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Marc Benioff and Stewart Butterfield are now united, with a mutual Microsoft grudge

Hello, and welcome to this Wednesday's edition of the Insider Tech newsletter, where we break down the biggest news in tech. Did someone forward this newsletter to you? Get Insider Tech straight in your inbox by subscribing here. This week: The tech mega-deal that COVID brokered Marc Benioff Reuters/Mike Blake The year of the pandemic is closing with what may be remembered as the era's signature deal. Salesforce is plunking down $27.7 billion — its largest acquisition ever — to buy Slac...
Tags: Startups, Spacex, England, Enterprise, Microsoft, Yahoo, China, San Francisco, Trends, European Union, Venture Capital, M&a, Salesforce, Stewart Butterfield, Slack, Marc Benioff


SpaceX plans to race remote-controlled cars on the moon in 2021, and has drafted in a legendary Ferrari designer to help

SpaceX founder Elon Musk Kim Shiflett/NASA Elon Musk's SpaceX plans to launch vehicles designed by Frank Stephenson — of McLaren, Ferrari, and BMW fame — onto the Moon's surface for a remote-controlled car rally. The cars will be sent into space on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in October 2021, SpaceX said. The vehicles will be partially designed, built, and raced by two teams of high-school students. Moon Mark, an entertainment and education company, is teaming up with aerospace companies Intu...
Tags: Spacex, Trends, Shanghai, Bmw, Buenos Aires, Falcon, Stephenson, SpaceX Falcon, StarLink, McLaren Ferrari, Frank Stephenson, Lunar Outpost, Nasa Elon Musk, Kate Duffy, Elon Musk Kim Shiflett, Moon Mark


Elon Musk is 'highly confident' SpaceX's Starship will ferry humans to Mars by 2026 — four years later than previously hoped

SpaceX, founded by Elon Musk, is building and launching Starship prototypes in Boca Chica, Texas. SpaceX; Mark Brake/Getty Images; Business Insider Elon Musk said Tuesday he is "highly confident" SpaceX will land humans on Mars in 2026 — four years later than he previously hoped. In 2017, Musk said that he wanted SpaceX to send unmanned ships to Mars in 2022, followed by a crewed mission two years later. Musk told Axel Springer CEO Mathias Döpfner on Tuesday that he could make his own firs...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Texas, Berlin, Trends, Tesla, Earth, Mars, Axel Springer, Musk, Starship, StarLink, Mathias Döpfner, International Astronautical Congress, Business Insider Elon Musk, Mathias D ouml


SpaceX's next Starship rocket may soar to 15 kilometers this weekend, but Elon Musk says there's a 2-in-3 chance the flight may fail

SpaceX, founded by Elon Musk, is building and launching Starship prototypes in Boca Chica, Texas. SpaceX; Mark Brake/Getty Images; Business Insider SpaceX is planning to fly a Starship rocket prototype to its highest altitude yet this weekend, according to road closures and a Notice to Airmen issued for the aerospace company's launch site in southern Texas.  The spacecraft should fly 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) into the air. Previous prototypes have only made short hops of about 150 meters (...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Texas, Trends, Prototypes, Spaceships, Rockets, Mars, Rocket Launch, Federal Aviation Administration, Musk, South Texas, Cameron County, Callaghan, Boca Chica


Elon Musk says SpaceX's giant Starship rocket test will happen as early as Wednesday — but there's only a 1 in 3 chance it will land intact

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. Yichuan Cao/Getty Images SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said Sunday the next Starship test will happen "no earlier than Wednesday." The spacecraft will fly 15 kilometres (50,000 feet) into the air. Previous prototypes have only made short hops of a few hundred metres. Musk said there was a lot that could go wrong, and gave the rocket a one-in-three chance of landing in one piece. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. This week, Elon Musk's space-exploration compan...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Texas, Trends, Mars, Musk, Callaghan, Boca Chica, Starship, Gwynne Shotwell, StarLink, Tech Insider, Mars Musk, Boca Chica Texas, Elon Musk Yichuan Cao Getty Images SpaceX, Isobel Asher Hamilton Kate Duffy


