SpaceX's Starship Rocket Test, Equifax Owes You, and More News


SpaceX unleashed the rocket that may carry humans to Mars, Equifax might owe you $125, and we've got a show for you to binge. Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.

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SpaceX just unleashed its Starship rocket for the first time

Late last night at a launch facility in Boca Chica, Texas, SpaceX's next-generation Starship rocket—dubbed Starhopper—successfully launched from the pad, flew sideways, and landed. The Starhopper will someday serve as a cost-effective launch system for Starlink satellites with its much more powerful Raptor engine, but in the long term, SpaceX hopes it will someday head for Mars with human cargo . The test was originally set to take place last Tuesday, but, well, a fireball interrupted things.

Equifax might owe you $125

A record settlement with Equifax after its massive 2017 hack entitles all victims to 10 years of free credit monitoring, or $125. "You'll need to enter your last name and the last six digits of your Social Security number, which is probably not information you want to be entering on an Equifax website, but here we are," says security writer Lily Hay Newman. Here's how to find out if you're due.

Cocktail Conversation

Need something to binge this weekend? You may want to try Netflix's The Great Hack, which tells not just the story of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, but of Facebook and all the systems that leave people and their data vulnerable to unseen forces. It's a modern horror story, one that's terrifying because it's true .

WIRED Recommends: Gaming Headsets

A good set of gaming headphones can make all the difference when playing online, but how do you choose the very best one for your needs and budget? Our reviewers have got you covered with the 11 best pairs you can find on the internet .

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