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Lyft's newest pitch: carpooling

Company co-founder and president John Zimmer penned a blog post arguing for infrastructure that would encourage carpooling as a way of solving traffic in the U.S.

Between the lines: It's not too hard to see that Zimmer's pitch is a direct ad for Lyft Line, his company's carpooling service.

  • Case in point: He suggests that smart carpool lanes be free for cars with three or more passengers—exactly the minimum of people in a car when two riders are matched.

Our take: While advocating for modern infrastructure is a great idea, Zimmer's blog post seems to imply that the U.S. has never attempted to incentivize carpooling. Carpool lanes have existed in the U.S. for more than four decades. What's more, mass transit, such as buses, is often applauded for helping take cars off the road and make transportation more efficient.

Theranos fails yet another inspection

The Silicon Valley blood-testing company reportedly failed a regulatory inspection of its Arizona lab in September, according to the Wall Street Journal. This was the second major lab inspection the company has failed.

In hindsight: CMS concluded on Sept. 29 that Theranos' lab was deficient, just days before the company announced it would be getting out of the lab business altogether to focus on building and selling testing equipment to other clinics. Of course, Theranos made no mention of the failed inspection when it announced its new business direction.

Now what? Since the first report from the Journal in Oct. 2015, Theranos has unraveled—voiding test results, federal investigations, a ban on its CEO from running a lab for two years. While the company could potentially find success with its new business model, its reputation might be too tarnished. Today, Theranos has become the Silicon Valley poster child for fraud.

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Supreme Court won't block Rhode Island's eased absentee voting rules

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The Supreme Court said Thursday that it will not block Rhode Island's move to ease its requirements for absentee voting during November's election.

Why it matters: The decision is a loss for Republicans, who had requested an emergency order as the state is expected to begin mailing out its ballots.

Breaking down Uber and Lyft's threat to suspend services in California

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Uber and Lyft are ratcheting up the fight with California’s state government over the classification of drivers with a move that would deprive Californians of their ride-hailing services (and halt driver income).

Driving the news: On Wednesday, both companies said that if a court doesn’t overturn or further pause a new ruling forcing them to reclassify California drivers as employees, they’ll suspend their services in the state until November’s election, when voters could potentially exempt them by passing a ballot measure.

Trump announces normalization of ties between Israel and UAE

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President Trump announced a "historic" deal Thursday which will see Israel and the UAE open full diplomatic relations and Israel suspend its annexation plans in the West Bank.

Why it matters: This is a major breakthrough for Israel, which lacks diplomatic recognition in many Middle Eastern countries but has been steadily improving relations in the Gulf, largely due to mutual antipathy toward Iran.