Michael Bloomberg will fight for a carbon-free future instead of the White House

Michael Bloomberg will fight for a carbon-free future instead of the White House

Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg today announced that he will not run for president, but instead launch a campaign to rid the United States of fossil fuels as quickly as possible. Explaining his reasoning on his eponymous news network’s opinion page, Bloomberg said the climate crisis was too urgent to be bogged down by political feuding. “While there would be no higher honor than serving as president, my highest obligation as a citizen…

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Former Harley-Davidson engineer starts an all-electric motorcycle company

Former Harley-Davidson engineer starts an all-electric motorcycle company

Former Harley-Davidson engineer Erik Buell announced this week that he’s founded an EV startup called Fuell that will make all-electric motorcycles and bicycles. He’s teamed up with Frédéric Vasseur, the owner of the company that makes the chassis for Formula E. Of the dozens of electric motorcycles announced every year, this one seems like it might actually have a shot. Fuell’s first product will be an electric-assist bike called Fluid that costs about $3,300. It…

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ji32k7au4a83 is a surprisingly bad password

ji32k7au4a83 is a surprisingly bad password

The password “ji32k7au4a83” might look fairly secure thanks to its seemingly random jumble of letters and numbers. But surprisingly, that exact password has appeared in 141 data breaches, as cataloged by the site Have I Been Pwned and spotted by Gizmodo. It leads to the obvious question: how are so many people using this one password? Robert Ou, a hardware and software engineer, first spotted this interesting chain of characters and challenged people to figure…

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RED’s Hydrogen One is arguably a worse deal now that it’s bundled with Aquaman

RED’s Hydrogen One is arguably a worse deal now that it’s bundled with Aquaman

I think the hilarity in this image may speak for itself: But I will translate anyhow. If you happen to be the kind of person who’s willing to spend $1,295 on one of the least inspiring gadgets we’ve ever reviewed, an utter mess of a phone — and yet also the kind of person who hasn’t already bought one and was miraculously waiting until just now — now is your golden opportunity, your limited-time-only chance…

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Dear Michael Bloomberg: Thank you for not running for president

Dear Michael Bloomberg: Thank you for not running for president

Michael Bloomberg is going to work on climate change. Good. Michael Bloomberg is concerned about America’s future. But he’s not, he announced Tuesday, going to try to fix it by running for president. Instead, he’s launching Beyond Carbon, a campaign to move the country away from oil and gas and toward developing clean technologies. Bloomberg is a billionaire who made his fortune as the founder of Bloomberg L.P., a financial services and media company. According…

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EV startup NIO abandons plan to make its own cars

EV startup NIO abandons plan to make its own cars

Chinese EV startup NIO no longer plans to make its own cars, the company announced Tuesday. Plans to build a factory in Shanghai — where Tesla is currently constructing the third Gigafactory — have been scuttled, and NIO will instead continue using its current contract manufacturer, state-owned automaker JAC Motors. It’s a stark change in direction for the young company, which started making its first car, the ES8 SUV, for the Chinese market last year….

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Moms at Amazon are fighting for child care. The company would benefit from listening.

Moms at Amazon are fighting for child care. The company would benefit from listening.

“Momazonians,” or mothers working at Amazon, want coverage when child care falls through. Amazon, one of the most powerful companies in the world, makes about $232.89 billion every year. An enormous tech entity that includes a massive e-commerce business, a cloud computing platform, a fleet of cargo airplanes, and its very own shopping holiday, Amazon wields enough power that it can make cities bow down at the prospect of housing one of its campuses. It…

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The Senate confirms Allison Rushing, a judicial nominee who once interned for a hate group

The Senate confirms Allison Rushing, a judicial nominee who once interned for a hate group

She’s one of several young, conservative judges Republicans are continuing to push through. The Senate has just confirmed Allison Rushing, a nominee who once interned with the Alliance Defending Freedom, as a judge for the Fourth Circuit. Rushing, 37, is the latest appeals court judge whom Republicans have been intent to push through, even as Democrats have criticized her limited experience as well as her past work with ADF, an organization that the Southern Poverty…

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Scott Gottlieb was one of the few Trump officials taking on the opioid crisis. Now he’s out.

Scott Gottlieb was one of the few Trump officials taking on the opioid crisis. Now he’s out.

Gottlieb was one of the few Trump officials who won over skeptics. Food and Drug Administration head Scott Gottlieb resigned on Tuesday — leaving a hole not just in the country’s top agency for food and drug regulation, but also in the Trump administration’s response to the opioid epidemic. President Donald Trump has generally underwhelmed advocates and experts when it comes to his response to the opioid epidemic. He’s failed to allocate the levels of…

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