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Waymo to announce driverless taxi service today

Waymo CEO John Krafcik, left, sits with Steve Mahan, who is blind, inside a driverless car during a Google event. Photo: Eric Risberg / AP

Alphabet's autonomous car company, Waymo, plans to announce later today that "its first commercial product will be a driverless taxi service" in Phoenix, according to Ars Technica.

Why it matters: Car companies like Volvo, BMW, Tesla, and more have been racing to be the first provider of fully autonomous vehicles. Google decided that instead of selling autonomous vehicles, it would "build a taxi service" designed to be driverless. The service will initially navigate only a part of Phoenix's metropolitan area, per Ars Technica, and eventually expand elsewhere. Waymo chose Phoenix because of its frequent warm and sunny weather which is easier for autonomous cars to navigate

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Haspel cleared in probe on destruction of waterboarding tapes

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A man crosses the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) seal. Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

Amid controversy over President Trump's pick for Secretary of State, former CIA director Mike Pompeo, the spy agency has released a declassified memo to lawmakers that show Trump's pick to head the CIA, Gina Haspel, was cleared of wrongdoing in the destruction of videotapes showing terror suspects being waterboarded after 9/11, the AP reports.

Why it matters: Haspel has been met with stark criticism from Democrats and human rights groups, in an attempt to block her nomination to head the CIA, for events related to her time running one of the CIA's "black site" prisons in Thailand where Al Qaeda terror suspects were subjected to torture techniques, including waterboarding. Per the AP, the memo "did not satisfy opponents who want to know more details about her three-decade CIA career."