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Satellite internet startup Astranis books first commercial launch on SpaceX Falcon 9

Y Combinator-backed startup Astranis is now set to launch its first commercial telecommunication satellite aboard a Falcon 9 rocket, with a launch time frame currently set for sometime starting in the fourth quarter of next year. Astranis aims to address the market of people who don’t currently have broadband internet access, which is still a huge number globally, and they hope to do so using low-cost satellites that massively undercut the price of existing global telecommunications hardware, which can be built and launched much faster than existing spacecraft, too. Astranis…

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I left Russia to escape Putins assault on reason. Now I fear the UK is on the same path | Peter Pomarentsev

We need to develop a more collaborative political discourse, built on facts, not spin Nothing is true and everything is possible. That was my one-line attempt to sum up the politics and propaganda that enveloped Russia at the start of the 21st century. It was a world where politicians no longer cared whether they were caught lying; where old ideologies were dead and conspiracy thinking had become the new way to explain the world; where all the old political categories (socialist and liberal, conservative and communist) seemed utterly meaningless and…

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A Definitive List of the Best #BottleCapChallenge Responses

It all started with a Taekwondo champion in Almaty, Kazakhstan. An expertly executed spinning kick posted on Instagram that resulted in the cap of a water bottle spinning off. With it, a challenge into the social media ether, tagging some of the world’s best known action stars and fighters. View this post on Instagram New Challenge with #farakickschallenge 😉! Sending a challenge @jasonstatham @thenotoriousmma @jcvd @jackiechan . Waiting for you video friends .🥋🔥 â € â € â € â € â € â € â € â € â € â € â € â € â € â € â € â € â €…

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Game of Thrones is Just Live-Action Shrek (11 Comparisons)

Good citizens of the Internet have noticed striking similarities between Game of Thrones and Shrek, and after this gallery of comparisons I am convinced: Game of Thrones is just live-action Shrek. People will say GRRM started writing his series before Shrek was released but that’s just some silly fact that gets in the way of a good meme. Therefore, the Internet remains undefeated. [Sources: GOT as Shrek on Twitter, GOT Memes on Facebook] 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/2019/05/game-of-thrones-is-live-action-shrek/

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21 Photos of Cats Sitting on Glass Tables, Please Disregard

In a surprise to no one, there are a plethora of photos online of cats sitting on glass tables and surfaces because.. the Internet. Also a fun fact, cat connoisseurs like to call the adorable pads on a kitty’s paws ‘toe beans’. Now please enjoy this fine gallery of cats sitting on glass tables in a variety of positions, configurations and moods. Sources – Facebook: Cats on Glass Tables Album – BuzzFeed: Pictures Of Cats On Glass – 16 hilarious pictures of cats sitting on a glass table – 22…

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This Account Creates Collages of the Travel Photos You See Everywhere

@insta_repeat is doing God’s work. Their profile description sums it up aptly: “Déjà Vu Vibes 🌲 Wander. Roam. Replicate.” The account, which is curiously ‘verified’, makes 3×4 collages of common Instagram travel photos that you probably see clogging your timeline. As standalone images in your feed they can be beautiful, even inspiring (or envy-inducing); but as collages like these it reminds us that: originality is tough, social media isn’t real life, and you’re unique just like everyone else 🙂 Finally, it’s just for fun. Please don’t take this parody account—or…

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People Disguising Their Christmas Gifts is My New Favorite Thing

A recent post on reddit entitled, ‘Every year I try to disguise my sister’s Christmas present. This year I think I went a little too far…‘, led us down a glorious Internet rabbit hole of snorts and chuckles. Everyone knows it’s better to give than to receive, and it’s even better to give the gift of laughter in addition to anything material! Below are some of the funniest disguised gifts we came across. Maybe it will inspire you this holidays! [h/t geoffreythehamster on reddit] “Every year I try to disguise…

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The Monopoly Man Showed Up At Googles Congressional Hearing Today

The Monopoly Man aka Rich Uncle Pennybags aka Ian Madrigal in costume videobombed Google CEO Sundar Pichai’s congressional hearing today and the video and freeze frames are kind of hilarious. More seriously, lawmakers grilled Pichai on issues related to data privacy and anti-competitive market behavior as well as Google’s plans in China. Back to Madrigal, he actually took over the ‘Pennybags’ character from Amanda Werner, who is now a strategy director at Revolution Messaging and was often seen in Washington in the backgrounds of various trials and US political events.…

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Pranking the Media with a Photo of Justin Bieber Eating a Burrito Sideways

The guys at Yes Theory just revealed that they were the pranksters behind the viral photo of Justin Bieber eating a burrito sideways and that the entire thing was a hoax. To pull it off they flew a Justin Bieber lookalike to LA and then dressed him up, sat him in a park, and made him eat a burrito in a strange and bizarre way that triggered people in predictable ways. Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/justin-bieber-burrito-prank-hoax/

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