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Amazon will order 100,000 electric delivery vans from EV startup Rivian, Jeff Bezos says

Amazon will order 100,000 electric delivery vans from EV startup Rivian, Jeff Bezos says

SUMMARY: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said the company has placed an order for 100,000 electric delivery vans from Michigan-based startup Rivian.

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Amazon orders 100K electric delivery trucks from Rivian as part of going carbon neutral by 2040 – TechCrunch

Amazon orders 100K electric delivery trucks from Rivian as part of going carbon neutral by 2040 – TechCrunch

SUMMARY: The company will be ordering 100,000 electric delivery trucks from Michigan’s Rivian as part of this commitment, Bezos said.

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An AI affair fuels a midlife crisis in the eerie science fiction drama Auggie

An AI affair fuels a midlife crisis in the eerie science fiction drama Auggie

SUMMARY: But it’s still a weird, comical sight — until Felix tries on his own Auggie glasses.

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Facebook expands its playable and AR ad formats – TechCrunch

Facebook expands its playable and AR ad formats – TechCrunch

SUMMARY: Meanwhile, Vans created a playable ad where players could guide skateboarder Steve Van Doren down a mountain, resulting in a 4.4% lift in ad recall.

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Nintendo Switch Lite review – TechCrunch

Nintendo Switch Lite review – TechCrunch

SUMMARY: That’s all a lot of words to say that I was excited when the rumors around the Switch Lite first dropped.

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Facebook will be sticking ads with polls, games and AR into News Feed

Facebook will be sticking ads with polls, games and AR into News Feed

SUMMARY: Facebook said that the company and the brands behind these new interactive ads won't see individual-level data about how people participate.

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Nintendo Switch Lite review in progress: 5 reasons to buy, 4 reasons to skip

Nintendo Switch Lite review in progress: 5 reasons to buy, 4 reasons to skip

SUMMARY: Sarah Tew/CNETThe Nintendo Switch Lite just arrived in our office and I've just taken it out of the box.

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Nintendo Switch Lite review: a triumphant return to dedicated handhelds

Nintendo Switch Lite review: a triumphant return to dedicated handhelds

SUMMARY: The Switch Lite sits in a strange positionThe question, really, is who is the Switch Lite for?

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Airbnb says it will go public next year – TechCrunch

Airbnb says it will go public next year – TechCrunch

SUMMARY: Airbnb says it will go public next yearAirbnb has said that it will have its initial public offering in 2020.

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Airbnb plans to go public in 2020

Airbnb plans to go public in 2020

SUMMARY: Now playing: Watch this: Airbnb wants to be a place for 'everyone'This is a developing story.

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Trump administration issues rule to set one national fuel economy standard

Trump administration issues rule to set one national fuel economy standard

SUMMARY: The agencies debuted the "One National Program Rule," which essentially gives the federal government full authority to set a single national fuel economy standard.

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Jeff Bezos pledges that Amazon will swiftly combat climate change

Jeff Bezos pledges that Amazon will swiftly combat climate change

SUMMARY: Jeff Bezos announced today a climate pledge from his company Amazon.

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Ginkgo Bioworks’ dev shop for genetic programming is now worth $4 billion – TechCrunch

Ginkgo Bioworks’ dev shop for genetic programming is now worth $4 billion – TechCrunch

SUMMARY: Ginkgo Bioworks is now worth $4 billion after a $290 million capital infusion that will give the company the cash to dramatically expand its developer shop for genetic programming.

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Huawei confirms the new Mate 30 Pro won’t come with Google’s Android apps

Huawei confirms the new Mate 30 Pro won’t come with Google’s Android apps

SUMMARY: “We cannot use the Google Mobile Services core, we can use the Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) core,” explained Yu very briefly.

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‘The best VC on Instagram’ is now VC-backed – TechCrunch

‘The best VC on Instagram’ is now VC-backed – TechCrunch

SUMMARY: ‘The best VC on Instagram’ is now VC-backed @thingtesting wants to become the ultimate review platform for D2C productsAbout 18 months ago, Jenny Gyllander created an Instagram account by the name @thingtesting.

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Why MoviePass really failed

Why MoviePass really failed

SUMMARY: By the time AMC announced its MoviePass alternative, AMC Stubs A-List, in June 2018, MoviePass’ fate was all but sealed.

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Quilt Data launches from stealth with free portal to access petabytes of public data – TechCrunch

Quilt Data launches from stealth with free portal to access petabytes of public data – TechCrunch

SUMMARY: The public data repository includes publicly available Amazon review data along with satellite images and other high-value public information.

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Huawei Watch GT 2 runs LiteOS and lasts up to two weeks

Huawei Watch GT 2 runs LiteOS and lasts up to two weeks

SUMMARY: The Watch GT 2 runs Huawei’s homegrown LiteOS, not Google’s Wear OS, and it ships in two sizes with up to two weeks of battery life.

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Huawei’s new Vision TV offers 4K picture and a long list of AI powers

Huawei’s new Vision TV offers 4K picture and a long list of AI powers

SUMMARY: Like the Honor Vision and Vision Pro TVs that were announced back in August, Huawei’s self-branded TV runs the company’s brand-new Harmony OS software as its foundation.

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Huawei Mate 30 Pro launches with 4 cameras, 0 Google apps

Huawei Mate 30 Pro launches with 4 cameras, 0 Google apps

SUMMARY: The Mate 30 will start at €799 (about $884 USD), the Mate 30 Pro will start at €1099 (about $1216 USD), and the Mate 30 Pro 5G will start at €1199 (about $1326 USD).

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