February 25, 2020

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H-1B Denials Remain High, Especially For IT Services Companies
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New U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) data show denial rates for new H-1B petitions increased from 6% in FY 2015 to 21% in FY 2019. Companies that provide information technology (IT) and other services to U.S. businesses had the highest denial rates due to Trump administration policies. “In FY 2019, USCIS adjudicators denied 21% of H-1B petitions for “initial” employment (which is primarily for new employees) and 12% of H-1B petitions for “continuing” employment (mostly for existing employees),” according to a new National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP) analysis. “The 12% denial rate for continuing employment was the same in both FY 2018 and FY 2019, indicating there has been little change in USCIS policies over the past year.”USCIS explains that H-1B petitions for “initial” employment are primarily cases that would count against the H-1B annual limit (i.e., new employment). H-1B petitions for “continuing” employment are mostly extensions for existing employees at the same company but could also be for an H-1B visa holder changing to a new employer.
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NBA 2K20: 5 Cheap Diamond Cards To Start Your MyTeam
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At this point in the NBA2K20 MyTeam season, it’s difficult to be competitive with the top teams if you don’t have a squad made up of mostly Diamond players, at the very least.Sure, there are some Amethyst and perhaps even a Ruby here and there that can keep you in a game, but Diamonds are the minimum for most teams.After searching the Auction House for the most affordable and useful Diamond cards at each position, here is a list of the five cheapest and best. This Diamond card is a little on the short side at 6’2”, but it’s under 10,000 MT, and still a dynamite shooter from the outside (95 three-point shooting) with excellent speed (98). The card also has a gold Clamps badge with 37 badges in total. This is one of the best bargains in the Auction House overall. If your Diamond startup squad needs a player who can be a bit of a do-it-all scorer, this “Spida” Mitchell card fits the bill.
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State Of The States: 2020 Mental Health Rankings
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Mental health is a vital aspect of overall health and wellness. One could argue that mental health is physical health, as they are fundamentally linked. With that in mind, understanding the mental health system in the United States is necessary for learning what we are doing well, what we are doing poorly, and subsequently making improvements. For the 6th year in a row, Mental Health America (MHA) released its annual State of Mental Health Report, providing a snapshot of mental health for both youth and adults in the U.S., as well as highlighting changes in policy and programming at the state level. By using national survey data, states and community’s mental health needs, abilities to access care, and outcomes can be compared and contrasted – in the hopes of learning how federal and state policies impact care.
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The Fujifilm X-T4 brings a stabilized sensor to the series for the first time
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The Fujifilm X-T4 has been officially announced, and we’re already excited about it. The camera brings not one, but three highly requested features to the X-T lineup. It recycles much of the X-T3’s tech, but adds in-body image stabilization (IBIS), a fully articulating monitor, a higher-capacity battery, and more to the compact body.The X-T4 keeps the same sensor and processor as the X-T3, the 26-megapixel X-Trans CMOS 4 and multi-core X-Processor 4, but two of the upgrades — the IBIS system and a new shutter — will have an impact on performance and image quality.The 5-axis sensor-shift stabilization is rated for up to 6.5 stops of shake reduction when paired with certain XF lenses. For still or slow-moving subjects, that system will allow photographers to shoot at slower shutter speeds and lower ISOs, thus reducing noise in situations where a high ISO would otherwise be required.
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Tesla, Panasonic end solar cell partnership: Nikkei
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TOKYO (Reuters) - Tesla and Panasonic are ending their partnership to produce solar cells, the Nikkei reported on Wednesday, as the Japanese electronics company ramps up efforts to divest unprofitable businesses. The report comes weeks after Tesla said it brought on partners such as South Korea’s LG Chem and China’s CATL, diversifying away from Panasonic as its only battery supplier for electronic vehicles. The companies intend to continue working together on automotive batteries for Tesla’s electric vehicles, the Nikkei said. Reporting by Makiko Yamazaki in Tokyo; Editing by Shri Navaratnam
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Hands on: Fujifilm X-T4 review
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The Fujifilm X-T4 is a mirrorless camera with a split personality – on the outside it's all retro dials and analogue chic, but inside it's packed with more advanced features than we've seen from any Fujifilm X-T camera so far.This is a very compelling combination. Like the Fujifilm X-T3 (which will remain on sale), the X-T4 is for keen amateur photographers and pros who want the latest mirrorless power in a fun, desirable package. The difference this time is that the X-T4 has cranked its 'all-rounder' dial to eleven.The headline news is the inclusion of in-body image stabilization (IBIS), making it only the second Fujifilm camera to have this feature, the other being the Fujifilm X-H1. Both video and stills shooters can benefit from IBIS, and its inclusion here brings the X-T4 up to speed with rivals like the Sony A6600.
