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5 Things to Know Before Your Morning Coffee — Wednesday, March 17, 2021

March 17, 2021
By Corey Noles

Every day we wake up, drink a cup of coffee, and get ready for work. Following are a handful of stories from around the tech world condensed to fit into one single cup of coffee. These are the things you need to know before you step foot out of your door (or in front of a webcam) and into the real world this morning.

So sit back, grab a cup, and start your morning off right with a few “Quick Bytes” from Innovation & Tech Today.

Is Mars Hiding Oceans Under its Crust?

A new study has found that Mars could have actual, liquid oceans under its crust. The study finds that Mars was once covered in as much water as half of the Atlantic Ocean. Scientists now believe its possible some of that water still exists in rocky structures under the surface of the planet.

A towering dust devil casts a serpentine shadow over the Martian surface in this image from NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The scene is a late-spring afternoon in the Amazonis Planitia region of northern Mars. | NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona photo

Musk Turns Down $1 Million NFT for Tweet

Elon Musk put one of his tweets up for sale as an NFT Monday, but in the end decided he just “didn’t feel quite right” about it. The self-crowned “Technoking” of Tesla backed out of a bid that had already reached $1.12 million. Musk has been a key driver of the lean toward cryptocurrencies — especially of late.

Audi Stops Development of New Internal Combustion Engines

German automaker Audi announced plans this week to halt the development of new internal combustion engines. Given EU’s plans for stricter emissions, the company has decided the smarter focus is on improving compliance of its existing engines. Audi’s announcement follows suit with a recent change in plans from Mercedes-Benz.

Uber to Pay UK Drivers Minimum Wage, but With a Surprise

Putting to bed a years-long lawsuit, Uber has announced it will pay its UK-based drivers minimum wage moving forward. This puts driver earning about $12.14 per hour in American dollars. Likely the biggest surprise is that Uber said it does not expect the move to result in a fare increase.

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Author Bio: Corey Noles is the Managing Editor for Innovation & Tech Today. In more than two decades as a journalist, he has covered crime, MLB, business, healthcare, politics and anything else that could snag a headline.

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