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Korean tech giant Samsung has obtained a permit from South Korea's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport to test self-driving cars, according to a report from The Korea Herald. Samsung plans to test a Hyundai car outfitted with sensors and cameras.

The land ministry has issued almost 20 such permits since February 2016, according to the report, with Hyundai getting the first one.

Catching up: Samsung appears to be the latest tech player to join in the self-driving car race. Last month, an update to the California DMV's website confirmed that rival Apple had obtained a permit to test self-driving cars (whether it builds one is another question), and more than two dozen others also have permits. Several are also already testing autonomous vehicles in other countries, like Singapore.

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As the 2020 presidential campaign draws to a close, President Trump and Joe Biden have focused little on some of the most sweeping trends that will outlive the fights of the moment.

Why it matters: Both have engaged on some issues, like climate change and China, on their own terms, and Biden has addressed themes like economic inequality that work to his advantage. But others have gone largely unmentioned — a missed opportunity to address big shifts that are changing the country.

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Pence chief of staff Marc Short tests positive for coronavirus

Marc Short with Katie Miller, Vice President Pence's communications director, in March. Photo: Doug Mills/The New York Times via Reuters

Marc Short, Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, tested positive for the coronavirus Saturday and is quarantining, according to a White House statement.

Why it matters: Short is Pence's closest aide, and was one of the most powerful forces on the White House coronavirus task force.