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Samsung Electronics says UK website error exposed data of 150 customers
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SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Wednesday a “technical error” on its U.K. website temporarily exposed the personal data of about 150 users. The South Korean manufacturer said it stopped all users logging into the site after it became aware of the error, which it said has since been resolved and only affected the U.K. Samsung did not say for how long the data was exposed. The error exposed information including names, telephone numbers, postal and email addresses and previous orders, Samsung said in a statement to Reuters. It did not expose credit card details, the company said. “We will be contacting those affected by the issue with further details,” Samsung said in the statement.
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Smithsonian Institute just released 2.8 million high-quality images for free
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Smithsonian Institute has just released a massive trove of 2.8 million high-quality two-dimensional and three-dimensional images to the public domain. Which means you can download them free of charge.These images were sourced from all 19 Smithsonian museums, nine research centers, libraries, archives, and the National Zoo. These images are a record of some famous artifacts such as Muhammad Ali’s celebrated headgear, a portrait of Ida B. Wells, and an early contract for the legendary BB King and orchestra.Notably, all these images are listed under a Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license, so they are free from any kind of copyright restrictions. Till now, these images were provided only upon requests for limited usage.
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Netflix previews interactive 'Carmen Sandiego' special
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Carmen Sandiego is going back to its video game roots in an upcoming Netflix special. Entitled Carmen Sandiego: To Steal or Not To Steal, the interactive adventure will put you in charge of determining how the story unfolds. Like in Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, you'll have to choose between the options presented on screen, such as whether to have Carmen infiltrate a building from the top floor (less resistance, but needs high-wire stunts) or from the ground floor (riskier, since she'll have to face more guards).In the episode, Carmen has to steal for the Villains International League of Evil (V.I.L.E.) who captured her crew, Ivy and Zack, and threatened to turn them into becoming its operatives if she doesn't comply. Its Netflix page says the episode runs for 30 minutes, but you can obviously stretch that by replaying and experimenting with the various options.
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Virgin Galactic will let people hop to the front of the line for tickets
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Are you determined to hop aboard one of Virgin Galactic's tourist spaceflights before any of your friends? The company is happy to accommodate you -- if you're willing to pay. Alongside its latest earnings (more on those in a moment), Virgin has announced a One Small Step program that will bump qualified customers to the front of the line for "firm" reservations. Beginning on February 26th at 3AM Eastern, serious travellers can register online with a $1,000 refundable deposit to get into orbit sooner when tickets are once again available.The company didn't say exactly when those next tickets would be available or how much they would cost, although CEO Gorge Whitesides had warned that prices might climb substantially from the $250,000 for early customers. Virgin is still a long way from courting everyday people, then. The new batch of tickets is believe to be ready sometime later in 2020.
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The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra’s 120Hz display is a huge battery hog
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One of the star features of Samsung’s latest Galaxy S20 Ultra flagship smartphone is its ability to run its display at a silky smooth 120Hz, but as discovered by our sister site Tom’s Guide, this optional setting doesn’t play nice with overall battery life.The team conducted a series of tests that compared the beastly 6.9-inch handset’s battery life in both 60Hz and 120Hz refresh rate modes, measuring how long it would last on average while continuously surfing the web with a screen brightness of 150 nits.Tom’s Guide found that the phone’s massive 5,000mAh cell would last on average about 12 hours in the 60Hz mode, but when the same was done in the 120Hz mode, the test results weighed in at just over 9 hours, representing almost 3 hours (or 25%) less battery life than in the default 60Hz mode.
