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Uber Loses Its License to Operate in London; The Startup Innovation in Japan; The U.S. Naval Academy Puts Freshmen to the Ultimate Physical Test

Aired November 26, 2019 - 04:00   ET


CARL AZUZ, CNN 10 ANCHOR: Hi. I`m Carl Azuz. This is our last show of the week and the month. We`ll be back on air next Monday, December 2nd.

Thanks for giving us 10 minutes of your time.

In the capital of the United Kingdom, Uber has lot its license and if it loses its appeal, then Londoners and visitors will have to call a black

cab, use the Tube or find another ride-sharing service. Uber first had its license suspended in London in 2017. The city didn`t like how the company

responded to serious crimes and questions about its safety. But it`s been given probation period since then, which allowed Uber to keep getting


Now, though, Transport for London says it`s identified a, quote, pattern of failures that have put passengers at risk, including thousands of trips

that were given by unauthorized drivers, some of whom have been fired but fake being authorized ones. Uber says it`s changed its business and is

now, quote, setting the standard on safety. It calls London`s decision extraordinary and wrong.

You can still order an Uber there. The service is allowed to keep operating while the appeals process plays out. But there are concerns

about the future of its 45,000 drivers in London if it permanently loses its license there.

There are also concerns about Uber`s revenues. London makes up a significant part of those and the company is facing more competition there

from other ride-sharing services.


AZUZ (voice-over): Ten-second trivia:

Which of these companies is not considered a unicorn?

DoorDash, SpaceX, Instacart or Netflix?

A unicorn is a private startup business worth at least $1 billion and Netflix is publicly held.



SUBTITLE: Japan was once a leader when it came to cutting edge, innovative technology.

This was the country that invented some of the world`s most iconic products.


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SUBTITLE: But Japan has since fallen behind in the innovation race. Especially when it comes to tech startups.

The United States and China have hundreds of unicorns. Those are private startups worth at least $1 billion.

Japan has just three. Preferred Networks is the country`s biggest.

DAISUKE OKANOHARA, CO-FOUNDER, PREFERRED NETWORKS: Our company is trying to use AI technologies to solve real world problems.

SUBTITLE: Preferred Networks makes AI software for robots, like this cleaning robot made by Toyota.

Okanohara says Japan`s lack of creative diversity holds it back.

SHERISSE PHAM, CNN CORRESPONDENT: What are some of the hurdles that can make it, Japan a [difficult] place where startups and unicorns can


OKANOHARA: We need more diversity to think or adapt more new, radical ideas.

SUBTITLE: Experts blame Japan`s work culture and risk-averse financial system.

Big investors can make or break companies.

SoftBank founder Masayoshi Son is Japan`s most famous tech investor. He`s invested in startups like WeWork, Uber and Slack. But his $100 billion

Vision Fund hasn`t invested in any Japanese startups.

For now it seems the country needs a major shake-up to fuel the next generation of tech.


AZUZ: At the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, the test that students undergo aren`t just academic, they`re about as physical as a human

body allows. The Sea Trials last 14 hours. They`re a series of physical and mental challenges for the academy`s freshman or plebes, and a

leadership demonstration for the upper class.

And it`s not open to the public, but CNN`s Coy Wire who played in the NFL for nine years was invited to both watch and participate.


COY WIRE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: It`s 2:30 in the morning and I`m in Annapolis, Maryland, at the U.S. Naval Academy. I`m Coy Wire, and this is

Sea Trials.



WIRE: Great ready to do loco (ph). I`ve got to push these ammo containers all the way to the opposite end. I think I`m a pretty wire, but I`m not as

tough as this wire, barbed wire.

I hope I`m not going to scratch my head.


WIRE: How are you feeling right now?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I love it, man. You know, early in the morning, still got a lot of energy, but we`ll see how these little ones do (ph).

WIRE: It`s a long day, baby.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It`s a long day, bud.

CROWD: We want Coy! We want Coy!


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: They`re doing their exercises in the water, the wet and sandy, which sounds fun at 5:30 in the morning and 50-degree weather.

You`re only as strong as your weakest link and this shows them that they`re only as strong as their weakest link. So, they learn how to work together,

they learn how to communicate together and just work on focusing on the mission and they`re going to need that when they become those future

leaders when they go to the fleet.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: These plebes are tired, their feet hurt, they`re wet, they`re sweaty. It`s just a very long day for them physically and


WIRE: There`s something in my eye. There`s something in my ear. Hearts beating, feeling alive.


WIRE: No joke, baby. This is no joke.


WIRE: It`s tough and crazy thing about it is we`ve already doing this for 10 hours. Strong mind is what it takes.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We`re at pool phase right now. We have pool piki (ph) behind us, outer water piki (ph), swim relays and then two really full

events where we have rifle overhead treads with a -- in the water with a rifle over their head, treading and work on teamwork.

We will have a group of plebes going underwater and undoing locks while their teammates are out there are giving them the combination. So it`s

really a neat event, a great team building.

WIRE: Whatever you don`t do (INAUDIBLE), I have no idea what it is. I don`t think I want to find out.

Look at his determination.

What do you think as you`re going through all this?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Everybody around us, everybody around me, everybody here, we have been learning about everything, from leadership to building

up each other encouragement, trust, all of that throughout the year. So this is like the combination of all that.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They are going ahead to the endurance course. This is a three and a quarter (ph) mile course. These are some uphills, some

downhills, some obstacles.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Hey. Come on, guys. Finish strong!

WIRE: What kept you going? Why don`t you quit?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: These people. I have so many people here that are looking out for me. Honestly, I have never felt anything like that before,

like it gives me shivers.

WIRE: Does it inspire you to be that for someone else now?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: No doubt, no doubt.

WIRE: It`s been 14 hours of blood, sweat and tears. They could have quit but they didn`t. Sea Trials is done!



AZUZ: Ten out of 10, more like 10,000 out of 10. Singer, songwriter Morgan Clark plays at a hotel in Nashville, Tennessee several times a week.

After a recent performance, there was a little extra in her tip case, a check for $10,000.

Is this legit? Yes, legit. Morgan says she`s going to donate 10 percent of it to the Salvation Army and she thanked the fan who wanted to remain

anonymous for believiong her and giving her a shot.

Well, thank you, guys, for believing in us for Thanksgiving us the best audience for digesting all the a-corny puns I can bake up, for stuffing our

inbox and social media with feedback, for being cranberry sauce-some, a cornucopi-awesome and for watching from feast to harv-west. We`re so

grateful to gobble up 10 minutes of your day and we hope your Thanksgiving is trip to fantastic.

I`m Carl Azuz for CNN 10.