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SpaceX’s Starship Prototype Explodes in Fourth Failed Test

Like everything else in 2020, the fourth prototype of SpaceX’s next-generation rocket has gone up in flames. It’s the latest in a series of spectacular explosions to plague the company’s Starship program.

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World Health Organization Halts Trials of Trump’s ‘Miracle’ Covid-19 Drug, Citing Safety Concerns

The World Health Organization (WHO) is temporarily suspending clinical trials of hydroxychloroquine as an experimental coronavirus treatment amid mounting safety concerns. Surprising no one, it appears the antimalarial drug might not be the “miracle” covid-19 treatment that President Donald Trump has hyped it up to be.

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Looks Like Google Messages Might Finally Be Getting End-to-End Encryption

End-to-end encryption for RCS appears to finally be in the pipeline for Google’s messaging app. That’s according to code spotted in an upcoming version update by the folks at APKMirror, as first reported by 9to5 Google this weekend.

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Universal Orlando Parks Will Reopen June 5 Despite Risk of Coronavirus Case Spikes

After shutting down indefinitely in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Universal announced this week that its Orlando parks will reopen their gates beginning on June 5. Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, and Volcano Bay have been empty for months following several other high-profile theme park closures

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U.S. Blacklists Dozens of Chinese Companies Working on AI, Face Recognition Tech

The U.S. Commerce Department has put another 33 Chinese businesses—many of which develop artificial intelligence and face recognition tech—on its economic blacklist as a punitive measure for purportedly conspiring with Beijing and the government’s brutal crackdown on Muslim minorities.

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Trump: Churches Are ‘Essential’ And Should Reopen Immediately Because I Said So

In his latest push to quickly reopen America despite all evidence suggesting that that’s a pretty dumb idea, President Donald Trump declared places of worship “essential” and called for reopenings nationwide this weekend, even as several areas remain under coronavirus lockdowns.

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Google Maps Makes Wheelchair-Accessible Locations Easier to Spot

In honor of Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Google’s adding a long-overdue feature to its Maps app that puts details about a location’s accessibility facilities front and center.

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