TuSimple, a Tucson, Ariz.-based self-driving truck startup, raised $95 million in Series D funding at a pre-money valuation of $1 billion led by China's Sina Corp.

Why it matters: Because the widespread adoption of autonomous trucks could move significantly faster than that of autonomous cars (even ride-hail), due to the high costs and human safety requirements (read: sleep) of long-haul trucking.

No, this is not the same as Rivian, which Amazon and GM reportedly may invest in. That's self-driving pickup trucks. It's closer to Ike, which last week raised $52 million.

  • The bottom line: "Today, TuSimple is taking three to five fully autonomous trips per day for customers on three different routes in Arizona.... Now, it’s ready to ramp up further ... [with] plans to expand its daily 'fully-autonomous' commercial deliveries to Texas. The company also plans to use this influx of capital to fund what it describes as 'critical joint production programs' with OEM, Tier 1 suppliers and sensors partners." — Kirsten Korosec, TechCrunch

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Steelers-Titans NFL game delayed after coronavirus outbreak

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The NFL announced that Sunday's game between the Tennessee Titans and the Pittsburgh Steelers has been delayed after several Titans players and staffers tested positive for the coronavirus.

Why it matters: It's the league's first game delay caused by a COVID-19 outbreak during the season, which is not taking place in a "bubble," like the NBA and MLS.

Tim Scott says Trump "misspoke" when he told Proud Boys to "stand by"

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Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) told reporters on Wednesday that he believes President Trump "misspoke" when he told the far-right "Proud Boys" group to "stand back and stand by" in response to a question about condemning white supremacy at the first presidential debate.

Catch up quick: Moderator Chris Wallace asked Trump on Tuesday, "Are you willing, tonight, to condemn white supremacists and militia groups and to say that they need to stand down?" Trump asked who specifically he should condemn, and then responded, "Proud Boys, stand back and stand by. But I'll tell you what, somebody's got to do something about antifa and the left."

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Lego, Sesame Workshop back early-learning startup

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A number of leading children's brands, including Lego and Sesame Workshop, are among the investors pouring $50 million into BEGiN, the New York startup behind the early-learning program HOMER.

Why it matters: Thus far, HOMER has focused on reading apps, but with the new funding and partnerships, the company says it will expand to a full early-learning program combining digital, physical and in-person experiences, tapping some of its investors for both content and distribution.

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