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US Warns Against Possible Coronavirus Outbreak, Apple Urges Shareholders to Take Precautions
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Apple urged attendees of its upcoming annual shareholders' meeting on Wednesday to take precautions amid the global outbreak of coronavirus.The iPhone maker said it is "following reputable guidance" from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention beforehand of the occasion at Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California. Apple has additionally consulted with public health experts approximately precautions."We ask shareholders who've traveled to China in February to [make sure] they have completed the required 14-day quarantine period [before] the meeting to attend," Apple said in a notice to shareholders, according to tech weblog 9to5 Mac.Apple's caution to shareholders came days after the tech giant said that it would probably to overlook its revenue guidance inside the 2nd quarter because of coronavirus. The organization disclosed that the virus had affected its production facilities in China and limited purchaser demand in the region, which is difficult to government-imposed travel restrictions.
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‘Destiny 2’ Finishes Empyrean Foundation Fractiline Donation, Season Of The Worthy
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It’s a lot of clicking. I burned out on clicking a long time ago, but I am absolutely shocked at how much clicking some people have been able to do. But we’re here: after weeks of donating, we’ve managed to wrack up 9,777,777,700 fractiline in Destiny 2, enough to restore the Empyrean Foundation and give us all a chance to stop clicking so, so much. The main reward we’re getting is a little cutscene: head to the Tower Obelisk to star the mission “Worthy”, which is actually just a short video of our Guardian using the Lantern of Osiris to activate the lighthouse. So that gives us the triumph, shader, and access to the Savior seal. But Bungie is taking this moment to debut the Season of the Worthy, which is now confirmed as the next season. There’s a Youtube link that goes live at 11:00 PM EST, so you can watch it here when that happens:
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Listen up: Here are the best comedy podcasts of 2020
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While some people want to learn new things by listening to podcasts, others are just in it for the laughs. Comedy podcasts have been around since the very beginning, and you could easily fill your feed with months-worth of funny podcasts without even touching shows that launched in the past five years.Read also: Best podcasts from all genres to fill your feed in 2020We’ve rummaged through the funniest podcasts, new and old, and come up with a list of ten of the best comedy podcasts you can listen to today. Be sure to read to the honorable mentions at the bottom if you’re looking for even more podcast hilarity!For anyone with even a passing interest in movies, How Did This Get Made? is a must-listen comedy podcast. In each episode the three hosts deconstruct (and mercilessly mock) a terrible box office film. If that sounds like your jam, there’s also funny spinoff podcast about video games called How Did This Get Played?
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The Fujifilm X-T4 looks flawless. Is it the perfect camera?
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It feels early to be excited about a new X-T camera, but here I am. Fujifilm has unveiled the X-T4 after openly teasing it for weeks, and I’m in a tizzy. (See what’s new in our X-T4 versus X-T3 comparison.)I’ve reviewed every Fujifilm X-T camera since the X-T1, including the downmarket two- and three-digits models. I have tested  the changes, big and small, that each generation brought. Each new flagship camera took a revolutionary leap over the previous one. The X-T4 is a bit different.The sensor, processor, and electronic viewfinder — things that no other single-digit X-T cameras share — are carried over from the X-T3. Instead of all-new internals for the X-T4, Fujifilm is refining what was already an excellent camera, and ironing out the few remaining wrinkles.In reviewing previous X-T models, I’ve listed a series of recurring cons. These include poor battery life, limited LCD articulation, and the lack of in-body image stabilization. For generations, these were the pain points Fujifilm customers accepted in exchange for an expertly crafted, compact, and otherwise excellent mirrorless camera. The X-T4 addresses all of these points.
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This animal doesn’t breathe, and it’s a first for science
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Earth has an incredible diversity of animal life. It comes in all shapes and sizes, and lives in just about every type of environment our planet has to offer. There are, however, a number of things that all animal life has in common. Now, according to a new paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, there’s one fewer thing on that list: breathing.In the paper, an international team of scientists reveals the discovery of a microscopic animal that has no mitochondrial DNA, which means it doesn’t need to breathe in order to stay alive. Woah. Mitochondrial respiration is how animal cells breathe, and it was a trait thought to be shared universally among all animal life. The authors of the paper say that the parasite known as Henneguya salminicola does things a little bit differently, though at first they didn’t even believe what they were seeing.
