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open Share your 2024 tech forecasts (wrong answers only) to win a terrible sweater 311
open X/Twitter booted out of Australia's disinformation-fighting club 61
open Tesla sues Swedish government after worker rebellion cripples car biz 160
open Japanese tech startups testing cash incentives for office return 26
open Neuralink pockets extra VC cash in computer-brain interface quest 2
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open Foxconn founder Terry Gou quits Taiwan presidential race 2
open USB Cart of Death: The wheeled scourge that drove Windows devs to despair 89
open Surface Duo crashes the party as Doctor Who celebrates 60th birthday 57
open Tata Consultancy Services ordered to cough up $210M in code theft trial 10
open BOFH: Groundbreaking discovery or patently obvious trolling? 63
open Europe's Ariane 6 rocket rated 'ready to rumble' after passing hot fire test 47
open Singapore to deter crypto investors with tactics like those used on smokers, gamblers 13
By Grogan
open Maverick Mars chopper has survived way past its warranty – now it's time for a sequel 15
open Bezos might beat Musk to Mars as NASA recruits Blue Origin's New Glenn rocket 24
open Greenpeace calls out tech giants for carbon footprint fumble 172
By EBG
open Long-term space missions may make liftoff harder for male astronauts 35
open Veteran wingman wants $1.75M from Boeing over emotional turbulence 2
open Half a kilo of cosmic nuclear fuel reignites NASA's deep space dreams 38
open FAA stays grounded in reality as SpaceX preps for takeoff 60
open Remembering the time Windows accidentally sent Poland to the bottom of the sea 30
open North Korea readies third attempt at 'spy satellite' launch 3
open Boffins claim invention of rechargable, biodegradable, supercapacitor drug pump 16
open Royal Navy flies first mega Mojave drone from aircraft carrier 27
open SpaceX celebrates Starship launch as a success – even with the explosion 193
open Double Moon crater riddle solved? Spent Chinese rocket booster carrying mystery payload crash landed 13
open NASA's Psyche spacecraft beams back a 'Hello' from 10 million miles away 49
open 50 years ago, Skylab's accidental rebels put Mission Control on mute 18
open Japan Airlines fuels up on hydrogen hype with eye on cleaner skies 44
open Airbus to test sat-stabilizing 'Detumbler' to simplify astro-garbage disposal 22
open Tesla Cybertruck no-resale clause vanishes faster than a Model S in Ludicrous Mode 69
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open Vote now on who should take the lead in Musk: The Movie 99
open From yellow cabs to sky cabs: Air taxis take a Big Apple test flight 22
open Corduroy is coming to the metaverse with touchy-feely robotic sensors 4
open SpaceX's Starship on the roster for Texas takeoff 94
open Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean AI's not after you 62
open UK telcos didn't collude to put Phones 4u out of business – judge 17
open Tool bag lost in space now tracked by garbage watchers 55
open Want a Cybertruck? You're stuck with it for a year, says Tesla 171
open AWS staffer shows off the workplace that used to be a prison 15
open RIP: Frank Borman, NASA commander of first Moon mission 7
open 48-nation bloc to crack down on using crypto assets to avoid tax 29
open Foxconn launches its first satellites on a SpaceX rideshare, to advance Microsoft space plan 1
open Tipsy tongues tell all: How your sloshed speech could snitch to Siri 12
open NASA's Lucy probe scores a threefer as it flies by first target in 12-year mission 10
open BOFH: Monitor mount moans end in Beancounter beatdown 85
open CEOs of crashed tech upstart Bitwise accused of swindling $100M from investors 13
open Late Qualcomm cofounder teleports $200M into SETI to bankroll hunt for alien life 13
open Mac daddy Woz hospitalized in Mexico over mystery malady 17
open Space Force turns to Falcon Heavy for spaceplane's seventh mission 13
open Rocket Lab mission lost in the Paschen of the moment 6

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