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Well let’s go to the moon! Yes, the moon. Space junk crashed into the lunar surface this week, causing some eager observers to scratch their heads. Was it from SpaceX? Was it from a rocket launched in 2014 by the National Space Administration of China? We still don’t know, but Devin Coldewey caught up with Darren McKnight of LeoLabs, who built a network of debris tracking radars, to find out more.

Picture credits: NASA/Goddard/Arizona State University

other things

Speaking of space: have you ever wanted to stare longingly into the depths of the universe and get something in return? This is supposed to happen in two weeks when the James Webb Space Telescope releases its first images. “It’s further than humanity has ever looked before,” NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said during a press briefing this week. maybe the truth is the low.

Tesla Autopilot layoffs: The automaker laid off 195 employees at two offices in its Autopilot division this week. Those who were made redundant worked as supervisors, labelers and data analysts. Questions persist about the impact the layoffs will have on Tesla’s advanced driver assistance system. The other 81 Autopilot team staff will be relocating to another office as the San Mateo office will be closed.

PSPC subpoenas: A New York-based federal grand jury has issued subpoenas to the board of directors of Digital World, which is preparing to acquire Trump Media & Technology Group, Donald Trump’s media group responsible for Truth Social . According to an SEC filing, the subpoenas are an effort to gather more information about “Digital World’s S-1 filings, communications with or about multiple individuals, and information regarding Rocket One Capital.”

Deepfake job apps: The FBI this week issued a warning that deepfakes are being used with stolen information to apply for jobs. Part of that even involves video interviews. “In these interviews, the actions and lip movement of the person being interviewed on camera do not completely coordinate with the audio of the person speaking. Sometimes actions such as coughing, sneezing, or other auditory actions are not aligned with what is presented visually,” the FBI said in a statement announcing the disturbing news.

Party Animal: Welp, this 2020 era indefinite ban on unauthorized parties at Airbnbs is now permanent. This means that there are no open invitation parties and no parties with an attendance of more than 16 people. The company said in a blog post that since it instituted the ban 2 years ago, there has been a 44% year-over-year decrease in party reporting rates. There will be no party, Garth.

Human and artificial intelligence cooperation concept

Picture credits: DrAfter123/Getty Images

sound stuff

On the TechCrunch podcast network, Christine Tao, founder of Sounding Board, joined Darrell and Jordan on Found to talk about the challenges she and her co-founder faced raising funds and how they established the type of customer who made scaling possible.

And on Wednesday’s episode of Equity, Natasha Mascaren posed a question inspired by a recent article by TC’s Rebecca Szkutak: What’s in the fine print on term sheets these days? this, and what does that tell us about who will control during the downturn?

Check out our full roundup.

added stuff

Want even more TechCrunch? Head over to the aptly named TechCrunch+, where we dig a little deeper into the topics we care about. Some of the good things from this week include:

The SEC has again rejected Bitcoin spot ETFs. Now what?
The SEC rulings are not a first for the industry; the government agency has turned down more than a dozen bitcoin spot ETFs in the past year alone while approving several bitcoin futures-based ETFs, Jacquelyn Melinek reports.

Disclose your Scope 3 emissions, you let them go
Tim De Chant takes on companies that claim to be serious about carbon emissions. In short, if they are serious, they will estimate their scope 3 disclosures and not undermine attempts to standardize scope 3 disclosures.

Pitch Deck Teardown: Wilco’s $7 million seed deck
Haje is back with another teardown of the pitch deck, this week by Wilco, a company whose funding he covered last week. He’s very excited about Wilco’s game because, he says, it’s 19 slides that tick all the boxes.

Mysterious rocket lands on the moon – TechCrunch

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