Wed. Aug. 1

Uber gives up on self-driving trucks
clearing the road for Google, Tesla
Futurism
— With Uber out of the picture, its former competitors — Google subsidiary Waymo and Tesla — are poised to duke it out as they continue to develop their own vehicles. The timing of the announcement is particularly good for Tesla — CEO Elon Musk has a call scheduled with Tesla shareholders on Wednesday to update them on Tesla’s Q2 financial results.

Lost colleagues, exhausting work and ‘hotter than hell’: On the front lines of the Redding fire
LA Times

Grandson of big shot, accused of rape, gets off easy
The Daily Progress
— If the case had gone to trial with the initial charges, Stephen Baril would have faced a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 10 years.
— Baril, 21, the grandson of a former Virginia governor, initially faced charges of rape and sodomy after a young woman — identified in court as M.H. — told police she was raped by him on the night of Jan. 31, 2017.

Google developing censored search engine for China
Motherboard
— Google is planning on launching a censored version of its search engine in China in the next six to nine months, recently leaked documents reveal. This marks an about face on the company’s policy regarding Chinese censorship, which caused Google to shut down its search service in the country in 2010.

Last Month in Death Valley Was Hottest Month Ever Recorded on Earth. Average temperature over day and night: 108.1 degrees
Newser

Trump asks Sessions to stop Mueller probe
Politico
— “This is a terrible situation and Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country any further. Bob Mueller is totally conflicted, and his 17 Angry Democrats that are doing his dirty work are a disgrace to USA!”
mueller-mirror

Firearms expert dismisses 3-D printed guns
The Guardian
printed gun— “A typical 3D desktop printer is not up to the task,” said Pete Basiliere, research vice-president for additive manufacturing at the Gartner consulting firm. “It probably won’t have the quality of build to make the gun safe. Even if the quality is acceptable, the range of materials that are used in an extrusion printer are so limited that there’s a great risk of the gun misfiring in your hand.”

Eiffel Tower shut in dispute over “monstrous” lines
AFP
— Staff are angry over a decision last month to start setting aside half of the Eiffel Tower’s daily tickets for people who buy them online in advance and choose a scheduled time for their visit.
— The tower’s management has also started reserving specific elevators for each type of ticket holder, a move which “creates lines that are at times monstrous and often lopsided.”

Franken hints he may run for senate again
The Hill
— Franken told CBS affiliate WCCO that it was “very gratifying” to receive a warm public response at his first event since leaving office, a school dedication on tribal lands in Minnesota.
— “That means a lot to me. It was very moving for me. It was very gratifying. I put my heart in the job,” Franken told the news channel. “I miss the whole job. I loved that job, I loved the job as senator.”
— “It was very meaningful for me and bittersweet, I would like to still be there,” he added.

Ontario about to give up on basic income experiment
CBC

Molson Coors brewing cannabis drink for Canada market
Yahoo/AFP
popeye-cannabis-drink— Beer giant Molson Coors said Wednesday it is teaming up with a Canadian pot producer to develop cannabis-infused non-alcoholic beverages.
— The brewer behind popular brands such as Coors Light and Molson Canadian will have a majority stake (57.5 percent) in the standalone joint venture with medical marijuana grower The Hydropothecary Corporation, which plans to start marketing recreational-use cannabis under the brand name HEXO in the fall.

 

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