9 great readings from CNET this week: Bezos vs. NASA, California Movies, Facebook VR, more

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Jeff Bezos clearly enjoyed his Rocket ride to the edge of space last month, but his ambitions go well beyond the occasional jaunt in the stratosphere. He sees great business opportunities in space – hence his startup Blue Origin – and he doesn’t take no for an answer.

So when NASA said no to Blue Origin’s offer for a contract to build the vehicle that would take astronauts back to the moon and instead chose Elon Musk’s SpaceX, Bezos did not give in. Blue Origin has filed a lawsuit, alleged mistake in NASA’s acquisition process. It’s not just the space agency, however. There is also tension between Bezos and Musk, two billionaires with strong visions for the future of humanity in space.

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Eric Mack’s story on this feud is among the many in-depth features and thought-provoking comments posted on CNET this week. So, let’s go. These are the stories not to be missed.

The space agency prefers Elon Musk’s spaceship for moon landings. Now a judge will decide whether this union will continue.

Blue origin

California has worked for years to bring back television and film productions that have fled the state. But not only LA wants to win studios for itself.

Golden Gate Bridge

Getty Images

Celeste Drake, who oversees the Made in America government’s ambitions, says the president is serious about “putting his money where his mouth is”.

President Biden with

The White House

Horizon Workrooms, an Oculus Quest 2 VR software beta for meetings, has just been released. Facebook has been using it for remote meetings for months. This is how it works.

Mark Zuckerberg and others in a virtual Horizon workrooms meeting

Facebook

Global supply chain problems have prevented larger adoption.

Google Pixel 5A

Sarah Tew / CNET

Australia has been a pandemic success story but has been overwhelmed by the Delta variant. What happened?

Illustration showing the coronavirus breaking through a fortress wall

Robert Rodriguez / CNET

The film about a deaf family with a hearing teenager shows how sign language can be visual poetry – as slippery as a limerick, as sublime as a sonnet.

Emilia Jones in the Apple TV Plus film CODA

Apple TV Plus

Does eSports have a future at the Olympics? Experts are not sure.

Sports competitor

Espat.ai

When the Taliban was last in power, there was no social media. The group quickly learned how to use it.

Taliban fighters with vehicle-mounted machine guns

Haroon Sabawoon / Anadolu Agency via Getty Images


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