SpaceX's next Starship rocket may soar to 15 kilometers on Monday, but Elon Musk says there's a 2-in-3 chance the flight may fail

SpaceX, founded by Elon Musk, is building and launching Starship prototypes in Boca Chica, Texas. SpaceX; Mark Brake/Getty Images; Business Insider SpaceX is planning to fly a Starship rocket prototype to its highest altitude yet on Monday, according to a road closure notice issued for the aerospace company's launch site in southern Texas.  The spacecraft will fly 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) into the air. Previous prototypes have only made short hops of about 150 hundred meters (492 feet). S...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Texas, Trends, Prototypes, Spaceships, Rockets, Mars, Rocket Launch, Musk, South Texas, Cameron County, Callaghan, Boca Chica, Starship


10 things in tech you need to know today

Patrick Pleul/picture alliance via Getty Images Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday. Sign up here to get this email in your inbox every morning.Have an Amazon Alexa device? Listen to this update by searching "Business Insider" in your flash briefing settings.And for the biggest stories in politics, sign up here for 10 Things in Politics You Need to Know Today — launching soon!Google's DeepMind solved the protein folding problem. Its AI program AlphaFold can pr...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Spacex, Fcc, China, US, Trends, Biden, Xinjiang, Greylock, Ftc, Josh Elman, Nordic, Deepmind, Amazon Alexa


SpaceX's Starlink beta test requires participants to recognize Mars as a "free planet" and to agree that "no Earth-based government has...

SpaceX has released its terms of service to beta testers, and it makes a strong statement about Mars' future government.
Tags: Spacex, Mars, StarLink


SpaceX's giant Starship rocket will have its first big high-altitude test next week, says Elon Musk

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. Yichuan Cao/Getty Images SpaceX's Starship rocket is scheduled to have its first high-altitude flight test next week. The spacecraft will fly 15 kilometres (50,000 feet) into the air. Previous prototypes have only made short hops of a few hundred metres. CEO Elon Musk said there was a lot that could go wrong, and gave the rocket a 1-in-3 chance of landing in one piece. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Next week, Elon Musk's space-exploration company...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Trends, Mars, Musk, Callaghan, Starship, StarLink, Tech Insider, Mars Musk, Boca Chica Texas, Isobel Asher Hamilton, Elon Musk Yichuan Cao Getty


SpaceX just launched a Falcon 9 rocket for the 100th time, delivering 60 Starlink internet satellites into orbit

SpaceX founder Elon Musk. Joe Raedle/Getty Images A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket delivered 60 Starlink satellites into orbit on Tuesday night, marking the rocket's seventh successful launch. The launch was also SpaceX's 16th Starlink mission, its 100th flight of a Falcon 9 rocket, and its 23rd flight in 2020 — the most flights it has ever achieved in one year. SpaceX's two-stage Falcon 9 rocket took off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 9:13 p.m. on Tuesday. The booster then re...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, Texas, Montana, US, Trends, Earth, Canada, North America, Falcon, Cape Canaveral, Atlantic Ocean, SpaceX Falcon, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Iridium


SpaceX launches 100th Falcon 9 mission with fleet-leading rocket from Florida

The most experienced Falcon 9 rocket in SpaceX's fleet launched from Cape Canaveral on Tuesday, delivering 60 Starlink internet satellites to orbit.         [Author: Florida Today]
Tags: Spacex, Florida, News, Falcon, Cape Canaveral, Florida Today, StarLink


