FEMA to send its first ‘Presidential Alert’ in emergency messaging system test – TechCrunch

The Federal Emergency Management Agency will this week test a new “presidential alert” system that will allow the president to send a message to every phone in the US. The alert is the first nationwide test of the presidential alert test, FEMA said in an advisory, which allows the president to …

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UK warns of satellite and space program problems in case of Brexit ‘no deal’ – TechCrunch

The U.K. government says that access to satellites and space surveillance programs will suffer in the event of a “no deal” departure from the European Union . Britain has less than six months to go before the country leaves the 28-member state bloc, after a little over half the country …

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Senator claps back after Ajit Pai calls California’s net neutrality bill ‘radical’ and ‘illegal’ – TechCrunch

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has provoked a biting senatorial response from California after calling the “nanny state’s” new net neutrality legislation “radical,” “anti-consumer,” “illegal” and “burdensome.” Senator Scott Wiener (D-CA), in response, said Pai has “abdicated his responsibility to ensure an open internet” and that the FCC lacks the authority …

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California is ‘launching our own damn satellite’ to track pollution, with help from Planet – TechCrunch

California plans to launch a satellite to monitor pollution in the state and contribute to climate science, Governor Jerry Brown announced today. The state is partnering with satellite imagery purveyor Planet to create a custom craft to “pinpoint – and stop – destructive emissions with unprecedented precision, on a scale …

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Inside Planet Labs’ new satellite manufacturing site – TechCrunch

Satellite imaging and analytics company Planet is taking the wraps off its new manufacturing space in San Francisco. Founded by ex-NASA employees, Planet is leveraging some of the $183 million in funding it’s amassed to expand. In the basement of a nondescript office building in the middle of Harrison Street …

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NASA’s climate-monitoring space laser is the last to ride to space on a Delta II rocket – TechCrunch

This weekend, NASA is launching a new high-tech satellite to monitor the planet’s glacier and sea ice levels — with space lasers, naturally. ICESat-2 will be a huge boon for climatologists, and it’s also a bittersweet occasion: it will be the final launch aboard the trusty Delta II rocket, which …

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North Korea skirts US sanctions by secretly selling software around the globe – TechCrunch

Fake social media profiles are useful for more than just sowing political discord among foreign adversaries, as it turns out. A group linked to the North Korean government has been able to duck existing sanctions on the country by concealing its true identity and developing software for clients abroad. This …

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Three years later, Let’s Encrypt has issued over 380 million HTTPS certificates – TechCrunch

Bon anniversaire, Let’s Encrypt! The free-to-use nonprofit was founded in 2014 in part by the Electronic Frontier Foundation and is backed by Akamai, Google, Facebook, Mozilla and more. Three years ago Friday, it issued its first certificate. Since then, the numbers have exploded. To date, more than 380 million certificates have been …

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