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Nearly $1 Billion in Funding Restored for California Bullet Train

Back in 2009, then-governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger requested $4.7 billion in federal stimulus money to help build an 800-mile bullet train system from San Diego to San Francisco. "We're traveling on our trains at the same speed as 100 years ago," the governor said. "That is inexcusable. America must catch up." Nearly 12 years later, "a $929-million federal grant for the California bullet train project was restored Thursday," reports the Los Angeles Times, "reversing a decision by ...
Tags: Transportation, Obama, California, America, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tech, House, San Diego, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Times, Los Angeles Times, Bay Area, Southern California, Trump, Bakersfield


LA, Orange County students set to begin competing in National Spelling Bee

LOS ANGELES — The 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee began on Saturday, June 12, on a virtual basis, with a 13-year-old from Tarzana and two from Orange County among the reduced field of 209. Irene Thomas graduated Friday from eighth grade at the Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies, a fourth through 12th grade magnet school in Tarzana. It kept its original name after moving to the site of the former Sequoia Junior High School in 1980. She enjoys reading books (dystopian novels in particular...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Europe, Japan, News, Education, La, Los Angeles, Department Of Defense, Sport, Soccer, Community, Cupertino, District Of Columbia, Orange County, Orange


How an Army of Goats Could Help Prevent California Wildfires

An anonymous reader quotes a report from VICE News: California has unleashed an army of goats to munch away at overgrown brush and grass throughout the state in hopes of reducing the risk of wildfires this summer. State agencies have deployed the animals to roam, eat, and wipe out highly flammable vegetation. Recently, in an area near Lake Oroville in Northern California, between 350 and 400 goats cleared nearly five acres of land. And on Sunday, 1,500 goats are scheduled to begin clearing 34 mo...
Tags: California, Los Angeles, Tech, Northern California, Lake Oroville, California Department of Water Resources, Anaheim Oakland


Religion events in the San Fernando Valley area, June 12-19

  Northridge United Methodist Church, 9650 Reseda Blvd., is opening up for in-person Sunday services with a registration in advance. (Google Street View)   Here is a sampling of indoor, outdoor and online religious services in the San Fernando Valley area.   Temple Beth Hillel services: Havdalah online, 8 p.m. June 12 (click on the Facebook link here: bit.ly/3gvhkdq). Shabbat service, 7 p.m. June 18 (bit.ly/3xl0iWt). The Reform Jewish temple is in Valley Village. 818-763-9148. tbhla.org Thi...
Tags: Google, Facebook, California, Youtube, La, Religion, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Tim Clark, Community, Venice, Local News, Corinthians, Samuel, Mark


Festival Pass: Boots in the Park, a new Inglewood venue and Morrissey’s ‘Cruel’ return

Festival Pass is a newsletter that lands in your inbox weekly. But during prime festival season you get bonus editions, too! Subscribe now. We’re less than a week away from California loosening coronavirus restrictions. As of June 15, live music can start to come back in a big way. The first big event on our calendar is Boots in the Park, which returns to the SilverLakes complex in Norco on June 19. Reporter Kelli Skye Fadroski talked to the promoter about bringing back a big event as well as t...
Tags: Apple, Instagram, California, Beck, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Park, Things To Do, Soccer, New Zealand, Music Festivals, Coachella, Prince, Pasadena, Morrissey


Apple's Flagship Tower Theatre Store Opening in Los Angeles on June 24

Apple has been working on an Apple Store at the iconic Tower Theatre in Los Angeles for years now, and the new location is set to open later this month on June 24. Apple Tower Theatre is the first retail store in downtown Los Angeles, and it's located in L.A.'s historic Broadway Theater District. This location was the city's retail hub for the first half of the twentieth century, and is now home to a dozen theater locations. From the beginning, Apple has envisioned the Tower Theatre store as...
Tags: Apple, New York, Washington, Los Angeles, Broadway, Apple Store, Apple Retail, Paris Opera House, Hirsch, Carnegie Library, Michael Steeber, Apple Tower Theatre, Covent Garden the Opéra, Paris Apple Kurfürstendamm, Berlin Apple Amsterdam


