Self-Driving Cars Lead SoftBank, Waymo to Detroit

Some of the world’s biggest companies are raising their bets on the future of personal transportation. Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp. and Google parent Alphabet Inc. GOOGL 2.09% on Thursday revealed plans to invest billions of dollars in two separate deals with auto makers that highlight the global race to transform the way people get around. SoftBank said its $92 billion Vision Fund would invest $2.25 billion in General Motors Co.’s driverless-car unit, while Alphabet’s self-driving car subsidiary Waymo LLC said it would buy as many as 62,000 minivans from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV as part of a plan to dramatically increase the number of driverless cars it has on the… Read More

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North Texas Runoff Results: Early Voting Returns Show Support For Valdez, Allred

Gabriel C. Perez / KUT News Last update: 7:27 p.m. Most of the polls in Texas have closed and early voting results are coming in. In Tuesday’s runoffs, North Texas voters will decide the Democratic gubernatorial candidate to challenge Gov. Greg Abbott, the matchup for U.S. Rep. Joe Barton’s seat and more contenders for the midterm elections this fall. Here are the races we’re following. This post will be updated throughout the evening as results come in. Status: Early voting returns show Lupe Valdez with a majority of the vote. Background: Houston businessman Andrew White and former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez are the remaining Democratic candidates for governor after… Read More

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Michael Cohen’s D.C. Consulting Career: Scattershot, With Mixed Success

Mr. Cohen talked to associates about building a huge practice. He mused about approaching foreign governments and foreign firms. But a broad review of his Washington dealings since they first surfaced last week shows his efforts were scattershot and met only with mixed success—both for Mr. Cohen and his clients. His work did have an impact in one way. It dragged some of the world’s largest corporations and other firms into Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation: Novartis, Ford and AT&T have responded to information requests from Mr. Mueller’s office, according to people familiar with the matter. More fortunate are the dozens of Fortune 100 companies who, when contacted by The… Read More

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Dallas economist calls Seattle’s proposal to tax Amazon jobs ‘economically illiterate’ in light of HQ2 search – Dallas Business Journal Inc.’s threat to move jobs out of Seattle rather than pay more taxes in its hometown adds a new wrinkle to the e-commerce juggernaut’s search for its second headquarters. The consensus among people involved in luring HQ2 to North Texas — and economists monitoring Amazon’s search — is that the latest squabble in Seattle will highlight tax advantages in Dallas-Fort Worth and Austin at both the state and local level. But the disagreement probably won’t directly cause Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) to move DFW or Austin up or down its list of 20 metro areas under consideration for the $5 billion, 50,000-job project. Both Texas cities remain in contention for… Read More

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From the Archives: Herbie leaves tire prints in concrete

Walt Disney Productions went full throttle promoting its third "Herbie" film. Before the wet-concrete ceremony, a parade on Hollywood Boulevard featured a Chinese band, firecrackers, 25 Lancia sports cars, clowns and cheerleaders. The Goodyear blimp flew overhead. At Mann’s Chinese Theater, several hundred guests and tourists attended the ceremony. A proclamation from Mayor Tom Bradley declared July 11, 1977, as "Herbie Goes to Monto Carlo Day" in Los Angeles. Costars Dean Jones, Don Knotts and Julie Sommars attended. Source Article

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After Three Years Leading Dallas’ Homeless Relief Efforts, Cindy Crain Resigns Quietly

Cindy Crain joined the Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance in 2015, after spending seven years leading the Tarrant County Homeless Commission. The president and CEO of the Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance has resigned – effective at the end of this month. Cindy Crain joined the nonprofit in 2015, and her departure comes amid months of growing tension between the homeless alliance and Dallas City Hall. Several homeless service providers have said in just three years Cindy Crain has radically changed how homelessness is tracked and managed across Dallas and Collin counties. Larry James, CEO of City Square, told KERA in December that homelessness in Dallas would be far worse without her.… Read More

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Fan bling! Astros fans selling replica rings up to $500 on eBay

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Fans attending Saturday’s game against the Padres got some ‘bling’ to add to their collection. The first 10,000 fans received a replica World Series Championship ring. After receiving the replica ring, many took to social media to show off their new piece of jewelry. Some fans also placed the replica ring on eBay. Yes, that quick. Across the bidding website, rings are priced anywhere from $60 to $500. How do the replica rings compare to the real ones? You’ll have to decide yourself. PHOTOS: The Houston Astros’ World Champions ring up close RELATED: Astros give Mattress Mack his own World Champions ring Source Article

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Wakanda Comes to Dallas For Highly Anticipated African American Family Festival

The Ujamaa Family Festival will showcase performers and businesses focused on serving families from Black communities. Dallas, TX — On April 7, 2018 the Ujamaa Family Festival, a free festival open to the public, will take place at Fair Park in Dallas, Texas. Tickets can be purchased at and The festival is hosted by Ujamaa Events LLC and will include fun, culturally enriching activities for families to enjoy from noon to 7pm. There will also be a small business fair showcasing over 40 African American owned businesses. “We are excited to bring a family friendly festival to the Dallas Fort Worth area that exposes youth to positive African… Read More

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Facebook Revamps Priva

Facebook’s Lax Data Policies Led to Cambridge Analytica Crisis

Facebook Inc.’s FB -2.56% loose approach to policing how app creators and others deployed its user data persisted for years, including after a 2015 effort by the social network to restrict access, according to court documents and people familiar with Facebook. The social-media giant is now dealing with the fallout. The Federal Trade Commission is investigating whether Facebook violated terms of a 2011 settlement when data of up to 50 million users was transferred to an analytics firm tied to President Donald Trump’s campaign, a person familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. If the FTC finds that Facebook violated the settlement terms, the company could face millions of dollars… Read More

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VIDEO: Christ the King (N.Y.) punches ticket to CHSAA-AA Final

Thursday night at hallowed Carnesecca Arena on the campus of St. John’s University, Queens, N.Y. power Christ The King got revenge on the Bronx’s Cardinals Hayes, to reach its first CHSAA-AA Final since 2015. Watch as star big men Kofi Cockburn and Mousa Cisse dominate the rim en route to the Royals’ thrilling win that set up a final with Archbishop Molloy. (Highlights courtesy of Mars Reel) Source Article

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