Feb 13, 2017

Hot in Silicon Valley: unlimited data is back

Verizon will introduce an unlimited data plan on Monday, its first in five years. The plan will cost $80 per month for unlimited data, talk and text for the first line and $45 per additional line. While Verizon told analysts last month it wasn't planning to offer an unlimited data option, it's clear it's caved under the threat of competition. Unlimited plans were trendy a decade ago when the iPhone and other smartphones emerged, and while AT&T and Verizon have tried to do away with the option, it's the new battlefield.

Uber focuses its mapping efforts in Southeast Asia: The ride-hailing company said that it's kicking off new mapping efforts in Southeast Asia, starting with Singapore, to gather better mapping data. To do this, it's equipped some of its drivers' cars with mapping devices. Since selling off its Chinese business to rival Didi Chuxing last summer, Uber has focused on India and Southeast Asia. Mapping is also integral to self-driving car technology, another area in which Uber is heavily investing, not to mention that local Southeast Asian companies like nuTonomy are already working on their own self-driving tech.

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What we know: Deadly Storm Dennis whips at England, Wales and Ireland

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At least two deaths are being attributed to Storm Dennis on Monday as it continues to strike at parts of England, Wales and Ireland, per AccuWeather.

The big picture: Dennis is the second-strongest nontropical storm ever recorded in the North Atlantic Ocean. Its hurricane-force winds and heavy rains have caused widespread flooding across the United Kingdom. The army has been deployed in the U.K. to help with flood relief.

Coronavirus cases rise as 14 American evacuees infected

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's NHC; Note: China refers to mainland China and the Diamond Princess is the cruise ship offshore Yokohama, Japan. Map: Danielle Alberti/Axios

14 Americans evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship tested positive for the novel coronavirus before being flown in a "specialist containment" on a plane repatriating U.S. citizens back home, the U.S. government said early Monday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 1,775 people and infected more than 70,000 others. Most cases and all but five of the deaths have occurred in mainland China.

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The cost of going after Bloomberg

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Here's the growing dilemma for 2020 Democrats vying for a one-on-one showdown with frontrunner Bernie Sanders: Do they have the guts — and the money — to first stop Mike Bloomberg?

Why it matters: Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren all must weigh the costs of punching Bloomberg where he looks most vulnerable: stop-and-frisk, charges of sexism, billionaire entitlement. The more zealous the attacks, the greater the risk he turns his campaign ATM against them.