SpaceX’s Starlink aims to put over a thousand of its communications satellites in super-low orbit

SpaceX’s planned communication satellite constellation, known as Starlink, will now be targeting a much lower orbit than originally planned, at least for over a thousand of the satellites, the company revealed in an FCC filing. The move should help mitigate orbital debris and provide better signal for the company’s terrestrial users as well. Starlink plans to put 1,584 satellites — about a third of the 4,409 the company aims to launch — in an orbit just 550 kilometers about the surface of the Earth. For comparison, many communications satellites are in orbits over twice as high, and geosynchronous orbits are more than 20 times further out (around 36,000 miles). At… Read More

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Google walkout organizers aren’t satisfied with CEO’s response

Organizers of the massive walkouts at Google last week are — rightfully so — not letting up on their demands. Earlier this morning, Google CEO Sundar Pichai responded to some of their demands, outlining how Google is getting rid of forced arbitration for sexual harassment and sexual assault claims, offering more transparency around those investigations and more. While Google did make some changes, the company did not address all of the organizers’ demands. For example, Google failed to elevate its chief diversity officer to report directly to Pichai and also ignored the organizers’ request to add an employee representative to the board of directors. In the Medium post today, the… Read More

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The founder of Vine just announced the name of his next video app — and it’s set to launch in spring 2019 (TWTR)

Vine founder Dom Hofmann revealed Thursday he would be releasing a new looping video app next spring. The app will be called Byte. Vine was a massively popular video service that Twitter acquired in 2012 and shut down four years later. Good news, long-suffering Vine fans: A successor to the popular video service is finally on the way. Dom Hofmann, one of the cofounders of Vine, plans to launch a similar app called Byte next spring. Like Vine, Byte will feature looping videos, Hofmann announced Thursday on Twitter. our new looping video app is called byte. launching spring 2019 pic.twitter.com/C3FMvkcIwc — dom hofmann (@dhof) November 8, 2018 Vine was an… Read More

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Best PS4 games 2018: 33 essential PlayStation 4 releases

It’s hard to argue the Sony PS4 really is an incredible console, and possibly even Sony’s greatest achievement to date (at least until the PlayStation 5 arrives). To make the most of it though, you need the best PS4 games, and that’s where we come in. With more apps and features than any other console, the power to show you both incredible gameplay and entertainment thanks to 4K UHD and HDR, and some of the greatest games to ever grace a Sony machine, the PlayStation 4 is an impressive package. At the end of 2017, it was revealed that more than 73 million users worldwide had bought a PS4, and… Read More

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China-owned pork producer to get tariff-related bailouts

By Jeff Stein | Washington Post WASHINGTON – A Chinese-owned pork producer will sell at least $240,000 worth of ham products to the federal government as part of the Trump administration’s farm bailout program, the administration said Wednesday. U.S. pork producer Smithfield, which is owned by the Chinese conglomerate WH Group, will sell 144,000 pounds of ham products to the federal government under the contract. The Agriculture Department is purchasing pork and other commodities from U.S. farmers to help offset the damage from retaliatory tariffs imposed by China this summer. The administration has pitched the relief as a necessary short-term measure to help farmers weather the trade battle. The Agriculture… Read More

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