Atlanta plans 'smart corridor' to help test self-driving cars

The city government wants to network roadside infrastructure such as traffic lights, cameras, road sensors and parking meters so they can communicate with each other and with vehicles on the road. Read more »

Innovation - Tesla troubles

​Tesla Motors gets hammered by Consumer Reports

by Gina Hall TESLA MODEL X

SILICON VALLEY — Tesla Motors was ranked one of the least-reliable car companies in America by Consumer Reports on Monday, just ahead of its third-quarter earnings report.

The Palo Alto-based car maker now ranks No. 25 out of 29 for reliability, per the report, based on annual surveys of the magazine's subscribers. That’s a far drop from when the automaker received Consumer Reports’  ...

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Startups - The new reality of virtual reality

Google buys Milpitas VR eye-tracking startup

by Luke Stangel Eyefluence 1 050616

SILICON VALLEY — Google continues its push to invest in virtual- and augmented reality technologies, this week snapping up Milpitas-based Eyefluence, a startup that makes eye-tracking software for VR and AR headsets.

Eyeluence launched in 2013 and raised $21.6 million in venture capital from five investors, notably Santa Clara-based Intel Capital. Eyefluence recognized early on that handheld  ...

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14 days: Trump steps on his Obamacare attack

by J Jennings Moss Donald Trump

Today, of days, was the perfect time for Donald Trump to go after the Affordable Care Act — a.k.a. Obamacare. After all, there's the news that insurance premiums will rise on average 25 percent next year and that in some health care exchanges, people only have one insurer's plans to pick from.

Plus, voters have said health care is one of their top concerns this election cycle, with 74 percent  ...

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Hot Shots - Upstart 100

Netflix CEO Hastings speaks out on AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner


SILICON VALLEY — Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, an Upstart 100 honoree, this week signaled he was largely supportive of the proposed $85 billion merger of AT&T and Time Warner, owner of HBO. Speaking last night at the WSJDLive conference, he said he was chiefly interested in AT&T maintaining net neutrality for streaming content providers.

“High order, as long as HBO’s bits and Netflix’s bits  ...

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Innovation - Self-driving vehicles

Uber self-driving truck just made history

by Cromwell Schubarth Uber Otto

SILICON VALLEY — A 120-mile Colorado beer delivery last Thursday became the first demonstration of technology Uber got when it bought autonomous trucking startup Otto for about $680 million in August.

The delivery of about 45,000 cans of Budweiser beer was announced on Tuesday by Uber and Anheuser-Busch.

The companies said a human driver accompanied the beer delivery, but his driving services  ...

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Innovation - Self-driving vehicles

Bloomberg, Aspen Institute pick Nashville for self-driving cars initiative

by Eric Snyder Google's Lexus Self Driving Car

NASHVILLE — Self-driving cars may or may not be the answer to Nashville’s traffic woes, but Music City will participate in a new initiative that aims to shed more light on the technology.

On Monday, Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Aspen Institute announced the creation of the Bloomberg Aspen Initiative on Cities and Autonomous Vehicles, in which “leading global mayors … will work  ...

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Advice - Expert advice

7 ways to grab attention in today’s 'I’m-too-busy-to-listen-to-you' world

by Terry Brock How to grab attention in today’s 'I’m too busy to listen to you' world

Relationship marketing requires continual work.

A part of that work is to get the attention of important people. This is the initial step in beginning the customer journey to find you and begin that relationship.

A while back, I was able to talk with Sam Horn, an expert on getting and keeping attention. She quoted Eleanor Cliff stating a profound truth in today’s hotly-competitive world:  ...

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