A Tesla Roadster is going to a galaxy far, far away.
Eh, Mars actually in about a billion years. SpaceX made history on February 6 with the first successful launch of its Falcon Heavy, the most powerful rocket in the world. The Falcon Heavy carried cargo consisting of a bright red Tesla Roadster, a digital space library and a dummy named Starman jamming out to David Bowie. This means we may be another step closer to calling the moon and Mars home.
U.S. government closes shop again, but reopens with a high price.
Last month, the government briefly shut down; lawmakers couldn’t agree on a spending bill and DACA. Sort of the same drama earlier this week. It temporarily shut down again because of a $300 billion two-year budget plan, which will increase funding for the military, infrastructure, disaster relief efforts and more. The new budget plan also raises the national debt ceiling – the limit on how much the U.S. government may borrow. As for the future of DACA recipients, it remains uncertain atm. President Trump eventually signed it into law Friday morning.
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McDonald’s wants you to put a ring on it.
The Big Mac, that is. Attention Big Mac lovers and creative writers, this is your chance to shine and make some hearts melt. The fast food giant is holding a #BlingMacContest, a Twitter contest to celebrate its Big Mac Trio. The prize includes an expensive diamond-encrusted ring version of the classic burger.
All you have to do is compose “the best, most creative vows of Big Mac burger love” in a tweet to McDonalds before the 11:59 p.m. EST, February 14 deadline. The tweet will be judged on creativity, love and affinity for the Big Mac sandwich as well as humor. Visit the Bling Mac Contest rules for more information here.
Love is in the air! Literally. With the aroma of the 3 Big Mac burgers.? And we’re celebrating with the Bling Mac—a gratuitously diamond-encrusted prize for the fan who tweets the best, most creative vows of Big Mac burger love to @McDonalds in the #BlingMacContest! ??? pic.twitter.com/EADWJzVOvU
— McDonald’s (@McDonalds) February 7, 2018
Is anyone watching the Olympics?
The 2018 Winter Olympics kicked off in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and will last through February 25. It is South Korea’s first time hosting the Winter Games, but the second time hosting the Olympics. Thousands of athletes from 92 different countries are set to compete in a vast array of sports including figure skating, hockey, skiing, the luge, snowboarding and more. There is even a cute mascot.
These games bring some political drama more so than usual. North Korea will be competing for the first time in eight years. FYI, U.S. relations with North Korea haven’t been so friendly these past couple of months. Feels like we’re time traveling y’all.
Google vs. Uber: The Self-driving Car Battle
Last week, we gave a run down of Google’s Waymo lawsuit against Uber. The case revolves around Uber’s theft of Waymo documents on the trade secret Lidar technology. Developed by Waymo, Lidar is a light detection and ranging technology with the ability to aid the driverless cars in identifying what’s occurring around the vehicle.
The first case was made by Waymo on February 5, with Uber given a later date to defend itself. The battle ended in a settlement. Confirmed by representatives from both parties, Uber will provide Waymo with a 0.34 percent equity stake in Uber, valued at $72 billion, the percentage would then equal to about $245 million. Uber’s CEO Dara Khosrowshahi released a statement regarding the settlement on Uber’s Newsroom.
Bye Bye Butch
Butch Hartman is one of the most well-known creators of Nickelodeon. He has brought the kids network four animated series. These series have helped brand and shape the network’s identity. Titles include The Fairly Oddparents, Danny Phantom, T.U.F.F. Puppy and Bunsen Is a Beast. The Fairly Oddparents has racked 10 seasons with 161 episodes airing from 2001 to 2017, with movies to boot. The other titles followed with similar accomplishments.
After 20 years of service, all the work made is property of Viacom, the parent company of Nickelodeon. Though Hartman has used his fame with Nick to grow an online presence. Hartman announced his departure on his YouTube channel, explaining the reasons behind it.
Job change is hard. We wish Hartman luck in his future success. You’ve got this. Your fans, Honey and Fox.
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