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This Week in Technology: Boeing, Jack Monroe, and More


Boeing Partners With Porsche

Boeing announced a partnership with Porsche to develop flying electric cars. They announced the partnership with Volkswagen on Thursday. However, Boeing is competing with Airbus to introduce small self-flying vehicles capable of vertical takeoff and landing. In fact, earlier this year Boeing tested an aerial car prototype that could accommodate two to four passengers and fly up to 50 miles.

In addition, Boeing and Porsche plan to analyze the market potential for aerial vehicles. This includes their possible use in large and heavily-populated cities. This deal comes at an important time for both companies, who wish to fix their image after their respective scandals.

Jack Monroe Loses $6,200 In Phone Number Hack

Jack Monroe said she lost nearly £5,000($6,288) after her number was hijacked and activated on another sim card. Then, the thieves were able to access her two-factor authentication to get her banking and payment information.

“The money stolen has run into thousands of pounds – I’m a self-employed freelancer and I have to absolutely hustle for every single pound I earn. And someone has just helped themselves to around five thousand of them,” Monroe tweeted.

Toyota Unveils Revamped Hydrogen Car

Toyota unveiled a new revamped design of its hydrogen-powered sedan on Friday. This is its latest attempt to make a niche market popular. However, Toyota has sold fewer than 10,000 of the model, named Mirai, a fuel cell sedan launched five years ago. By contrast, competitor Tesla sold 25,000 of battery-powered Model S models in its first year and a half. Toyota declined to disclose a price for the model. However, it said it would be available from late next year in Japan, North America, and Europe.

Libra Takes Another Blow

Facebook’s Libra won’t proceed unless the G7 firm declares it safe and secure. The G7 includes senior officials from central banks, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Financial Stability Board. It says backers of digital currencies like Libra must “be legally sound, protect consumers and ensure coins are not used to launder money or fund terrorism”.

NASA Plans First Manned SpaceX Mission

The first manned SpaceX mission will launch in the first quarter of next year, NASA says. In a partnership with Elon Musk, the aim is “launching of American astronauts on American rockets from American soil”. The space program was closed back in 2011.