Watch SpaceX launch a reflown ship on a reflown rocket live here

 SpaceX is launching a space station resupply mission later this morning, with an instantaneous launch window opening at 8:46 AM PST (11:46 AM EST) from its LC-40 launch site at Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force base. The mission is a historic first for SpaceX – it’s the first time that the private space company will launch a refurbished, previously launched Dragon… Read More

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Lyft partners with Guild Education to offer drivers tuition discounts

 Lyft is going to start offering its drivers access to college advising and tuition discounts for classes, certificates and degrees through Guild Education. The discounts for Lyft drivers will range between five to 20 percent off, with the average Lyft driver working to earn a degree saving $4,220 per year. The majority of Lyft drivers are part-time, with 93 percent driving less than 20 hours… Read More

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The Boring Co. tops 30,000 hats sold

 That didn’t toque too long! The Boring Company has now sold 30,000 hats to fund its hole-some mission, founder Elon Musk tweeted today. That’s double the sales Musk announced just three weeks ago. Production will be capped at 50,000 hats, so if the current momentum doesn’t fez out, trilby all gone soon. Read More

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Uber settles lawsuit with woman who accused executives of obtaining medical records after she was raped

 Uber has settled its lawsuit with a woman (Jane Doe) who accused its now-former CEO Travis Kalanick, president of business in Asia Eric Alexander and SVP of business Emil Michael of improperly obtaining her medical records after she was raped by an Uber driver in Delhi, India.
“A settlement has been reached and the Parties anticipate the case will be dismissed on or around January… Read More

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Lyft increases latest funding round by $500M to $1.5B

 Lyft just announced that it has added an additional $500 million to its most recent funding round, a $1 billion raise announced in October. The now-$1.5 billion round includes participation from Fidelity Management & Research Compant as well as the Ontario Teacher’s Pension Fund. Lyft’s post-money valuation as of this add-on raise is now $11.5 billion, with the expanded round… Read More

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Nissan will kick off self-driving Leaf EV taxi service test in March

 Nissan is the latest automaker to make its autonomous vehicle testing intentions clear – it’ll begin a pilot of self-driving Nissan Leaf electric vehicles that can be hailed using a smartphone app much like an Uber or a Lyft, starting in March on Japanese roads. This isn’t something Nissan is doing alone – it’s working with Japanese software maker DeNA to create… Read More

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Volocopter: Expect our flying taxis running for real in “two to three years”

 So how far out are flying cars that you can actually hail via an app, get inside and be whisked off to your destination? Germany based Volocopter reckons a commercial service powered by its electric vertical-take-off-and-landing aircraft could be up and running before 2020.  Read More

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GM launches Marketplace for in-car shopping and reservations

 GM is making it possible to shop right from your vehicle’s infotainment system, while on the go. The carmaker is pushing out an update for model year 2017 and later vehicles, which will go out to all cars even if the owner doesn’t have a paid in-car Wi-Fi data subscription, that adds ‘Marketplace,’ a new kind of commerce platform. Marketplace is already rolling out… Read More

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Boom partners with Japan Airlines on supersonic commercial flight

 Boom Supersonic wants to revitalize and improve the world of supersonic passenger flight, and it now has a new partner on board in its mission – Japan Airlines (JAL), one of the world’s leading passenger flight providers. JAL is putting $10 million into Boom via a strategic investment, and is also going to help Boom with aircraft design and with aspects of the in-flight… Read More

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New spacesuit ‘go home’ function could save astronaut lives

 New research from Draper into technology that could build a self-return system into spacesuits would produce a significant leap in astronaut safety during activities in outer space. Draper researchers filed a patent for an automated ‘take-me-home’ feature that would turn spacesuits from mostly manual affairs to something that could guide itself back to safe shelter in the case of… Read More

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