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Grab picks up $2 billion more to fuel growth in post-Uber Southeast Asia

Grab, the ride-hailing service that struck a deal to take Uber out of Southeast Asia, has announced that it has pulled in $2 billion in new capital as it seeks to go beyond ride-hailing to offer more on-demand services. The $2 billion figure includes a $1 billion investment from Toyota which was an...


NASA’s Open Source Rover lets you build your own planetary exploration platform

Got some spare time this weekend? Why not build yourself a working rover from plans provided by NASA? The spaceniks at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory have all the plans, code, and materials for you to peruse and use — just make sure you’ve got $2,500 and a bit of engineering know-how. Th...


Tesla whistleblower’s lawyer: my client may have been effectively swatted

Enlarge / A Tesla Motor Inc. Modelcle is displayed outside the company's Gigafactory in Sparks, Nevada, U.S., on Tuesday, July 26, 2016. (credit: Troy Harvey/Bloomberg via Getty Images) A lawyer representing Martin Tripp has released a 10-page police report that he says raises new questions conc...


Tesla posts bigger-than-expected loss, bigger-than-expected revenue

Tesla's Model 3 page in July 2018. Tesla expects to be "cashflow positive every quarter from here on out, absent paying down a big loan," said Elon Musk during a Wednesday financial call. The CEO was contrite when he came to the call. He apologized to the analysts the had snapped at on las...


Boeing shifts schedule for Starliner, calls 2019 crew launch “realistic”

Enlarge / An artist's view of the Starliner spacecraft en route to the International Space Station. (credit: Boeing) On Wednesday, Boeing's John Mulholland, who manages the company's commercial crew program, provided an update on Boeing's development of its Starliner spacecraft. And, as was widel...


Elon Musk to video game devs: Help me put “super fun games” on Tesla screens

Enlarge / An artist's approximation of what an in-car Tesla game might look like. Remember, steer into the Nazis. (credit: Jonathan Gitlin) Scrutiny over Tesla autodriving issues apparently hasn't dissuaded the car maker's CEO from suggesting potentially unsafe products—and for once, we don...


The best cheap MacBook deals in August 2018

If you're looking for the best cheap MacBook deals, you've come to the right place, as we've just updated our guide with the very latest 2018 models. The decision of whether or not you should pick up a new MacBook is an easy one: does it play to your strengths? Maybe you need the lightest and most p...


Activists push back on Facebook’s decision to remove a DC protest event

A number of activists and organizers in the Washington DC area are disputing Facebook’s decision to remove a counter-protest event against a rally organized by Jason Kessler, the white nationalist figure who planned the deadly 2017 rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Facebook removed the...


Square’s crazy run this year dodges any major snags with a decent Q2

While we’re talking about companies like Apple getting alarmingly close to a $1 trillion market cap, both of Jack Dorsey’s companies — Twitter (at least before its earnings last week) and Square — have been on considerable runs, and it looks like the latter won’t be co...


Techmeme introduces contextual ads tied to news topics

Tech news aggregator Techmeme is trying out a new way to make money — ad units that are directly tied to the stories on the front page. The idea is that advertisers can specify company names or news categories that they want to target, then Techmeme will automatically include their message bel...

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