Uber self-driving car in Pittsburgh. Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images

Uber on Thursday night confirmed that it has raised $1 billion for its autonomous driving unit at a post-money valuation of $7.25 billion.

Why it matters: Uber is preparing to go public next month, and this deal could soothe some investor concerns about the cash-burn on self-driving R&D.

Existing Uber shareholders SoftBank Vision Fund and Toyota were joined by Japanese auto parts maker DENSO.

  • Toyota and DENSO will invest a combined $667 million, with SoftBank's Vision Fund putting in the rest.
  • The self-driving unit will form an 8-person board of directors that will be comprised of six Uber-appointed members, one from SoftBank, and one from Toyota. Its employees will continue to be compensated with Uber stock.
  • Toyota also is committing up to an additional $300 million over the next three years to deploy autonomous vehicles into the Uber's network by 2021. SoftBank last year made a similar investment into General Motors' self-driving car unit, Cruise.

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The TikTok deal's for-show provisions and flimsy foundations

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The new deal to rescue TikTok from a threatened U.S. ban — full of provisions aimed at creating the temporary appearance of a presidential win — looks like a sort of Potemkin village agreement.

How it works: Potemkin villages were fake-storefront towns stood up to impress a visiting czar and dignitaries. When the visitors left, the stage set got struck.

  • Similarly, many elements of this plan look hastily erected and easily abandoned once the spotlight moves on.
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Over 3 million U.S. voters have already registered on social media

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An estimated 2.5 million+ Americans have registered to vote on Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger, Facebook announced Monday. More than 733,000 Americans have registered to vote so far via Snapchat.

Why it matters: The broad reach of social media platforms makes them uniquely effective at engaging voters — especially younger voters who may not know how to register to vote or be civically engaged.

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Wall Street: Recession is over

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U.S. economic activity fell more sharply in the second quarter of this year than during any other quarter in history. It's also going to grow more sharply in the third quarter of this year than during any other quarter in history.

  • The recession is over, according to Wall Street, with current forecasts showing sustained economic growth through 2021 and beyond.