Technology Roundup #17

Technology is best when it brings people together” – Matt Mullenweg

NASA and Nokia Team Up to Bring 4G to the Moon

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced last week that it has awarded Nokia’s Bell Labs to land 4G LTE on the moon. The space agency has awarded the tech firm with a $14.1 million funding in partnership with Intuitive Machines to build the 4G-LTE network on the moon.

Today’s the big day for NASA’s mission that seeks to pluck asteroid dust

Hundreds of scientists and engineers have labored for the better part of two decades to reach this point. Now, their passenger-van sized spacecraft is finally ready for its big moment, hovering near an asteroid about as long as the Empire State Building is tall.

SpaceX launched a Starlink mission Sunday, another on tap for Wednesday

A Falcon 9 rocket ascended into the blue skies above Florida on Sunday morning, and much of the space world barely took notice. Sure, it was fairly early on a Sunday, and many Americans were not even yet out of bed.

TikTok removing accounts of users who share QAnon-related content

TikTok has been removing the accounts of users who share QAnon-related content on the platform, NPR reported, part of a policy the video-sharing platform says has been in effect since August.

Countries won’t sign this Moon exploration agreement because it’s too ‘US-centric’

Eight countries have signed the Artemis Accords, a set of guidelines surrounding the Artemis Program for crewed exploration of the Moon.

Pakistan unlocks TikTok after management assures cooperation

After receiving assurance from TikTok, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) is unlocking the short-form video app just 10 days after banning it. The regulator said that TikTok has assured it that accounts “repeatedly involved in spreading obscenity and immorality” will be blocked.

Facebook opens Messenger API to Instagram messaging for businesses

Facebook is expanding its Messenger API to support Instagram messaging, enabling developers and businesses to integrate messaging from Instagram into other business applications.

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Is About to Touch an Asteroid

For nearly two years, a small spacecraft called OSIRIS-REx has been orbiting an asteroid more than 100 million miles away, patiently biding its time by studying the rock’s surface.

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