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5 Things to Know With Your Morning Coffee — Thursday, June 17, 2021

June 17, 2021
By Corey Noles

Every day we wake up, drink a cup of coffee, and get ready for work. Following are a handful of stories from around the tech world condensed to fit into one single cup of coffee. These are the things you need to know before you step foot out of your door (or in front of a webcam) and into the real world this morning.

So sit back, grab a cup, and start your morning off right with a few “Quick Bytes” from Innovation & Tech Today.

Facebook to Bring Ads to Virtual Reality

Facebook, the owner of Oculus and its various virtual reality-equipped devices, announced it will be putting advertisements on the platform. The company announced Wednesday it would begin testing advertisements on the Oculus soon. To begin, the ads will only roll out on Blaston from Revolution Games. If all goes well, additional titles will roll out later.

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Kernel Testing $110 Million Mind-Reading Helmet

According to a Bloomberg report, Kernel will be shipping dozens of special mind-reading helmets out to customers around the nation. The helmet is made of nests of sensors and other components to analyze electrical impulses and blood flow. This is the first time such technology has made its way into a portable device. Researchers hope to also be able to learn more about aging, mental health, and a variety of other things — including psychedelic trips.

China Sends First Crew to its New Space Station

A three-man crew will launch on Thursday to begin their journey to China’s new space station. Their mission will be to make the station habitable and set up for testing and experiments. The launch will be the first crewed space mission from China in five years.

Lawmakers Mull Making it Easier to Cancel Subscriptions

A bill, known as the Unsubscribe Act, is gaining bipartisan support in Congress. The bill would make it so companies can not automatically enter you into a long-term agreement after a free trial. It also has a provision that users should be able to unsubscribe in the same way they signed up. Companion legislation is being drafted by members of the House of Representatives and there is support from both Democrats and Republicans.

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Author Bio: Corey Noles is the Managing Editor for Innovation & Tech Today. In more than two decades as a journalist, he has covered crime, MLB, business, healthcare, politics and anything else that could snag a headline.

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