SpaceX successfully launches a Falcon 9 booster for a record seventh time

SpaceX has launched yet another Starlink mission, adding 60 more Starlink satellites to its low-Earth orbit constellation. That’s good news for its efforts to blanket the globe in high-speed broadband, and today’s flight is even better news for its equally important ambition of developing more reusable rocket systems, since the first-stage booster that helped launch today’s Falcon 9 rocket made a record-breaking seventh trip. SpaceX broke its own reusability records of six flights for a re...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Florida, Science, Tech, Broadband, Canada, United States, Falcon 9, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Falcon, Atlantic Ocean, Outer Space, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station


SpaceX tries again today to launch more internet satellites aboard well-traveled rocket

HAWTHORNE >> Hawthorne-based SpaceX will attempt to launch another batch of internet satellites into orbit tonight, using a rocket that has already flown a half-dozen missions. The launch of roughly 60 internet satellites had been scheduled for Sunday night from Cape Canaveral in Florida, but it was delayed to allow for more “data reviews.” The launch was then planned for 6:34 p.m. California time Monday, but that effort was scrubbed due to weather conditions. SpaceX will try again at 6:13 p.m. ...
Tags: Spacex, Florida, Texas, News, California, Sport, Nasa, Canada, Soccer, Santa Barbara County, Iss, Falcon, Cape Canaveral, Atlantic Ocean, Pomona, Hawthorne


SpaceX engineers say they're looking to fill some 'hot jobs' and reduce outages on the Starlink satellite-internet service

SpaceX founder Elon Musk. Kim Shiflett/NASA Engineers working on SpaceX's Starlink listed a number of "hot jobs" that SpaceX are looking to fill during a Q&A session with the Reddit's Starlink community on Saturday. SpaceX is hiring numerous roles in design and engineering, they said, and gave out an email for people to send resumes.  They also promised improvements to Starlink, which is already giving users speeds of more than 160 Megabits per second.  For example, they were working on re...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Texas, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Reddit, Seattle, Ama, StarLink, Kate Duffy, Reddit Starlink, Elon Musk Kim Shiflett


How to watch SpaceX launch its 16th Starlink mission on Tuesday

SpaceX's plan to launch its 16th Starlink flight on Sunday was called off in order to make additional checks. Another launch attempt could take place on Tuesday.
Tags: Space, Spacex, News, Trends, StarLink, Breaking Twitter


Watch live as SpaceX tests the limits of Falcon 9 reusability with sixteenth Starlink satellite launch

SpaceX is set to launch its sixteenth Starlink mission on Monday at 9:34 PM EST (6:34 PM PST). This launch will carry 60 of the company’s broadband internet satellites to low-Earth orbit, where they’ll join the existing constellation and contribute to its growing network of eventually global coverage. The launch is also significant because it will potentially set a new record for Falcon 9 rocket reusability – this marks the seventh flight for the first stage booster flying tonight. The ...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Tech, Broadband, Canada, United States, Falcon 9, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Hyperloop, Falcon, Outer Space, StarLink


SpaceX Begins a Day With Two Falcon 9 Launches, Seventh Flight of a Recycled Rocket

While tonight will see SpaceX's 16th launch of its broadband satellites, that launch will also make history, reports CNET: The first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket is set to make its seventh flight, which would be a record for rocket recycling for the company. The booster previously flew on four Starlink missions and a pair of larger telecom satellite launches. SpaceX will likely attempt to land the booster on a droneship in the Atlantic shortly after launch and may also try to catch the two halv...
Tags: Spacex, California, Tech, Atlantic, Cnet, Falcon, StarLink, International Space Station Read, Vandenburg Air Force Base, Michael Freilich, NASA European Space Agency Sentinel


Airtel recommends creation of an Optic Fibre Regulatory Authority, argues against increasing 512Kbps broadband definition

Airtel has recommended against redefining broadband from 512Kbps, arguing that this speed is enough for most broadband use in the country. “Throughput speed of >512 Kbps on broadband connection is sufficient to carry all data services, including video conferencing, e-commerce, digital financial services, and any other peer to peer services,” Airtel said. Most broadband connections offered in the country tend to be tens or hundreds of times faster than this, and while any one of the functions Air...
Tags: Travel, Spacex, News, India, Broadband, Policy, PPP, Airtel, Trai, Jio, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, OFC, NHAI, StarLink, Ofra, GST Council


