Report: Toyota and Panasonic to create an electric car-battery spinoff company

Enlarge / This photo taken on June 5, 2009, shows Toyota Motors’ third-generation Prius hybrid vehicle battery module displayed at Panasonic’s EV Energy headquarters in Kosei, Aichi, prefecture. (credit: TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images) According to Nikkei Asian Review, Toyota Motors and Panasonic have agreed to set up a joint-venture company to manufacture vehicle batteries, with Toyota …

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Elon Musk has been pitching cheap tunnels from The Boring Company to big names

Enlarge / Plans for a potential tunnel connecting Sydney, Australia, to the West. (credit: Jeremy Buckingham) Elon Musk—CEO of Tesla, SpaceX, and The Boring Company—has been pitching his new tunnel-boring capabilities to curious elected officials as well as the director of CERN (the organization that owns and operates the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland). Just …

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Russia tries to force Facebook and Twitter to relocate servers to Russia

Enlarge / A smartphone folder labeled with the Russian word for “community.” (credit: Getty Images | Kirill Kudryavtsev ) The Russian government agency responsible for censorship on the Internet has accused Facebook and Twitter of failing to comply with a law requiring all servers that store personal data to be located in Russia. Roskomnadzor, the …

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Passengers on a United Flight Were Stranded on a Freezing Plane for Over 14 Hours

Passengers on a United Airlines plane headed from Newark, New Jersey to Hong Kong got stranded on a frigidly cold plane in Canada for more than 14 hours this weekend when the flight had to make an emergency landing. After leaving Newark on Saturday, Flight 179 was diverted to Goose Bay Airport in the Canadian …

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Ivanka Trump’s Brand Received Five New Trademarks From China This Month

Ivanka Trump’s shuttered fashion brand received preliminary approval on five trademarks in China this month while the U.S. and China continue to undergo tense trade negotiations. The trademark applications were filed in 2016 and 2017, according to the Associated Press. One trademark for brokerage, charitable fundraising, and art valuation services was approved on Jan. 6, …

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, video games, and the new online town square

Over the weekend, tens of thousands of people—including one sitting US Congressperson—gathered online to watch a marathon stream of someone playing Donkey Kong 64. The most notable thing about this, perhaps, was just how little organic interest in Donkey Kong 64 actually had to do with much of the gathering. Let me back up a …

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