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. .

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

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Cancer MoonShot 2020, NantHealth Target Breast Cancer


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.

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.

Uber Plans Flying Taxis In Los Angeles By 2020


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.

Got 2020 Clear Vision?


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


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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Tesla Model Y orders are now open

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Customers can already place an order for the Tesla Model Y, a mid-sized crossover SUV that won’t go into production until 2020. ” Under that timeline, deliveries wouldn’t begin until late 2020 or possibly early 2021.

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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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.

Using full-body MRIs, Ezra can now detect 11 cancers in men and 13 in women

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The company is in talks with some insurance companies and expects to have some pilot projects up in the last quarter of 2018 and first quarter of 2020. When Ezra first launched about six months ago, the company was using magnetic resonance imaging machines to test for prostate cancer in men.

Elon Musk says Tesla Model Y will be revealed at its LA design studio on March 14

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Musk has been teasing the car’s release since 2015, and in a January letter to shareholders said that high volume production would begin by the end of 2020.

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Grindr's Chinese Owner Ordered To Sell App Over National Security Concerns


The Chinese owner of Los Angeles-based gay dating app Grindr must sell Grindr by June of 2020, after reaching an agreement with the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. the Chinese owner of Grindr, said on Monday that it reached an agreement to sell Grindr before June 30, 2020, and also prohibits the company from accessing any information about Grindr's users, or transferring any of its user data to any entities based in China.

Consolidation is coming to gaming, and Jam City raises $145 million to capitalize on it

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billion by 2020, the Newzoo data suggests. A slew of banks are coming together to back a new roll-up strategy for the Los Angeles-based mobile gaming studio, Jam City and giving the company $145 million in new funding to carry that out.

How to watch Elon Musk unveil the Tesla Model Y

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More importantly, Musk is counting on the Model Y to hit the company’s goal of delivering 1 million cars by 2020.

Western Digital, Toshiba In Joint Flash Manufacturing Facility Deal


The two said they expect the facility to be complete in the fall of calendar 2019, with production beginning in 2020. Western Digital , the disk drive and memory maker which has substantial operations in Irvine, and Toshiba Memory Corporation said last week that the two have formally agreed to a joint investment in a new, flash memory manufacturing facility in Kitakami, Japan. Financial details of the joint investment deal were not announced.

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Struggling EV firm Faraday Future gets another financial lifeline with new $225M investment

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Faraday said that it expects the JV to reach an annual production capacity of 300,000 vehicles and begin selling cars by 2020. Editor’s note: This post originally appeared on TechNode , an editorial partner of TechCrunch based in China.

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Dreaming of Mars, the startup Relativity Space gets its first launch site on Earth

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Like the other launch sites at Cape Canaveral, Launch Complex 16, where Relativity expects to be launching its first rockets by 2020, has a storied history in the U.S. 3D-printing the first rocket on Mars.

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XPRIZE Foundation Eyes Wildfire Detection, Suppression


Diamandis said the prize will be launched by early 2020. Marina Del Rey-based XPRIZE Foundation , the group which runs competitions to spur innovation in technology to help solve major societal problems or very hard technical problems, says it is going to launch a new prize to spur ideas for wildfire detection and suppression.

Rivian, With Operations In Irvine, Raises $700M From Amazon For Electric Pickups


According to Rivian, its first two vehicles--the R1T and R1S--provide over 400 miles of range, and are expected to be delivered in late 2020. Rivian , a developer of electric powered pickups and SUVs--which has significant operations in Irvine--has raised $700M in a funding round, the company announced Friday morning. The funding was led by Amazon. The company is led by founder and CEO RJ Scaringe.

Spark Networks Acquires Zoosk For $255M


Spark said it will pay $255M in a combination of cash and stock for Zoosk, split between $150M in stock (in American Depository Shares) and $95M in cash at closing, plus $10M in a deferred cash payment in December of 2020. Spark Networks , the online dating company which was started in West Los Angeles, and now has operations globally, said on Thursday that it has agreed to acquire dating site Zoosk.

LA's Tech Savvy Mayor, Eric Garcetti, Likely To Skip Presidential Run


Mayor Eric Garcetti , the Mayor of Los Angeles and a big supporter of the Greater Los Angeles area's rise to prominence in the technology startup world, is reportedly set to announced that he will not be running for President in 2020. Garcetti has been a regularly seen at local technology conferences promoting the growth of "Silicon Beach" and the rest of the LA technology ecosystem.

LA's Tech Savvy Mayor, Eric Garcetti, Will Not Run For President


Mayor Eric Garcetti , the Mayor of Los Angeles and a big supporter of the Greater Los Angeles area's rise to prominence in the technology startup world, announced on Tuesday evening that he will not be running for President in 2020. Garcetti has been a regularly seen at local technology conferences promoting the growth of "Silicon Beach" and the rest of the LA technology ecosystem.

USC Marshall Combines MBA, STEM


USC said the new option is will become available for its 2020 and 2021 MBA classes this fall. The University of Southern California (USC) Marshall School of Business is hoping to make its MBA students more attractive to the marketplace--and help its international students--by adding a new "STEM specialization" option for its full time MBA students, the company announced on Wednesday.

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Garcetti Eyes White House Run


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.

Transportation Weekly: Uber’s spending habits, Tesla Model Y, scooters and AVs in Austin

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Secondly, even if everyone loved this vehicle and Tesla was poised to take advantage of these perceived efficiencies gained from sharing at least 75 percent of the parts with the Model 3, the Y isn’t coming until fall 2020.

Specright Picks Up $8.8M For Specifications Software


The company says it hopes to grow its team from a current 30 employees to 75 employees by early 2020. Irvine-based Specright , a developer of specification data management software, has raised $8.8M in a Series A funding, according to the company. The startup said the funding was led by Pritzker Group Venture Capital (PGVC), and also included Okapi Venture Capital, Fika Ventures, and Mucker Capital.

CoreLogic Seeks To Sell Non-Core Software Units


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.

Karma Automotive Taps BMW For Engine Technology


According to Karma Automotive, its vehicle, the 2020 Revero luxury car, will use a BMW TwinPower Turbo three-cylinder in-line engine. Irvine-based Karma Automotive , the revived, startup auto maker, says it has inked an agreement with BMW AG , to use BMW's engine technology in its automobiles. The company said the engine will be used to power an on-board electric generatorand to enhance overall vehicle performance. Financial details of the deal were not announced.

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.”

EDF Renewables Wins Wind Project Deal With Tucson Electric


The wind turbines are expected to be in full operation by the end of 2020. San Diego-based renewable energy developer EDF Renewables North America reported a win on Thursday, with Tucson Electric Power (TEP). According to EDF Renewables, it will build a 247.4 megawatt wind project, the Oso Grande Wind Project, in southeaster New Mexico, for TEP. Financial details of the win were not announced.

Faraday Future Signs Deal With Chinese Gaming Firm For $600M Investment


According to Faraday Future, it expects annual production capacity of the venture of 300,000 cars, with a first pre-production car expected to roll off lines in 2020. Los Angeles-based Faraday Future and Chinese gaming products maker The9 Limited annoucned this morning that the two companies will enter into a new, joint venture, which will produce electric cars for sale in China.

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EDF Renewables Puts Wind Project Online In Minnesota


According to EDF Renewables, the Stoneray Wind Project, based in Pipestone and Murray counties in Southwestern Minnesota, will be delivering power to the Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (SMMPA) beginning in 2020 under a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). San Diego-based renewable energy developer EDF Renewables North America says it has put new, 100 megawatt (MW) wind project online in Minnesota.

Qualcomm Gets Infotainment Systems Design Win With Peugeot


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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