In broadband consultation, Jio recommends localisation to reduce reliance on undersea cables, assails rivals’ 2G strategy

“The single most important reform” to improve penetration of fixed broadband in India “is the strengthening of the Right of Way Rules 2016 issued by [the Department of Telecommunications],” Reliance Jio said in a filing to TRAI on the regulator’s wide-ranging consultation on improving broadband access in India. State and local governments’ ignorance of the importance of optical fibre connectivity have “thwarted” approvals to lay fibre and improve networks, Jio said. The telco added that the Righ...
Tags: Travel, Spacex, News, China, India, US, Broadband, Policy, Telecom, Airtel, Authority, Trai, Vi, Jio, Ookla, Universal Service


SpaceX urges India to facilitate satellite broadband, hints at bringing Starlink to India

Elon Musk’s SpaceX urged the Indian government to facilitate approvals to use satellite technology for internet access in remote areas. “While existing telecommunications networks have performed well to meet [internet access] needs in many areas, billions that live in the most rural and remote areas, and even those in urban environments, remain on the wrong side of the digital divide. Powerful next-generation satellite systems flying today that can reach all corners of the country with high-spee...
Tags: Travel, Spacex, Elon Musk, News, Fcc, India, US, United States, Commerce, United Kingdom, Trai, Cooper, ITU, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, Indian Space Research Organisation, StarLink


Amazon’s Project Kuiper chief David Limp is coming to Sessions: Space

TechCrunch Sessions: Space (December 16 & 17) is just a few short weeks away and there is perhaps no better time than the end of this horrid year to set our eyes to the horizon and dream of some place far, far away. David Limp, Amazon’s SVP of Amazon Devices and Services, is just the man to stoke our imaginations. Thusly, we’re stoked to have him join us for a one-on-one conversation at Sessions: Space 2020. Limp is responsible for Amazon’s devices business, including consumer gadgets like the E...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Fcc, Events, Tech, Nasa, Aerospace, John Thompson, StarLink, David Limp, Limp, Air Force NASA, Azure Capital Partners, Peter Beck, SVP of Amazon Devices and Services, Kathryn Lueders


Amazon’s Project Kuiper chief David Limp is coming to TC Sessions: Space

TC Sessions: Space (December 16 & 17) is just a few short weeks away and there is perhaps no better time than the end of this horrid year to set our eyes to the horizon and dream of some place far, far away. David Limp, Amazon’s SVP of Amazon Devices and Services, is just the man to stoke our imaginations. Thusly, we’re stoked to have him join us for a one-on-one conversation at TC Sessions: Space 2020. Limp is responsible for Amazon’s devices business, including consumer gadgets like the ...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Space, Fcc, Events, Tech, Nasa, Aerospace, John Thompson, StarLink, David Limp, Limp, Air Force NASA, Azure Capital Partners, Peter Beck, SVP of Amazon Devices and Services


SpaceX's Starlink satellite-internet service provides rapid speeds of 175 Mbps in freezing temperatures, high winds and deep snow, users report

SpaceX CEO and founder, Elon Musk, smiles during a NASA Television appearance at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Saul Martinez/Getty Images Users of SpaceX's Starlink satellite-internet service said how impressed they were with download speeds in snow and high-speed winds on the Reddit Starlink community. One user reported speeds reaching 175 Mbps in the colder air, which is 20 Mbps faster than usual. The Starlink terminal even withstood a user's 175 mph leafblower. The terminal – or "UFO...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, Texas, Montana, US, Trends, Earth, Canada, Reddit, Musk, Kennedy Space Center, NASA Television, StarLink, Kate Duffy, Reddit Starlink


