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lyft, aptiv to launch self-driving car program in las vegas

Ride-hailing service Lyft is partnering with an automotive technology company to deploy a fleet of 30 self-driving cars to the streets of Las Vegas this summer. Lyft and Aptiv will run the self-driving BMWs between the same predetermined sites that the companies used during a successful demonstration at the International Consumer Electronics Show in January, the Las Vegas Sun reported. The BMW 5 Series cars will navigate passengers between the Las Vegas Convention Center and various resorts on the Strip. Las Vegas is working with Aptiv to extend the routes into downtown, said Michael Sherwood, the city’s director of technology and innovation. The companies are planning astart date for July or August, Sherwood said. The routes are also subject to change. Customers will be able to hail a self-driving BMW like any other ride through…

gates, zuckerberg team up on new education initiative

Tech moguls Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg said this week they will team up to help develop new technologies for kids with trouble learning — an effort that will include dabbling into child brain science. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative intend to explore a number of potential pilot projects. They’ll focus on math, writing and brain functions — key areas of classroom learning that they note are crucial for academic success. The effort is now seeking information and ideas from across sectors, from education and academia to business, technology and medicine. Future investments based on that information are expected, but no dollar amount has been set. The idea that disadvantaged children struggle to learn because of poor executive brain function involving memory, thinking flexibility, and behavioral issues related…

sinclair to sell 7 tv stations to fox to win regulatory ok

Media company Twenty-First Century Fox is buying seven TV stations from Sinclair Broadcast Group for $910 million. The move comes as Sinclair is selling some stations to meet regulatory approval for its pending $3.9 billion acquisition of Tribune Media. Meanwhile, Disney is pursuing a $52 billion takeover of much of Fox, though TV stations will stay with Rupert Murdoch’s family under a new Fox company. Two of the stations are in California. The others are in Colorado, Florida, Ohio, Utah and Washington. Fox says the deal will let it compete in 19 of the top 20 markets, with a larger presence in the West. In April, Sinclair sold off nine TV stations to Standard Media Group for $441.7 million. Both of the sales are contingent on the acquisition of Tribune Media closing.…

tensions mount as seattle debates business tax for homeless

Seattle’s latest tax proposal to combat homelessness takes aim at large businesses such as Amazon that have helped drive the city’s economic boom. But the measure has sparked intense debate — even shouting matches in otherwise reserved Seattle — over who should pay to solve the housing crisis exacerbated by that growth. The City Council is proposing a tax on employee hours to raise about $75 million a year for affordable housing and homelessness services. Nearly 600 large employers making at least $20 million in gross revenues would pay about $500 a year per worker. Amazon, the city’s largest employer, would take the biggest hit. Supporters insist the online retailer and others that have benefited from Seattle’s prosperity and contributed to growing income inequality and skyrocketing rents can and should pay. Businesses and others say…

california may require solar panels on new homes in 2020

California may start requiring solar panels on new homes and low-rise apartment buildings built after 2020, the first such mandate nationwide and the state’s latest step to curb greenhouse gas emissions. The California Energy Commission, estimates they would add an average $10,500 in construction costs for a single-family home but generate about $16,000 in energy savings. The standards also include requirements around ventilation and indoor air quality. California has positioned itself as the nationwide leader on clean energy, pushing for more electric vehicles on the roads and fewer emissions from residential and commercial buildings. “This is going to be an important step forward for our state to continue to lead the clean energy economy,”said Kelly Knutsen, director of technology advancement for the California Solar and Storage Association. Few industry groups outwardly oppose the…

how to pick a new password, now that twitter wants one

Yet another service is asking you to change your password. Twitter said last week it discovered a bug that stored passwords in an internal log in plain text, without the usual encryption. Though Twitter says there’s no indication that anyone has stolen or misused those passwords, the company is recommending a change as a precaution. Here are some tips on coming up with a new password and safeguarding your account — even if your password is compromised. COMPLEXITY COUNTS Don’t even think of using “password” as your password. Picking any common word as your password should be avoided because it’s easily guessed using software that tries out every word in the dictionary. However, you can get a good password by combining two or more words, such as “rocketcalendar.” Sprinkle in some numerals and punctuation marks,…