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Lyft partners with China’s ridesharing service Didi

Lyft partners with China’s ridesharing service Didi

Uber has been, per typical, hogging all the attention when it comes to ridesharing services, but Lyft has been busy with its own efforts, and one of those things is a new partnership with China's own largest ridesharing service, Didi. The goal is to make it easier for Didi customers to get rides when they’re in the US, and easier for Lyft users to get rides while they’re in China. Under this deal, the mobile apps will work in the partnering markets.

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Google will match donations for refugees and migrants

Google will match donations for refugees and migrants

If you’ve used Google Search on desktop recently, you might have noticed a new dark notification bar that has appeared at the top — that’s an advisory about Google’s new initiative to get donations for refugees and migrants. The Internet giant is vowing to match donations dollar for dollar up to the tune of €5 million. This is in addition to the €1 million donation the company announced last week.

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FAA: keep drones out of the sky while Pope Francis is here

FAA: keep drones out of the sky while Pope Francis is here

The FAA has a tough situation on its hands. In one regards, it must step carefully to avoid over-regulating the use of hobby aircraft (“drones”). On the other hand, people have and do use drones irresponsibly, and it’s only a matter of time until someone becomes seriously injured as a result. As the Pope's visit to the US nears, the agency has issued a statement to make something extra clear: absolutely no drones are to be in the sky while he's here.

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iRobot’s new Roomba 980 can be controlled with a smartphone

iRobot’s new Roomba 980 can be controlled with a smartphone

iRobot has rolled out its new Roomba 980, the latest among its long line of robotic vacuum cleaners. Says the company, the 980 is its best Roomba so far, able to clean better and handle itself in a more capable fashion than the previous version. This is the maker’s first Roomba to use visual localization and adaptive navigation together, as well as control from a mobile app over WiFi and the improved ability to suck dirt off your floor.

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Todoist updates desktop and web apps, plugin with new look

Todoist updates desktop and web apps, plugin with new look

Todoist it has revealed a major update today, and among the changes (of which there are many) is a complete rehash of the company’s desktop and web apps, and its plug-in. The new interface is, says Todoist, cleaner and brighter, and with more spacious arrangements thanks to list rows. A total of 10 customizable themes are available (for the top navigation menu, anyway), the icons have been refreshed, and the design has been given a focus on responsiveness (meaning it’ll play well with different window sizes).

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Uber expands into Las Vegas, Nevada

Uber expands into Las Vegas, Nevada

On Monday, the Nevada Transportation Authority approved Uber and Lyft for operation in the state, and though the companies still have to hash things out with authorities in regions within the state, it was a big deal for both ridesharing services. Uber in particular was apparently preparing things behind closed doors (or else it gets into gear quickly), as a mere day has passed since the announcement and already the company has cars on the ground.

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Livescribe 3 Smartpen Moleskine Edition goes up for preorder

Livescribe 3 Smartpen Moleskine Edition goes up for preorder

Livescribe and Moleskine announced today that the Livescribe 3 Smartpen Moleskine Edition has gone up for preorder. This allows Livescribe users to use the maker’s smartpen with the classic writers-favorite Moleskine notebook for making digital and handwritten notes one and the same. The devices work fairly conventionally -- users will use the smartpen to write in the Moleskine Edition notebook, and the mobile app will take care of the rest.

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Google nabs TrueCar exec for self-driving auto division

Google nabs TrueCar exec for self-driving auto division

Google’s self-driving cars effort is ongoing, and as part of it, the Internet retailer has nabbed TrueCar’s president John Krafcik; he will be CEO of Google’s self-driving car division starting tomorrow, September 15. Krafcik has been working with TrueCar for the past year and a half, and he will remain on the company’s board. This is the latest of Google's efforts to assemble a team for, eventually, getting the company's autonomous vehicles to the public.

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Los Angeles to lease fleet of electric and hybrid vehicles

Los Angeles to lease fleet of electric and hybrid vehicles

Departments in the city of Los Angeles will be leasing a fleet of both electric and hybrid vehicles, Mayor Eric Garcetti has announced. Under this commitment, the LA Police, Fire, General Services, Water, and Power departments will lease a total of 160 battery-powered electric vehicles. Joining this will be another 128 plug-in hybrids that will be used by the General Services Department and the LADWP.

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Tumblr now has its own fashion line

Tumblr now has its own fashion line

Tumblr now has its own line of clothing featuring an eclectic array of apparel adorned with artwork from ten of the social network’s artists/users. The line isn’t limited to just clothing — there’s a backpack, for example (as well as a kimono); it’s unisex and designed to look the same as the Tumblr collective, at least in spirit. Half a dozen Tumblr users have also been selected to show off the new product line.

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10 automakers vow to make automatic emergency braking standard

10 automakers vow to make automatic emergency braking standard

The NHTSA, U.S. Department of Transportation, and the Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have announced that ten auto makers plan to offer automatic emergency braking as a standard feature. This is the latest step major car manufacturers are taking to bring more advanced safety technologies to a larger customer base, something that will eventually lead to such technologies being common on the road and, hopefully, a subsequent decrease in the number of crashes and deaths that happen.

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Keurig teams with Campbell’s to offer soup in a pod

Keurig teams with Campbell’s to offer soup in a pod

The reasons to dislike Keurigs are numerous, but for many people, the maker simply offers a fast and mess-free way to make a cup of coffee in the morning. If, on your slower mornings, you've ever popped a K-cup in place, only to wonder how a similar contraption would work with soup, you'll soon have your answer. Keurig has teamed with canned soup company Campbell's to offer soup in a pod, potentially making lunch as quick as breakfast.

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