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Elon Musk unveils his first Los Angeles-area tunnel
Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk made a brief public appearance late on Tuesday to unveil the first tunnel completed by the underground transit venture he launched two years ago as an ambitious remedy to Los Angeles' infamously heavy traffic.

Micron sales, profit miss estimates as chip glut hurts prices
U.S. chipmaker Micron Technology Inc gave on Tuesday quarterly sales and profit forecasts well below Wall Street estimates, citing a market glut of memory chips as consumer and business demand for phones and computers is weakening.

Blythe Masters steps down as CEO of blockchain startup Digital Asset
Blockchain startup Digital Asset's chief executive officer and one of the most prominent supporters of the distributed ledger technology on Wall Street, Blythe Masters, is stepping down after about four years in the role, the company said on Tuesday.

Yelp, Consumer Watchdog lose Google intervention bid
Search company Yelp and lobby group Consumer Watchdog lost their joint bid to intervene in Google's challenge of a 2.4 billion euro ($2.7 billion) EU antitrust fine after a court said they had no direct interest in the case.

Uber gets approval from Pennsylvania to resume self-driving testing
Uber Technologies Inc received approval from Pennsylvania to resume self-driving car testing on public roads this week, state records show, nine months after it suspended the program following a deadly accident in Arizona.

U.S. agency to speed reviews of automaker self-driving petitions
The U.S. auto safety regulator said on Tuesday it is speeding up the process for reviewing whether automakers can deploy self-driving vehicles without devices such as brakes and steering wheels.

SoftBank alum unveils 'affectionate' companion robot in Japan
Japanese startup Groove X, founded by an alumni of SoftBank Group Corp's robotics unit, unveiled its first creation on Tuesday - a companion robot designed to make users happy.

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Blind Amphibian That Buries Its Head In The Sand Is Named After Trump
A newly discovered blind amphibian that buries its head in the sand has joined

Oil prices climb after tumble on hint markets stabilizing
BEIJING/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil prices rebounded on Wednesday after falling for the past three sesssions with worries about oversupply and a slowing global economy keeping markets under pressure though sentiment may be shifting as falling equity markets seemed to stabilize. West Texas Intermediate futures (WTI) climbed 4 cents cents, or 0.09 percent, to $46.28 per barrel by 0443 GMT, after plunging 7.3 percent the day before in a session when it touched its lowest since August 2017. Further adding to the oversupply concerns, the American Petroleum Institute said on Tuesday U.S. crude stocks rose unexpectedly last week, while gasoline inventories increased.

Elon Musk unveils underground tunnels, offers rides to VIPs
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Elon Musk unveiled his underground transportation tunnel on Tuesday, allowing reporters and invited guests to take some of the first rides in the revolutionary albeit bumpy subterranean tube — the tech entrepreneur's answer to what he calls "soul-destroying traffic."

SoftBank’s Telecom Unit Opens Below IPO Price in Tokyo Debut
SoftBank Corp., the new entity trading under ticker 9434 on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, declined 9.3 percent to 1,360 yen at midday in Tokyo on Wednesday. Son is selling a stake in his crown-jewel domestic telecoms business to fund further investments in global technology companies, a portfolio that already includes Uber Technologies Inc. and WeWork Cos. The listing also comes at a time when Japan’s wireless industry has come under pressure from the government to reduce phone bills.

Asian business confidence wallows near three-year low on trade worries: Thomson Reuters/INSEAD
A very cautious optimism remains among Asian companies in the fourth quarter as they wait to see whether there will be any breakthrough in a trade dispute between the United States and China, a Thomson Reuters/INSEAD survey showed. Representing the six-month outlook of 84 firms, the Thomson Reuters/INSEAD Asian Business Sentiment Index edged up to 63 in the October-December quarter, slightly above a near three-year low of 58 seen in the previous period. Once again, a global trade war was cited as the chief business risk by respondents.

Largest T. rex skeleton has new display at Chicago museum
CHICAGO (AP) — The largest Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton ever found is ready to go back on display at Chicago's Field Museum in a new exhibition space.

Dream of augmented humans endures, despite sceptics
Brain implants, longer lives, genetically modified humans: for the prophets of transhumanism -- the scientifically assisted evolution of humans beyond our current limitations -- it is just a matter of time. "Some transhumanists sign their emails to me with slogans like 'Death is now optional' or 'The first person to live to 500 has already been born'," he remarks.

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