Internet blimps are coming to Zanzibar. But can a UK company succeed where Google failed?

UK company World Mobile is launching a hybrid network using aerostats — blimp-like tethered balloons that it says will provide near-blanket coverage across the islands. Two solar-powered, helium-filled balloons will float 300 meters (984 feet) above land and have a broadcast range of around 70 kilometers (44 miles) apiece, using 3G and 4G frequencies to …

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What is Wordle? The new viral word game delighting the internet

If you’ve noticed lots of posts on Twitter containing a bunch of colored boxes, then you have come across the latest word game sweeping (portions of) the internet: a pleasant little brainteaser named Wordle. I regret finding Wordle because it’s going to bother me daily ⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜🟩⬜🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 Wordle 185 3/6 — Paige Burton (@Paige_Burton) December 22, …

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Internet Association, once a top tech lobby, is set to dissolve

The Internet Association (IA), once the tech industry’s top lobbying shop in Washington, representing companies such as Google, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft, will close by the end of the year, its board announced Wednesday. Driving the news: IA’s board voted Wednesday morning to dissolve the organization. A source familiar with the situation, who alerted Axios …

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Amazon plans to launch its first internet satellites in late 2022

A rendering of ABL Space’s RS1 rocket launching Project Kuiper satellites for Amazon. Amazon Amazon aims to launch its first Project Kuiper internet satellites in the fourth quarter of 2022, the company announced Monday. The technology giant filed a request with the Federal Communications Commission to launch and operate its first two prototype satellites, called …

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