Insider Transportation: Starlink's pricing predicament, top electric aviation startups, how much Uber pays, and more

Telecoms experts say SpaceX is likely paying thousands of dollars to make each antenna that lets customers hook up to Starlink. Patrick Pleul/picture alliance via Getty Images Considering that after 17 years, Tesla is only now on the verge of posting its first annual profit, you could say Elon Musk knows how to navigate the long road of taking a business from red to black. But that may not make the struggle any easier when it comes to Starlink, SpaceX's budding satellite-internet service. C...
Tags: Transportation, Spacex, Elon Musk, Trends, Tesla, Panasonic, Mclaren, Musk, Alex Davies, StarLink, Celina Mikolajczak, US Office of Foreign Labor Certification, Panasonic Energy of North America, BITranspo, Mercedes Berlin, Starlink Patrick Pleul


Alphabet’s X partners with Econet Group to roll out Project Taara wireless light-beam broadband in Africa

Alphabet’s X ‘Moonshot Factory’ subsidiary has a lot of cutting edge projects in development, so it’s always exciting when one of them gets ready for real-world deployment. On Tuesday, X announced that its ‘Project Taara’ high-speed optical wireless broadband endeavor is working with internet provider Econet and its subsidiaries to begin rolling out its tech across Sub-Saharan Africa. This deployment follows a series of small pilots in Kenya specifically, but now Taara and Econet are ready...
Tags: TC, Spacex, Science, Internet, Africa, Tech, Earth, Broadband, Telecommunications, Kenya, Alphabet, Econet, Sub Saharan Africa, Liquid Telecom, StarLink, Fiber Optic


Starlink Beta Testers Are Impressed With Its Speed

One beta tester of SpaceX's new Starlink satellite internet service is a Reddit user named "wandering-coder". This week they shared their experience online, testing the equpiment in a national forest which gets no cell service from any carrier -- and using it to upload this report: Works beautifully. I did a realtime video call and some tests. My power supply is max 300w, and the drain for the whole system while active was around 116w... It didn't work well with a heavy tree canopy / trees dire...
Tags: Spacex, Montana, US, Tech, Ars Technica, Idaho, Reddit, Pacific Northwest, Slashdot, ViaSat, Ookla, StarLink, Starlink Reddit, Ka Ku


Elon Musk aims to make fast satellite internet with Starlink, but will it be worth it?

The Starlink network created by Elon Musk's SpaceX might be the solution to slow, pricey satellite internet. Here's how it works.         [Author: Arizona Republic]
Tags: Elon Musk, News, Arizona Republic, StarLink


SpaceX executive says the Starship rocket system could help clean up the 760,000 pieces of space junk in orbit

SpaceX founder Elon Musk at a news conference at the Kennedy Space Center. REUTERS/Steve Nesius SpaceX's Starship rocket system could help clear out junk that has been left in Earth's orbit, according to Gwynne Shotwell, the company's president and CEO.  "It's not going to be easy, but I do believe Starship offers the possibility of going and doing that," Shotwell said in an online interview with Time Magazine.  Daniel Oltrogge, director at the Center for Space Standards and Innovation, to...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Trends, Earth, Mars, Kennedy Space Center, Starship, Gwynne Shotwell, Shotwell, StarLink, CSSI, Steve Nesius, Starlink Elon Musk, Center for Space Standards and Innovation CSSI, Oltrogge, Kate Duffy


SpaceX Starlink Already Matches Cable Broadband Internet Service

US SpaceX Starlink users are getting 100 to 203 Mbps on downlink and around 15 to 33 Mbps on uplink. Latency varies between 20 to 45 milliseconds. There is a startup purchase cost for a Starlink... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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The good, the bad, and the ugly of satellite megaconstellations

Satellite megaconstellations like Starlink could bring broadband internet to underserved parts of the globe -- but they also have some big drawbacks.
Tags: Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Trends, Emerging Tech, StarLink, 2012 Internet Trends