SpaceX is paying billions to build its Starlink space internet terminals, report suggests

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SpaceX is reportedly outsourcing a key component of its Starlink satellite-internet business at a cost of billions of dollars.

STMicroelectronics, a Swiss manufacturing giant, will be paid $2.4 billion to build one million Starlink user terminals, according to Business Insider.

The terminal, which CEO Elon Musk has previously referred to as a “UFO on a stick” contains a phased-array antenna, which allows it to communicate with Starlink’s satellites.

In a beta test, SpaceX is charging $100 a month for internet service and $500 for a starter kit that includes a tripod, a wireless router, and a user terminal – and new information suggests that SpaceX may be paying $2,000 on each terminal.

“The production agreement specifies 1 million terminals at a price of roughly $2,400 each,” the source, who apparently has knowledge of the contract between STMicroelectronics and SpaceX, told Business Insider.

“The original timeline

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Wisconsin GOP Official Suggests Absentee Ballots From State’s Official Website Are Invalid

Bickering between Democrat and Republican election officials in Wisconsin has marred discussions on how to conduct a recount that the campaign of President Donald Trump paid $3 million for.

Trump sought the recount in Dane and Milwaukee counties, citing—without evidence—that there had been irregularities after he lost the state by about 20,600 votes to President-elect Joe Biden.

The six-strong Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC), which is split evenly along party lines, clashed during a meeting in Madison over changes to its manual, which gives guidance to officials over how the recount is conducted and how it should be aligned with state law.

They also disagreed over issues such as what to do with absentee ballots that were illegally issued and even where observers should stand. In the end, the group decided not to reference the manual but updated some parts of it to take the coronavirus pandemic into account, The Associated

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Research Suggests Solar Panels Could One Day Charge Your Gadgets From a Lamp

Illustration for article titled Redesigned Solar Panels Could One Day Charge Your Gadgets From a Lamp

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Despite being excellent tools for harvesting the free energy the sun is blasting towards our planet all day long, the solar panels you see dotting roofs and blanketing fields don’t really work with artificial light. But as researchers sought out new materials to improve the efficiency of solar photovoltaics, they also discovered these materials could finally be used to harvest light from lamps and other indoor light sources to help power the ever-growing variety of smart devices we rely on.

Solar cells are typically made from pure silicon which doesn’t exist in nature, requiring a purification and refinement process for raw materials like silicon dioxide and quartz. So while solar panels are considered a green source of energy, there’s still an environmental impact as a result of the manufacturing process, which is also expensive, slowing the adoption of solar energy initiatives. To combat this, the

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Google antitrust case suggests Apple should be in the Department of Justice’s crosshairs too

Courtesy of Hemant K. Bhargava, University of California, Davis

Google’s payments to Apple to promote its search engine in iPhones, iPads and Mac computers are at the center of the Department of Justice’s antitrust lawsuit against the tech giant.

The suit alleges this creates a “continuous and self-reinforcing cycle of monopolization” by limiting which search engines consumers can use.

But as someone who studies platform markets, competition and industry structure, I believe the agreement seems more like a damning indictment of Apple’s own potentially illegal business practices.

Why Google needs Apple

The Department of Justice alleges that Google pays Apple and other device-makers to set its search engine as the default “on billions of mobile devices and computers worldwide,” thus controlling how users access the internet.

It’s true, Google is dominant in search, which accounted for an estimated 83% of parent company Alphabet’s revenue in 2019.

But about half of

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iPhone 12 Might Have Hidden Reverse Charging Feature, FCC Filing Suggests


  • Apple recently released the new iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro
  • The devices can be charged via the new Magsafe charger
  • An FCC filing suggests that the new iPhones will also use MagSafe to charge accessories

Apple’s new iPhone 12 models could have an inactive wireless charging feature for accessories, an FCC filing has suggested.

Apple recently released the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro, which come with new and improved specs and features and offer a new wireless charging method in the form of the MagSafe charger. But they seemed to lack one interesting capability that has been present in some rival smartphones for a while: reverse wireless charging.

However, an FCC filing, spotted by VentureBeat’s Jeremy Horwitz, revealed that the 2020 iPhone models – the iPhone 12 series – “also support WPT charging function at 360KHz to charge accessories.”

The filing, a screenshot of which

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Netflix Q3 preview: Analytics data suggests subscriber growth slowed

  • Netflix’s meteoric international subscriber growth in 2020 has started to slow, data from the analytics firm SimilarWeb that was shared exclusively with Business Insider suggests. 
  • SimilarWeb tracked traffic to and engagement on Netflix’s sign-up and cancellation pages outside the US and Canada to estimate the company’s international subscriber growth during the third quarter.
  • The data suggested that while fewer people canceled their Netflix subscriptions, Netflix’s international subscriber growth also fell below the levels this time last year.
  • Netflix, which reports earnings for its third quarter on October 20, said a slowdown in subscriber growth was coming after the pandemic drove record rises in subscribers during the first half of the year.
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Netflix’s meteoric international subscriber growth in 2020 is starting to slow, data from the analytics firm SimilarWeb that was shared exclusively with Business Insider suggests. 

Netflix broke its own records for subscriber

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