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2021 Cadillac Escalade's curved OLED screens. Photo: Cadillac

The 2021 Cadillac Escalade is by far GM's best, boasting a stunning interior and impressive features that are worthy of a flagship luxury SUV.

The big picture: The Escalade, now in its fifth-generation, has long been popular with athletes and celebrities. But the 2021 model steps up its luxury game, big-time.

What's new: The dazzling digital dashboard is comprised of three curved OLED screens layered on top of one another providing 38 inches of vivid displays.

  • The augmented-reality navigation system uses live street views overlaid with directions, while audio prompts to "turn left," for example, come from the left speakers.
  • A new exclusive AKG audio system features up to 36 speakers in the highest Platinum trims, with a not-too-shabby 19 speakers standard on other models.

For the first time, the Escalade offers Cadillac's optional Super Cruise driver-assistance technology for hands-free highway driving.

  • The roughly $5,000 system can now perform automatic lane changes — checking first for traffic — similar to Tesla's AutoPilot.
  • One Cadillac advantage that Tesla lacks is a driver monitoring system, which makes sure drivers are paying attention, even when their hands are not on the wheel.

Pricing: The Escalade starts at around $79,000. My Platinum test vehicle topped out at $112,000.

The bottom line: The 2021 Cadillac Escalade has definitely arrived in style.

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Why it matters: The move marks the end of the ban on most European visitors put in place under former President Trump in March 2020.

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When Meagan Loyst joined VC firm Lerer Hippeau, less than two years out of Boston College, she was still living with her parents. She had virtually no online brand presence, and the pandemic made it impossible to build a professional network via in-person meetings.

Why it matters: Loyst wasn't alone. Venture firms have accelerated hiring in line with record deal activity, often seeking younger investors who can spot trends that fly below the radar (or intrinsic understanding) of older partners.

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The White House announced a slew of actions Monday, including the start of a rule-making process at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), to protect American workers from extreme heat.

Driving the news: The U.S. just had its hottest summer on record, with triple-digit-temperatures killing hundreds in the Pacific Northwest and exposing outdoor workers to dangerous conditions.