Airlines Plan To Plow Billions Into Flying Taxis

Flying taxis moved a step closer to becoming a fixture buzzing across urban skyscapes, as a closely watched effort was unveiled in Los Angeles and startups in the U.K. and Brazil made commercial breakthroughs. From a report: Vertical Aerospace Group, based in Bristol, England, won conditional orders for as many as 1,000 electric aircraft that could total $4 billion from buyers including American Airlines Group and Virgin Atlantic Airways, it said late Thursday. Meanwhile, Brazil's Embraer SA sai...
Tags: Europe, California, Los Angeles, Tech, Brazil, Bristol England, American Airlines Group, Embraer SA, Virgin Atlantic Airways, United Airlines Holdings, Archer Aviation, Vertical Aerospace Group


‘Top Chef’ favorites the Voltaggio brothers battle it out in new cooking competition

The Voltaggio brothers have worked together in the restaurant industry since they were teens and have opened several respected spots in their long culinary careers. But when it comes to getting competitive in the kitchen, it’s no-knives-barred for these brothers who will battle it out on a new Discovery+ show this summer. “It’s about cooking, and it’s about educating and it’s about mentorship. And is it competitive? I can confirm that it is very competitive, not only as coaches and mentors but w...
Tags: Apple, Maryland, Washington, Stephen King, Los Angeles, Sport, Tom Hanks, Lego, Things To Do, Soccer, Harry Potter, Streaming, Hollywood Walk Of Fame, Michael, Brothers, Bryan


Apple Hires Former BMW Executive for Its Rebooted Car Project

Apple has hired Ulrich Kranz, a former senior executive at BMW AG's electric car division, to help lead its own vehicle efforts. Bloomberg reports: The technology giant hired Kranz in recent weeks, about a month after he stepped down as chief executive officer of Canoo, a developer of self-driving electric vehicles. Before co-founding Canoo, Kranz was senior vice president of the group that developed the i3 and i8 cars at BMW, where he worked for 30 years. Kranz is one of Apple's most signific...
Tags: Apple, Los Angeles, Tech, Tesla, Bloomberg, Bmw, Faraday Future, BMW AG, Kranz, Ulrich Kranz, Doug Field, Canoo, Canoo Kranz


Fintech giant Klarna raises $639M at a $45.6B valuation amid ‘massive momentum’ in the US

Just over three months after its last funding round, European fintech giant Klarna is announcing today that it has raised another $639 million at a staggering post-money valuation of $45.6 billion. Rumors swirled in recent weeks that Klarna had raised more money at a valuation north of $40 billion. But the Swedish buy now, pay later behemoth and upstart bank declined to comment until now. SoftBank’s Vision Fund 2 led the latest round, which also included participation from existing ...
Tags: Europe, New York, France, Softbank, US, Los Angeles, Tech, Amsterdam, New Zealand, Fintech, Klarna, Los Gatos, Sebastian Siemiatkowski, Siemiatkowski, Klara, Vision Fund


Elon Musk said he'd sell all his houses to fund colonizing Mars - but he's kept one in California that he rents out for 'events'

Tesla CEO Elon Musk. REUTERS/Mike Blake Elon Musk said he owns a house in California's Bay Area that he rents out for events. Musk said on Twitter that he rents his primary residence in Boca Chica, Texas, from SpaceX. Musk had previously said he would sell all his houses and most material possessions to fund a Mars colony. See more stories on Insider's business page. Tech billionaire Elon Musk said he would sell all his houses to fund a colony on Mars - but has now revealed that he...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Real Estate, Texas, News, California, Los Angeles, Trends, Tech, Tesla, Space Travel, Mars, Axel Springer, Musk, Bay Area, Mars Colony


Mythical Games raises $75M to build an NFT game engine

Even as NFT sales dip below their most speculative highs, startups aiming to tap into their potential are still scoring big funding rounds from investors who believe there’s much more to crypto collectibles than the past few months of hype. Mythical Games, an NFT games startup based out of Los Angeles, has banked a $75 million raise from new and existing investors betting on the startup’s aim to expand the ambitions of their first title and locate a substantial platform opportunity amid helping ...
Tags: Los Angeles, Tech, Glazer, NFT, Moore Capital, John Linden, Roblox, RedBird Capital, WestCap, Bilibili Gary Vaynerchuk, Blankos Block Party


