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Fight, not Flight: Blue Origin sues NASA over $2.9 billion deal

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Blue Origin launches lawsuit against NASA after missing out on lunar lander contract to SpaceX.

Elon Musk (left) and Jeff Bezos (right) go head to head in the space race.

The firm of former Amazon boss Jeff Bezos is suing NASA over its $2.9 billion deal with Elon Musk.

The space agency awarded the pricey lunar lander contract to SpaceX, following the decision to fund one of the two companies back in April.

The funding will assist SpaceX in the development of a landing system that has the possibility to take astronauts down to the Moon’s surface by 2024. 

“Fundamental issues” Blue Origin Claims

Bezos’ firm Blue Origin says there were “fundamental issues” with the deal, after filing a lawsuit in the US Court of Federal Claims on Friday. 

With the support of the Government Accountability Officer (GAO), NASA made the decision to pick a single lunar lander provider due to a shortfall in funding. 

But Blue Origin says the decision is “unfair” and believe two providers are necessary to build the landing system. 

“The issues identified in this procurement and its outcomes must be addressed to restore fairness, create competition, and ensure a safe return to the Moon for America,” Blue Origin says.

The former Amazon boss’ firm and defence contractor Dynetics argue that NASA should award multiple firms with the funding. 

However the GAO rejected the complaint and says it “denies the protest arguments that NASA acted improperly in making a single award to SpaceX.”

NASA is yet to comment on the matter as officials review the details of the case, with a response expected by October 12.  

SpaceX is also yet to comment on the lawsuit.

Written by Rebecca Borg

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ChatGPT creator releases tool to detect A.I. generated text

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OpenAI has released a software tool that can identify if text has been generated by artificial intelligence

The company behind the popular chatbot ChatGPT says it has trained a language model to distinguish between something written by a human, and A.I.

‘AI Classifier’ uses a variety of providers to address issues such as automated misinformation campaigns and academic dishonesty.

The detection tool is very unreliable on texts under one thousand characters, and AI-written text can be edited to trick the classifier.

Many schools across the world have already banned ChatGPT from being used for projects.

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Elon Musk asks court to throw case out

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Twitter CEO Elon Musk has asked a judge in the U.S. to throw out a case against him

 
The suit claims Musk’s delayed disclosure over his large stake in the social media giant defrauded shareholders, who sold out at artificially lower prices.

Musk says investors in the proposed class action have no independent right to obtain damages.

The CEO believes he properly disclosed his stakes in Tesla and the former SolarCity Corp on several occasions, as per requirements.

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Samsung reports lowest quarterly profit in eight years

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Samsung has reported its lowest quarterly profit in eight years, dropping 69 per cent

The company believes sluggish demand and macroeconomic uncertainty will make for a tough first half, though demand will likely recover in the second half.

The South Korean tech giant made $3.5billion profit for the quarter – the lowest since 2014 – with revenue down eight per cent.

In its chip business, profits also plunged when compared to year ago.

Memory chip prices are widely expected to decline further in the first quarter as customers continue to hold off purchases and use up existing inventory while device demand remains depressed.

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