⚡️ SpaceX vs. the United States

PLUS: Surface Studio 2 is here

Welcome, Tech enthusiasts.

SpaceX and Elon are straight up suing the US government.

Let’s dig in.

In today’s tech rundown:

  • 🚀 SpaceX sues the U.S. government

  • 💻 Microsoft reveals new Surface devices

  • 🛠️ 8 New products

  • 📰 7 quick stories

Read time: 3 minutes

TODAY’S HEADLINES

SPACEX

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The Rundown: Elon Musk’s SpaceX filed a lawsuit this week — saying the DOJ's administrative case alleging anti-immigrant bias is unconstitutional and should be heard in court.

Key points:

  • The DOJ complaint says SpaceX refused to hire non-citizens from 2018-2022, wrongly claiming export laws barred it.

  • But SpaceX argues DOJ judges are improperly appointed, violating the Constitution's appointment clause.

  • SpaceX also says seeking monetary penalties means the case must go through courts, not administrative proceedings.

  • This follows a 2022 appeals court ruling SEC in-house judges were unconstitutional — which will be reviewed by the Supreme Court.

Why it matters: Between his grand visions for X as the ‘everything app,’ fighting the government in court, and pushing boundaries with Tesla — Elon Musk certainly has his hands full. But his tussles with the top regulators are likely far from over.

TOGETHER WITH MINDSTUDIO

The Rundown: MindStudio is a new platform that lets you create sharable/embeddable AIs – without writing code, in under 15 minutes.

  • Use templates to get started quickly

  • Embed anywhere a link can go - websites, mobile apps & more

  • Turn on monthly subscription to monetize instantly

  • Use customizable landing pages to promote your AIs

  • Track conversions with built-in analytics

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MICROSOFT

Image source: Microsoft

The Rundown: Microsoft just revealed an impressive lineup of updates, including new Surface laptops, Windows 11 features including AI assistant Copilot, and Microsoft 365 Copilot for enterprises at the company’s Surface and AI event.

The details:

  • The new Surface Laptop Studio 2 ($1,999 starting price) and Laptop Go 3 ($799) add the latest Intel chips and feature improved hardware.

  • Windows 11 launches on Sept. 26 with AI Copilot built-in — featuring new personalization tools and cloud capabilities.

  • Copilot launches on Nov. 1 for businesses at $30 per user per month, with a slew of integrated AI-powered productivity aids.

Why it matters: Microsoft’s new features stake a massive claim on the AI front, while the new Surface products are compelling with a serious boost in power. Will expanded AI integrations into Windows products bring back Mac converts?

NEW PRODUCTS

📙 NotionApps- Build applications from Notion databases in seconds (link)

📣 Amplitude- Quick find product-market fit (link)

🔗 LinkCollect- A social bookmarking platform (link)

🐦 TweetHunter- All-in-one Twitter growth tool to create content using AI, build an audience, and schedule posts (link)

⚡️ Notion AI- Your notes, on steroids. Access the limitless power of AI, right inside Notion (link)

📚 Morise AI- Reads your videos and generates everything in seconds (link)

📢 LOVO- Realistic AI voice generator and text-to-speech (link)

🎓 Monic AI- Learn anything faster with AI (link)

Browse the most popular tools ever featured with our tool database.

SNIPPETS

Prominent authors, including George RR Martin, have sued OpenAI over alleged copyright infringement from using their books to train AI models.

Spotify's upcoming "Supremium" tier, priced at $19.99, may feature 24-bit lossless audio and advanced AI-driven features, as revealed in the app's code.

OnePlus is set to launch its first foldable phone, having spent considerable time on R&D, with collaboration from parent company Oppo.

TikTok is expanding its workforce in Seattle to enhance its e-commerce capabilities, taking on Amazon, with plans to grow its new feature, TikTok Shop.

Salesforce is set to acquire Airkit.ai, an AI-powered customer service platform, with plans to integrate it into its Service Cloud; terms were not disclosed.

Neuralink is recruiting for its first human clinical trial to test brain implants for paralysis patients, after receiving approval from an independent review board.

Mastodon's latest update brings significant improvements to its search and web interface, making the federated microblogging platform more user-friendly and intuitive.

THAT’S A WRAP

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