Lyft’s Lawsuit Against San Francisco Is Bigger Than Bike-Share

Lyft has sued the city of San Francisco. Or, to be more precise: Bay Area Motivate, the local subsidiary of the bike-share company that Lyft acquired last summer, is suing San Francisco. The dispute is over bike-share operations, and who is allowed to run bike-share programs in the city.

When Lyft announced in June 2018 that it would acquire Motivate, the largest bike-share operator in North America, the ride-hail company said it would also acquire Motivate’s bike-share contracts. This was an important part of the Motivate acquisition: The company has struck exclusive contract deals in places like the Bay Area, where Motivate operates as GoBike, New York City, where it operates as Citi Bike, and Chicago, where it operates Divvy Bike.

But the city of San Francisco seemed to challenge that exclusivity late last month, when it announced it would open up a permitting process for a larger dockless [...]  read more

NASA’s Mars Helicopter begins final testing phase before 2020 mission

NASA’s Mars Helicopter will be a key experimental craft when it comes to shaping what humanity’s future exploring the Red Planet looks like – when it launches aboard NASA’s Mars 2020 mission, it’ll head to Mars with the aim of testing the viability of flying heavier-than-air vehicles through another world’s atmosphere. After passing its most …

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Walmart’s JetBlack personal shopping service customers are spending $1500 per month

A year after Walmart’s personal shopping service JetBlack launched in New York, the retailer reports two-thirds of customers engage with the service on a weekly basis, and spend an average of $1,500 per month on JetBlack purchases. To be clear, that doesn’t mean the customers are only buying products from Walmart or its subsidiaries like Jet.com — JetBlack is a standalone e-commerce business incubated by Walmart, and will deliver products from other retailers as well.

In fact, the only things it won’t deliver are fresh groceries, alcohol, CBD-related products, tobacco, and prescription medications and lenses.

The incubated “startup,” so to speak, is a concierge-style experiment in conversational commerce where customers text requests, then receive product recommendations from Walmart, Jet.com and other local retailers. The service costs $50 per month, making it more expensive than Amazon Prime, but more affordable than high-end concierge services like Hello [...]  read more

Google boosts analytics capabilities with Looker deal

Google has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the data analytics platform Looker in $2.6bn all-cash transaction.

The deal is expected to closer later this year after receiving the necessary regulatory approvals at which time the company will become part of Google Cloud where it will provide its customers with a more comprehensive analytics solution.

The acquisition is in line with Google’s recent multi-cloud plans which included the launch a rebranded google Cloud Services platform that works with AWS and Azure called Anthos.

Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian, who joined the company last November, explained how the acquisition would help boost Google Cloud’s analytics capabilities, saying:

“Google Cloud is being used by many of the leading organizations in the world for analytics and decision-making. The combination of Google Cloud and Looker will enable customers to harness data in new ways to drive their digital transformation. We remain committed [...]  read more

Behind the wheel of Lamborghini’s supercomputer on wheels

That said, I fit just fine in the new Lamborghini Huracan EVO. The latest supercar variant from the Italian automaker is jam-packed with tech that keeps it on the road and the person behind the wheel happy. Again, I have plenty of leg and head space to comfortably drive the rocketship with four wheels. That is, until I have to wear a racing helmet. Then, no so much.

Lamborghini invited me to Willow Springs International Raceway in the Mojave desert to try out their new 5.4-liter, 10-cylinder, 640 horsepower monster. But this beast has a leash with two leads: one controlled by the driver and one by the automaker’s new LDVI system (that’s short for Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Integrata). The onboard computer keeps track of everything the person behind the wheel and car are currently doing and predicts what’s going to happen next. It sounds a bit like witchcraft, but while crammed into [...]  read more

FedEx ends express delivery contract with Amazon

FedEx will not renew a contract with Amazon to provide express delivery for the e-commerce giant’s packages in the United States.

FedEx, which made the announcement Friday, said in a statement the change would not affect other existing contracts with Amazon or international services.

Amazon has not responded to a request for comment. TechCrunch will update the article if the company provides new information.

FedEx tempered the news by stating that Amazon is not its largest customer. The percentage of total FedEx revenue attributable to Amazon.com represented less than 1.3 percent of total FedEx revenue for the 12-month period ended December 31, 2018, according to FedEx.

The decision follows an explosion in e-commerce, a trend that is expected to continue. FedEx estimates that e-commerce  is expected to grow from 50 million to 100 million packages a day in the U.S. by 2026.

That growth, along with the logistical gymnastics required to make, not lose, money pursuing the opportunity, [...]  read more

Segregata e picchiata dal fidanzato: Giacomo Oldrati resta in carcere

Il giudice, che ha accolto la richiesta del pm Paolo Filippini, ha deciso che Oldrati deve rimanere in carcere (poteva anche decidere per una misura di sicurezza in una struttura psichiatrica), in attesa che possa, poi, iniziare più avanti un percorso di cura, poiché è affetto da un pesante disturbo psichico. Lo stesso 40enne, nell’interrogatorio di garanzia di ieri, ha ammesso di avere tenuto rinchiusa per giorni la 26enne e di averla seviziata con calci e pugni e averla costretta a fare dei bagni gelati. «Sì l’ho picchiata, l’ho rinchiusa, ho problemi psichiatrici», ha detto al gip, a cui ha fatto l’elenco dei medici con cui è in cura per via della sua patologia.

Lo scorso 4 giugno, dopo essere stata tenuta prigioniera per quattro giorni, la donna è riuscita a fuggire buttandosi dalla finestra del primo piano del palazzo, in via Biella, a Milano. Si è lanciata senza vestiti, approfittando di un momento di distrazione del compagno. [...]  read more

AMD Next Horizon Gaming E3 2019 livestream: How to watch the GPU keynote

AMD may have just had a killer Computex 2019, but there’s more. Team Red is going to be at E3 2019, with a press conference of its own. At AMD’s Next Horizon Gaming E3 event, we’re expecting to get a glimpse at what AMD Navi graphics cards can do.

We’ve seen some speculation that up to five AMD Navi graphics cards could be coming, but we’re not sure all of them will be present at this livestream event. 

However, unlike many of AMD’s conferences, the Next Horizon Gaming E3 event likely won’t be super technical, as it has Geoff Keighley presenting. So, while AMD CEO Lisa Su will be showing off AMD’s latest technology, you can expect a user-friendly and easy-to-understand demonstration.   

When is the AMD Next Horizon Gaming livestream?
When: AMD’s Next Horizon Gaming livestream starts Monday, June 10 at 3pm PT, 6PM ET and 11PM BST or Tuesday, June 11 at 8am AEST

How long will the conference last?: About an hour  [...]  read more

We’re not sure what else AMD could have in store for this event, but because it’s taking the form of an E3 keynote, we might even see some PC [...]  read more