Mysterious rocket lands on the moon

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First for some quick cases. TechCrunch+ is hosting an Independence Day sale that will deliver you 50% discount on annual subscription. Need more? Editor-in-Chief TS+ Alex Wilhelm gives you every reason to take the plunge here.

Okay, let’s go to the moon! Yes, the moon. Space debris has hit the Moon’s surface this week, leaving some enthusiastic observers scratching their heads. Was it from SpaceX? Was it from a rocket launched in 2014 by China’s National Space Administration? We still don’t know, but Devin Koldevi chatted with Darren McKnight of LeoLabs, who built a garbage tracking radar network to get more information.

Image of the surface of the moon and the new crater

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Image Credits: NASA/Goddard/Arizona State University

other things

Speaking of space: Have you ever wanted to longingly look into the depths of the universe and make something look back? This is expected to happen in two weeks when the James Webb Space Telescope releases its first images. “This is further than humanity has ever looked,” NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said during a media briefing this week. Maybe true is there.

Tesla Autopilot layoffs: This week, the automaker laid off 195 employees at two Autopilot locations. Those who were laid off took over as supervisor, labeler, and data analyst. Questions remain about what impact the layoffs will have on Tesla’s broader advanced driver assistance system. The remaining 81 Autopilot team members will be relocated as the San Mateo office closes.

SPAC Summons: A federal grand jury from New York has sent a subpoena to the board of Digital World, which is preparing to acquire Trump Media & Technology Group, Donald Trump’s media group in charge of Truth Social. According to the SEC statement, the subpoenas are an attempt to gather more information about “Digital World S-1 filings, or multi-person communications, and information about Rocket One Capital.”

Fake apps for work: The FBI issued a warning this week that deepfakes are being used along with stolen information to apply for jobs. Some of it even includes video interviews. “In these interviews, the actions and movements of the lips of the person being interviewed on camera do not completely match the sound of the speaker. Sometimes actions such as coughing, sneezing, or other auditory activities do not match what is presented visually,” the FBI said in a statement reporting the disturbing news.

Party-goer: Well, the 2020 indefinite ban on unauthorized parties on Airbnbs is now permanent. This means no open invite parties or parties with more than 16 attendances. The company said in a blog post that since they implemented the ban 2 years ago, party reports are down 44% year-over-year. No parties, Garth.

Human and artificial intelligence cooperation concept

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audio materials

On the TechCrunch Podcast NetworkChristine Tao, founder of the Sounding Board, joined Darrell and Jordan on Found to talk about the challenges she and her co-founder had in fundraising and how they identified the type of client that made scaling possible.

And on Equity Wednesday, Natasha Mascarenhas asked a question inspired by a recent post written by TC’s Rebecca Shkutak: What’s in the fine print on condition sheets these days, and what does that tell us about who will be in control during a downturn?

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Want even more TechCrunch? Head to the aptly named TechCrunch+, where we can dive a little deeper into topics our subscribers say they care about. Some of this week’s good content includes:

The SEC again rejected bitcoin spot ETFs. Now what?
The SEC’s decisions are not an industry first; In the past year alone, a government agency has denied more than a dozen Bitcoin spot ETFs while approving several future-based Bitcoin ETFs. Jacqueline Melinek reports.

Unleash your Scope 3 emissions, you cowards
Tim De Chant is challenging companies that say they take their carbon footprint seriously. In short, if they are serious, they will value their Scope 3 emissions and will not undermine attempts to make a Scope 3 disclosure standard.

Pitch Deck Teardown: $7M Wilco Starter Deck
Hadje is back this week with another demolition presentation from Wilco, the company he funds. coated last week. He’s very excited about Wilco’s deck, as he says it’s 19 slides that fit the bill.

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