Archive | April, 2022

Baidu and Pony.ai become first robotaxi services to operate without safety drivers in Beijing

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Baidu and Pony.ai have been given permission to operate their autonomous vehicles without safety drivers in Beijing, a first for robotaxi services in China (via CNBC). Although both companies now no longer need a staff member in the driver’s seat, they’ll still need a supervisor present somewhere in the vehicle.
Baidu and Pony.ai can’t

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The next big challenge for robots: Insights from the new director of CMU’s Robotics Institute

Matthew Johnson-Roberson, new director of the Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute, spent his teenage years in Seattle, and did his undergraduate studies at CMU. (GeekWire Photo / Todd Bishop)

PITTSBURGH — A few months into his new job as the director of Carnegie Mellon University’s storied Robotics Institute, Matthew Johnson-Roberson still finds it surreal.

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Robot Vacuums Still Haven’t Floored Me

More than 20 years after they rolled onto the scene, they still suck. But they’re a little bit less of a mess every year.

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Coinstar’s Jens Molbak wants to teach innovators and entrepreneurs a new way of doing business

Jens Molbak, founder of Coinstar and NewImpact. (NewImpact Photo)

Jens Molbak‘s decision to build Coinstar — a startup that would become a billion-dollar international coin recycling business — was driven by his Danish family’s values and his own impatience.

Molbak’s parents had lived in Nazi-occupied Denmark before immigrating to the U.S. As a family,

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Report: Prudential’s $2.35B acquisition of Seattle insurance tech startup Assurance has gone ‘sour’

Prudential headquarters in Newark, N.J. (Flickr Photo via Wally Gobetz)

When Prudential Financial acquired Seattle-area startup Assurance IQ for $2.35 billion in September 2019, the deal was heralded as one of the largest acquisitions in Seattle tech history. Two and a half years later, a new report looks into how the legacy insurance provider’s “big tech bet went sour.”

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Verizon, Oracle are experimenting with C-Band 5G

Verizon is working with Oracle to see how ‘ultra wideband’ 5G can be used to support industrial applications and use cases.The operator has switched on private and public 5G networks at the Oracle Industry Lab in Chicago, allowing the company’s customers and partners to identify ways next-generation networks can be applied in a variety of sectors.Although 5G networks will allow

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It’s such a good feeling, a very good feeling, for Pittsburgh to know it didn’t win Amazon HQ2

PITTSBURGH — It would have been fun for me if Amazon’s HQ2 had ended up here, not only for the intriguing storylines but for the excuse to visit more often.

But for Pittsburgh? I’m not so sure.

As a reporter who covers the company, that thought keeps crossing my mind this week as I

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Every movie and TV show coming to HBO Max in May 2022

Ready to find out what’s coming to HBO Max in May 2022? You should be. With April on the way out, it’s time to learn about every movie and TV show that’ll be available to watch on Warner Bros-Discovery’s streaming service very soon.There’s a lot of interesting and top-tier content on the way for HBO Max subscribers. For one, The

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