SpaceX launches 60 more Starlink internet satellites

Andreas Milano

SpaceX launched another batch of Starlink internet satellites early Thursday in the first of two back-to-back Falcon 9 flights to put 120 broadband relay stations into orbit in less than three days.

The company’s 18th dedicated Starlink mission shot away from pad 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 1:19 a.m. EST, shattering the deep overnight calm with a thundering roar and a burst of sky-lighting flame from the booster’s nine first stage engines.

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A time exposure captures the sky-lighting path of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying 60 Starlink internet satellites as it climbs away from the
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How to Make Sense of GameStop? The Internet Turns to Beer and Puppets

Andreas Milano

To help explain the complexities of the GameStop market frenzy, Brianna Parkins turned to two tall cans of Guinness, a sad-looking gray dog puppet and a pile of candy.

In her series of short TikTok explainers, Ms. Parkins casts the puppet as a hedge-fund manager looking to short a can of Guinness, reaping profits (that would be the candy) along the way. A white plaster statue enters the scene—representing the popular Reddit forum WallStreetBets—and buys up not one, but two cans of Guinness. “This is bad news for your hedge funds,” she says, waving the puppet to the camera.… Read More

SpaceX says its Starlink satellite internet, still in beta, now has more than 10,000 users worldwide

Andreas Milano


Elon Musk et al. around each other: SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. Joe Raedle/Getty Images


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SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

  • SpaceX said in a public filing Thursday that Starlink has more than 10,000 users in the US and abroad.
  • Elon Musk’s aerospace company launched the Starlink public beta in October.
  • In the filing, SpaceX requested that it be made eligible for federal cash to expand Starlink.
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SpaceX’s Starlink satellite internet service has amassed more than 10,000 users across the world, just four months after entering beta, Elon Musk’s aerospace company said in a filing Thursday.

SpaceX said in

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On the Capitalist Internet, Even Celebs Join the Gig Economy

Andreas Milano

When I was very little, Neville Wanless wished me happy birthday on TV. Wanless was the gentle glue who held our regional station in northeastern England together, and although I remember him mostly as a blurry face with a voice like Charlie Brown’s teacher, a crisp few seconds of audio remain in the family archive, by which I mean that dusty box of cassette tapes that must be somewhere. The year is 1983. My parents are in the middle of buying a new home, staying in a down-at-heel rental my mother always referred to as “the grot house.” A flash

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Opinion | Michael Goldhaber, the Cassandra of the Internet Age

Andreas Milano

The big tech platform debates about online censorship and content moderation? Those are ultimately debates about amplification and attention. Same with the crisis of disinformation. It’s impossible to understand the rise of Donald Trump and the MAGA wing of the far right or, really, modern American politics without understanding attention hijacking and how it is used to wield power. Even the recent GameStop stock rally and the Reddit social media fallout share this theme, illustrating a universal truth about the attention economy: Those who can collectively commandeer enough attention can accumulate a staggering amount of power quickly. And it’s never

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Myanmar Chokes Internet, Blocks Twitter Amid Anti-Coup Protests

Andreas Milano

(Bloomberg) — Myanmar’s military-run government throttled internet access and ordered service providers to block Twitter and Instagram, tightening a crackdown to stifle dissent and curb communication after this week’s coup.

A government directive requires all mobile operators to temporarily shut down the data network, though voice and short-message services remain open, Telenor Myanmar said in a statement on Saturday. Another order added the two social media platforms to the existing prohibition on Facebook.

The internet blackout came as videos emerged online appearing to show fresh street protests in commercial capital Yangon. Myo Swe, an official at the communications ministry, didn’t

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