Arcadia donor who obstructed Trump probe must go to prison while he appeals

LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles-area businessman and political fundraiser who obstructed a federal probe into donations to former President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee and falsified records to conceal his work as a foreign agent while lobbying high-level U.S. government officials was refused his bid Monday to stay out of prison while he appeals his conviction. Imaad Zuberi, 50, of Arcadia, must surrender to the U.S. Marshals Service in Los Angeles before noon on June 18 to begin his 12-year s...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Politics, News, Washington, Russia, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Barack Obama, Sport, Joe Biden, Iran, Soccer, Hillary Clinton, United States, House


Sidewalk Robots are Now Delivering Food in Miami

18-inch tall robots on four wheels zipping across city sidewalks "stopped people in their tracks as they whipped out their camera phones," reports the Florida Sun-Sentinel. "The bots' mission: To deliver restaurant meals cheaply and efficiently, another leap in the way food comes to our doors and our tables." The semiautonomous vehicles were engineered by Kiwibot, a company started in 2017 to game-change the food delivery landscape... In May, Kiwibot sent a 10-robot fleet to Miami as part o...
Tags: Florida, Los Angeles, Tech, Miami, Berkeley, University Of California, Knight Foundation, Kiwi, Santa Monica, Miami Dade County, Broward County, Brickell, Sun Sentinel, Kiwibot, Kiwibot Miami Dade County, Carlos Cruz Casas


ROM Site Owner Made $30,000 a Year -- Now Owes Nintendo $2.1 Million

An anonymous reader quotes Ars Technica: The now-unemployed owner of a shuttered ROM distribution site has been ordered to pay $2.1 million in damages to Nintendo after trying and failing to defend himself in the case. In September 2019, Nintendo filed a lawsuit against Los Angeles resident Matthew Storman over his operation of RomUniverse.com, which offered prominent downloads of "Nintendo Switch Scene Roms" and other copyrighted game files. At the time, Nintendo said that the site had been ...
Tags: Los Angeles, Tech, Ars Technica, Nintendo, Storman, Matthew Storman


12 of the richest LGBTQ people in the world

Tim Cook and Giorgio Armani are billionaires. Getty Images Some famous LGBTQ figures are worth billions after inheriting empires or building companies. In 2020, Apple CEO Tim Cook officially became a billionaire. Giorgio Armani's is worth $8.1 billion, while Domenico Dolce is worth $1.6 billion. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. David Geffen, the co-founder of DreamWorks, is worth $9.9 billion, according to Forbes. David Geffen. Stephen Lovekin/Getty ...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, England, Hollywood, Cook, Money, Steve Jobs, Ebay, Life, Lgbt, New York City, Los Angeles, Trends, Paypal, Palo Alto, Billionaires


10 things in tech: Google's diversity head, Amazon Prime Day, Spotify astrology

Courtesy of Comparably Good morning and welcome to 10 Things in Tech. If this was forwarded to you, sign up here.Let's get started.1. Google reassigned its head of diversity after a conservative news outlet uncovered an antisemitic blog post he wrote. Kamau Bobb wrote in a 2007 post that Jews had an "insatiable appetite for war." More on the fallout here.2. It's official: Amazon Prime Day 2021 will run from June 21-22. Planning for and shopping during the event can be overwhelming,...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Spotify, Elon Musk, Etsy, Los Angeles, Newsletter, Trends, Tech, Tesla, Bmw, Ashton Kutcher, Newsletters, Tech Insider, Kamau Bobb


ROM Site Owner Made $30,000 a Year -- Now Owes Nintendo $2.1 Million

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The now-unemployed owner of a shuttered ROM distribution site has been ordered to pay $2.1 million in damages to Nintendo after trying and failing to defend himself in the case. In September 2019, Nintendo filed a lawsuit against Los Angeles resident Matthew Storman over his operation of RomUniverse.com, which offered prominent downloads of "Nintendo Switch Scene Roms" and other copyrighted game files. At the time, Nintendo said that the sit...
Tags: Los Angeles, Tech, Ars Technica, Nintendo, Storman, Matthew Storman


