Ford, GM and Toyota Collaborate For Self-Driving Safety Rules

Ford, General Motors, and Toyota have formed a new consortium called the Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium (AVSC) to develop safety standards for self-driving cars. "The newly formed Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium in conjunction with the auto engineering association SAE International says it will fill a critical need by providing a safety framework around which autonomous technology can responsibly evolve before self-driving vehicles are put into widespread use," reports The Detroit News....
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[Interview] Ethan Beute, co-author of Rehumanize “Your Business”

Ethan Beute and Stephen Pacinelli are marketing executives for BombBomb, a software company dedicated to helping businesses rehumanize their professional communication. Through the use of personal video, people in every kind of work are communicating more clearly, connecting more deeply, and converting at a higher rate—all while building relationships that bring professional success and personal satisfaction. Ethan has a background in and passion for brand, strategy, and content. To help people...
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SpaceX has completed the first tethered hop for the “Starhopper”

SpaceX has completed the first tethered jump for its Starship prototyped, Elon Musk confirmed in a tweet Wednesday evening. Called the Starhopper because it’s making limited hops to test the landing capabilities of the Starship vehicle, the tethered jump represents the first firing of a rocket engine at the company’s Boca Chica launch site. The hops are similar to the testing that preceded the commercial development and use of SpaceX’s reusable Falcon 9 rockets. Those tests, the Grasshopper a...
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Harry and Meghan break record with Royal Sussex Instagram account

Duke and Duchess gained one million followers on new account in less than six hoursPrince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, broke a record by reaching one million followers on their newly launched Instagram account in less than six hours, Guinness World Records has said.The “sussexroyal” account was launched on Tuesday with a post featuring a monogram symbol with their names and now has 3.1 million followers. Continue reading...
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Australia passes social media law penalising platforms for violent content

Labor supports legislation in response to Christchurch shooting that threatens jail for executives, despite media companies’ concernsThe Australian parliament has passed legislation to crack down on violent videos on social media, despite furious reaction from the tech industry, media companies and legal experts.The Labor opposition combined with the ruling Liberal-National Coalition to pass the law on Thursday, despite warning it won’t allow prosecution of social media executives as promised by...
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Amazon reportedly removes the most obvious promotions for its private brands from search results

If it feels like your Amazon search results have been overwhelmed with promotions for their private-label brands, like Amazon Basics, Mama Bear or Daily Ritual, that may be changing. As lawmakers pay more attention to the most powerful tech companies, Amazon has begun quietly removing some of the more obvious promotions, including banner ads, for its private-label products, reports CNBC, which spoke to Amazon sellers and consultants. Amazon’s aggressive marketing of its own private brands, with ...
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Tesla’s output slowed to 77,100 vehicles in the 1st quarter

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tesla’s assembly lines slowed down during a rocky start to the new year, which will likely magnify nagging doubts about whether the electric car pioneer will be able to make the mass-market leap. The Palo Alto, California, company churned out 77,100 vehicles from January to March, well behind the pace it […]
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'It's Time To End the NSA's Metadata Collection Program'

Jake Laperruque, Senior Counsel at The Constitution Project, where he is working on issues of government surveillance, national security and defending privacy rights in the digital age, argues via Wired that it's time to end the National Security Agency's metadata collection program, known as CDR. An anonymous reader shares an excerpt: In 2015, Congress passed the USA Freedom Act to reform Section 215 and prohibit the nationwide bulk collection of communications metadata, like who we make calls ...
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Apple AirPods, Bose, and Jabra Elite wireless earbuds are all on sale right now

Wireless earbuds have improved a lot in the past couple years. The best ones haven’t gotten a lot cheaper, though, so deals are always welcome. A few of our favorite wireless earbuds are on sale right now – including the Apple AirPods. The post Apple AirPods, Bose, and Jabra Elite wireless earbuds are all on sale right now appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Tesla first-quarter deliveries drop on challenges shipping Model 3 overseas

Tesla delivered 63,000 of its electric vehicles in the first quarter of the year, nearly a one-third drop from the previous quarter, the company reported late Wednesday. Tesla cautioned that it expects first-quarter profits to be negatively impacted by lower than expected delivery volumes and several pricing adjustments. Deliveries included about 50,900 Model 3 vehicles and 12,100 Model S and X SUVs. Tesla said despite the challenges that it “ended the quarter with sufficient cash on hand.” Tesl...
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Apple Underdogs at work on Pizza Box

