Sanae Takaichi launches bid to be Japan’s first female PM

Sanae Takaichi, a right-wing nationalist who used to be the drummer in a heavy metal band, has launched her campaign to become Japan’s first female prime minister by announcing her candidacy for the leadership of the Liberal Democratic Party. via Technology and News Today https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/sanae-takaichi-launches-bid-to-be-japans-first-female-pm-qx9jjqg6q

iPhone 14 leaks show Apple ditching the camera bump and that terrible notch

The iPhone 13 hasn’t even been officially unveiled yet — that’s (likely) coming at next week’s Apple event — and we’re already seeing leaks of next year’s phone. via Technology and News Today https://mashable.com/article/apple-iphone-14-images-leak-jon-prosser

The Gmail app takes calls now, too, because Google wants it to do everything

Google is announcing even more Workspace features today, part of an increased cadence of changes to the company’s office and communications software suite over the past year or so. Today’s announcement is a bit of a milestone, however. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/2021/9/8/22661348/gmail-ring-meet-communication-suite-series-one-monitor-workspace

News sites are liable for defamatory Facebook comments, rules Australia’s High Court

Media companies in Australia can be held responsible for defamatory comments left on their social media pages by members of the public, the country’s High Court has ruled. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/2021/9/8/22662191/australia-high-court-facebook-comments-legal-liability-publisher-ruling-voller

Success! Perseverance Mars Rover Finally Collects Its First Rock Core

After a failed attempt last month, NASA’s Perseverance rover has successfully drilled, extracted and stored a sample of Martian rock — the first ever Mars sample destined to be flown back to Earth for study. via Technology and News Today https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/success-perseverance-mars-rover-finally-collects-its-first-rock-core/

‘Star Trek: Prodigy’ hits Paramount+ October 28th

Today marks 55 years since Star Trek debuted on TV way back in 1966, so Paramount+ threw a huge party to celebrate, as well as to reveal a few tidbits about new shows and upcoming seasons. First up was the Nickelodeon Studios cartoon, Prodigy. via Technology and News Today https://www.engadget.com/star-trek-prodigy-paramount-plus-october-011421132.html