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U.S. becomes first country to ban anti-satellite space missile tests

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The U.S. is responding to dangerous space debris by banning missile tests against space satellites, becoming the first country to do so

United States Vice-President Kamala Harris chairs the National Space Council and labelled the tests as reckless and dangerous.

She emphasised that the Biden administration is determined to ensure responsible use of space.

Speaking at the Vandenberg Space Force Base in California Harris says stopping the direct ascent anti-satellite missile testing will protect satellites in low-Earth orbit and urged for other countries to consider the measure.

The US, China, India and Russia have all taken part in such missile tests previously and it’s resulted in widespread debris.

Space debris presents many problems for astronauts, satellites and the growing commercial presence there.

Debris doesn’t have to be large to cause havoc something as small as a basketball could destroy a satellite and even debris the size of a grain of sand could cause serious damage.

It was only late last year that Russia tested an anti-satellite missile hitting an unused Soviet-era spy satellite in low-Earth orbit.

This strike sent 1,632 pieces of debris floating in Earth’s orbit.

Astronauts were in the International Space Station at the time and had to seek shelter in their docked capsule with the missile nearly hitting the ISS.

If this debris is to hit working satellites then we could lose a variety of services like GPS and weather warnings would be missed.

Natasha is an Associate Producer at ticker NEWS with a Bachelor of arts from Monash University. She has previously worked at Sky News Australia and Monash University as an Online Content Producer.

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TICKER NEWS is available on podcast apps

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For the first time, TICKER NEWS is now available on podcast apps, allowing you to hear the latest news, plus special programs

TICKER NEWS is now available as a podcast.

You can catch up on the latest news, or programs devoted to special topics including U.S. politics and TICKER AIR.

TICKER CEO Ahron Young says:

“TICKER always puts the story first. Video is in our DNA, but we want TICKER content to be available however our audience wants to enjoy it.”

“We are putting significant resources into TICKER content to make sure we get to the heart of the stories we cover.”

TICKER AIR is one of the podcasts available from TICKER

The first podcast to air is TICKER AIR, cohosted by Ahron Young and Geoffrey Thomas from Airlineratings.com

Every day, two full world news bulletins will be available, as well as three special documentary programs.

TICKER podcasts are available daily on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Google Podcasts. Just search TICKER NEWS to subscribe.

APPLE PODCAST – https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/ticker-news/id1632145760

SPOTIFY – https://open.spotify.com/show/3iidnXUXPDVWG2QMEhN0Kt?si=e2e195a8ee584fa6

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Big tech stocks tumble amid market uncertainty

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Big tech companies are struggling in the markets this quarter as interest rates rise to battle inflation

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has devalued tech stocks causing further supply chain disruptions and sending the broad S&P 500 index down about 5 per cent.

Rising interest rates triggered more severe plummets with the S&P dropping another 16 per cent and the Nasdaq Composite index by 22 per cent.

Tesla’s stock took a huge hit sinking to nearly 38 per cent its largest decline since 2010.

Amazon saw similar results falling by 35 per cent the most in over 20 years.

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Google to pay millions to app developers

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App developers are accusing Google of tempting users into making in-app purchases.

The lawsuit relates to money that was made by app creators for Android smartphones.

The lawsuit was filed in a San Francisco court, where the 48,000 app developers are believed to have been affected.

“Following our win against Apple for similar conduct, we think this pair of settlements sends a strong message to big tech: the law is watching, and even the most powerful companies in the world are accountable when they stifle competition.”

Steve Berman, ATTORNEY FOR the Android developers.

Google says the settlement’s funds will support developers who have made less than USD $2 million in revenue between 2016 and 2021.

“A vast majority of U.S. developers who earned revenue through Google Play will be eligible to receive money from this fund, if they choose,” the company says.

Google says it will charge developers a 15 per cent commission on their first million in revenue.

The court is yet to approve the proposed settlement.

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