Ford unveils its next gen self-driving car and adds 20 vehicles to its test fleet — Electrek

Have you driven a Ford, lately? Looks like you won’t need to in the near future.

After GM took the opportunity to expand its self-driving test fleet following its home state of Michigan opening its roads to the technology, now Ford announces an expansion of its own test fleet with some cars going to Michigan and to its current fleet in California. The automaker also released the first images of its…

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Carr: Scorecard a little light for Charlie Baker

Charlie, Charlie, Charlie… We supported you and look what you have done.

Westford Republican Town Committee

Boston Herald

Howie Carr Thursday, March 03, 2016

Gov. Charlie Baker couldn’t wait to throw Donald Trump and 311,313 of his Super Tuesday voters under the bus yesterday morning, sniffing that he himself would never deign to cast a ballot for such a parvenu.

Charlie, was such a gratuitous snub of your own (nominal) party really necessary? Well, yes, it was — anything to take everybody’s minds off his six-, maybe even seven-figure effort to rid the state Republican Committee of actual Republicans.

What an amazing campaign it was — five district-wide mailings for each of his hack candidates, two of which mentioned their support for “lower taxes,” even though almost all of them were MIA from the most recent anti-tax ballot measure, Question 1, in 2014.

Two Republican candidates in special elections for state rep went down in flames yesterday. But who cares about them when you can take…

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Augmented Reality Market Consolidation Continues — Apple Acquires Metaio

From TechCrunch:

“Apple has acquired Metaio, an augmented reality startup that launched way back in 2003 as an offshoot of a project at Volkswagen. The company’s site said it stopped taking new customers, and now a legal document shows Apple has bought it. The document confirms a transfer of shares of the startup to Apple on May 21st/22nd.

When asked by TechCrunch, Apple responded with its standard reply it gives as confirmation of acquisitions, “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.”

Will Apple just crush the good tech from Metaio or actually put it to good use? I remember when Apple acquired Nothing Real in 2002 and turned it into an awesome SFX product called Shake later to let it die on the vine.

Here’s an interesting link to the history of Apple acquisitions and the results from the acquired tech.