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7 things to know before the bell

Click chart for more in-depth data. 1. The race to driverless cars: SoftBank (SFTBF) and Toyota (TM) are forming a joint venture that will use driverless-car technology to offer new services, such as mobile convenience stores and delivery vehicles in which food is prepared en route. ...

SoftBank and Toyota want driverless cars to change the world

SoftBank and Toyota want to change the world of transportation through autonomous vehicles and other technologies. The high-profile Japanese companies are forming a joint venture called Monet to develop businesses that will use driverless-car technology to offer new services, such as mobi...

The internet industry is suing California over its net neutrality law

The internet industry is suing the state of California over its days-old net neutrality law. The lawsuit, filed on Wednesday by major trade groups representing broadband companies, is the second major lawsuit filed against the state over the law — the first was brought by the Justice De...

Barnes & Noble stock soars 20% as it explores a sale

Barnes & Noble stock jumped more than 20% after the board said it would consider a sale of the troubled company. The board said Wednesday it had appointed a special committee to review offers. One came from longtime Barnes & Noble chairman Len Riggio. He is the company's...

Why it's time for investors to go on defense

It's time for investors to start making safer bets. That's what Howard Marks, co-chairman of Oaktree Capital, told CNNMoney editor-at-large Richard Quest on "Markets Now" on Wednesday. "Defense is more important than offense" right now, said Marks, the author of "Mas...

Priyanka Chopra is helping Bumble expand in India

Bumble is the latest online dating app to compete for the hearts of women in India. Bumble, which requires women to make the first move, announced Wednesday plans to launch in India later this year. Indian celebrity Priyanka Chopra, a new investor in the company, will advise on the ...

Honda teams up with GM on self-driving cars

Honda and General Motors are teaming up to create a new generation of fully autonomous vehicles. Honda will invest $2 billion over 12 years into GM's autonomous vehicle subsidiary, Cruise. GM and Cruise have been building and developing self-driving versions of GM's Chevrolet Bolt E...

Getting health insurance through work now costs nearly $20,000

Employers and workers together are spending close to $20,000 for family health insurance coverage in 2018, according to a new Kaiser Family Foundation report. Although premiums have increased fairly modestly in recent years, the growth has far outpaced workers' raises over time. T...

Toys 'R' Us brand may be brought back to life

Toys "R" Us may be coming back. The company closed all of its US stores in June as part of a bankruptcy liquidation. But the owners of the company's remaining assets are looking into restarting the business, as well as the related Babies "R" Us brand, the company disclosed in ...

Aston Martin IPO values James Bond's favorite car brand at $5.6 billion

Aston Martin is joining the ranks of listed automakers with an IPO that values the British company at more than $5 billion. But its first day of trading in London got off to a rocky start. The favorite carmaker of fictional British secret service agent James Bond priced its shares at £19.00 ...

How the NYT uncovered new info about Trump's wealth

A version of this article first appeared in the Reliable Sources newsletter. You can sign up for free right here. Trump's $$$$ Susanne Craig says this investigation was, without a doubt, the hardest story she's ever done. "Imagine," she says, "someone tossing a milli...

Facebook doesn't think hackers accessed third-party sites

Facebook says it has not found any evidence "so far" that its attackers accessed third-party sites through Facebook Login. It's a sliver of good news about a massive data breach that the company first disclosed last week. Attackers accessed as many as 50 million accounts in the larges...