First Read: GOP, Trump Go From ‘Unraveling’ to ‘Break Glass’ Mode

First Read: GOP, Trump Go From 'Unraveling' to 'Break Glass' Mode


GOP, Trump go from ‘unraveling’ to ‘break glass’ mode

Yesterday morning, we wrote that Donald Trump’s campaign seemed like it was unraveling over his inexplicable clash with the Khan family. Twenty-four hours later, the word “unraveling” seems like an understatement. Take a look at what’s happened in the last 24 hours:

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Microsoft won’t fix Windows flaw that lets hackers steal your username and password

The flaw, which allows a malicious website to extract user passwords, is made worse if a user is logged in with a Microsoft account.

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Moon Express becomes first private company to receive permission to go to the Moon

Moon Express has officially become the first private company in the world to receive permission to travel beyond Earth’s orbit. After months of conversations with government officials, the company received the green light from the FAA to venture to the moon in 2017.

“We are now free to set sail as explorers to Earth’s eighth continent, the Moon, seeking new knowledge and resources to expand Earth’s economic sphere for the benefit of all humanity.” Bob Richards, Co-founder and CEO of Moon Express

The announcement marks an important milestone for private companies in the space industry because, so far, all commercial space activities have been limited to operations within Earth’s orbit.

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Penn Nat’l pays up to $170M for Rocket Games, a social casino studio from Zynga alums

While social games company Zynga’s push into real-money gambling may have had some hiccups, a group of alums who built a startup dedicated specifically to that have sold their company for up to $170 million. Rocket Games, a social gambling company based out of San Francisco, has been acquired by Penn National Gaming, the slot machine and video gaming company. Penn National says that it will pay $60 million in cash, as well as earn-outs of up to $110 million on top of that based on company performance.

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Windows 10’s Anniversary Update is now available

Microsoft’s Windows 10 Anniversary Update is here and ready to download. The software maker first started testing its Anniversary Update back in December, and now all Windows 10 users get to experience the new features and improvements free of charge. Chief among them is a new Windows Ink feature. Microsoft has supported inking in Windows for years, but Windows Ink is a dedicated hub designed for devices like the Surface Pro 4, and other 2-in-1s with styluses. Windows Ink will work with your fingers, for doodling and inking on screenshots, but it will obviously work better with a dedicated stylus.

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Forget ‘Tesla Semi,’ Mercedes already has world’s first all-electric truck

Mercedes-Benz Trucks' Urban eTruck

When Elon Musk revealed that Tesla is planning to produce an all-electric commercial vehicle platform called “Tesla Semi,” it came as quite a surprise to a lot of people. That’s because it seemed virtually no one else was thinking about electric semi trucks.

Turns out, though, Mercedes-Benz has been hotly engineering a semi truck EV for some time. To underscore that fact, it unveiled its Urban eTruck concept.

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3D Hubs , an online marketplace for local 3D printing, scores $7M Series B

3D Hubs, an online marketplace for 3D printing services, is tapping into two recent trends enabled by industrial 3D printing: the rapid prototyping of new products, and the move to personalised and bespoke production.

The Amsterdam-headquartered startup connects those requiring 3D printing with local 3D printers, both through its website that lets you order 3D printing jobs online, including getting a real-time quote, and via an API that enables companies to automate short production runs of products on-demand.

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Virgin Galactic gets its spaceship license

Virgin Galactic is one step closer to making us all space tourists: it just received its operator license from the US Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation (FAA-AST). To get the paperwork, which allows Virgin Galactic to use its ship for commercial operations. THE FAA looked into the vehicle’s system design, safety features and flight trajectory analysis. Virgin Galactic’s Senior VP of Operations Mike Moses said: “The granting of our operator license is an important milestone for Virgin Galactic, as is our first taxi test for our new spaceship. While we still have much work ahead to fully test this spaceship in flight, I am confident that our world-class team is up to the challenge.”

As Moses mentioned, the company also took its SpaceShipTwo (the VSS Unity) for a brief taxi test across the tarmac. There’s still plenty more tests and work to be done — fully-powered, independent flights won’t start until some time next year.