SpaceX’s Starlink to Supply Free Satellite Internet to Families in Texas School District

(Credit: Ector County Independent School District)

To help close the digital divide, SpaceX will offer satellite internet to the education sector. 

The company’s Starlink satellite internet service is partnering with a school district in Texas to supply free broadband to dozens of families living in the surrounding rural area, starting in early 2021. It’s the first time SpaceX has worked with a school district to harness Starlink, according to the Ector County Independent School District, which announced the partnership on Tuesday. 

The school district plans on first supplying the high-speed internet to 45 families who live in rural Pleasant Farms, before expanding it to 90 families. According to local media outlet Odessa America, the project will cost $300,000, with half of the funds coming from education advocacy group Chiefs for Change.

“Our research clearly indicates the lack of broadband access is a crisis in Ector County,” said Scott Muri, the

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Texas Instruments Posts Rare Revenue Rise as Consumers Splurge on Electronics | Technology News

(Reuters) – Texas Instruments Inc reported its first quarterly revenue growth in nearly two years on Tuesday, a rebound the chipmaker credited to people stuck at home splurging on electronic gadgets for remote work and entertainment during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Shares of the company, which also forecast current-quarter sales above estimates, were up nearly 2%.

TI, which supplies chips for everything from smartphones to automobiles, often reports quarterly results before its peers. Investors watch its numbers closely as a proxy for both the health of the industry and other sectors where semiconductors are key components.

The Dallas, Texas-based company said its sales also benefited from a notable rebound in demand from the automotive market, which grew 75% from the preceding quarter as North American and European vehicle assembly plants resumed operations.

“While visibility for the near-term demand has improved, we remain cautious as the broader economic impact of the global

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Texas AG Ken Paxton turned to pay-for-play outlet after accusations

When Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton decided to break his silence about accusations by his top aides that he had committed crimes including bribery and abuse of office, he turned to a little-known legal outlet called the Southeast Texas Record.

In the exclusive interview, he trashed the aides and claimed that before his top deputy resigned, Paxton had planned to put him on leave anyway.

The website where that interview was posted has been identified as part of a national network of some 1,300 pay-for-play news websites that publish on-demand coverage for Republican political campaigns and public relations firms. According to The New York Times, those websites, whose names sound like ordinary local news outlets, have received at least $1.7 million from Republican political campaigns and conservative groups.

Ian Prior, who promoted the story for the Paxton campaign, denied to The Texas Tribune that the campaign had paid the outlet

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Texas Instruments forecasts current-quarter revenue above estimates

(Reuters) – Texas Instruments Inc reported a surprise jump in quarterly revenue and forecast fourth-quarter sales above Wall Street estimates on Tuesday, bolstered by a global shift to work from home that has boosted demand for its chips used in electronic products.



a sign on the side of a building: A Texas Instruments Office is shown in San Diego, California


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A Texas Instruments Office is shown in San Diego, California

TI, which supplies chips for everything from smart phones to automobiles, often reports quarterly results before its peers. Investors watch its numbers closely as a proxy for both the health of the industry and other sectors where semiconductors are key components.

The Dallas, Texas-based company said sales benefited from a notable rebound in automotive demand, as well as strong sales for chips used in personal electronics.

TI shares were up 2% in extended trading.

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DOJ Charges Texas Billionaire in $2 Billion Tax Fraud Scheme

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Federal prosecutors charged Texas billionaire Robert Brockman on Thursday with a $2 billion tax fraud scheme in what they say is the largest such case against an American.

Department of Justice officials said at a news conference that Brockman, 79, hid capital gains income over 20 years through a web of offshore entities in Bermuda and Nevis and secret bank accounts in Bermuda and Switzerland. Prosecutors announced that the CEO of a private equity firm that aided in the schemes would cooperate with the investigation.

The 39-count indictment unsealed Thursday charges Brockman, the chief executive officer of Ohio-based software company Reynolds and Reynolds Co., with tax evasion, wire fraud, money laundering, and other offenses.

Prosecutors also announced that Robert F. Smith, founder and chairman of Vista Equity Partners, will cooperate in the investigation and pay $139 million to settle his own tax probe. Smith, 57, stunned

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Texas billionaire charged in $2-billion tax fraud scheme

Federal prosecutors have charged Texas software tycoon Robert Brockman in a $2-billion tax fraud scheme that they say is the largest such case against an American.

Department of Justice officials said Thursday that Brockman, 79, hid capital-gains income over 20 years through a web of offshore entities in Bermuda and Nevis and secret bank accounts in Bermuda and Switzerland. Prosecutors said that the CEO of a private-equity firm that aided in the schemes would cooperate with the investigation.

The 39-count indictment unsealed Thursday charges Brockman, the CEO of Ohio-based software company Reynolds and Reynolds, with tax evasion, wire fraud, money-laundering and other offenses.

Prosecutors also announced that Robert F. Smith, founder and chairman of Vista Equity Partners, would cooperate in the investigation and pay $139 million to settle his own tax probe. Smith, 57, stunned a senior class last year when he promised to wipe out the student-loan debt of

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