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Daily Digest 2022-06-26

Big Tech & IT πŸ“±

Raytheon, Northrop advance in competition to develop hypersonic weapons interceptor

Raytheon Technologies and Northrop Grumman have each won contracts to continue developing hypersonic weapons interceptors in a Missile Defense Agency-led competition, according to a June 24 Pentagon contract announcement. The interceptors are intended to counter a hypersonic weapon during its glide phase of flight, a challenge as the missiles can travel more than five times the speed of sound and can maneuver, making it hard to predict a missile’s trajectory.

Google says attackers worked with ISPs to deploy Hermit spyware on Android and iOS

A sophisticated spyware campaign is getting the help of internet service providers (ISPs) to trick users into downloading malicious apps, according to research published by Google’s Threat Analysis Group. This corroborates earlier findings from security research group Lookout, which has linked the spyware, dubbed Hermit, to Italian spyware vendor RCS Labs. RCS Labs is in the same line of work as NSO Group β€” the infamous surveillance-for-hire company behind the Pegasus spyware

Science & Futuristic Tech πŸš€

Mars probe running Windows 98 receives software update after two decades

Patch management for the latest versions of Windows might the concern of most of us located here on Earth, but meanwhile, the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Mars Express spacecraft has received the first update to its Window 98-based system in 19 years. The agency said the upgrade will enable the spacecraft to view Mars and its moon Phobos with better levels of detail.

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX concept breaks record with 746-mile trip on a single charge

On Thursday, Mercedes-Benz announced the Vision EQXX electric car concept broke its own distance record after driving 746 miles on a single charge. The trip saw the EQXX drive from Stuttgart, Germany to Silverstone race track in the UK, and wrapped up the last bit of charge with laps on the track that reached the vehicle's top speed of 87 mph. It's powered by a battery pack of less than 100 kwh.

Programming & Development πŸ’»

Linus Torvalds: Rust For The Kernel Could Possibly Be Merged For Linux 5.20

Speaking this morning at The Linux Foundation's Open-Source Summit, Linus Torvalds talked up the possibilities of Rust within the Linux kernel and that it could be landing quite soon -- possibly even for the next kernel cycle. Torvalds commented that real soon they expect to have the Rust infrastructure merged within the kernel, possibly even for the next release - meaning Linux 5.20!

cdk-bill-bot (Github Repo)

Bill enables AWS customers to proactively monitor their infrastructure costs and identify unforeseen expenses in a timely manner. Bill wants to prevent AWS customers from receiving bad surprises in their monthly bill Bill informs you about your monthly costs on a daily basis. This way, AWS customers will always have an up-to-date snapshot of how their infrastructure costs are progressing. Thanks Bill!

Miscellaneous πŸ”

Archaeologist discovers 6,000 year-old island settlement off Croatian coast

Archaeologist Mate Parica was examining satellite images of Croatia's coastline when he spotted something unusual. "I thought: maybe it is natural, maybe not," said Parica, a professor at the University of Zadar. The image showed a large, shallow area on the seabed jutting out from the eastern shore of the island of Korcula.

Space tourism could undo work to repair ozone layer, study finds

Chemicals which damaged the ozone layer were banned in the 1980s by the Montreal Protocol, and since then the protective shield has started to replenish. But the services being touted by Elon Musk, Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos could threated the progress.

Netflix lays off 300 more employees

This is Netflix's second round of layoffs due to slowing revenue growth. It laid off 150 employees, along with many part-time workers and contractors, back in May. The company has around 11,000 employees around the globe. The latest layoffs follow a steep drop in Netflix’s share price, which has fallen by around 70 percent since the beginning of the year!

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