Without hesitation, it can be assumed that the US government is still a crap-show with Donald Trump suing his former aide, Omarosa Manigault Newman, over her new memoir and with Puerto Rico officials finally admitting that more than 1,400 people died from Hurricane Maria — a major increase from the 64 initially reported.
In other news, Elon Musk announced his plans to take Tesla private on Twitter, which might land himself in hot water with the SEC if he doesn't follow through with his plans and Waymo is now testing a taxi-like last-mile service in Phoenix with local transit employees. Finally, with Apple and Google releasing new wellbeing features in their respective operating systems, it's almost like they're admitting they helped cause the issue of smartphone addiction.
MoviePass has finally imploded on itself, but is quick to get back on its feet
MoviePass is still in the news and is being labelled as a spectacular disaster — the company doesn't have a feasible financial plan but is somehow resilient enough to still be around — facing major struggles with users and keeping the service afloat, but somehow coming out on top each time. The service is getting rid of the recently-added surge pricing and instead will limit users to seeing three movies per month in hopes of becoming quickly profitable, but it is hoping users will see less movies than that. But, we have to give it to the company — its managed to breathe new life into the theatre industry and has forced competitors to introduce similar services to retain customers.
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Waymo, Google's autonomous car company, could be valued at more than $175 billion because of its entry into the logistics and licensing sectors, according the Morgan Stanley. Other firms value the company at lower values, with RBC Capital Markets coming in at $119 billion and UBS at $135 billion.
There's some assumptions included in Stanley's model, including the just-launched taxi share pilot in Phoenix and a focus on delivering goods instead of people.
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