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Lyft says nearly 250K of its passengers ditched a personal car in 2017

  •  Lyft has a new report out detailing its ‘economic impact’ for 2017, and the document includes a lot of stats on its performance throughout the year. The ride-hailing provider claims 375.5 million rides for the year, which is 130 percent growth measured year-over-year. It served 23 million different passengers, itself a 92 percent YoY increase, and had 1.4 million drivers on the… Read More

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For the first time, a NASA mission to study space weather will live on a commercial satellite

  • At the end of this month, NASA is launching a new mission to space to better understand how energetic particles mingle in the upper reaches of Earth’s atmosphere in what’s known as space weather. And for the first time, the mission won’t rely on a full satellite to gather data from orbit, but on a single scientific instrument that will live on a commercial satellite.

    The host probe is SES-14, a satellite built and controlled by Luxembourg-based operator SES. When it launches at the end of January on a European Ariane 5 rocket, SES-14 will eventually climb to an orbit about 22,000 miles above the Earth’s surface, with the NASA instrument positioned toward our planet. From there, the instrument, called GOLD, will gather data about the...

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Google and Coursera launch program to train more IT support specialists

  •  After a big fundraise and subsequent reorganization last year at Coursera — which saw a change of CEO, as well as the departure of its COO, CFO, CMO and CPO (along with some 40 others) — the online education startup is today launching a new IT course with Google to underscore its message that the ship is still sailing as it passes 30 million users and 2,500 courses. Today, the… Read More

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Serial SWATter arrested, charged with involuntary manslaughter

  •  Wichita police have arrested a 25-year-old online troll who calls himself SWAuTistic, charging him with involuntary manslaughter after sending police to a Kansas address. When police arrived at the address they opened fire on the resident, a father of two named Andrew Finch. SWAuTistic, real name Tyler Raj Barriss, could face 11 years in prison. SWATting is the process of calling in a fake… Read More

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BMW acquires Parkmobile parking app to help tackle city traffic

  •  BMW has acquired Parkmobile, an app that provides guidance and services for those looking for parking in North America, including on-street and garage parking payments and spot reservation. BMW Group had already held a minority investment in the company, and owned its Parkmobile Group Europe affiliate, but today it increased its holdings to reach majority ownership of Parkmobile, LLC, which… Read More

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This startup wants to send you a mystery box full of cryptocurrencies


  • The cryptocurrency market is going through a rough patch, but as devoted hodlers often say – there is no better time to enter the market than buying the dip. But if you happen to be too lazy to do your own research, there might be an easier way to make your first investment. CBlocks is a new service that aims to lower the cryptocurrency entry barrier by choosing what coins to buy for you. The company essentially picks five random currencies from the top 300 on CoinMarketCap, buys them from one of the many exchange desks it works with, and…

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Kenya’s push for nuclear power rests on false premises


  • Kenya wants to go nuclear. Since 2012, Nairobi has been talking the talk and walking the walk. It has engaged the International Atomic Energy Agency and signed multilateral letters of intent in pursuit of nuclear power. To date, Kenya reportedly has memoranda of understanding with Russia, China, South Korea and Slovakia which involve the building of four nuclear power plants with a total output of 4,000 MW. France is apparently also eyeing the potentially lucrative deals which would nearly double Kenya’s current electricity capacity. Kenya’s Nuclear Electricity Board secured the global atomic energy agency’s approval in 2016. It hopes to…

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