman said. "John Garvey has assumed the role of CEO." The company has been working on developing its Vector-R vehicle and trying to prepare it for a suborbital flight this summer.

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The American consumer vs. the bond market

CNN - Fri, 2019-08-16 05:59
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The secret to a long and happy marriage

CNN - Fri, 2019-08-16 05:54
This just in from the aspirational marriage report... there's a couple in California who has been happily married for 67 years. In what has become viral news, the pair told reporters that the key to their union is that they pray together, sing around town in their acapella group of two, the "Singing Chaplains," and—the real piece de resistance—wear matching outfits.

Kaspersky AV injected unique ID that allowed sites to track users, even in incognito mode

Ars - Fri, 2019-08-16 05:45

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Antivirus software is something that can help people be safer and more private on the Internet. But its protections can cut both ways. A case in point: for almost four years, AV products from Kaspersky Lab injected a unique identifier into the HTML of every website a user visited, making it possible for sites to identify people even when using incognito mode or when they switched between Chrome, Firefox, or Edge.

The identifier, as reported Thursday by c't Magazine, was part of a blob of JavaScript Kaspersky products injected into every page a user visited. The JavaScript, presented below this paragraph, was designed to, among other things, present a green icon that corresponded to safe links returned in search results.

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One Thing You Can Do: Make Your Donations Count

NY Times - Fri, 2019-08-16 05:32
Also this week, Greta Thunberg sets sail for America.

Is Josh Hawley the Future of the G.O.P.?

NY Times - Fri, 2019-08-16 05:32
One-on-one with the Missouri senator.

Power Up: Trump urged Bibi to diss two members of the 'Squad.' Long term, that may be damaging.

Washington Post - Fri, 2019-08-16 05:23
Rashida Tlaib was just now granted permission to visit her grandmother.

5 things to know today

CNN - Fri, 2019-08-16 05:13
Want to breathe underwater with artificial gills? It's closer to reality than you think, thanks to a designer and a 3D printer.

Double murderer executed by electric chair

CNN - Fri, 2019-08-16 04:58
A double murderer who chose to die by electrocution was executed Thursday night, the Tennessee Department of Correction said.

Man accused of 10 felonies in 21 minutes

CNN - Fri, 2019-08-16 04:56
An Ohio man committed 10 felonies and two misdemeanors against seven people within a span of 21 minutes, authorities say.

London Stock Exchange hit by delay

CNN - Fri, 2019-08-16 04:39
The London Stock Exchange is investigating an issue that is preventing some stocks from trading.

A Gentler Way to Gentrify?

NY Times - Fri, 2019-08-16 04:24
Gentrifier, interloper, developer: A new breed of builders is attempting to reclaim the “D” word and make development a little kinder and friendlier.

Art Disappears in Private Hands. Can Social Media Resurface It?

NY Times - Fri, 2019-08-16 04:24
Private art collections are notoriously secretive. A collective website aims to make them viewable by all.

Commuting Has Always Been Soul-Crushing, but There Are Inspiring Options

NY Times - Fri, 2019-08-16 04:24
Instead of the freeway, try a seaplane.

In Central Park, a Concert for Immigrant Rights. And Selena.

NY Times - Fri, 2019-08-16 04:24
Kali Uchis, Helado Negro and Cuco are coming to SummerStage for a performance series with a message.

‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’ Review: She’s Hiding From Herself

NY Times - Fri, 2019-08-16 04:24
Cate Blanchett plays a woman in trouble in Richard Linklater’s latest, based on the best-selling novel by Maria Semple.
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