NASA Buying Moon Dust For $1

The US space agency NASA awarded contracts to four companies on Thursday to collect lunar samples for $1 to $15,000, rock-bottom prices that are intended to set a precedent for future exploitation of space resources by the private sector.

“I think it’s kind of amazing that we can buy lunar regolith from four companies for a total of $25,001,” said Phil McAlister, director of NASA’s Commercial Spaceflight Division.

The contracts are with Lunar Outpost of Golden, Colorado for $1; ispace Japan of Tokyo for $5,000; ispace Europe of Luxembourg for $5,000; and Masten Space Systems of Mojave, California for $15,000.

The companies plan to carry out the collection during already scheduled unmanned missions to the Moon in 2022 and 2023.

The firms are to collect a small amount of lunar soil known as regolith from the Moon and to provide imagery to NASA of the collection and the collected material.

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Amazon is considering buying podcast startup Wondery: WSJ

  • Amazon is considering buying Wondery, the world’s largest independent podcast publisher, the Wall Street Journal reported.
  • Sources say the talks value Wondery at $300 million, which would make for the podcast industry’s largest deal if the negotiations go through.
  • Apple and Sony were reported to be among four companies that were holding preliminary talks in November to buy Wondery, which was seeking between $300 million and $400 million.
  • News of Amazon’s potential acquisition of Wondery comes as the podcast market continues to heat up, with Spotify acquiring Gimlet Media in 2019 and landing an exclusive deal with Kim Kardashian West in June.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Amazon is considering buying the podcast startup Wondery, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

Sources told the outlet that the early talks are exclusive and would signal the tech company’s deeper foray into the consumer audio market. Wondery is the world’s

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Salesforce buying work-chat service Slack for $27.7 billion

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Business software pioneer Salesforce.com is buying work-chatting service Slack for $27.7 billion in a deal aimed at giving the two companies a better shot at competing against longtime industry powerhouse Microsoft.

The acquisition announced Tuesday is by far the largest in the 21-year history of Salesforce. The San Francisco company was one of the first to begin selling software as a subscription service that could be used on any internet-connected device instead of the more cumbersome process of installing the programs on individual computers.

Salesforce’s flamboyant founder and CEO Marc Benioff hailed the “cloud computing” concept as the wave of the future to much derision initially.

But software as a service has become an industry standard that has turned into a gold mine for longtime software makers. Microsoft for one has developed its own thriving online suite of services, known as Office 365, which includes

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The Only Electric Car Stock Worth Buying

Electric car stocks may very well be in a bubble. Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) stock has rocketed around 600% this year, pushing up the market capitalization of the Elon Musk-led automaker to roughly $540 billion. That’s over 20 times annual sales and nearly 35 times book value. Tesla is now profitable, but largely due to the sale of regulatory credits. Tesla’s price-to-earnings ratio is so high it’s not even worth mentioning.

Yes, Tesla does more than make cars. And yes, there’s a cult following and intense loyalty surrounding the brand. But ultimately, Tesla is much more an automaker than a tech company. It’s valued like Google when it should be valued more like Ford.

There are other electric car stocks that have defied reality this year as well. Chinese electric car maker NIO is now worth over $70 billion despite delivering just over 12,000 cars in the third quarter. Nikola is

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Salesforce is considering buying messaging app Slack: WSJ

Salesforce held talks to buy the workplace messaging app Slack, The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.

The WSJ later updated the story to say Salesforce is in advanced talks with Slack, and that a deal could be announced within days, potentially by the time Salesforce reports its quarterly earnings on Tuesday.

There is no guarantee that the talks will lead to an acquisition, the report said, but a deal would signal a more aggressive foray into office communication for the cloud giant. Salesforce has two communication and collaboration tools, Chatter and Quip, which can be used in tandem with its customer-management-focused tools.

The move would represent Salesforce’s largest acquisition in its history, as Slack’s market capitalization was at about $17 billion before the report and the acquisition price would likely be higher. Slack’s stock surged as much as 32% on the news, while Salesforce shares were down about 3.5%.

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Ping An Healthcare & Technology: The Undiscovered Gem In Telehealth You Should Be Buying (OTCMKTS:PIAHY)

Tela-who?

