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This concert is going to the dogs

Marketplace Staff Jan 4, 2016
$500 million

That’s how much General Motors is investing in ride-share service Lyft, with the long-term goal of developing driverless cars. The two will also work together to create hubs around the country where people can rent cars as temporary Lyft drivers. As the New York Times writes, with Lyft’s latest round of venture financing, the company is now valued at $4.5 billion.


That’s the cost of just the engineering fees to replace a retaining wall at a home in Los Angeles, according to EJ Thacker, a consultant for Sinai Construction. With El Niño potentially causing a lot of rain, flooding and mudslides in areas such as Southern California, businesses like Thacker’s are seeing full schedules and a lot of money.


That’s how many “silent disco” headphones will be distributed at 11:30 p.m. Monday evening to people wishing to enjoy performance artist Laurie Anderson’s film “Heart of a Dog,” which will be displayed on screens in Times Square. But people aren’t really the intended audience for the performance. As the New York Times writes, the music is intended…for dogs. While their human counterparts are forced to listen through headphones, canines can enjoy the concert via speakers piping out a low-frequency version of the music.


That’s how many vehicles Tesla Motors Inc. delivered last year, putting it at the low end of its recently lowered goal of 50,000 to 52,000. As Bloomberg writes, CEO Elon Musk has admitted to challenges in manufacturing the Model X SUV, citing features like its “falcon wing” doors that can be hard to manufacture.

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