Uber adds LA to flying taxi test cities, demo flights slated for 2020

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Uber has inked a partnership with Nasa over its flying taxi plans and says now it’s aiming to get demo flights up and running in Los Angeles by 2020.

Uber adds LA to flying taxi test cities, demo flights slated for 2020

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Uber has inked a partnership with Nasa over its flying taxi plans and says now it's aiming to get demo flights up and running in Los Angeles by 2020. .

Cancer MoonShot 2020, NantHealth Target Breast Cancer

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Culver City-based CancerMoonShot 2020 , and NantHealth said this morning that the two are taking aim at Inflammatory Breast Cancer, with a new working group focused on the disease. According to Cancer MoonShot 2020, the team includes physicians, researchers and oncology professors from across the nation, to investigate personalized, immunotherapeutic treament options for the rare disease, which is the deadliest form of breast cancer.

Why the LP Outlook is Good for Venture and Startups in 2017–2020

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Uber Plans Flying Taxis In Los Angeles By 2020

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On-demand ridesharing service Uber hopes to bring flying taxis to Los Angeles by 2020, the company said this morning, and has just signed a contract with the U.S. National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA) on software that would help support those flying taxi efforts.

Cancer MoonShot 2020 Targets Head, Neck Cancers

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Cancer MoonShot 2020 , the cancer treatment and collaboration group being led by Culver City-based NantHealth, said this morning that it has created a new group specifically focused on head and neck cancer. The new Head and Neck Working Group will specifically focus on cancer-directed immunotherapy treatments for head and neck cancer, and includes scientists, physicians, and oncology professors.

Got 2020 Clear Vision?

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As I reflect upon the past decade and get clear about my vision for my life by 2020 there are a few stories that I would like to share with you: Petunia Pickle Bottom. What effects do you want to create by 2020? Got 2020 Clear Vision? Folks over estimate what they can do in a year and under estimate what they can do in ten. No doubt you’d agree how quickly this past decade has flown by.

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Volvo Trucks teases the all-electric semi truck it’s bringing to California in 2019

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The electric VNR, which will be based on powertrain technology used in the Volvo FE Electric, will be produced for the North American commercial vehicle market starting in 2020, the company said. The all-electric Volvo VNR will be introduced to demonstrators next year and commercialized in 2020.

Bio Roundup: Trump Health, Cholesterol Wars, 23andMe OK & More

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Trump administration health officials were out on the stump this week, talking tough about drug prices and healthcare value, encouraging the private sector to take the lead but letting everyone know the federal government is willing to push. In the debate over high drug prices, arguably no class of drug has been punished more by insurers than the new cholesterol fighters called PCSK9 inhibitors. Two came to market in 2015, chalking up relatively meager sales for their owners.

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Silicon Beach Report May 10: Snap Inc. Reports Slow User Growth, Shares Drop More Than 25 Percent

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reports slow user growth, SpaceX considering sending two Dragon capsules to Mars in 2020, and Jordan Levin named CEO of AwesomenessTV Snap Inc.

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CoreLogic Seeks To Sell Non-Core Software Units

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CoreLogic apparently is looking to trim businesses with low gross margins, saying it believes selling those legacy businesses will help it achieve 30% adjusted EBITDA by 2020. Irvine-based property information provider CoreLogic said late Thursday that it has launched an effort to exit "certain legacy non-core software units" at the company.

More investors are betting on virtual influencers like Lil Miquela

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“ In 2019 and 2020 we’re going to see a lot of these… we’re going to see a lot of people putting out a lot of stuff.”

Garcetti Eyes White House Run

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Eric Garcetti , the mayor of Los Angeles--and major booster of the region's growing high tech ecosystem-- is considering a possible run for President in 2020 , according to an in-depth interview with Garcetti by the New York Times, published Monday.

Volvo Planning Major Electric Truck Rollout In LA

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According to Volvo, it will roll out 23, heavy-duty battery-electric trucks in 2019 and 2020, in Ontario, Chino, Fontana and Placentia, as part of a grant from the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD). Volvo Trucks North America , the truck manufacturing arm of Volvo, says it plans on a major rollout of electric cars in the Los Angeles area, starting next year.

YouTube Pulling Back On Original Content

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In a move that is expected to hit local content production in Los Angeles, YouTube is reportedly scaling back its plans on original content in a dramatic way, starting in 2020, according to a report. The report--which cites "a source with direct knowledge"--says that Google is dramatically cutting its budget for YouTube Originals, its original content effort. The report came from The Hollywood Reporter.

esVolta Wins Large Energy Storage Project With PG&E

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The 75 MW / 300 MWh lithium-ion battery storage system is called the Hummingbird Energy Storage project, and is aimed to be put into service by December of 2020. Aliso Viejo-based esVolta , which develops utility-scale energy storage projects, said it has beens elected for a large battery energy storage project in Northern California.

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Qualcomm Gets Infotainment Systems Design Win With Peugeot

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The two said that Qualcomm's processor will start appearing in PSA's vehicles beginning in 2020. San Diego-based Qualcomm Technologies announced this morning, along with European automotive giant PSA Group , that PSA will integrate Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 Automotive (820A) processor in a new line of vehicles. Financial impact of the win was not announced. PSA Group owns the Peugeot, Citroen and DS brands. READ MORE>>.

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Google builds its own subsea cable from the US to France

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The new so-called “Dunant” cable (named after the first Nobel Peace Prize winner and founder of the Red Cross) will likely go online in 2020.

Stratolaunch Sees Successful Testing

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Stratolaunch is targeting its first official launch flight in 2020. Mojave- and Seattle-based Stratolaunch , which is backed by Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen, has seen some successful testing of its launch vehicles, the company said this week. According to Stratolaunch, it has successfully been flying its vehicles out in the Mojave desert this week, reaching a top speed of 80 mph for its launch vehicle.

