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Carsharing Gets Easier in California

California just got a new law that clears one of the big hurdles for convenient carsharing. It's easier than ever to rent your car to strangers.

New companies like RelayRides and Getaround are trying to make it easy for people to rent out their cars when they're not using them. It's an idea that makes a lot of sense—it saves money for everyone involved and reduces the number of cars on our streets. And this week it got a big boost in California.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law Assembly Bill 1871 on Wednesday. The new law means Californians can contribute their cars to carsharing pools without invalidating their insurance policies. See, until now, getting any money for renting your car constituted "commercial use," invalidated your insurance policy, and created a huge headache for personal carsharing companies.


In a press release, Assembly Member Dave Jones explained what the new law will help car owners do: "The new law will help car owners shrink the cost of owing their vehicles, reduce the need for some people to buy cars, improving parking and traffic congestion, and help the environment.”

California's state government isn't a model of efficiency right now, but this one's a win.

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Even though marathon running is on the decline, half a million people signed up to participate in the 2020 London Marathon. It seems wild that someone would voluntarily sign up to run 26.2 miles, but those half a million people might actually be on to something. A new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that running a marathon can help reverse signs of aging.

Researchers at Barts and University College London looked at 138 first-time marathon runners between the ages of 21 and 69. "We wanted to look at novice athletes. We didn't include people who said they ran for more than two hours a week," Dr. Charlotte Manisty, the study's senior author and cardiologist at University College London, said per CNN.

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In a move that feels like the subject line of a spam email or the premise of a bad '80s movie, online shopping mogul Yusaku Maezawa is giving away money as a social experiment.

Maezawa will give ¥1 million yen ($9,130) to 1,000 followers who retweeted his January 1st post announcing the giveaway. The deadline to retweet was Tuesday, January 7.

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Anyone who has ever worked in retail knows that the worst thing about the job, right after the pay, are the unreasonable cheapskates who "want to talk to your manager" to get some money off an item.

They think that throwing a tantrum will save them a few bucks and don't care if they completely embarrass themselves in the process. Sometimes that involves belittling the poor employee who's just trying to get through their day with an ounce of dignity.

Twitter is rallying around a gal named Tori who works at a Target in Massachusetts after she was tweet-shamed by irate chapekate, journalist, and Twitter troll, David Leavitt.

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