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Hot in Silicon Valley: Uber's woes

After a bad start of the weekend with crash in Tempe, Ariz. on Friday night, Uber put its self-driving cars back on the road on Monday. Local police determined Uber's self-driving car (which was in autonomous mode) was obeying the law and the other driver was at fault for the crash. Still, the accident was ill-timed—Uber's self-driving car division is in a "mini civil war," according to Recode, and it's still working to fight off an IP theft lawsuit from Alphabet's self-driving car unit.

Meanwhile: Didi Chuxing, China's ride-hailing giant (which acquired Uber's Chinese business last year), is said to be considering a $6 billion investment from SoftBank, according to Bloomberg. Didi is somewhat of a "frenemy" of Uber—the companies are financially intertwined since the merger, but Didi's global aspirations mean it will face off with Uber soon enough. And it has already begun to poach some of Uber's brightest minds, like Charlie Miller, a well-known car hacker who recently jumped ship to join Didi's new Silicon Valley research center. An additional $6 billion for Didi can't be good news to Uber.

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Trump: Transgender people "disqualified" from the military

SecDef Jim Mattis and Gen. Joseph Dunford.
Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and Gen. Joseph Dunford. Photo: Andrew Harrer-Pool / Getty Images

President Trump late Friday issued an order disqualifying most transgender people from serving in the military.

"[T]ransgender persons with a history or diagnosis of gender dysphoria -- individuals who the policies state may require substantial medical treatment, including medications and surgery -- are disqualified from military service except under certain limited circumstances."

Why it matters: Anything short of an inclusive policy for transgender troops will be viewed as a continuation of the ban Trump announced on Twitter in August.

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Both Bush and Obama also requested line item veto power

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President Trump tweeted on Friday evening that to avoid having "this omnibus situation from ever happening again," he wants Congress to re-instate "a line-item veto."

Why it matters: This would allow him to veto specific parts of a bill without getting rid of the entire thing. Trump was deeply unhappy with the $1.3 trillion spending bill approved by Congress early Friday morning, but signed it anyway on Friday afternoon.