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    Zoox CTO on the Amazon acquisition, and the environmental promise of self-driving taxis


    Has the past year convinced you that your family doesn’t need multiple vehicles? Could you be persuaded to give up all of your cars? We may not be there yet as a society, but Jesse Levinson wants to get us closer to that reality. A veteran in the world of autonomous vehicles, Levinson is the co-founder and CTO of Zoox, a Foster City, Calif., company developing its own electric, autonomous vehicle and robotaxi ride-hailing service. Levinson leads the company with CEO Aicha Evans. Zoox operates as an independent company inside Amazon after its acquisition last year. On this episode of… Read More
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    Blue Origin puts its first passenger seat on suborbital spaceship up for charity auction


    You had to know the first open seat on a spacecraft built by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space venture would be sold online — but auctioning it off for charity is an added twist. After a week of buildup, Blue Origin today unveiled an auction site that will sell off a reservation on its New Shepard suborbital spaceship for its first-ever crewed flight on July 20. That date is the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. To add to the sense of history, today marks the 60th anniversary of Project Mercury’s first crewed spaceflight — a… Read More
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    The Gates split: While the money is outrageous, here’s why the divorce likely won’t be


    Just before he was about to begin teaching his online family law class at the University of Washington on Monday, professor Terry Price received an emphatic text from one of his former law students. It read simply: “Bill and Melinda!!!!” “So I stopped what I was doing and Googled it immediately,” Price said. “The odd thing is, the class before we were just talking about (a precedent-setting case) that is important in high-income divorces. “So you can guess what we talked about in class,” Price added. PREVIOUSLY: Bill and Melinda Gates announce decision to end marriage after 27 years Bill… Read More
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    Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s family donates $15M to Seattle Children’s Hospital


    Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s family is donating $15 million to Seattle Children’s Hospital to support its work in neurosciences medicine and mental health care. Satya Nadella and his wife Anu shared a statement in announcing the gift on Wednesday: “When our son Zain was born with cerebral palsy, our family formed a deep connection to Seattle Children’s, relying on their expertise, care and resources as we navigated the challenges of raising a child with complex medical needs. It is our hope that in honoring Zain’s journey, we can support Seattle Children’s in advancing precision medicine neurosciences, mental and behavioral healthcare,… Read More
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    Here’s how Microsoft is helping India with its COVID-19 catastrophe


    With several thousand employees across 11 locations in India, and many more employees in other countries with families in India, Microsoft is acutely aware of the devastation sweeping the country during a second wave of coronavirus infections. NPR reported Tuesday that India now has more than 20 million reported coronavirus infections and nearly 3.5 million people who are actively being treated for COVID-19. CBS News reported that the disease has killed 120 people an hour on average over the last two weeks. As images of burning funeral pyres are being broadcast around the world, the country’s health system is in… Read More
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    Chromebooks sales grew 275% in Q1; Amazon tablet shipments climb nearly 200%


    Despite manufacturing shortages, the global PC market saw its fourth consecutive quarter of growth, with shipments of new systems up 53.1% year-over-year for Q1 to 122.1 million units and Google’s Chromebooks seeing an enormous 274.6% spike to 12 million units. This data comes from analyst firm Canalys, headquartered in Singapore, which released its latest report on the international PC market on Tuesday. Personal computer sales worldwide have been on an upswing since last year, thanks to widespread adoption of work-from-home measures and remote schooling. Chromebooks in general posted record shipment numbers in the first quarter of 2021, with HP, Lenovo,… Read More
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    T-Mobile beats earnings estimates with $19.8B in Q1 revenue, adds another 1.4M customers


    T-Mobile beat expectations for its fourth quarter earnings report, posting revenue of $19.8 billion and earnings per share of $0.74. Analysts expected revenue of $18.9 billion and EPS of $0.57. The Bellevue, Wash.-based wireless company added a net total of 1.4 million customers in the quarter, topping Verizon and AT&T. It now has a record-high 103.4 million total customers. Shares were up more than 2% in after-hours trading. T-Mobile stock is up more than 40% over the past year. T-Mobile’s continued growth follows the company’s $26.5 billion merger with Sprint, which was completed last year after a lengthy legal battle and extended… Read More
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    Strong housing market helps Zillow Group beat Q1 earnings expectations with $1.2B in revenue


    Zillow Group Q1 earnings: The Seattle real estate giant beat expectations with $1.2 billion in revenue, up 8%, and earnings per share of $0.47. Analysts expected revenue of $1.1 billion and EPS of $0.25. Net income of $52 million was up from a $163 million loss in the year-ago period. Zillow continues to benefit from a strong U.S. housing market amid the pandemic driven by low mortgage rates and limited supply of homes. Median home sale prices were up 20% year-over-year for the week ending April 25, while days on market for sold homes hit record lows, according to the… Read More

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  • Did agents raid home of wrong woman over Jan. 6 riot? Maybe.

