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Chinese spacecraft sets off on Moon sample quest

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Gatik’s self-driving box trucks to shuttle groceries for Loblaw in Canada – TechCrunch

Gatik, the autonomous vehicle startup focused on the “middle mile,” is already using its self-driving box trucks to deliver customer online grocery orders for Walmart. Now, the company — freshly stocked with $25 million in Series A funding — is expanding up into Canada with a partnership with retail giant Loblaw. Gatik said Monday that five autonomous box trucks in Toronto will be used to deliver goods for Loblaw starting in January 2021. The ... Full story

Kabul attack: Several killed as rockets hit residential areas

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Covid-19: UK setting up vaccine centres ready for rollout - Matt Hancock

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Car drives off with door lodged in windscreen

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How four European cities are embracing micromobility to drive out cars – TechCrunch

The coronavirus pandemic is acting as a catalyst for urban transformation across Europe as city authorities grapple with how to manage urban mobility without risking citizens’ health or inviting gridlock by letting cars flood in. Micromobility and local commerce are being seen as both short and long-term solutions for urban revival in a number of cases. We’ve run down key policy developments in four major cities, Paris, Barcelona, London and ... Full story

Lockdown loneliness soared after clocks went back

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Microsoft brings new shopping tools to its Edge browser – TechCrunch

Microsoft announced a few updates to its Edge browser today that are all about shopping. In addition to expanding the price comparison feature the team announced last month, Edge can now also automatically find coupons for you. In addition, the company is launching a new shopping hub in its Bing search engine. The timing here is undoubtedly driven by the holiday shopping season — though this year, it feels like Black Friday-style deals already ... Full story

Onit acquires legal startup McCarthyFinch to inject AI into legal workflows – TechCrunch

Onit , a workflow software company based in Houston with a legal component, announced this week that it has acquired 2018 TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield alum McCarthyFinch . Onit intends to use the startup’s AI skills to beef up its legal workflow software offerings. The companies did not share the purchase price. After evaluating a number of companies in the space, Onit focused on McCarthyFinch, which gives it an artificial intelligence ... Full story

After Apple’s M1 launch, Intel announces its own white-label laptop – TechCrunch

Its long fruitful relationship with Apple may be sunsetting soon, but Intel’s still got a fairly massive footprint in the PC market. There’s never a good time to get complacent, though (a lesson the company learned the hard way on the mobile front). This week the chip giant is debuting its own laptop, the NUC M15 . More properly, the NUC M15 Laptop Kit; the device is actually a white-label system. It’s essentially a reference design so smaller ... Full story

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