Skip to main content
The 2019 Volvo XC40 is the first new Volvo you can subscribe to — and the monthly payment includes insurance and maintenance

The Volvo XC40 is the newest and smallest addition to the Swedish automaker's SUV lineup. It arrives at the perfect time for Volvo, as the luxury compact SUV segment evolves in the US. The XC40 is a tasteful, high-quality and exceptionally well-packaged small SUV for a starting price of around $33,000. It's also available via subscription through the Care by Volvo program, which lumps the car payment, insurance, and scheduled maintenance into one monthly fee.

The Volvo XC40 is the newest addition to the Swedish automaker's SUV lineup and it joins a growing segment of compact sport-utility vehicles and crossovers currently dominating the market.

Now eight years into its relaunch as a luxury brand under the Chinese automotive conglomerate, Geely Holding Group, Volvo has launched seven new models, three of which are SUVs: the XC90, XC60, and now the XC40.


Netflix is testing ads for its original content that will play while you binge watch, and users are not pleased (NFLX)

Netflix is testing ads for its original content in between TV episodes, the company confirmed to tech-website ARS Technica. Netflix referred to the ads as "recommendations" it is testing. But Netflix users are not pleased, and took to social media this weekend to criticize the move.

Netflix isn't calling the new ads for its original content "commercial breaks", but that hasn't stopped subscribers from voicing their displeasure.

The company confirmed to tech-website ARS Technica on Friday that it is testing promos for its original shows and movies in between TV episodes while users are binging.

"We are testing whether surfacing recommendations between episodes helps members discover stories they will enjoy faster," Netflix said.


This startup is raising $750 million to outmaneuver Domino's and Pizza Hut with pizzas made by robots — check it out

Robots could kill off jobs in the future — but at least they come bearing pizza.

Founded in 2015, Zume Pizza uses robotics and artificial intelligence to make pizza more quickly. Machines press mounds of dough, squirt and spread sauce, and lift pizzas in and out of the oven, in a fraction of the time it would take human workers to do the same.

Now SoftBank is in talks to invest up to $750 million in Zume, Bloomberg reports. The cash infusion could help ramp up the pizza delivery company's side hustle, creating technology for other restaurants that want to get into the automated food truck game.

An


San Francisco's sidewalks are covered with human feces, so the city is launching a 'Poop Patrol' to deal with its No. 2 problem

Some San Francisco streets are so covered in human feces that the city is launching a "Poop Patrol" to clean the mess. The Poop Patrol will ride around the Tenderloin neighborhood in a vehicle equipped with a steam cleaner. San Francisco's poop problem is a symptom of the housing crisis that has forced thousands to live on the streets. 

In San Francisco, people call the city's telephone hotline about 65 times a day to report piles of human feces on streets and sidewalks.

That adds up to 14,597 calls placed to 311 between January 1 and August 13, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Now, city officials are ramping up their response to San Francisco's poop problem.


10 things in tech you need to know today
Posted August 20, 2018 0:2 AM
10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Monday.

1. Netflix is testing ads for its original content that will play while you binge watch. Netflix users are not pleased, and took to social media this weekend to criticize the move.

2. The EU is drafting regulations to impose fines on firms like Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter if they do not remove terrorist content within an hour. The Financial Times reported that the European Commission has decided to abandon a voluntary approach to get big tech platforms to remove terror-related videos.


The biggest tip for fintech startups wanting to work with established finance companies, according to a top stock exchange exec

Thomas Zeeb, the head of securities and exchanges at the Swiss stock exchange, says fintech companies should "learn the regulations" if they want to work with established players. "The idea is cool but building that bridge back into the financial world to make it financially viable is still a lot of work," he said. Zeeb is heading a project to build a new digital asset exchange and wants to help fintechs to work in the new ecosystem he's creating.

LONDON — The head of securities and exchanges at the Swiss stock exchange says his biggest piece of advice for fintech startups that want to work with established financial services companies is for them to "learn the regulations."

SIX Group's Thomas Zeeb told Business Insider: "I go to conferences and people say: what would you tell us to be more successful? One thing, learn the regulations."


Tesla short sellers raked in $1 billion, hours after Elon Musk revealed his struggles in an eye-opening interview (TSLA)

Tesla short sellers received a sizable payday, hours after The New York Times published an eye-opening interview with an emotional Elon Musk, the electric-car company's chief executive. Investors betting against Tesla raked in about $1 billion on Friday. The Times' interview with Musk came out late Thursday night. In it, Musk lamented the many personal and professional challenges he has faced in the past year. Musk's admissions come after a tumultuous year at Tesla, but the CEO predicted that the pain isn't quite over yet.

Tesla short sellers received a sizable payday hours after The New York Times published an eye-opening interview with an emotional Elon Musk, the electric-car company's chairman and CEO.


Ex-Tesla employee Martin Tripp posted dozens of photos that he alleges came from inside of Tesla (TSLA)

Tesla whistleblower Martin Tripp took to Twitter on Wednesday night, tweeting photos he alleges came from inside the company. He told Business Insider he feels they are central to his ongoing legal battle with the company. They include images he says are of battery scrap, trailers containing battery waste, and documentation of punctured battery parts in Model 3 vehicles. Tesla denies that any punctured battery parts made it into vehicles. Tesla also told Business Insider that Tripp's claims are false and that he "does not even have personal knowledge about the safety claims that he is making."

"Are you ready," Martin Tripp tweeted on Wednesday evening, before sending out dozens of photos that he alleges came from inside of Tesla. 


A former exec says Google once pulled the plug on videoconferencing tech because it couldn't identify people of color (GOOG, GOOGL)

Former Google executive Diane Bryant said during a presentation on Tuesday that she had first-hand knowledge about video-conferencing technology that Google had to "pull back" because it couldn't identify people of color.  Bryant suggested that the problem stemmed from a lack of diversity among the people who built the tech.  While some of Google's top execs have warned about the problem of bias in creating algorithms, the company has created software in the past that was allegedly racially biased.  Bryant told the gathering of IT professionals: "Diversity is a fact. Inclusion is a choice." 

China says it will launch 2 robots to the far side of the moon in December on an unprecedented lunar exploration mission

China said on Wednesday that it plans to launch two robots to the moon in December. The new mission, called Chang'e-4, aims to set a lunar rover and lander on the far side of the moon. The robots will study the geology and chemistry of the moon's most ancient and mysterious rocks. Another goal of the mission is to see whether the region is quiet enough (from human activity) to build a sensitive deep-space radio telescope. A bonus experiment on Chang'e-4 will try to grow plants and worms on the moon.

China's space agency this week shared new details about its upcoming Chang'e-4 mission, which aims to launch two robots to the far side of the moon.