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — “We’re looking for Nancy Pelosi’s laptop,” FBI agents told Marilyn Hueper after briefly handcuffing her. Hueper shot back: “That still doesn’t explain why you’re in my home. Or in Homer, Alaska.” The search for the House speaker’s laptop had taken a U.S. Capitol Police officer thousands of miles away from home […]
  • Google says 20% of workers will be remote, many more hybrid

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Google says it expects about 20% of its workforce to still work remotely after its offices reopen this fall, while some 60% will work a hybrid schedule that includes about three days in the office and two days “wherever they work best.” The remaining 20% can change their location to […]
  • US backs waiving intellectual property rules on vaccines

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Wednesday joined calls for more sharing of the technology behind COVID-19 vaccines to help speed the end of the pandemic, a shift that puts the U.S. alongside many in the developing world who want rich countries to do more to get doses to the needy. U.S. Trade Representative […]
  • US backs waiving intellectual property rules on vaccines

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Wednesday joined calls for more sharing of the technology behind COVID-19 vaccines to help speed the end of the pandemic, a shift that puts the U.S. alongside many in the developing world who want rich countries to do more to get doses to the needy. United States Trade […]
  • Did agents raid home of wrong woman over Jan. 6 riot? Maybe.

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — “We’re looking for Nancy Pelosi’s laptop,” FBI agents told Marilyn Hueper after briefly handcuffing her. Hueper shot back: “That still doesn’t explain why you’re in my home. Or in Homer, Alaska.” The search for the House speaker’s laptop had taken a U.S. Capitol Police officer thousands of miles away from home […]
  • Did agents raid home of wrong woman over Jan. 6 riot? Maybe.

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A U.S. Capitol Police officer traveled thousands of miles to Homer, Alaska, for an FBI raid on a woman’s home, looking for something stolen during the Jan. 6 insurrection and the person who took it. “We’re looking for Nancy Pelosi’s laptop,” the agents told Marilyn Hueper after briefly handcuffing her. Hueper […]
  • Uber demand jumps as delivery grows, ride-hailing recovers

    Uber saw record demand in the first quarter as its food delivery business grew and ride-hailing began to see some recovery. The San Francisco-based company said Wednesday that its bookings jumped 24% to $19.5 billion __ an all-time high __ in the January-March period. That was far ahead of the $18 billion Wall Street was […]
  • Giant sequoia still smoldering from 2020 California wildfire

    SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — A giant sequoia has been found smoldering and smoking in a part of Sequoia National Park that burned in one of California’s huge wildfires last year, the National Park Service said Wednesday. “The fact areas are still smoldering and smoking from the 2020 Castle Fire demonstrates how dry the […]
  • Giant sequoia still smoldering from 2020 California wildfire

    SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — A giant sequoia has been found smoldering and smoking in a part of Sequoia National Park that burned in one of California’s huge wildfires last year, the National Park Service said Wednesday. “The fact areas are still smoldering and smoking from the 2020 Castle Fire demonstrates how dry the […]
  • Ford is betting that solid-state batteries will cut EV costs

    DETROIT (AP) — Ford has raised its stake in a manufacturer of solid-state batteries — a move that its chief product and operations officer, Hau Thai-Tang, says will strengthen the company’s effort to increase the range and reduce the costs of its next generation of electric vehicles. Ford, along with BMW, this week announced their […]
  • States push back against use of facial recognition by police

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Law enforcement agencies across the U.S. have used facial recognition technology to solve homicides and bust human traffickers, but concern about its accuracy and the growing pervasiveness of video surveillance is leading some state lawmakers to hit the pause button. At least seven states and nearly two dozen cities have limited […]
  • GM expects big 2021 profit, says it’s managing chip shortage

    Detroit (AP) — General Motors’ first-quarter net income surged to $2.98 billion as strong U.S. consumer demand and higher prices offset production cuts brought on by a global shortage of computer chips. Despite the shortage, GM stuck with full-year pretax earnings guidance of $10 billion to $11 billion issued earlier in the year and said […]
  • GM expects big 2021 profit, says it’s managing chip shortage

    Detroit (AP) — General Motors’ first-quarter net income surged to $2.98 billion as strong U.S. consumer demand and higher prices offset production cuts brought on by a global shortage of computer chips. Despite the shortage, GM stuck with full-year pretax earnings guidance of $10 billion to $11 billion issued earlier in the year and said […]
  • Shooting highlights lack of body cams among Portland police

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Two police officers raised their weapons while sheltering behind a tree in a Portland park. They yelled at a homeless man to put up his hands. Moments later, two shots rang out. The man collapsed onto the grassy field. A replica gun with an orange tip was found at the scene […]
  • NASCAR’s future is here: Next Gen car finally arrives

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR’s next generation race car is finally here after two years of hype and hope that it will revolutionize the stock car series. How can a spec car radically change a sport? Competition. Cost containment. Manufacturer relevance. The Next Gen car, first proposed in 2018 and originally set to debut this […]