Aug 8, 2017

Car marketplace Carvana acquires Bay Area startup

Just two quarters into its life as a public company, online car marketplace Carvana is already acquiring a smaller competitor, Carlypso, for an undisclosed amount. Founded in 2013 in San Francisco, Carlypso has raised $1.3 million in funding and operated in three markets.

Why: According to Calypso co-founder and CEO Chris Coleman, the two companies' strengths are complimentary. Where his startup had mastered using data to accurately price cars and optimize everyone's margins, Carvana had advanced logistics, customer service, and financing operations. And in the end, Carvana's much bigger size just made it an attractive landing spot for Carlypso to put its technology to better use, says Coleman.

Industry consolidation: While a few years ago several companies set out to improve car buying with technology, not all of them are still in the race. Six months ago, we saw the shutdown of Beepi after a failed merger with another company. Meanwhile, others have done better, like Carvana, which went public in March, and Shift and Vroom, which recently raising new funding respectively.

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Updates: George Floyd protests continue for 8th day

Police officers wearing riot gear push back demonstrators outside of the White House on Monday. Photo: Jose Luis Magana/AFP via Getty Images

Protests over the death of George Floyd and other police-related killings of black people continued Tuesday across the U.S. for the eighth consecutive day, prompting a federal response from the National Guard, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection.

The latest: The National Park Service said in a statement Tuesday that while it "is committed to the peaceful expression of First Amendment rights," it "cannot tolerate violence to citizens or officers or damage to our nation’s resources that we are entrusted to protect."

American carnage

Protesters race up a hill to avoid tear gas in Philadelphia, June 1. Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images

The list of victims has swiftly grown since George Floyd died in police custody just eight days ago.

The big picture: Protests against police brutality have turned into a showcase of police brutality, with tear gas and rubber bullets deployed against crowds. The police have the arsenals at their disposal, but we're also seeing law enforcement officers becoming targets.

McConnell blocks resolution condemning Trump's actions against peaceful protesters

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) blocked a resolution introduced by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday that would have condemned the use of tear gas and rubber bullets against peaceful protesters outside the White House on Monday in order to allow President Trump to walk to St. John's Church.

What they're saying: "Justice for black Americans in the face of unjust violence, and peace for our country in the face of looting, riots, and domestic terror. Those are the two issues Americans want addressed," McConnell said on the Senate floor.