Jan 13, 2017

Hot in Silicon Valley: The upside for Lyft

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Lyft reportedly expects to turn a profit next year

Despite being much smaller than rival Uber, Lyft is reportedly shrinking the gap between its revenue and losses, and expects to be profitable in 2018, according to tech news site The Information.

In 2016, Lyft lost about $600 million and generated $700 million in revenue. The year before, it lost more than twice as much as it brought in: $200.6 million in revenue, and a loss of $412 million.

Why it matters:

  1. As The Information points out, there is a chance Lyft could turn a profit before Uber does, despite the latter being much larger and with deeper pockets.
  2. Lyft's steps toward profitability also show that the ride-hailing business model could prove to be sustainable, despite the skepticism about its reliance on subsidizing customers' rides.
Silicon Valley's FDA hopes

Entrepreneur and investor Balaji Srinivasan met with Trump on Thursday as a potential candidate to join the FDA. Srinivasan currently leads a Bitcoin startup, but he previously helped found a genetic testing company and headed a venture capital firm's health tech investments.

Trump also met with Jim O'Neill, a former Health and Human Services official under George W. Bush who currently works at a Silicon Valley investment firm founded by Peter Thiel.

Why it matters: It's no secret that Silicon Valley has long been frustrated with health and medicine regulations, largely avoiding those industries as a result. So it's no surprise that many are cheering the possibility that one of their own could push the FDA to be friendlier to entrepreneurs and make experimentation easier.

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In photos: Life in the era of coronavirus across the U.S.

Lauryn Morley, a lower school substitute teacher for the Washington Waldorf School in Bethesda, Maryland, works from her home in Arlington, Virginia. Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

The number of novel coronavirus cases in the U.S. has grown from one on Jan. 21 to over 312,000 by early Sunday, per Johns Hopkins.

The big picture: Roughly 3/4 of the American population is on lockdown. From practicing social distancing to the shutdown of non-essential businesses, here's how Americans are coping with the massive upheaval the outbreak has brought, in photos.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of midnight ET: 1,202,827 — Total deaths: 64,771 — Total recoveries: 246,886Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of midnight ET: 312,076 — Total deaths: 8,496 — Total recoveries: 14,997Map.
  3. Public health latest: CDC launches national trackers and recommends face coverings in public. Federal government will cover costs of COVID-19 treatment for uninsured. The virus is hitting poor, minority communities harder and upending childbirth.
  4. 2020 latest: "We have no contingency plan," Trump said on the 2020 Republican National Convention. "We're having the convention at the end of August."
  5. Business updates: Restaurants step up for health care workers. Employees are pressuring companies to provide protections during coronavirus.
  6. Oil latest: Monday meeting among oil-producing countries to discuss supply curbs is reportedly being delayed amid tensions between Saudi Arabia and Russia.
  7. Education update: Many college-age students won't get coronavirus relief checks.
  8. 1 🏀 thing: The WNBA postpones start of training camps and season.
  9. What should I do? Pets, moving and personal health. Answers about the virus from Axios expertsWhat to know about social distancingQ&A: Minimizing your coronavirus risk.
  10. Other resources: CDC on how to avoid the virus, what to do if you get it.

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World coronavirus updates: Confirmed cases top 1.2 million

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens and confirmed plus presumptive cases from the CDC

The number of novel coronavirus cases surpassed 1.2 million worldwide Saturday night, as Spain overtook Italy as the country with the most infections outside the U.S. The global death toll has surpassed 64,700, per Johns Hopkins data.

The latest: The United Kingdom's Queen Elizabeth II will speak in a televised address on the coronavirus Sunday of the "disruption that has brought grief to some, financial difficulties to many, and enormous changes to the daily lives of us all," per the BBC. The U.K. death toll rose 708 to 4,313 on Saturday — the fourth highest in the world.

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