Hyperloop startup Arrivo is shutting down as workers are laid off

Hyperloop startup Arrivo is shutting down as workers are laid off

Futuristic transportation startup Arrivo shut down its operations this week, The Verge has learned. All of the company’s 30 or so employees were furloughed in late November, with about half being completely laid off at the end of that month, according to two employees who were granted anonymity because they signed non-disclosure agreements. Now, the Los Angeles startup is shutting down because it hasn’t been able to secure new funding, these people say. Remaining employees…

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The Texas ruling against Obamacare is a boon to Medicare-for-All

The Texas ruling against Obamacare is a boon to Medicare-for-All

The Republican strategy to pass Medicare-for-All continues. The Texas ruling finding the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional is ludicrous in its reasoning and unlikely to survive appeal. It argues, in short, that since Congress removed the penalty from the individual mandate, the individual mandate is no longer a tax; because the individual mandate is not a tax, it is no longer constitutional; and if the mandate is no longer constitutional, the entire law must be judged…

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Alexa can now arm your home security system — including Amazon’s Ring Alarm

Alexa can now arm your home security system — including Amazon’s Ring Alarm

You would think that Amazon’s Ring home security system and Amazon’s Echo smart speakers would intelligently work together, right? You’d be mostly wrong — but today, the company is taking another small step towards tying them together by letting you arm, disarm, and check the status of some Ring, ADT, Honeywell, Abode, and Scout security systems just by asking Alexa to do so. And since I recently bought a Ring Alarm for my own house…

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Federal court rules Obamacare unconstitutional

Federal court rules Obamacare unconstitutional

The lawsuit — backed by the Trump administration — threatens to overturn Obamacare’s ban on pre-existing conditions. A federal judge in Texas has ruled the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional, finding that the law cannot stand now that Congress has rolled back the mandate that everyone carry health insurance or pay a fine. The new ruling poses a significant threat to the Affordable Care Act’s most popular and most sweeping health insurance reforms. If affirmed at higher…

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Vox Sentences: Scott Walker’s revenge

Vox Sentences: Scott Walker’s revenge

Vox Sentences is your daily digest for what’s happening in the world. Sign up for the Vox Sentences newsletter, delivered straight to your inbox Monday through Friday, or view the Vox Sentences archive for past editions. Wisconsin’s lame-duck session strips the new governor of power; Theresa May comes home from Brussels empty-handed. Scott Walker hamstrings his successor Win McNamee/Getty Images Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed bills on Friday that take power away from Wisconsin’s new…

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