TikTok on the clock, the Tesla flop era, and how NASA fixed a 1970s space computer

On Wednesday, President Biden signed a bill that would force the sale of TikTok or ban the app outright. We explain how this all came to pass, when just a few weeks ago it seemed unlikely this would happen, and what legal challenges the law will face next. So let's check out Tesla's dismal year and what's next for the company after this week's dismal quarterly earnings report. Finally, to boldly support technology where technology has never been supported before: Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab try to fix a chip malfunction from 15 billion miles away.


  • Andrew Hawkins, transportation editor at The Verge

  • Todd Barber, propulsion engineer at Jet Propulsion Lab

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