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Beyoncé Is Saving the Internet and 9 More of the Week’s Biggest Stories

Adobe breaks into fashion with Stock Apparel

What Happened?

It was a big week. You might have missed something.

Get Your Ass to Mars
Elon Musk revealed some details of the SpaceX Interplanetary Transport System, a $10 billion rocket that could launch passengers to Mars as soon as 2024. The details of Musk’s mission to Mars are still murky at best, SpaceX has yet to raise the money required to develop the tech, and the whole thing might not be legal, but that hasn’t prevented volunteers from eagerly joining the queue.

Be More Like Beyoncé
Well, that’s self-evident. But apparently it’s also a quick fix for social media anomie. Oh, and did we mention Queen Bey is investing in tech startups now?

A Song of Ice and Nukes
Facebook is building a massive data center near the Arctic Circle. Meanwhile, climate change and receding ice caps are revealing a top-secret U.S. nuclear base in Greenland.

Boohoo
More fallout from Yahoo’s two-years-too-late acknowledgement of a massive (500 million user massive) hack. Six Senators sent a letter to CEO Marissa Mayer questioning the delay. “That means millions of Americans’ data may have been compromised for two years,” they wrote. “This is unacceptable.” Senator Mark Warren has also asked the SEC to investigate whether execs fulfilled their obligations in informing investors about the hack.

Everyone Is Buying Twitter
Who’s buying Twitter? More like, who isn’t buying Twitter? Salesforce, Disney, and Microsoft are being floated; Verizon is also rumored to be interested; and let’s not forget about Apple, Comcast, 21st Century Fox, and Alibaba.

Watch the Throne
Aetna has announced they will subsidize the purchase of an Apple Watch for many of their customers.

Square Route
Have you experienced the seemingly endless wait to pay with your brand new EMV chip card? Square promises their new Bluetooth chip card reader reduces transaction speed from 5.7 seconds to 4.2 seconds.

Ed Letter Day
Georgia Tech has lowered the cost of its online master’s in computer science to a mere $7,000.

Turing Does Kraftwerk
Want to hear the first computer-generated music ever made? Here’s your chance.

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