🚀 SpaceX Prepares to Send First All-Civilian Crew Into Space

08/14/2021

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SpaceX Prepares to Send First All-Civilian Crew Into Space

Elon Musk’s SpaceX is set to launch four people into space on a three-day mission. It will be the first space flight to orbit the Earth with exclusively having private citizens on board as the company enters the space tourism battle.

This space trip will include a four-person crew led by Jared Isaacman, the founder and CEO of Shift4 Payments, a US-based payment processing company.

In 2020, billionaire entrepreneur and philanthropist Jared Issacman booked the Crew Dragon capsule and picked three people to ride with him.

The price Issacman paid SpaceX for this journey hasn’t been disclosed, but it runs into the tens of millions of dollars.

This mission is known as Inspiration4, and it will be the first completely private mission to orbit. It also might look like a continuation of the space-tourism actions of the past few months.

Overall, this mission is far more ambitious in scope than the few weightless minutes Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin customers can buy, as the SpaceX Crew Dragon will be flying further than the orbit of the International Space Station.

Amazon Kindle Devices to Get New UI

Amazon is introducing a new interface for its Kindle e-readers with the help of a major update.

The company is rolling out the software update in the coming weeks for 8th Gen Kindle, 7th Gen Paperwhite, and Oasis or higher devices.

The eCommerce giant says the fresh updates will provide an intuitive and easier to use, Kindle-reading experience to users.

The company expects the first update to be available for the devices in the next few weeks, whereas the second update will be rolled out later this year.

With the first update, Amazon is expected to bring a smartphone-live navigation bar to the Kindle e-book readers.

The readers will also be able to adjust brightness, toggle Airplane mode, Bluetooth, and also go to All Settings with a new swipe-down menu.

The second update which will be introduced later this year will include, “new filter and sort menus” in the Library setting.

This feature will offer a “new collections” view and an “interactive scroll bar” to e-readers. Moreover, users can also access up to 20 of their “recently read” books with a left swipe on Home.

Coinseed Shuts Down For Converting Customer Funds Into DOGE Without Consent

The New York Attorney General (NYAG) scored a victory in its case against crypto exchange Coinseed for its dodgy dealings with Dogecoin and defrauding its customers.

The lawsuit which was filed in February accused Coinseed of cheating its customers of $1 million.

Coinseed was also accused of charging its customers’ hidden fees and making false claims.

The lawsuit of New York Attorney General Letitia James also alleged the company, which does not have a BitLicense or federal clearance of operating as an unregistered commodities broker-dealer.

On September 13, the attorney general of New York, Letitia James, ordered Coinseed to permanently close down its operations and pay over $3 million in fines after being accused of freezing withdrawals and converting client funds to Dogecoin (DOGE) without their consent.

The announcement made by James also said that Coinseed violated a court order in the case from June that was supposed to stop the company’s activities.

The closure of Coinseed comes as federal and state regulators target crypto firms that are allegedly operating without necessary approvals.

Intuit to Buy Email Marketing Company Mailchimp

Intuit, the global technology platform, said it will acquire Mailchimp, an email marketing company, in a deal valued at $12 billion.

The deal is expected to be accretive to Intuit’s non-GAAP earnings per share for the full year of fiscal 2022.

Moreover, the $12 billion acquisition comprises approximately $300 million of assumed Mailchimp employee transaction bonuses.

The remaining amount will be paid in equivalent parts of cash and stock, with shares of Intuit common stock priced at $562.61 per share.

Additionally, Intuit will fund the cash portion through a combination of cash on hand and $4.5 billion to $5 billion of new debt.

By acquiring Mailchimp, Intuit will be able to build an end-to-end customer growth platform for small and medium-sized businesses.

Intuit said that its SMB platform will allow businesses to go online, market, manage customer relationships, and get analytics while managing the cash flow.

Additionally, Mailchimp and QuickBooks will integrate data to better target customers and will help solve small and mid-market businesses’ biggest barriers to growth, getting, and retaining customers.

Around the Web

📱 Android 12 may arrive on October 4: According to an internal document shared by XDA Developers, Android 12 may be released for Pixel phones on October 4. The document references the release date and end of support for the source code for Android 10, Android 11, and 12.

🛑 SEC takes action against Chinese billionaire’s firms: The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has indicted three of Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui’s companies over an initial coin offering (ICO) and an initial public offering (IPO) that grossed around $487 million combined.

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