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Uber's IPO, the Call to Break Up Facebook, and More News From Today

Uber made billions in their stock market debut, criticism of Facebook is coming from inside the house, and the dearth of climate change plans from presidential candidates isn't all that impressive. Here's the tech news you need to know, in two minutes or less.

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Uber's IPO wasn't about drivers; it was about not having them

This morning, Uber rang the bell at the New York Stock Exchange to mark the largest IPO by a tech company in the past half-decade. You may be asking yourself, how does a company with a public history of missteps, and that still isn't profitable, become worth $82 billion? Because Uber's value isn't merely in the company itself; it's a bet on the self-driving industry Uber hopes to lead.

Calls for Facebook's breakup are getting louder

It's not just privacy enthusiasts, politicians, and frustrated Facebook users who are calling for Facebook's breakup; this week, one of Facebook's original founders, Chris Hughes, suggested the same in a bombshell New York Times op-ed. This is slightly different from previous attempts, not just because he's a former Facebook employee but because he shared a dorm with Zuck in college while helping to build the company.

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The field of Democratic presidential candidate hopefuls is getting awfully crowded—more than 20 at last count—but few of them are offering any substantive climate change policies suggestions. WIRED took a look at how the few plans out there actually stack up.

WIRED Recommends: Mirrorless cameras

Your phone takes pretty pictures, but they still pale in comparison to the quality you get when using a full-fledged camera. Herein lies one of the reasons for getting one of WIRED's recommended mirrorless cameras. They provide a few advantages, like no shutter sound, faster shooting, and auto focusing. So if you're looking to step up your photo game, we broke down three of our favorites right here.

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Uber's IPO, the Call to Break Up Facebook, 2019-05-10 19:15:22Catch up on the most important news today in 2 minutes or less.

A Bet on Uber Is a Bet on 2019-05-10 17:42:00Uber is scheduled to go public Friday, at an initial valuation of $82 billion, the largest for an IPO since 2014. But its future may rest on eliminati

On Eve of Uber's IPO, Ride-Hail Drivers Stage 2019-05-08 21:00:52Uber and Lyft drivers shut their apps Wednesday to protest for better pay and benefits, and recognition as employees rather than contractors.

My Wild Ride in a Robot Race Car 2019-05-08 07:00:00On a track in Northern California, our writer tags along with the scrappy tinkerers of the autonomous-vehicle gold rush, who gather to share tech and

Lyft’s Loss Grows, but Execs Say the Bleeding 2019-05-07 20:35:19In its first quarterly results as a public company, Lyft said revenue almost doubled, but its loss grew even faster.

Cruise's $1 Billion Infusion Shows the Stakes in 2019-05-07 14:35:39Cruise, majority owned by GM, is at least the fourth company working on self-driving technology to raise $500 million or more in the past six months.

Tesla Raises Money, Drones Get Certified, and More 2019-05-05 09:00:00Telsa says it will raise up to $2.7 billion in new capital, and Uber prepares for its IPO.

Riding a Scooter? Protect Your Head 2019-05-03 09:00:00Half of injuries to 190 scooter riders in Austin last fall were to the head; only one of the injured riders was wearing a helmet.

How Tactical Drivers Learn Crazy-Ass Maneuvers 2019-04-29 12:00:00And you thought you could maneuver out of dangerous situations.

Tesla's Robotaxis, Ugly Earnings, and More Car News 2019-04-28 09:00:00The electric automaker reported a $700 million quarterly loss and faces a strengthened rival after Ford pumped $500 million into startup Rivian.

Drone Delivery Services Are Actually, Finally Almost Here 2019-04-27 09:46:00The FAA just gave Google spinoff Wing permission to start deliveries, and cool new tech keeps the buzzy birds flying. But (of course) challenges remai

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Turning a liability — a mothballed plant — 2019-05-11 00:00:01FCA's fast-moving plan to turn a brownfield into a vehicle assembly plant is a reminder that mothballed plants can enable an automaker to chop months

Startup suggests verifying self-driving cars like computer chips 2019-05-11 00:00:01The Israeli startup wants the auto and tech industries to reconsider the way self-driving systems are vetted and validated.

Hyundai Venue's goal: Redefine 'entry level' 2019-05-11 00:00:01Hyundai's goal in offering a stylish urban crossover at an economy car price is to convert used-car shoppers into new-vehicle buyers and bring them t

Musk faces Oct. trial over 'pedo guy' tweet 2019-05-10 16:27:46A U.S. judge said Tesla CEO Elon Musk must face a defamation lawsuit by a British diver who said he was falsely branded a pedophile and child rapist.

U.S. judge questions SEC on delay in filing 2019-05-10 15:22:41U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer questioned the SEC's "lateness" in suing Volkswagen more than two years after the company settled the Justice De

Dirty cash probe finds booming Vancouver-China luxury car 2019-05-10 13:36:02In the scheme, buyers overseas use a local nominee to purchase a vehicle for immediate export -- a lucrative trade because a luxury car can cost

Tenneco stock plunges after lowered outlook, delayed spinoff 2019-05-10 10:52:14Tenneco lowered its revenue outlook for the year and said it would delay the planned separation of its DRiV auto parts business.

