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Bezos and Musk compete to build lunar lander for moon mission

Bezos and Musk compete to build lunar lander for moon mission

Technology
NASA has given SpaceX and Blue Origin the nod to develop its new lunar landers which will take the first woman and the next man to the surface of the moon.The private spaceflight companies, owned by Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, will develop competing systems in parallel, alongside a third company called Dynetics, but NASA will eventually choose one. NASA has awarded the three companies 10-month contracts that are worth a combined $ 967m (£770m), with payments subject to the companies reaching specific development milestones. Image: NASA's new Artemis mission will return the space agency to the moon The contracts are to design and build the human landing systems for NASA's return to the moon by 2024, including the launch and landing vehic
Jeff Bezos: World’s richest man pledges $10bn to fight climate change

Jeff Bezos: World’s richest man pledges $10bn to fight climate change

Business
Amazon boss Jeff Bezos has pledged $ 10bn (£7.7bn) to help fight climate change.The world's richest man said the money would finance work by scientists, activists and other groups.He said: "I want to work alongside others both to amplify known ways and to explore new ways of fighting the devastating impact of climate change."Writing on his Instagram account, Mr Bezos said the fund would begin distributing money this summer.Mr Bezos has an estimated net worth of more than $ 130bn, so the pledge represents almost 8% of his fortune.Some Amazon employees have urged him to do more to fight climate change. There have been walkouts and some staff have spoken publicly. Also, Mr Bezos is financing the Blue Origin space programme, criticised for its carbon footprin
Saudi crown prince ‘possibly involved’ in Bezos hacking – UN

Saudi crown prince ‘possibly involved’ in Bezos hacking – UN

Technology
The United Nations has said that it believes that the Saudi crown prince could be involved in the hacking of Amazon boss Jeff Bezos' mobile phone.Mr Bezos, the world's richest man, allegedly received a WhatsApp message in 2018 that contained a malicious file, said to be from the personal account of the Saudi Arabian leader Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman. The UN said that it is "gravely concerned" by the information it received about the case from Mr Bezos' team, saying the hack is in contravention of "fundamental international human rights". Image: Jeff Bezos is the boss and founder of Amazon It also called for an immediate investigation by the US and other authorities into the incident.UN human rights experts said in a statement: "...
Saudi crown prince’s WhatsApp linked to Bezos phone hack

Saudi crown prince’s WhatsApp linked to Bezos phone hack

World
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- The cellphone of Amazon founder and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos was hacked in what appeared to be an attempt by Saudi Arabia's crown prince to "influence, if not silence" the newspaper's reporting on the kingdom, two U.N. human rights experts said Wednesday. The U.N. experts called for an “immediate investigation” by the United States into a report commissioned by Bezos that showed the billionaire technology mogul's phone was likely hacked after he received an MP4 video file sent from Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's WhatsApp account after the two men exchanged phone numbers during a dinner in Los Angeles in 2018. The video file was sent to Bezos' phone five months before Saudi critic and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was killed by Saudi
Protester confronts Jeff Bezos on stage

Protester confronts Jeff Bezos on stage

Technology
Media playback is unsupported on your device An animal rights activist came within a few feet of Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest man, on a stage in Las Vegas.Priya Sawhney evaded event security, as well as some of Mr Bezos' personal detail, which costs a reported $ 1.6m (£1.25m) per year. "Jeff, you are the richest man on the planet," Ms Sawhney said, holding a flower. "You can help the animals." Mr Bezos and Jenny Freshwater, another Amazon executive on stage at the time, sat calmly as the woman was removed. "Do you have a response to that?" Mr Bezos quipped after Ms Sawhney had been taken away. Mr Bezos was appearing as part of the firm's Re:Mars conference, where the company has discussed its efforts in ma