SpaceX Readies Next Falcon 9 Launch; More Competition for Bird; Core Innovation Backs $8 Million Crypto Raise.

SpaceX Preps for Dual Payload Launch

Hawthorne-based Space Exploration Technologies Co. plans to launch another Falcon 9 rocket Tuesday with two different payloads, TechCrunch reports. The rocket will be carrying both a NASA satellite array – to be deployed about 300 miles up – and five satellites for Bethesda, Md.-based Iridium, which must be deployed nearly 500 miles up.

More Competition for Bird’s Scooters?

Santa Monica-based scooter sharing company Bird could be facing more competition, SoCal Tech reports. Lyft Inc. is now a possible competitor, with the San Francisco-based rideshare company reportedly looking at making an electric scooter play.

Core Innovation Backs Decent in $8 Million Round

Hollywood-based Core Innovation Capital was on of the backers of healthcare blockchain startup Decent, SoCal Tech reports. Core Innovation, a fintech investor, was one of several VC firms involved in the $8 million raise.

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