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Google's parent company won't beam Internet access from drones

Alphabet has shut down Titan, a project whose aim was to beam internet access from solar-powered drones, tech news site 9to5Google first reported on Wednesday. The move happened quietly last year.

Why it matters: Companies like Alphabet and Facebook have become increasingly interested in finding new ways to provide Internet access, especially from the sky. Ultimately, these companies' interest in improving Internet access are fueled by the desire to make it easier for people to access their Internet services, especially in emerging markets. However, both companies are hitting bumps in the road—Facebook recently admitted to struggles with its own Internet drone, Aquila.

What's next: Alphabet continues its research and says it has shifted its focus on Project Loon—a similar attempt using high-altitude balloons—and Project Wing, which is experimenting with drone deliveries.

Once an industry darling, a food delivery startup parts with its founders

Munchery, which cooks and delivers meals, is splitting from its founders, former CEO Tri Tran and CTO Conrad Chu, shortly after hiring a new chief executive. The company also laid off 30 employees this week, according to Bloomberg.

Why it matters: So-called "on-demand" startups like Munchery went through a boom a few years ago, but many of them have since faced the harsh challenges of their complex operations and tricky business models. Less than two years ago, Munchery was inking deals with celebrity chefs, but today, it's saying goodbye to its founders.

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (R) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell attend a joint session of Congress. Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has abandoned his demand that Democrats state, in writing, that they would not abandon the legislative filibuster.

Between the lines: McConnell was never going to agree to a 50-50 power sharing deal without putting up a fight over keeping the 60-vote threshold. But the minority leader ultimately caved after it became clear that delaying the organizing resolution was no longer feasible.

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Google will not make contributions from its political action committee this cycle to any member of Congress who voted against certifying the results of the presidential election, following the deadly Capitol riot.

Why it matters: Several major businesses paused or pulled political donations following the events of Jan. 6, when pro-Trump rioters, riled up by former President Trump, stormed the Capitol on the day it was to certify the election results.

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Minority Mitch still setting Senate agenda

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Chuck Schumer may be majority leader, yet in many ways, Mitch McConnell is still running the Senate show — and his counterpart is about done with it.

Why it matters: McConnell rolled over Democrats unapologetically, and kept tight control over his fellow Republicans, while in the majority. But he's showing equal skill as minority leader, using political jiujitsu to convert a perceived weakness into strength.