While Teladoc (TDOC) may be the hottest telehealth stock in the US, the other world superpower has one of its own, which may have flown under the radar of many foreign investors. Introducing Ping An Healthcare & Technology (OTC:PIAHY) – the largest telehealth player in China with a market share of over 70%. China has lagged the US in terms of telehealth adoption, but that is changing, with regulations now encouraging the use of online healthcare, and COVID-19 helping to accelerate adoption. The growth potential here is huge, and the company is just getting started. This article serves as a primer on the key drivers of the company’s financials and share price, and details why I think Ping An Healthcare & Technology is a Buy for any long-term growth portfolio.

China has a huge need for healthcare technology

Ping An Healthcare & Technology’s Good Doctor platform solves a number

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New Research Unveils the Attributes of B2B Technology Buying and Selling

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This month, TrustRadius published the findings of its fifth annual B2B buying disconnect study. The 2021 B2B Buying Disconnect report provides a wealth of valuable insights regarding the sale and purchase of business technology solutions.

The report is based on two surveys that were fielded in September of this year. One was a survey of 907 individuals who were involved in making business technology purchases for their organization, and the second was a survey of 227 individuals who work for technology vendors in a sales or marketing capacity. More than 75% of the respondents in both surveys were based in the United States.

These surveys addressed a broad range of topics. The buyer survey includes findings about the technology buying process, how technology buyers learn about products and services and research potential purchases, and how they view technology vendors. The seller survey explored how technology vendors seek

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Never break these 6 rules when buying tech gifts

Black Friday is less than a week away, meaning it’s nearly time to start saving money when you’re shopping for holiday gifts. With the holidays getting closer, time is running out to think over exactly what you’re going to give to that special someone or distant relative. But before you make that decision, keep in mind that tech gifts can be the same as giving someone a surprise puppy or kitten — just without the mess to clean up after. 



a pink bow tie: A shiny iPhone 12 makes for a great gift, but you should do some research before buying it for someone else. Angela Lang/CNET


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A shiny iPhone 12 makes for a great gift, but you should do some research before buying it for someone else. Angela Lang/CNET



The Echo Show 5 could make for a great gift, but not for everyone. 


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The Echo Show 5 could make for a great gift, but not for everyone. 


Gadgets can be personal, with a mess of unintended consequences, like saddling someone with the cost of buying extra gear, landing them with a monthly subscription

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State, federal antitrust lawsuits likely to challenge Facebook for buying rivals and weaponizing data

With the text-messaging service WhatsApp, in particular, Facebook had promised users that it would preserve the messaging company’s independence and strong privacy protections when it was purchased in 2014. It made the same commitment to regulators, who then gave a green light to the deal. But Facebook reversed course years later and has sought to integrate its users’ data with the social networking site’s other services, a controversial move that has raised fresh concerns given the tech giant’s past privacy mishaps.

Investigators also have eyed the way in which Facebook manages its vast trove of user data, and the policies it has in place that govern when and how third-party app developers and other companies can access it — setting up the potential, the three sources said, for forthcoming state and federal complaints to contend that Facebook weaponized its most valuable assets as a way to stamp out emerging rivals.

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BuzzFeed buying HuffPost from Verizon for undisclosed price

BuzzFeed is buying HuffPost from Verizon as part of a bigger deal that has the wireless giant investing in the digital-media company.

BuzzFeed and Verizon did not disclose terms of the deal. Verizon will be a minority shareholder in BuzzFeed and the two companies will partner on content and ads.

A downturn in advertising due to the pandemic has hurt both traditional and digital-only media organizations, resulting in layoffs and furloughs. Digital newsrooms had been consolidating even before the pandemic, including Vox’s purchase of New York Magazine and its digital arms. Facebook and Google get the majority of digital-ad dollars.

Verizon came to own HuffPost, co-founded by Arianna Huffington, through its acquisition of AOL in 2015. The country’s biggest wireless provider also bought Yahoo in 2017 in an attempt to build a digital media business that could challenge Facebook. That Verizon Media business, which also includes tech blogs TechCrunch and

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