Apple has released a 3 minute commercial, “The Underdogs”, featuring a team of four creatives who take on the challenge of pitching a design for a round pizza box. The drama hinges on a work car park accident and leads to two days of intense brainstorming, analysis and collaboration. The final scene has the wonder team in the elevator on their way to meet with Vivienne, with the tag line “Apple at work”. The light hearted short film is a call back to Apple’s patent of the round pizza box design,...
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Verizon Begins Rolling Out Its 5G Wireless Network In Chicago, Minneapolis

Verizon announced today that it has turned on its 5G wireless network in Chicago and Minneapolis -- two of the first markets in the world to receive this next-gen network. Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg told CNBC that the company will activate 30 additional markets this year. From a report: Vestberg added that Verizon is unlikely to see any impact on revenue from people who upgrade to new 5G phones until around 2021. This network complements Verizon's existing "5G Home" service which launched in Octo...
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AI researchers urge Amazon to stop selling facial-recognition technology to law enforcement

The letter, which was publicly released Wednesday, reflects growing concern in academia and the tech industry that bias in facial-recognition technology is a systemic problem,
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Trump's Goons Now Forced to Say They Have No Idea Whether Wind Turbines Cause Cancer

Last night at a Republican fundraiser in DC, Donald Trump claimed that wind turbines cause cancer with the citation, “They say the noise causes cancer.” This may be because the president has a grudge against wind power because he thought it would spoil the view from one of his golf courses in Scotland or it might just…Read more...
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'SPURV' Project Brings Windowed Android Apps To Desktop Linux

mfilion shares a report from Android Police: A new "experimental containerized Android environment" from a company called Collabora allows Android apps to run in floating windows alongside native applications on desktop Linux. You can read all the technical details at the source link, but put simply, 'SPURV' creates a virtual Android device on your Linux computer, much like Bluestacks and other similar tools. There are various components of SPURV that allow the Android environment to play audio,...
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Reveal Biosciences Gets Intel’s Backing on “AI-Powered” Pathology

A 25-person startup developing advanced computing tools to speed up pathology work has raised its first institutional financing from a group of investors led by Intel Capital, the corporate investment arm of the chipmaker.The San Diego-based company, Reveal Biosciences, is among 14 early-stage companies with business plans that include artificial intelligence, a catchall term for a wide range of “intelligent” computer programs, that the tech giant recently selected to back.Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) ...
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Ruhnn, a Chinese startup that makes influencers, raises $125M in U.S. IPO

Ruhnn, a company that enables influencers to sell through ecommerce and is plotting to change the faces of China’s fashion industry, has raised $125 million after it listed on the Nasdaq on Wednesday. The company sold 10 million American Depositary Shares at $12.5 a pop, the midpoint of its expected range. In an earlier filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Alibaba-backed firm targeted to raise $200 million from its initial public offering. While big brands in the U.S. are...
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Toyota is giving automakers free access to nearly 24,000 hybrid car-related patents

Toyota said Wednesday it will give royalty-free access to its nearly 24,000 patents related to electrification technology and systems through 2030 in a move that aims to encourage rival automakers to adopt the low-emissions and fuel-saving technology. Collectively the patents represent core technologies that can be applied to the development of various types of electrified vehicles, including hybrid electric, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and fuel cell electric vehicles, Toyota said. This fol...
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Snapchat to focus on Stories and camera at partner summit

At its first Snap Partner Summit this week in Los Angeles, Snapchat is ready to discuss expanding access to its camera and augmented reality features. It's a move that will enable more apps developers to piggyback on Snapchat's proprietary technology. CEO Evan Spiegel and his co-founder Bobby Murphy are set to take the stage on Thursday at the marquee event to outline the priorities for the year ahead. "Historically, as a company, Snap has been very closed up," says Sophia Dominguez, CEO of SVRF...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Advertising, Snapchat, Pandora, Evan Spiegel, Snap, Bobby, Lee, Evan, Bobby Murphy, Jason Lee, Sophia Dominguez, Lens Studio, Los Angeles Snapchat

UW Prof, Entrepreneur Shwetak Patel Awarded ACM Prize in Computing

The Association for Computing Machinery on Wednesday said it has awarded Shwetak Patel, a computer science and electrical engineering professor at the University of Washington, the 2018 ACM Prize in Computing.Patel, who is also a successful serial entrepreneur, will receive a cash prize of $250,000 as part of the award, ACM said.The award recognizes early- and mid-career computer scientists “whose research contributions have fundamental impact and broad implications,” ACM said. The association,...
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Amazon Quietly Removes Promo Spots That Gave Special Treatment To Its Own Products