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Alexa, Turn On The Lights Using Kasa Smart App
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In the weekly “What’s New With Alexa” email newsletter, Alexa owners can opt to receive an update of all the cool, useful, and sometimes irrelevant, ways that Alexa is growing up, so to speak. This week may mark a tiny change, and a subtle one that may be more indicative of Amazon Echo owners’ reality, the newsletter is called “Keep up with Alexa.” One of the items in the most recent newsletter included this blurb:“‘Alexa, turn on the lights’ - With Certified for Humans devices, setting up a new smart light with Alexa is struggle-free, tinker-free and stress-free. Learn more.” When I clicked the learn more link, I landed on an Amazon page with this claim:“Introducing Certified for Humans, smart devices for non-experts. Struggle-free, tinker-free, and stress-free. No patience needed. Setup with Alexa is simple and after that, it only gets better. No more waiting on unresponsive devices or software updates to get started. It’s smart home made easy.”
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Driverless car startup Pony.ai raises $462 million at a $3 billion valuation
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In a sign that investors’ enthusiasm for driverless cars hasn’t dampened yet, Pony.ai today secured a whopping $462 million in fresh funding, $400 million of which came from Toyota. The capital infusion brings the Guangzhou- and Fremont, California-based startup’s total raised to about $800 million at a valuation north of $3 billion (up from $1 billion as of October 2019), following previous venture rounds just shy of $265 million in total.For comparison’s sake, rival Aurora’s previous tranche totaled $530 million at a reported $2.5 billion valuation. Cruise Automation, a GM subsidiary and one of the best-funded autonomous vehicle ventures, has an estimated $14.6 billion valuation. Zoox’s $465 million series B in 2018 valued the driverless car company at $3.2 billion post-money, and VW Group’s recent $2.6 billion investment in Argo AI, which is allied with U.S. automaker Ford, valued it at $7 billion.
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U.S. Labor Department delays removal of media firms' computers from data 'lockups'
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics said on Tuesday it was delaying by at least a week its requirement that news agencies remove computers from a room it provides for coverage of embargoed economic reports. Last month, BLS said it had decided to remove computers from its data “lockups,” effective March 1, to keep data secure prior to public release, stay ahead of rapidly changing technology and remove the advantage of media that provided data to high-speed traders. It said the changes were in line with recommendations the department’s inspector general made in 2014. But in a statement on Tuesday, BLS Commissioner William Beach said the bureau had decided to delay the plan to ensure readiness. “Implementation of the changes to the Department’s lock-up will now occur no sooner than March 9, 2020,” he said.
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Dell's new laptop almost rivals MacBook Air specs for half the price
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The difference between two top Dell Inspiron 13 5000 models is currently a mere $20 dollars. We're not sure whether it's a genuine mistake or a strategic move on the part of Dell, but it's something we certainly think is worth highlighting.The more expensive Inspiron 13 5391 comes with a Core i5, 8GB and 256GB for just under $550 (roughly £420). Its cheaper cousin offers slightly less bang for your buck, with a Core i3, 4GB and 128GB for $530.This is the very epitome of a no-brainer deal, especially when you consider the McAfee LiveSafe 12-month subscription thrown in at no extra cost.Compared to Apple’s MacBook Air, it is lighter, costs almost half as much, has twice the storage capacity and far more connectors. Admittedly, Apple’s machine has a higher resolution screen, Thunderbolt 3 connectors and a bigger battery.
