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Tesla’s Model 3 is coming to some of its East Coast showrooms

Tesla’s Model 3 is coming to some of its East Coast showrooms Tesla is bringing its newest production vehicle to its showrooms in some East Coast locations for the first time, so that potential (and many actual) customers will be able to check it out in person. The carmaker will have Model 3 demo units on display at showrooms in New York, Boston and Miami starting this week, CNBC reports. The Model 3 will be on display in Manhattan’s Meatpacking district showroom and the Tesla location on Boston’s Boylston street,…

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Turo car sharing marketplace launches in Germany

Turo car sharing marketplace launches in Germany Peer-to-peer car sharing platform Turo is expanding to Germany officially starting today, after acquiring Daimler’s Croove in-house product forpvoding essentially the same service last September. Turo also received a significant strategic investment from Daimler at the same time as it acquired the automaker’s cars sharing experiment, and it now operates peer-to-peer rental services in the US, Canada, and the UK in addition to Germany. Turo claims over 200,000 vehicles listed on its service across its combined active markets, and over 5 million total…

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Uber’s big SoftBank deal has officially closed

Uber’s big SoftBank deal has officially closed SoftBank’s $1.2 billion primary direct investment deal has officially closed, according to Uber itself, which confirmed the deal closure and provided the following statement to TechCrunch via a spokesperson: We’re proud to have SoftBank, Dragoneer and the entire consortium in the Uber family. This is a great outcome for our shareholders, employees and customers, strengthening Uber’s governance as we double down on our technology investments and continue to bring our services to more people in more places around the world. The Uber-SoftBank deal…

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Spotify launches ‘Spotlight,’ a new podcast format with visual elements

Spotify launches ‘Spotlight,’ a new podcast format with visual elements Spotify has been working on building out its podcast business, and now offers a large catalog of shows (including our own Original Content, which you should definitely check out). Today, it’s debuting a new “multimedia format” that adds visual elements to podcasts (as well as audiobooks, news bites, and other audio, but for the same of simplicity, let’s just call all that ‘podcasts’). The launch of Spotlight is going to feature stuff from Gimlet Media, Crooked Media, Cheddar, BuzzFeed News…

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Drone comes to the rescue of two swimmers in Australia

Drone comes to the rescue of two swimmers in Australia One day, they may yet turn against us, but for now, they’re still our allies: A drone rescued two teenage swimmers in distress off the course of New South Wales in Australia, according to a new report. The drone spotted two teenagers in trouble around a half-a-mile out from shore, and then dropped a flotation device it carries for the purpose to give them something to hang on to (via Verge). This drone was actually not supposed to be saving…

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Amazon reveals top 20 city candidates for its second HQ

Amazon reveals top 20 city candidates for its second HQ Amazon has reviewed the proposals from potential candidate cities for its second North American headquarters location, and it found 20 of those the most promising. The mayors of these top 20 cities will now fight to the death in a Battle Royale-style island arena… er wait, no actually they’ll just move on the next portion of Amazon’s submission phase, which includes further proposal evaluation and working directly with the candidate cities on getting more info. Without further ado, here are…

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Nomad’s new wireless charging hub is a traveler’s best friend

Nomad’s new wireless charging hub is a traveler’s best friend If you spend any meaningful amount of time in hotels, you’ll know that many of them are still living in the age of the 30-pin adapter, even though most of us have already moved on to Lightning, wireless charging and USB-C. So it’s essential to pack charing equipment to handle any need that might arise – and usually that means a lot of dongles. Nomad’s new wireless USB hub really cuts down on clutter, and makes it easy to charge…

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Nintendo’s bringing DIY robots and more to the Switch using cardboard

Nintendo’s bringing DIY robots and more to the Switch using cardboard Nintendo’s big new surprise interactive experience for the Switch is now official, and it’s basically a maker kit for the portable console which uses cardboard component pieces to allow people to build a range of different creations and play with them using the console to power games that interact with the DIY components. NintendoLabo is like a next-level Lego, with kits that let you do things like build working pianos that interact directly with Switch software, and even make…

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Chariot expands to Columbus, Ohio with JPMorgan Chase commuter shuttle

Chariot expands to Columbus, Ohio with JPMorgan Chase commuter shuttle Ford’s Chariot shared commuter shuttle service is expanding to its latest new market: Columbus, Ohio. The Columbus launch is in partnership with JPMorgan Chase, and initial service in the area will be specifically a shuttle for the company’s 400 Corporate Center employees located within the city. Chariot will operate daily shuttles for these employees staring on January 22, and they’ll provide both morning and evening commute options using wi-fi equipped, 14-seat Ford Transit vans. The vans will have service between…

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Aptiv and Lyft’s Vegas self-driving pilot to expand beyond CES

Aptiv and Lyft’s Vegas self-driving pilot to expand beyond CES Self-driving technology provider Aptiv and ride-hailing company Lyft ran a pilot program of self-driving, on-demand ride hailing during CES in Las Vegas this year, offering transit between 20 different locations in the city including major hotels and casinos. Now, both are announcing that they’re definitely extending the project beyond the timeframe of CES in Las Vegas, and that they’re already in talks to expand a second pilot to another market located elsewhere in the U.S. The companies aren’t talking more…

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