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"It's a sensitive thing to ask people. So we're not."

Today, widespread mask mandates and social distancing protocols in California became concepts of the past. Reporter Francesca Billington checks in with local businesses owners about how they're navigating the new normal.

SpaceX's satellite internet shuts down because it's too hot in Arizona.

The White House will name tech critic Lina Khan as FTC chair.

Why Express, Urban Outfitters and J.Crew now sell items from all over online.

Fox creates $100 million fund for the nonfungible token market.

Amazon's Black employees say the company's HR department is failing them.

Lyft launches EV rental pilot program for ride-hail drivers in Northern California.

Airbnb is spending millions of dollars to make nightmares go away.

The Amazon that customers don't see.

California Gives Businesses a Green Light, and Few Directions

Private businesses can now pick between one of three state protocols: require all patrons to wear a mask, trust customers who say they've gotten the shot or establish a "vaccination verification process." The question of enforcement remains murky — not to mention optional.

Heliogen's 'Sunlight Refinery' Captures Carbon-Free Thermal Energy

The Pasadena startup run by Bill Gross has created a facility to capture carbon-free thermal energy to power heavy industries. It just got backing from giants like the mining company ArcelorMittal and Edison International to deploy around the world.

EV Maker Proterra Makes Wall Street Debut

Electric bus and vehicle company Proterra was listed on the NYSE Tuesday after merging with special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) ArcLight Clean Transition Corp.

Rocket Lab is Designing a Twin Spacecraft to go to Mars

Long Beach-based aerospace manufacturer Rocket Lab landed a contract with NASA to design a twin Photon spacecraft for a Mars mission that will begin in 2024. The choice to employ Rocket Lab for this mission comes as another win for Los Angeles' growing aerospace hub.

Formative Raises $70M as Edtech Returns to Schools

The platform allows teachers to see students' levels of comprehension and achievement in real time, enabling educators to assess students as they learn and adjust the curriculum to focus on areas where students may need more help.

Faraday Future Says Its First EV Will Go Into Production Next Summer

After a string of funding problems that have delayed the release of its first car, Faraday Future said production would start by July 2022 at an assembly plant in Central California.

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