Exclusive The Penny Black Clip From Joe Saunders’ Documentary Noir

ComingSoon.net has an exclusive clip from the new documentary The Penny Black, directed by Joe Saunders. The film was released in select virtual cinemas on May 21 and is now available on Digital platforms. You can rent or buy your copy here! RELATED: Exclusive Clip: Mommie Dearest Commentary by Drag Queen Hedda Lettuce Fittingly dubbed a “documentary noir,” The Penny Black follows Will, an estranged son of a conman who fights temptation, paranoia, and his own nefarious legacy after his Russian ...
Tags: Google, Video, Movies, Documentary, Los Angeles, United Kingdom, Will, ComingSoon, Movie News, Penny Black, Hedda, Joe Saunders, The Penny Black, Action Flick Stars Pierce Brosnan Nick Cannon


Space Plane Startup Promises One-Hour Rides to Anywhere on Earth at 9,000 MPH

"Traveling in a space plane is a lot like traveling in a regular plane, except for the middle part," quips Bloomberg Business Week: After reaching cruising altitude, the pilot hits the rocket boosters and blasts the aircraft to the edge of space at more than 9,000 mph, or about 12 times the speed of sound. The plane travels at that speed for about 15 minutes, then glides against the atmosphere to slow itself down, cruising back to Earth to land at a conventional airport. Venus Aerospace Corp....
Tags: Los Angeles, Tech, Department Of Defense, Earth, Tokyo, Venus, Andrew, U S Air Force, Bloomberg Business Week, Sarah Sassie Duggleby, Andrew Duggleby, Venus Aerospace Corp, Virgin Orbit LLC, Prime Movers and Draper Associates Every


Darryl Finkton Jr. closes $200M to go from asset management to poverty eradication

Darryl Finkton Jr. is a man on a mission. He believes there’s enough money in the world to help put an end to poverty. But only if it’s distributed differently than it is today. Earlier this year, the investor left a career in asset management to launch a $1 billion venture fund aimed at eradicating poverty. It’s an ambitious goal, but Finkton Jr. has a plan. And now he’s raised $200 million as an initial close to help execute that plan. Finkton aims to raise $1 billion with the fund to provid...
Tags: TC, America, Los Angeles, Tech, Diversity, Harvard, Oxford, Venture Capital, Silicon Valley, Fda, DOE, Black, Universal Basic Income, Indianapolis Indiana, Maia, Techcrunch Include


A Super Blood Moon Dazzles Earthlings

Australians were among those lucky enough to see it on Wednesday evening, a rare astronomical event marked by a dazzling array of sunset colors like red and burnt orange: a "super blood moon." From a report: From Brazil to Alaska, California to Indonesia, people with the right view of the celestial phenomenon marveled as their moon, usually a predictable, pale, Swiss-cheese-like round in the sky, was transformed into a fierce, red giant. As one Twitter user, words failing, put it: "Man I'm in lo...
Tags: Indonesia, Australia, Los Angeles, Tech, Earth, Sydney, Brazil, Canberra, Australian National University, CSIRO, Tucker, Brad Tucker, Alaska California, Vanessa Moss


SaaS needs to take a page out of the crypto playbook

John Chen Contributor Share on Twitter John is a principal at Fika Ventures in Los Angeles. More posts by this contributor How Silicon Valley should celebrate Labor Day Rebuilding employee philanthropy from the bottom up By the time I joined Box in late 2012, the “consumerization of the enterprise” movement was well underway. The playbook was clear: The lessons and tactics from the rise of consu...
Tags: TC, Column, Los Angeles, Tech, Customer Experience, SaaS, Silicon Valley, John, Usability, Software As A Service, Yc, Google Facebook, John Chen, Fika Ventures, Airtable, Software Platform


Emile Learning bets it can make high school students study, not scroll

Edtech has realized it needs to build for the TikTok generation. It’s part of the reason we’re seeing a rise in supplemental, aspirational companies such as Outschool and Masterclass, which both lean on snappy editing, engaging content, and most of all, on demand learning. But a nut that is yet to be cracked is how to add measurable outcomes to the mix. As with every edtech startup, a common tension exists: the platform has to be hard enough to teach consumers something, but fun (or easy) enough...
Tags: TC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tech, Nike, Ap, Harvard, United States, Edtech, Duolingo, Kleiner Perkins, Cto, Pomona, Mckinsey, Masterclass, CSU


