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5 min
la, san francisco lead california business reopening pace

San Francisco has largely beaten the coronavirus pandemic by avoiding it, while Los Angeles was nearly beaten by it during a deadly winter surge. But both emerged simultaneously as the first urban areas in California to reach the least-restrictive tier for businesses to reopen. California’s signature cities met infection and vaccine thresholds to allow indoor bars to welcome people again, larger crowds to cheer on Major League Baseball’s Dodgers and Giants, and expanded capacity at restaurants, movie theaters, amusement parks, gyms and other establishments. It’s a remarkable turnaround for LA considering it was ground zero for infections and deaths when California was the nation’s epicenter of the virus outbreak just a few months ago. “It was horrible,” John Pryor said after one of his few outings at the recently reopened Angeleno Wine Co. near…

5 min
will donald trump return to facebook?

Former President Donald Trump will find out whether he gets to return to Facebook this week, when the social network’s quasi-independent Oversight Board plans to announce its ruling in the high-profile case. The decision likely to stir up strong feelings no matter which way it goes. If the board rules in Trump’s favor, Facebook has seven days to reinstate his account. If it upholds Facebook’s decision, Trump will remain “indefinitely suspended.”That means he’ll remain banned from the platform for as long as Facebook sees fit. Here’s how the process works and what might happen after the announcement. WHY DID TRUMP GET SUSPENDED? Trump’s Facebook account was suspended for inciting violence that led to the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riots. After years of treating Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric with a light touch, Facebook and Instagram, which…

5 min
ford is betting that solid-state batteries will cut ev costs

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 investment in a $130 million funding round for Solid Power, a Denver-area company that is developing sulfide solid-state battery technology. Thai-Tang says the technology should give Ford the flexibility to either shrink battery sizes to make it less expensive to manufacture some vehicles or keep the same size battery and achieve a greater range of distance in other models. Solid state batteries, with their solid ion-conducting material instead of the liquid electrolyte found in most lithium-ion batteries, can store more…

7 min
airtags: next-generation tracking technology has arrived

Two years after they were first rumored, Apple finally lifted the lid on its tracking device AirTag at its Spring Loaded event in April, designed to help consumers keep track of items that matter most. Combined with significant enhancements to the Find My app, including support for third-party accessories, there’s no excuse to lose personal belongings again. INTRODUCING AIRTAG Although the stunning new iMac and M1-powered iPad Pro were the stars of the show at this year’s Spring Loaded event, held virtually in April to introduce products ahead of WWDC in June , Apple had another surprise up its sleeve: an introduction to the highly-anticipated AirTag product, which was first revealed in iOS 13 beta code back in 2019 . The new device, which retails for just $29 in the United States,…

3 min
big tech stocks flex muscles again after a rough winter

Big Tech stocks are flexing their enormous strength again, after getting knocked around a bit earlier this year. Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Google’s parent company and Facebook all gave profit reports last week that blew past investors’ already high expectations. Apple earned 40% more than what Wall Street forecast, for example, leading one analyst to call it a “drop the mic” performance. The blowout reports are forcing the spotlight back onto this group of stocks that dominate the market like no fivesome ever has before, especially after they lagged behind earlier this year. Shares of each of the Big Five companies jumped between 7% and 16.5% in April, easily beating the S&P 500’s 5.2% rise over the month. The financial results give some validation to investors who bid up the stocks through the pandemic…

2 min
verizon sells internet trailblazers yahoo and aol for $5b

AOL and Yahoo are being sold again, this time to a private equity firm. Wireless company Verizon will sell Verizon Media, which consists of the once-pioneering tech platforms, to Apollo Global Management in a $5 billion deal. Verizon said Monday that it will keep a 10% stake in the new company, which will be called Yahoo. Yahoo at the end of the last century was the face of the internet, preceding the behemoth tech platforms to follow, such as Google and Facebook. And AOL was the portal, bringing almost everyone who logged on during the internet’s earliest days. Verizon spent about $9 billion buying AOL and Yahoo over two years starting in 2015, hoping to jump-start a digital media business that would compete with Google and Facebook. It didn’t work — those brands…