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EDF Renewable Energy Signs 100 Megawatt Wind Deal In Minnesota

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EDF Renewable Energy said it has signed an agreement to supply Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (SMMPA) with wind energy starting in 2020, with construction expected in early 2018 of 50 wind turbine generators in Pipestone and Murray counties in Southwestern Minnesota. San Diego-based renewable energy developer EDF Renewable Energy says it has signed a 100 megawatt (MW) wind energy project in Minnesota, the company announced on Wednesday.

NantWorks Details "Cancer Moonshot"

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have detailed efforts on the company's Cancer MoonShot 2020 Program , to help make a huge step in the treatment of cancer. NantWorks says it hopes to have solutions in Phase 3 trails by the year 2020. Culver City-based NantWorks , and founder Patrick Soon-Shiong, M.D.,

Notes from the JPM19 Vortex: Price Apocalypse, Celgene Fallout & More

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In 2020 (yes, that’s really a year), San Francisco might have a new mayor. [ Editor’s note: Ben Fidler and Sarah de Crescenzo coauthored this report.] It is here, and then it is gone. But by the time everyone staggers to the airport or back home to sleep in their own beds, the annual few days of the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference and everything that mushrooms around it seem just as long as the holiday break—a distant memory!—that —that came just before.

Pepperdine University, 2U In Online MBA Agrrement

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According to the two, 2U will power Pepperdine's existing online MBA degree, starting in January of 2020. Malibu-based Pepperdine University Graziadio Business School and online education provider 2U , which has one of its major offices in Los Angeles, said last week that the two companies are in a expanded partnership. Financial details of the deal were not announced. According to the two, 2U will support Pepperdine in development, launch, and management of the degree.

EDF Renewables North America Sells Wind Project To MidAmerican Energy

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EDF Renewables says that MidAmerican Energy is targeting to meet 90 percent of retail customer usage using renewables by the end of 2020. San Diego-based EDF Renewables North America , which develops renewable energy projects, reports this morning that it has sold the development assets to a wind far in Iowa.

Aerie Pharmaceuticals To Open Plant In Ireland

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The company said it expects to spend a total of $25 million on constructing the new plant, with commercial supply of its products from the plant expected in 2020. Irvine-based pharmaceuticals developer Aerie Pharmaceuticals announced this morning that it is planning to open up its first manufacturing plant, in Ireland.

3 Reasons SaaS Savvy Entrepreneurs Don’t Build Their Own Portals

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SaaS-based companies grow - The SaaS market is growing 3x faster than the software market (20% vs. 7%), and this rate is expected to continue through 2020. A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes.

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How Groups are Closing the Security Skills Gap, Boosting Diversity

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million unfilled cybersecurity positions globally by 2020. Today, there is a massive shortage of cybersecurity talent across the globe. According to a 2015 study from Frost & Sullivan and the (ISC)² Foundation, there could be more than 1.5

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NantKwest Names Pediatric VP

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Dr. Sender is currently the Medical Director of the Hyundai Cancer Institute at CHOC Children's Hospital as well as the Executive Director of the Pediatric, Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Breakthroughs 2020 Program for the Chan Soon-Shiong Institute for Medicine. Culver City-based cancer immunotherapy developer NantKwest announced this morning that it has named Dr. Leonard Sender as Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs for Pediatric, Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology.

Illumina, Sequenom Settle Patent Lawsuit

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San Diego-based Illumina and fellow San Diego company Sequenom said the two have ended a patent dispute, with Illumina paying Sequenom $50M, plus additional payments through 2020.

Inseego Gets $48M In Refinancing Funding

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The company said the loan has a maturity rate of August 23, 2020, and has a rate per annum equal to LIBOR, but in no event less than 1.00%, plus 7.625%. San Diego-based Inseego Corp. , the company which is behind the MiFi wireless products, and also offers up fleet telematics, asset tracking and monitoring, and related products, said this morning that it has raised $48.0M in a term loan, from High Bridge Capital Management.

2U Adds Another Degree Program At USC

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The new degree programs include a Master of Planning program, expected to launch in January of 2019, and a Master of Public Policy, expected to launch in 2020. Online education operator 2U , which has offices in Los Angeles, has added another degree program at the University of Southern California, the company said this week.

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EDF Renewable Energy Partners On 186 Megawatt Solar Project

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EDF Renwable Energy said the Desert Harvest Solar Project, being build on approximately 1,200 acres of land managed by the US Bureau of Land Management in Riverside County, is expected to begin delivering electricity in 2020. San Diego-based solar and clean energy project developer EDF Renewable Energy said Thursday that it has signed a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) to tap into a 186 megawatt power project being build in Riverside County.

Report: Solar Power Set To Challenge Fossil Fuels In Next 10 Years

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percent from renewable sources, including both solar and wind, geothermal, and small hydroelectric facilities; the state is now aiming at having 33 percent of power in the state generated by renewable sources by 2020.

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Russia Cuts Off Rockets, Threatens ISS Due To Ukraine

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Russian deputy prime minister, Dmitry Rogozin, said that Russia will deny use of the International Space Station beyond 2020, and may even use the space station without he cooperation of the United States.

Ivantis Finds $25M For Microstent Surgery Devices

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The company said the funding gives it runway until 2020, and support commercialization of its product in the United States. Irvine-based medical device developer Ivantis , which is developing microstents for minimally invasive glaucoma surgery, has raised $25M in a Series C funding, the company announced today. The funding was led by RA Capital Management, a new investor, and also included Merieux Developpement, along with existing investors.