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It’s emerged that SpaceX’s Starlink satellites have been delivering internet services since early August to the Washington state military’s emergency management unit helping residents recover from recent wildfires.

As noted by CNBC, providing services to Washington emergency responders is the first publicly known application of the satellite broadband service.   

SpaceX is currently conducting private Starlink beta trials with residents in some parts of northern US and lower Canada, including remote communities in Washington state, Starlink revealed in an FAQ posted on Reddit in July. 

The Washington emergency division has been using seven Starlink user terminals, which SpaceX Elon Musk has previously described as like a “UFO on a stick”, with a skyward-facing disk that measures 48cm, or 19 inches, in diameter.  

Musk has previously described the end-user terminals as being as easy to set up as “point at sky and just plug in”. 

Richard Hall, the emergency telecommunications leader of

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In these polarized political times, it can sometimes feel as if Americans really cannot agree on anything.

But Tuesday’s highly anticipated presidential debate, the first between President Trump and Joseph R. Biden Jr., the Democratic nominee, managed to achieve rare bipartisan consensus: Just about everyone offering commentary online agreed that the debate was an unmitigated disaster.

The night’s 90-minute, commercial-free cross-talk extravaganza may not be something viewers will particularly want to review in detail upon waking up Wednesday morning. But as one political journalist suggested, Tuesday’s event very well might “go down as the worst debate of all time.”

So, for posterity, here is a look at a few of the ways the internet processed the yelling, the interrupting and the very occasional debating — all as it was simultaneously melting down.

During the first five minutes, the moderator, Chris Wallace, asked a question. Mr. Trump

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  • Jungkook’s new man bun and stylish hanbok on sent his fans into a frenzy
  • The 23-year-old became a trending topic on Twitter after his appearance on “The Tonight Show”
  • BTS kicked off its week-long residency on the show with a performance of the 2018 hit “Idol”

BTS singer Jungkook broke the internet with his new look following his appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on Monday.

The South Korean act, which consists of RM, Jimin, Suga, J-Hope, V, Jin and Jungkook, kicked off its week-long residency on the show with a performance of the 2018 hit “Idol” at the Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul.

Shortly after their performance, Jungkook became a trending topic on Twitter with more than 1 million mentions on the microblogging platform.

The 23-year-old’s new man bun and stylish hanbok sent his fans around the world into a frenzy, causing him to trend no.

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Super producer/artist collective Internet Money has just released the remix to their track “Lemonade” featuring new verses from both Don Toliver and Roddy Ricch. This remix comes off the heels of the group dropping their debut album B4 The Storm which featured a star-studded cast of Juice WRLD, Trippie Redd, Lil Tecca, Wiz Khalifa, and several others.  

The remix for “Lemonade” picks up right where the original version left off, with Roddy lending his superior vocal harmonies and Don tracing back with a fresh verse to push the track to the next level. The OG version of “Lemonade” reached No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100, and with the release of this remix it will likely get a boost and rise even higher now.

Complex caught with the group back in August prior to the release of their album, and the group’s founder Taz Taylor talked about how Internet Money’s

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A polling-place worker holds an "I'm a Georgia Voter" sticker during the primary election on June 9, 2020 in Atlanta.
Enlarge / A polling-place worker holds an “I’m a Georgia Voter” sticker during the primary election on June 9, 2020 in Atlanta.

A federal judge in Georgia has ordered election officials to print paper backups of voter data so that voting can proceed even if the digital system for checking in voters fails. This is a win for plaintiffs who have argued that flaws in Georgia’s electronic-poll-book (EPB) system hampered voting in the June primary and could do so again in November.

Over the last 20 years, a lot of discussion has revolved around the risk that electronic voting machines pose to the security and integrity of elections. But there has been less attention paid to electronic poll books—another digital system that can undermine election integrity if they malfunction.

Pollworkers use EPBs to verify a voter’s eligibility and then check the voter in. Malfunctions in these systems can slow down

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Residents in Washington state recovering from the wildfires are remaining online, thanks to SpaceX’s satellite broadband network. 

The company’s Starlink system has been supplying the emergency internet to residents in Malden, a town of about 200 people, where an estimated 80 percent of the homes have been destroyed by the wildfires.

On Monday, Washington’s Emergency Management Department tweeted a photo of a Starlink satellite terminal acting as a public Wi-Fi hotspot. “Malden, WA is an area where fiber and most of the town burned down. Without this equipment, it would have been much harder for folks to get internet in that area,” the department added in a follow-up tweet.  

“SpaceX provided seven terminals for our agency to use for free, where we saw the most need,” the state’s Emergency Management Department told PCMag. Other Starlink terminals are supplying emergency broadband around Bonney Lake, Washington, where

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  • MeUndies, a startup responsible for some of our favorite underwear, lounge pants, bralettes, and socks, has just added a couple of perks to its monthly subscription.
  • Subscribers will now get a discount on almost all of MeUndies clothes, and access to an exclusive print that’s revealed on the first Tuesday of every month. Previously, subscribers only got a discount on underwear.
  • MeUndies added these perks without raising the price of its subscription, which costs $14 per month for women’s underwear, $16 a month for men’s underwear, and $8 a month for socks, regardless of what style of underwear you choose.
  • As someone who’s had a MeUndies subscription for over two and a half years, both of these new perks make sense, and I plan on taking advantage of both to upgrade my wardrobe.

There

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Washington Emergency Management Division

The Starlink satellite internet network that SpaceX is developing has been used in the field by Washington state emergency responders in recent weeks, the first early application of the company’s service to be disclosed.

Washington’s state military, which includes its emergency response division, began employing Starlink user terminals in early August to bring internet service to areas devastated by wildfires. User terminals are the small devices on the ground that connect to the satellites. The emergency division has seven Starlink user terminals, which it is deploying with early success.

“I have never set up any tactical satellite equipment that has been as quick to set up, and anywhere near as reliable” as Starlink, Richard Hall, the emergency telecommunications leader of the Washington State Military Department’s IT division, told CNBC in an interview Monday.

How Washington’s using Starlink

Starlink is the name for SpaceX’s ambitious plan to

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  • Washington’s state military, which includes its emergency response division, began using Starlink user terminals in early August to bring internet service to areas devastated by wildfires.
  • “I have spent the better part of four or five hours with some satellite equipment trying to get a good [connection]. So, to me, it’s amazing,” Washington state’s emergency telecommunications leader Richard Hall told CNBC.
  • Washington has used Starlink to get regions “zero day communications,” Hall said.



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The Starlink satellite internet network that SpaceX is developing has been used in the field by Washington state emergency responders in recent weeks, the first early application of the company’s service to be disclosed.

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Washington’s state military, which includes its emergency response division, began employing Starlink user terminals in early August to bring internet service to areas devastated by wildfires. User terminals are the small devices on the ground that connect

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