Prince Harry and Oprah Reunite for Mental Health Follow-Up Show

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Prince Harry and Oprah Winfrey are to revisit their documentary about mental health with a follow-up, Apple TV+ said on...
Tags: Apple, Los Angeles, Harry, Oprah Winfrey, Reuters, Oprah Reunite


Jeff Bezos and his girlfriend, Lauren Sanchez, have weathered a tabloid scandal, family drama, and a possibly even a hack by foreign operatives. Here's where their relationship began and everything that's happened since.

Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sanchez. Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Contributor Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sanchez were publicly outed as a couple in January 2019. Since then they have both finalized their divorces and embarked on a whirlwind romance. Bezos has announced that he'll step down as Amazon CEO in the third quarter. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. It's been a turbulent two years for Jeff Bezos and his girlfriend, Lauren Sanchez.In January 2019, the bombs...
Tags: Amazon, Mark Zuckerberg, New York Post, Hollywood, California, Washington Post, Washington, Life, Relationships, India, Los Angeles, Trends, Tech, Spain, Features, Fox


New Instagram insights make its TikTok competitor Reels more appealing

Over the last year, Instagram has added a slew of features to help independent creators make a living, like Instagram Shop and Shopping in Reels . Today, Instagram launched new Insights for Reels and Live on its Professional Dashboard, giving businesses and creators essential data about the reach of their content. These tools will help Reels catch up with its competitor TikTok, which already offers users detailed analytics. As Instagram and TikTok continue trying to keep up with one anot...
Tags: Apps, Instagram, Los Angeles, Social Media, Insights, Tech, Social Media Marketing, Analytics, Creators, Jones, Reels, Instagram Shop, Tiktok, Reels Instagram, Reels Today Instagram, Quinn Jones


The Station: London scooter winners and Ford’s most important EV

The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every weekend in your inbox. Hello and welcome back to The Station, a weekly newsletter dedicated to all the ways people and packages move (today and in the future) from Point A to Point B. I want to point to two Extra Crunch articles before jumping into the rest of the news and analysis. Yes, Extra Crunch requires a subscription. We’re ramping up the transportation an...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Lyft, London, California, Washington, France, America, Los Angeles, Tech, General Motors, Canary Wharf, Bloomberg, Ars Technica, Chicago, Automotive


Chayce Beckham wins ‘American Idol,’ the first Southern California singer ever to do so

Chayce Beckham, the 24-year-old singer-songwriter from Apple Valley whose lived-in, authentic voice and genuineness on stage appealed to fans and judges alike, won the 19th season of “American Idol” on Sunday. Seconds after host Ryan Seacrest announced Beckham’s name, as fireworks sprayed and confetti fell, Beckham grabbed a microphone and performed his first single, “23,” which released a little over a week ago already has soared up the iTunes charts. “Welcome to your career,” judge Lionel Rich...
Tags: Apple, Music, Abc, Ryan Seacrest, Los Angeles, Georgia, Sport, Chicago, Things To Do, Soccer, Ed Sheeran, American Idol, Starz, Beethoven, Kelly Clarkson, Lionel Richie


These green tech companies are planning to capitalize on President Biden's infrastructure plan - here's how

Inside Virgin Hyperloop's new test facility in West Virginia. Virgin Hyperloop Biden's infrastructure plan could create growth opportunities for many sustainable tech companies. The proposal calls for a $2 trillion commitment to clean energy, roads, bridges, transit, and more. Virgin Hyperloop, Sealed, and CityZenith stand to benefit, but Depcom Power isn't quite convinced. See more stories on Insider's business page. When Virgin Hyperloop cofounder Josh Giegel saw the Bide...
Tags: California, Opinion, Senate, New York City, US, America, Los Angeles, West Virginia, Trends, Tech, Sustainability, Chicago, Infrastructure, House, Portland, Richard Branson



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