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BMW plans to build electric Minis in China

BMW plans to build electric Minis in China

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From our friends at CNN Technology: BMW plans to build electric Minis in China Self-driving buses tested in China Mini production is moving out east. BMW (BMWYY), which makes the famed British Mini car, wants to start producing the new electric version in China. The company said Friday it planned to team up with China's Great Wall Motor and start looking for the best place to set up a factory to meet strong local demand. China is BMW's biggest market. The German company sold 560,000 cars there last year -- more than the US and Germany combined -- including 35,000 Minis. China is also a fast growing market for electric vehicles. "Production follows the market," BMW said in a statement. "This signals a ... clear commitment to the electrified ...
Consumer Reports: Chevy Bolt Best Small Green Car

Consumer Reports: Chevy Bolt Best Small Green Car

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From our friends at CNN Technology: Consumer Reports: Chevy Bolt Best Small Green Car Chevy Bolt powers through The Chevrolet Bolt EV got a strong head start against the Tesla Model 3 in the marketplace and now it has an early nod from Consumer Reports magazine which named the Bolt its "Top Pick" among small hybrids and electric cars. The Bolt beat out other cars in its category such as the BMW i3, Ford Focus EV and the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid. It also beat the Toyota Prius which had been named Top Pick in this category in the past. "The Bolt offers consumers further proof that mainstream electric cars can deliver strong driving performance," the magazine said in an announcement. The magazine hasn't completed testing on the Tesla Model ...
For self-driving cars, car washes are a nightmare

For self-driving cars, car washes are a nightmare

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From our friends at CNN Technology: For self-driving cars, car washes are a nightmare Driving without a driver The most cutting-edge cars on the planet require an old-fashioned handwashing. Car washes have been automated for decades, but companies developing fully autonomous vehicles must rely on a human touch to keep their cars and trucks in working condition. There are a range of problems with putting a self-driving vehicle through a traditional car wash, experts say. For example, soap residue or water spots could effectively "blind" an autonomous car. A traditionalcar wash's heavy brushes could jar the vehicle's sensors, disrupting their calibration and accuracy. Even worse, sensors, which can cost over $100,000, could be broken. A self-drivi...
Airbnb adds fancier rental options and loyalty program

Airbnb adds fancier rental options and loyalty program

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From our friends at CNN Technology: Airbnb adds fancier rental options and loyalty program 5 stunning stats about Airbnb Airbnb is adding more lodging types to its site, such as boutique hotels, bed and breakfasts, and high-end rentals. It's also making it easier for bigger groups to stay together for work trips, weddings, and family getaways. CEO Brian Chesky outlined on Thursday at an event in San Francisco the company's new 10-year roadmap. Among its goals: host more than a billion guests by 2028. As a part of the expansion effort, Airbnb will now offer more ways to search for properties. This includesfiltering for vacation homes, unique accommodations, bed and breakfasts, and boutique hotels. Previously, Airbnb did not feature hotels on the platform. ...
Net neutrality rules gets an end date

Net neutrality rules gets an end date

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From our friends at CNN Technology: Net neutrality rules will officially end on April 23 What is net neutrality? The end of net neutrality is officially set to come this spring. The Federal Communications Commission's repeal of net neutrality is scheduled to take effect on April 23, according to a copy of the order was published with the Federal Register on Thursday. The Republican-led FCC voted along party lines in December to repeal Obama-era net neutrality protections, which were intended to keep the internet open and fair. With the repeal, the FCC will do away with rules barring internet providers from blocking or slowing down access to online content. The FCC will also eliminate a rule barring providers from prioritizing their own content. The repeal effo...
Cryptojackers are hacking websites to mine cryptocurrencies

Cryptojackers are hacking websites to mine cryptocurrencies

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From our friends at CNN Technology: Cryptojackers are hacking websites to mine cryptocurrencies Forget bitcoin, these are the 8 craziest cryptocurrencies Hackers have a new trick up their sleeves: hijacking computers to generate digital coins. As bitcoin and other cryptocurrency prices soar, "cryptojacking" attackers surreptitiously take over web browsers, phones and servers to make some serious profit. "Every avenue out there is being exploited on any kind of machine," said Jerome Segura, lead malware analyst at security firm Malwarebytes. "Consumer computers, servers, research centers — it has no bounds. We forecast it to be the biggest threat in 2018." Cryptocurrencies, like bitcoin and Monero, are created by using computing energy to
SpaceX notches another launch

SpaceX notches another launch

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From our friends at CNN Technology: SpaceX notches another launch Watch the launch of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Elon Musk sent another rocket into space on Thursday. SpaceX launched a rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California carrying three satellites. The company confirmed that one satellite, Spain's PAZ, successfully made it into orbit. Also aboard the Falcon 9 were two satellites designed to test the technology the company plans to use for its high-speed internet service. A company spokesperson declined to say whether the two test satellites also launched successfully. Space X or its CEO Elon Musk are expected to say more about the high-speed internet test later in the day. SpaceX's internet ambitions have the support of Federal Communicatio...
Amazon hits $1,500 for the first time ever

Amazon hits $1,500 for the first time ever

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From our friends at CNN Technology: Amazon hits $1,500 for the first time ever Life inside an Amazon fulfillment center Amazon is unstoppable right now. Jeff Bezos' machine touched $1,500 a share Wednesday for the first time ever. Amazon's (AMZN) stock is up 27% in 2018 even though the broader market is about flat on the year. Visit our friends at CNN Technology
WhatsApp cofounder invests $50M into messaging app Signal

WhatsApp cofounder invests $50M into messaging app Signal

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From our friends at CNN Technology: WhatsApp cofounder invests $50 million into encrypted messaging app Signal Meet the hacker that spies pay attention to Signal is getting a boost from a billionaire tech founder with a history of bringing secure messaging to the masses. Brian Acton, the cofounder of the popularmessaging app WhatsApp, is investing $50 million in Signal and will work with the newly-formed Signal Foundation, Signal creator Moxie Marlinspike announced on Wednesday. "Our plan is to pioneer a new model of technology nonprofit focused on privacy and data protection for everyone, everywhere," Acton said in a blog post. Acton left WhatsApp and parent company Facebook (FB) in September of last year. Facebook acquired his company in 2014 for $19 bill...
Crash landing: Angry Birds maker plummets 54% since IPO

Crash landing: Angry Birds maker plummets 54% since IPO

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From our friends at CNN Technology: Crash landing: Angry Birds maker plummets 54% since IPO Angry Birds IPO fails to take off Shares in the maker of Angry Birds have lost half their value since they listed on the stock market last October. The latest plunge came Thursday after the company -- Rovio -- warned its revenues are likely to take a hit this year. Its shares fell by 46% on Finland's main stock exchange in Helsinki. Visit our friends at CNN Technology