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◆ Google is producing all the high-tech in its latest, self-driving cars
Google has modified Chrysler’s Pacific Minivans to become self-driving and, later this month, will put them on the roads. The roll-out (literally) starts in Phoenix and near its California headquarters.
Google’s first self-driving cars were Lexus sedans and included sensors produced by other companies. What’s different this time is that Google is producing the sensors and other high-tech features itself. The story is here at The Verge.
◆ Dead at 82: Iran’s former president Rafsanjani Reuters calls him “one of the titans” of Islamic State of Iran. He was sometimes called a “pragmatist,” but his so-called moderation was only moderate compared to the most severe clerics and the Revolutionary Guard. His most significant moment was in convincing the Ayatollah Khomeini to end the bloody Iran-Iraq War. Born wealthy, he amassed a vast fortunate in post-revolutionary Iran.
◆ North Korea tells Trump it can test missiles whenever it wants Trump has warned Pyongyang against test-firing intercontinental missiles, which could threaten the US with nuclear weapons, once they have been miniaturized. The danger is profound and could be one of the new President’s first tests. The NYT story is here.
◆ Britain’s foreign secretary, a key figure in Brexit, meets Trump team Boris Johnson is in New York to discuss future US-British relations, especially trade as his country withdraws from the EU. Currently, all British trade agreements are made through the EU so they will have to be renegotiated as part of the withdrawal. As CNN notes:
Trump billed himself on Twitter as “Mr. Brexit” and likened his unlikely victory to the shocking success of the “yes” vote in the UK referendum.–CNN
Boris Johnson, as Mayor of London, became a major voice for Brexit and was appointed foreign secretary after the referendum unexpectedly won.
◆ Actress I have never heard of really doesn’t like Paul Ryan According to New York Magazine, an actress named Lola Kirke wore a “F*ck Paul Ryan” to the Golden Globes. Seems like other people have heard of her because she stars in a TV series streaming on Amazon.
In related news, Lena Dunham, who promised to leave the country if Donald Trump was elected, has not moved, despite numerous requests from around the country.
Comment: Lena Dunham drew a clear red line and then declined to act when it was crossed. She has learned at foot of a strategic master.
◆ Pennsylvania Farm Show features a 1/2 ton butter sculpture Story here.
Comment: A spokesman for “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter” declined comment.
◆ Uber begins selling its traffic data. The question, TechCrunch says, is whether the revenues will compensate for the competitive advantage it loses from disclosing this key information. Story here.