Ford Is Building An Autonomous Ridesharing Car: Here’s What We’re Reading Today

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Here’s what we’re reading today.

1. Inside the meeting that led to ISIS

“Since its creation, we have learned about the Islamic State from its enemies. That is about to change. This is the story of Abu Ahmad, a Syrian operative for ISIS who witnessed the group’s lightning expansion firsthand and spent months among its most notorious foreign fighters.”

2. Ford is building automated ride-share car for 2021

“Ford chose to focus on purely self-driving vehicles that don’t require a human to take over in complex situations, said Raj Nair, Ford’s head of product development. The automaker is chasing Alphabet Inc.’s Google self-driving car project as well as efforts by General Motors Co. and other automakers. Ford said today it’s investing in or collaborating with four startups on autonomous vehicles, bringing its roster of such partnerships to 40.”

3. Fears of global yellow fever epidemic grow as vaccine stocks dwindle

“A last-ditch effort to prevent yellow fever spreading through Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and potentially developing into a global epidemic is to be launched using vaccines containing a fifth of the normal dose because the global stockpile is so low.”

4. Ivanka and Jared’s power play

The New Yorker examines how Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner have come to their outsized influence on father Donald’s populist campaign.

+1: How Donald Trump’s campaign chief became enmeshed with pro-Russian oligarchs.

5. Beyond Spam

How Hormel, the makers of canned ham Spam, are predicting the future of food.

+1: We’ve reached peak craft beer (and I’m fine with that).