The Morning After: NASA-SpaceX astronauts' historic splashdown

Historic space milestones, TikTok drama and more!

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For the US, Google says that 20 states and territories covering about 45 percent of the US population are “exploring apps” based on the systems, and the first ones should launch “in the coming weeks. ” Continue reading.

According to a Google blog post, apps based on their exposure notification systems have launched in 16 countries and regions, with Canada joining that count on Friday.

To help fight the spread of COVID-19, Apple and Google quickly developed exposure notification technology for Android and iOS that relied on Bluetooth technology in mobile phones.

On Saturday, Microsoft told several news outlets it had “paused” talks with TikTok following Trump’s suggestion he would ban the app, then we heard the tech companies were reportedly hoping to finish a deal by Monday.

Microsoft followed up later, claiming it’s aiming to close the TikTok deal by September 15th. Whew. Continue reading.

This was the first crewed orbital flight using a private spacecraft to land back on Earth, as well as the first crewed spaceflight from the US since NASA retired the Space Shuttle in 2011.

The first US COVID-19 exposure notification apps could arrive within 'weeks'Canada's exposure notification app launched Friday.

This is the last Crew Dragon test flight so, once SpaceX receives NASA certification, future flights will be regular missions carrying astronauts to the ISS.

For SpaceX, it’s keeping a step ahead of private spaceflight competitors, like Boeing, and I creep closer to setting up a savings account to one day book a flight into space.

President Trump said he would ban TikTok outright over its Chinese links and rejected talk of allowing a sell-off. (Not that the leader of the US has bigger issues to contend with at this very moment in time.

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