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Best Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra wallet cases
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We carry our phones around wherever we go, so why not have it double as a wallet as well? Here are some of the best wallet cases for the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra that are currently available!Editor’s note: We will continue to update this list of the best wallet cases for the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra as more become available.The Spigen Slim Armor CS comes with the same dual-layer design and military-grade protection of its namesake. Giving the case its suffix is a card slot on the back housed under a panel that slides open. It may not be enough to completely replace your wallet entirely, but there’s enough room to keep at least two bank cards or IDs in the slot.The FYY Galaxy S20 Ultra wallet case is made with genuine leather that looks and feels great. A magnetic clasp holds the folio cover in place, and the latter can also be folded into a kickstand. It comes with three slots for bank cards or ID and a large cash pocket. The case also helps keep sensitive card information safe with an RFID blocking layer.
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Bethesda To Spotlight ‘Fallout 76’ Fan Creators At PAX East
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Bethesda Game Days takes place this year on February 28 and 29, during PAX East in Boston, and the publisher is showcasing some of Fallout 76’s biggest fans during the event. At 3:30 p.m. Eastern on Saturday, the cast of Chad: A Fallout 76 Story will take the stage to perform their audio-drama podcast live in front of an audience.“Early last month, one of the community managers reached out to me with a what-if scenario,” podcaster Kenneth Vigue recalls. “To see if it would be possible for us to stage some kind of a live podcast, like we were recording an episode onstage. Which I had to put some thought into, because the space doesn’t really lend itself to doing kind of a regular episode. So I would have to write something completely different. I said yes, came up with an idea, and he ran it by Pete Hines and Jeff Gardiner and some of the others and got the approval for it, which I was over the moon about.”
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Motorola’s next flagship phone already sounds more exciting than the Moto Z3 ever was
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The Moto Z3 was Motorola’s latest phone that might be considered a flagship, though its specs couldn’t exactly compete with other top Android vendors. That changed early last year with the help of a 5G Moto Mod, which packed both the 5G antenna and modem required to make 5G possible as well as a Snapdragon 855 processor — the same CPU that powered many of last year’s Android flagships.The resulting contraption, however, was a huge device that didn’t have much going for it in the looks department. This year, however, Motorola will launch a true flagship that will not only deliver great design, but will also sport specs akin to what’s available on the Galaxy S20 and other 2020 Android flagships. The new device is called the Motorola Edge+, and it’s the flagship that Motorola would have probably unveiled during the now-canceled MWC. The phone is expected to feature a 6.67-inch display with Full HD resolution, 90Hz refresh rate, and curved edges. It will also have the 5G-ready Snapdragon 865 chip that powers the Galaxy S20 series, 12GB of RAM and a battery of at least 5,000 mAh, according to XDA-Developers’ Mishaal Rahman:
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Fujifilm X-T4 is officially a mirrorless powerhouse, but won't replace the X-T3
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After weeks of leaks and rumors the Fujifilm X-T4 has finally been officially announced – and the mirrorless all-rounder is very much theSony A6600 and Panasonic GH5 rival we expected it to be.Perhaps just as interesting for anyone eyeing up a new mirrorless camera, though, is the news that the X-T4 won't be replacing its predecessor, theFujifilm X-T3. That camera will remain on sale as a more affordable alternative to its new sibling, so look out for further price drops on the older model.But back to the X-T4. The main reason it's shaping up to be one of the best all-round cameras you can buy is because it brings two major upgrades in the form of in-body image stabilization (IBIS) and a fully articulating touchscreen.Together, these features significantly boost its appeal, particularly for video shooters. That five-axis IBIS mechanism can apparently provide 6.5 stops of stabilization when you use it with 18 out of Fujifilm's total collection of 29 XF / XC lenses.
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Autonomous driving startup Pony.ai raises $462 million in Toyota-led funding
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HONG KONG/BEIJING (Reuters) - Autonomous driving firm Pony.ai said on Wednesday it has raised $462 million in its latest funding round, led by an investment by Japan’s largest automaker Toyota Motor Corp. Toyota invested around $400 million in the round, Pony.ai said in a statement, marking its biggest investment in an autonomous driving company with a Chinese background. The latest fundraising values the three-year-old firm, already backed by Sequoia Capital China and Beijing Kunlun Tech Co, at slightly more than $3 billion. Reuters reported the funding earlier on Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter. The sources added that some of Pony.ai’s existing investors had joined the financing, but did not specify names.
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