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Courtesy of Lyft

Ford is joining Lyft's "open platform" to work on autonomous driving technology, the companies announced on Wednesday. Ford will use Lyft's ride-hailing service to test and develop software and will eventually deploy self-driving cars, according to a blog post by Sherif Marakby, Ford VP of autonomous vehicles (and a former Uber exec).

Why it matters: The partnership is timely for both companies. While Lyft is pushing to catch up to rival Uber and others in the self-driving car race via its platform and in-house technology efforts,

Ford is in the midst of a turnaround to emphasize new autonomous technology under new chief Jim Hackett.

Other partners: Lyft has already inked similar partnerships with Jaguar, nuTonomy, Drive.ai, Waymo (Alphabet's self-driving car unit), and General Motors, which also invested $500 million in the ride-hailing company last year.

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Texas AG sues Biden administration over deportation freeze

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks to members of the media in 2016. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is suing the Biden administration in federal district court over its 100-day freeze on deporting unauthorized immigrants, and he's asking for a temporary restraining order.

Between the lines: The freeze went into effect Friday, temporarily halting most immigration enforcement in the U.S. In the lawsuit, Paxton claims the move "violates the U.S. Constitution, federal immigration and administrative law, and a contractual agreement between Texas" and the Department of Homeland Security.

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