U.S. zeros in on Europe's cars in battle 2019-05-10 10:01:41Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said autos share equal blame with China for the U.S. trade deficit, an indication that European automakers could soon b

To boost sedans, automakers use key feature from 2019-05-10 08:05:11The latest entrants to the all-wheel stable include the Mazda6, Nissan Altima and Toyota Prius. As sales of crossovers, SUVs and pickups grow, automak

Musk courts controversy with tweets on sex video 2019-05-10 06:57:22Tesla CEO Elon Musk sent a series of tweets loaded with double-entendres Thursday after a video surfaced this week of two people having sex in a Tesla

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Uber IPO Gives Company a Value of $81.4 2019-05-10 15:00:25Uber began trading as a public company at $42 per share Friday, nearly 7% below its initial public offering price on an already volatile day for the m

Refreshing or Revolting: 2020 Lincoln Corsair 2019-05-10 07:00:58Just like it did with the Navigator, Aviator, and Nautilus, Lincoln has gone in a new direction with its small crossover to match the new nomencl

Celebrity Drive: Jonathan Adams of Fox’s “Last Man 2019-05-10 04:00:40Quick Stats: Jonathan Adams, actor, Fox’s Last Man Standing Daily Driver: 2017 BMW 230i Convertible (Jonathan’s rating: 8 on a scale of 1

Jeep, Lexus Win Big With 2019 IntelliChoice Best 2019-05-10 04:00:29Consumers tend to focus on things like performance, fuel economy, and sticker price when looking for a new vehicle. But cost of ownership is another i

Which Family Cars Are the Best Values? Toyota, 2019-05-10 04:00:01Whether it’s a subcompact or minivan, many cars are made to transport families around town. But with so many options, how do you know which car

2020 Toyota Supra: Here’s Something You Probably Didn’t 2019-05-09 19:40:11The 2020 Toyota Supra is nearly here, and even though we’ve already driven the car, we can’t tell you about its handling, performance, or

The 12 Quickest Cars That Get 40 MPG 2019-05-09 19:06:18Erratic gas prices may have you wondering if you can get a vehicle that doesn’t sacrifice performance to the fuel economy gods. Thankfully, ther

12 SUVs and Crossovers That Get Better MPG 2019-05-09 17:42:01Fuel economy remains one of the biggest considerations when you’re in the market for a new vehicle. And with gas prices creeping up this summer,

Electrifying News: Ford Confirms Bronco Hybrid 2019-05-09 11:13:11There will be a hybrid version of the Ford Bronco, the rugged SUV that the automaker is bringing back to the market next year. The inclusion of a hybr

The 2020 Kia Soul GT-Line’s Stereo Has How 2019-05-09 08:00:55You’ve seen a hamster drive a car, right? It’s perfectly normal. The Kia hamsters were a pop sensation when they debuted in commercials in

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Uber valued at $82bn ahead of IPO 2019-05-10 11:05:00Ride-hail firm Uber has been valued at USD82bn ahead of its NYSE listing in what is expected to be one of the biggest stock market flotations this yea

Consumer excitement for AVs 'soars but barriers remain' 2019-05-10 10:36:00A new study from the Capgemini Research Institute has found that consumer acceptance of self-driving cars in USA will increase over time and preferenc

Jaguar Land Rover sales down in April 2019-05-10 08:23:00Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover said retail sales in April 2019 were down 13.3% year on year to 39,185 vehicles.

GM Canada-Unifor deal saves 300 Oshawa jobs 2019-05-10 07:03:00General Motors Canada and auto workers union Unifor announced they had reached a "Transformation Agreement" to "transition the GM Oshawa Assem

US imposes higher tariffs on China imports 2019-05-10 06:45:00Trade tensions between the world's two largest economies have been dramatically ratcheted up today as the US has confirmed higher tariffs on imports

Eberspaecher to build exhaust technology plant in Mexico 2019-05-10 06:15:00The Eberspaecher Group of Companies is investing in a component plant for exhaust technology in Mexico. The new building in Saltillo will house manufa

Audi worldwide sales drop 12.8% in April 2019-05-10 06:14:00VW-Group-owned Audi AG delivered around 140,300 cars to customers worldwide in April, down 12.8% year-on-year.

Inteva completes Roof Systems sale to CIE 2019-05-10 05:12:00Inteva has completed the sale of its Roof Systems product line to CIE Automotive.

Mitsubishi books sales and profit hikes for fiscal 2019-05-09 12:56:00Mitsubishi Motors said it boosted fiscal 2018/9 sales 14.7% year on year to JPY2,514.6bn while operating profit increased to JPY111.8bn from

GM in Lordstown Complex sale talks 2019-05-09 12:25:00General Motors said it was "in discussions with Cincinnati-based Workhorse Group and an affiliated, newly formed entity" to sell the Lordstown facto

PSA "open to opportunties" as JLR rumours swirl 2019-05-09 12:09:00PSA is remaining tight-lipped concerning rumours it might be looking to acquire Jaguar Land Rover, although it noted it was "open to opportunities."

Electric car sales not taking off in lower 2019-05-09 09:30:00New data from the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) highlighted the correlation between the affordability of electric cars and th


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