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  • After an extended quarantine, the next ISS crew arrives in orbit
    by Devin Coldewey on April 9, 2020 at 10:06 pm

    Working from home is easy for some and difficult for others, but one place it’s downright impossible is the International Space Station. So pandemic or no pandemic, the latest crew had to get themselves up there. They’ve just had a successful launch and arrival, but only after a protracted quarantine period. To be clear, ISS

  • Facebook’s new ‘Quiet Mode’ option lets you turn off the app’s push notifications
    by Sarah Perez on April 9, 2020 at 9:15 pm

    Facebook today is launching a new feature called “Quiet Mode” that will allow you to minimize distractions by muting the app’s push notifications for a time frame you specify. The company announced the change as an update on its COVID Newsroom post, describing it as a way for users to set boundaries around how they

  • Starship Technologies is sending its autonomous robots to more cities as demand for contactless delivery rises
    by Kirsten Korosec on April 9, 2020 at 8:39 pm

    Starship Technologies has launched a robot food delivery service in Tempe, Ariz., as part of the autonomous delivery startup’s expansion plans following a $40 million funding round announced last August. Starship Technologies, which was launched in 2014 by Skype co-founders Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis, has been ramping up commercial services in the past year,

  • $75M weed giant Caliva ditches Eaze, launches delivery
    by Josh Constine on April 9, 2020 at 8:15 pm

    It’s a brutal time for marijuana startups. I’m hearing some are raising at one-fifth of their 2019 valuation amid rampant competition, tall taxes and slow legalization. The struggles for marijuana’s best-known startup, delivery service Eaze, continue as today it’s losing one of its top partners: $75 million-funded weed brand empire Caliva has dropped Eaze in

  • Free tool helps manufacturers map where COVID-19 impacts supply chain
    by Ron Miller on April 9, 2020 at 7:56 pm

    Assent Compliance, a company that helps large manufacturers like GE and Rolls Royce manage complex supply chains through an online data exchange, announced a new tool this week that lets any company, whether they’re a customer or not, upload bills of materials and see on a map where COVID-19 is having an impact on their

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