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Published on July 13, 2021
Glen Patterson

An educator, speaker, consultant, founder, investor, and squash and soccer enthusiast. Glen is the co-founder of the WorkSchool.


BRANSON AIMS TO BEAT BEZOS TO ORBIT IN FINAL STRETCH OF BILLIONAIRE SPACE RACE

Two billionaires are neck and neck in the final sprint to the Kármán line, but Richard Branson may clinch it with a July 11 flight on a Virgin Galactic spacecraft, narrowly beating out Jeff Bezos’s planned July 20 trip aboard a Blue Origin New Shepard capsule. Whoever wins, the real lesson here is that with enough money, you truly can do anything.

The news came today in the form of an announcement from Virgin Galactic stating that the launch window for its next test flight opens at 6 AM Pacific time on July 11, and that the mission will be the first to carry a full crew: two pilots, three specialists, and one billionaire. (Blue Origin had its own announcement.)

What is happening? Dave Mackay and Michael Masucci will pilot the VSS Unity spacecraft; Chief Astronaut instructor Beth Moses will oversee the flight; Lead Operations Engineer Colin Bennett will monitor cabin equipment and procedures; Vice President of Government Affairs and Research Operations Sirisha Bandla will be handling a University of Florida microgravity experiment; and lastly, Sir Richard Branson “will evaluate the private astronaut experience.” In other words, he’s the first plain old passenger.

“I truly believe that space belongs to all of us,” the billionaire founder and private funder of the space tourism company said in the company’s press release. “After more than 16 years of research, engineering, and testing, Virgin Galactic stands at the vanguard of a new commercial space industry, which is set to open space to humankind and change the world for good. It’s one thing to have a dream of making space more accessible to all; it’s another for an incredible team to collectively turn that dream into reality. As part of a remarkable crew of mission specialists, I’m honoured to help validate the journey our future astronauts will undertake and ensure we deliver the unique customer experience people expect from Virgin.”

Big Picture: The mission will, like others in the Virgin Galactic style, involve being flown by traditional means to what is normally considered a high altitude, after which the rocket-powered VSS Unity will detach from the plane and zoom up to above 80 kilometers, generally (though not universally) considered the edge of space. Branson will have gone through all the same training that future Virgin Galactic space tourists will go through, and will of course wear the same special blue suit.

If all goes according to plan, Branson will beat Bezos to space by a little more than a week, and probably win a long-running bet.

COURSES

TOP 5 COURSES ON WORKSCHOOL THIS WEEK

Most people want to take courses to elevate their career, but they don't know where to start. Taking courses gives you the opportunity to improve yourself and change your condition. Are you looking for the best career learning path? We got you.
WorkSchool is here to help you. In this article we have compiled the top five courses on our website this week.

Top 5 courses on WorkSchool:

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) view the course

  • Agile Process, Project, and Program Controls: view the course

  • Introduction to Machine Learning: view the course

  • Google Analytics for Beginners: view the course

  • Introduction to Watson AI: view the course


  • Why these courses: Getting a technical skill and a soft skill is the best thing you can do for your career, at this point. These courses will introduce you to the tech world. There are endless possibilities in tech, and taking any of these courses will put you on the right path.

    Duration: You can complete the courses and earn your certificate within 2hours.

    Big picture: There is no sector in the world where technical skills are not needed. An average computer programmer makes over $50,000usd. You can be among the few people transforming their lives with tech. Transitioning to tech is made easy with WorkSchool.

    NEWS

    FACEBOOK LAUNCHES NEWSLETTER BULLETIN

    This week, the social media giant, Facebook has unveiled its next new thing: Bulletin, a newsletter platform.

    Bulletin is built on a separate platform from Facebook - on its website, the FAQ states that this is to “enable creators to grow their audience in ways that are not exclusively dependent on the Facebook platform.” You don't need a Facebook account on Facebook's infrastructure, including the use of Facebook Pay to purchase premium subscriptions and join subscribers-only groups and live audio-rooms.

    The backstory: In December, the FTC and a group of attorneys general from 48 states and territories hit Facebook with two lawsuits, alleging the company has a monopoly over personal social networking after its purchases of WhatsApp and Instagram.

    Judge James Boasberg did not think the FTC provided sufficient evidence to back up that argument. “It is almost as if the agency expects the court to simply nod to the conventional wisdom that Facebook is a monopolist,” he said.

    After the decision, Facebook shares gained 4.2% for its grand entrance into the four-comma dollar club. The first US company to hit a $1 trillion valuation was Apple in 2018, and since then Microsoft, Amazon, and Alphabet have all joined.

    Looking ahead: Facebook handpicked every writer on Bulletin to contribute. The initial slate of writers on Bulletin includes Malcom Gladwell, Mitch Albom, Erin Andrews and Tan France — the FAQ also notes that its beta program is U.S.-centric, with only two international writers at the moment (“We will look to include more international creators after our beta program launch,” Bulletin says.) Facebook is paying its writers up front for their contributions, and so far, doesn’t plan to take a cut of their profits. If writers choose to move off the platform, they will have the ability to take their subscriber lists with them.

    WhatsApp Won’t Restrict Users Who Don’t Agree

    Earlier this month, Facebook-owned WhatsApp said that users would lose functionality over time if they didn’t accept its new privacy policy by May 15th. In a reversal, Facebook now says that plan has changed, and users who don’t accept the updated policy actually won’t see limited functionality.

    The rollout of the policy has been a confusing mess and raised concerns that WhatsApp would begin sharing more of users’ data with Facebook. Some WhatsApp user data, such as users’ phone numbers, is already shared with Facebook, a policy that went into place in 2016.

    Insight: WhatsApp has stressed this is not the case, though — the policy update is regarding messages sent to businesses via WhatsApp, which may be stored on Facebook’s servers.
    The initial deadline was set to February 8, 2021, but it received backlash from its global users, and dealing with the media scrutiny, Facebook extended the deadline to May 15, 2021.

    Looking ahead: The majority of users who have seen the new policy have accepted, the company says in a support article. This article also notes that you’ll get reminded about the new policy if you haven’t accepted it, and that’s still the case now.

    JOB

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    OPPORTUNITY

    Rhodes Global Scholarships 2021 for Postgraduate Study at University of Oxford (Fully Funded)

    Applications for Rhodes Scholarship are currently open. Rhodes Scholarship 2022 is a fully funded scholarship for international students. This scholarship provides a living stipend (£15,144 per annum), all University and College fees and the University application fee.

    The Rhodes Scholarship is offered to international students who intend to undertake postgraduate studies at University of Oxford UK for academic year 2021-2022. Rhodes Scholarship provides the recipient with a living stipend (£15,144 per annum), all University and College fees and the University application fee. A class of 100 Scholars is selected each year from over 60 countries around the world.

    Click here to apply.


    -David Atilola contributed to this article.


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