Expedia CEO Dara Khosrashahi has reportedly been offered the top job at Uber, though it's currently unclear if he has accepted the offer. The Iranian-American businessman took the helm of travel site Expedia in August of 2005. SAN FRANCISCO -- Dara Khosrowshashi, Uber's choice to lead the embattled ride-hailing company, will accept the offer, according to interviews with The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg Tuesday. In his first public comments since Uber confirmed Sunday that the 48-year-old was its choice to succeed departed chief executive Travis Kalanick, the Expedia CEO told the media outlet that details were being finalized. Uber did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Today, a flight from New York to Paris is a mere seven-hour journey, but when this 1907 Thomas Flyer Model 35 set out from the Big Apple, the journey was far more challenging. Plucked from Thomas' showroom in Manhattan a mere three days before the race, the 60-horsepower, 4,500 car stood for years as a testament to the Buffalo, New York, automaker's high quality engineering. Now, the car has been entered into the Historic Vehicle Association's National Historic Vehicle Register, which means that documents relating to the Flyer will be stored permanently at the Library of Congress. The HVA has also done the same for cars like the Shelby Cobra Daytona prototype, the original Meyers Manx dune buggy, and the Marmon Wasp that won the first Indy 500. As for the Flyer, its story is among the most intriguing.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveils the iPad on January 27, 2010, in San Francisco. When I hustled out of CNET headquarters in San Francisco on May 26, 2010, and slipped into a rental car with two of my co-workers to head to a meeting across the Bay, one of them slipped me a copy of The Wall Street Journal and pointed to a headline that announced Apple had passed Microsoft to become the world's most valuable tech company. "What do you think of that?" she said. "Unreal," I responded, shaking my head. Just over a decade earlier, Apple had nearly been on its deathbed and needed a $150 million investment from Microsoft simply to stay alive.
In the early morning of Sept. 24, 2015, my friend Nick Louvel was driving north on Route 114 between East Hampton and Wainscott, New York, when deer appeared in the road, causing him to swerve and crash into a tree. This accident was witnessed by a taxi driver, stopped on the other side of the deer, who called 911, and a medical helicopter was dispatched and took Nick, who had suffered blunt-force trauma to his head, neck, and torso, to Stony Brook University Hospital, where doctors attempted to revive him. They were unable to, however, and he died, though I wouldn't know until about eight hours later, when I received a succession of calls, the last of which was from Nick's sister Diane. In the months that followed fiction stopped working for me. I don't mean to say I expected a novel to be a Xanax or my salvation. But I did of course, and I suspect anyone who has spent a good deal of their life reading and writing does. E.M. Cioran said he quit philosophy when it couldn't cure his insomnia. I always took this to be a put-on, but here I was in my own version of that circumstance.
The vehicles still drive with a safety driver and a software operator. Optimus Ride, an MIT spinoff, has started operating its autonomous vehicles at Paradise Valley Estates in Fairfield, California. The shuttles, which have been carrying passengers for a couple of months now, follow deployments at the Seaport District in Boston, the Halley Rise mixed-use district in Reston, Virginia, and the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York, a 300-acre industrial park. At the moment, the vehicles still drive with two people from the company on board, a safety driver and a software operator, but the goal of the company is to be fully driverless later this year. We caught up with the company recently -- check out the video below.