Feb 9, 2017

Hot in Silicon Valley: Uber's trucks vs the DMV

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Mounting pressure from Oracle employees: Nearly 400 employees have signed a letter asking the company's leadership to join a recently filed amicus brief in support of a lawsuit challenging Trump's immigration executive order, according to BuzzFeed. More than 100 other tech companies have signed the amicus brief since Sunday, but a few companies, including Oracle, have yet to take a public stance against it. Oracle, along with IBM, still has leaders sitting on Trump's CEO advisory council.

Advocacy group wants Uber's self-driving trucks off California roads: Consumer Watchdog has asked the California DMV to revoke the registrations of self-driving trucks being tested by Otto, a company owned by Uber, according to Recode. The group argues that Otto doesn't have a testing permit and its vehicles are above the 10,000-pound limit. Uber says its trucks are only testing a lane-keeping assist and cruise control technology.

This isn't Uber's first brush-up with the California DMV over its self-driving car testing—in December it faced off with the agency for testing a fleet of cars in San Francisco without a permit. Again, Uber argued that its vehicles didn't fall under the state's self-driving definition and didn't need a permit—an increasingly common pattern from the company.

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Biden rolls out new policies in effort to court Sanders supporters

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The Biden campaign announced two new policies on Thursday on health care and student debt that are squarely aimed at appealing to supporters of Bernie Sanders, who ended his campaign for the Democratic nomination on Wednesday.

Why it matters: The policies don't go as far as Sanders' platform, but they signal that Biden is serious about incorporating elements of his former rival's agenda in an effort to help unify the Democratic Party and defeat President Trump in the general election.

Reports: Saudi Arabia and Russia reach major deal to cut oil production

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OPEC+, led by mega-producers Saudi Arabia and Russia, reached a tentative agreement Thursday to impose large cuts in oil production as the coronavirus pandemic fuels an unprecedented collapse in demand, per Bloomberg and Reuters.

Why it matters: The revival of the OPEC+ collaboration patches up the early March rupture between the countries, which had pushed already depressed prices down much further by threatening to unleash even more new supplies into the saturated market.