⚡ Good morning! It’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day and it’s an important holiday at this time. A shorter update follows.
Microsoft’s answer to Chrome OS and Chromebooks has leaked: A Windows 10X build has leaked and sites all over are sharing galleries of what it looks like, and trying to figure out what it means. Here are dozens of shots of what the new Settings screens will look like, if you really want (Thurrott).
🏃♂️ Leak: Asus ROG Phone 4 could up the charging ante over ROG 3, plus a 6,000mAh battery (Android Authority).
💸 Analysis: Qualcomm just spent $1.4 billion to compete with Apple’s Arm laptops(Android Authority).
👉 OnePlus Nord 2: What we want to see (Android Authority).
⛔ The Trump Administration delivered one more blow to Huawei before wrapping up: revoking licenses for the likes of Intel to supply chips to the company (Reuters).
💰 Facebook will pay about $340 each to 1.6M Illinois users in settlement over case focused on allegations it broke state law when it collected facial recognition data on users without their consent (Ars Technica).
📚 New lawsuit accuses Amazon of e-book price-fixing(The Verge).
🚀 Virgin Orbit successfully launched a rocket from a 747: it reached orbit, and carried a payload of 10 NASA CubeSats to their target (nasaspaceflight.com)
🚀 Ouch: After a decade, NASA’s big four-engine SLS rocket failed its first real test on Saturday, with a major malfunction 50 seconds into a schedule eight-minute test. “We don’t know what we don’t know. It’s not everything we hoped it would be,” said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. Super run-down here (Ars Technica).
📸 Canon made a site that lets you ‘take photos’ from a real satellite (Engadget).
😬 GitHub admits ‘significant mistakes were made’ in firing of Jewish employee, head of HR has quit, employee offered job back (The Verge).
💓 Need a new heart and have $180,000? An artificial heart out of France, some 30 years in the making, is approved and now on sale in Europe. Needs an external battery, and it’s expected to last three years (France24).
🛴 Bird is using skid detection to rat out scooter riders applying a little too much brake and drift, and may ban users (Engadget).
💲 “What item under $50 drastically improved your life?” A bunch of stuff in here you don’t always see in these kinds of threads, like (r/askreddit).
Remember when Facebook was more this and less the fall of democracy?
And just in case you wanted a workaround, here’s a Chrome plugin that might help:
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor
*Quiz answer: Chrome OS and the first Chromebooks were released in 2011.