As tech giants face growing scrutiny over their market power, Amazon has quietly removed some of the most aggressive promotional spots for so-called private label products on its website. CNBC reports: Private label products are created by Amazon or partners and are sold only on Amazon's website under an exclusive brand name. They benefit Amazon in many ways: They expand the selection of products on the site, offer better profit margins than selling third-party products, make supply-chain manage...
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Facebook gets one step closer to building your virtual copy

When it comes to representing yourself on social media, who you actually portray yourself as has always been a bit of a caricature. That thinking has always made it a little interesting to examine how a company like Facebook approaches avatar design for services like their VR avatar system. Oculus Avatars has undergone a number of transformations and today they’re pushing an update that creates more robust facial expressions that are more human-like than the stiff representations that past itera...
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Australian Parliament to make platforms curb livestreaming

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s Parliament will pass legislation on Thursday that could imprison social media executives if their platforms stream violent images such as the New Zealand mosque massacres. Critics warn that some of the most restrictive laws about online communication in the democratic world could have unforeseen consequences, including media censorship and reduced […]
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Former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn could be rearrested

Carlos Ghosn, the former Nissan Motor chairman who was released on $9 million bail last month following three earlier indictments for financial wrongdoing, is being questioned by Tokyo prosecutors and could be rearrested, the Japanese public broadcaster NHK is reporting. NHK showed a video clip of a van leaving Ghosn’s residence Thursday and reported that prosecutors plan to question and are ready to “rearrest” Ghosn on suspicion of aggravated breach of trust. The prosecutors suspect Ghosn of mi...
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Ousted Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn says ‘I will not be broken’ following latest arrest

Carlos Ghosn, the former Nissan Motor chairman who was released on $9 million bail last month following three earlier indictments for financial wrongdoing, was arrested today on new charges by Tokyo prosecutors. Japanese public broadcaster NHK first reported the news that Ghosn was brought in for questioning. Ghosn released a statement following his arrest on what he described as “additional legally dubious charges.” “My arrest this morning is outrageous and arbitrary,” Ghosn said in the stateme...
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Talking the future of media with Northzone’s Pär-Jörgen Pärson

We live in the subscription streaming era of media. Across film, TV, music, and audiobooks, subscription streaming platforms now shape the market. and podcasting could be next. Where are the startup opportunities in this shift, and in the next shift that will occur? I sat down with Pär-Jörgen “PJ” Pärson, a partner at European venture firm Northzone, to discuss this at SLUSH this past winter. Pärson – a Swede who now runs Northzone’s office in NYC – led the top early-stage inves...
Tags: Spotify, NYC, Tech, Northzone, Eric Peckham

Goldman Sachs Will Open-Source Some Of Its Trading Software

According to the Wall Street Journal, Goldman Sachs is planning to release on GitHub some of the code that its traders and engineers use to price securities and analyze and manage risk. "The bank also is offering $100,000 in annual funding for engineers to build new applications using the bank's code," the report adds. "Goldman will own the resulting intellectual property, plus get an early look to invest in promising technology." From the report: It is Goldman's latest move to shed some of its ...
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Apple picked a bad name for its new streaming service — here's why that matters (AAPL)

Apple finally debuted its new streaming service last week, and it's called Apple TV Plus. Calling the service Apple TV Plus only describes the TV portion of the service, when in reality it's going to be much more than that: it will also have movies and documentaries. A name might not seem that important from the outset, but it can have big implications. Apple's new streaming service is called Apple TV Plus. It's a bad name. Why is that? Well, here's the description for Apple TV Plus, straight...
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Femtech’s billion-dollar year

There are a lot of people who never thought they’d see the day venture capitalists would funnel millions into femtech businesses, direct-to-consumer tampon retailers no less. But that’s our new reality and Cora is proof. San Francisco-based Cora, which develops and sells organic tampons, pads and other personal care products, has just closed a $7.5 million Series A led by Harbinger Ventures. Cora is one of many femtech startups to raise funding this week alone, in what is turning out to be a red...
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Kaspersky Lab Will Warn You If Your Phone is Infected With Stalkerware

Kaspersky Lab said today it would start flagging stalkerware as malicious, and warn people through its Android app when stalkerware is installed on their phones. In 2018 Kaspersky Lab detected stalkerware on 58,487 mobile devices. From a report: Stalkerware is frequently used by stalkers and abusers to spy on people through their phones. It essentially turns victims' phones into surveillance devices, letting an attacker track a person's every step and listen in on every word. Stalkerware is quie...
Tags: Tech, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Kaspersky Lab, Eva Galperin, Alexey Firsh, Kaspersky Lab Will Warn, Kaspersky Lab Kaspersky Lab

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