Twitter's most iconic feature is celebrating a big birthday today. Exactly 10 years ago, before there were iPhones, Android phones, or a Twitter app, one Twitter user came up with the idea of using the "#" symbol to group tweets together.

That early Twitter user was Chris Messina, who has said the idea originally stemmed from what are now two major throwbacks from the early days of the Internet: IRC and T-9. 

IRC, or Internet Relay Chat, is an old web standard that enabled messaging via group chat rooms. The format we now know as a hashtag, where similar messages are grouped together using the # sign, was already a well-established part of IRC in 2007, so it made some sense to bring the same dynamic to Twitter. Read more...

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Twitter hashtags are 10 years old and they wouldn’t have happened without old-school texting

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Yes, it's really been 10 years. 

Twitter's most iconic feature is celebrating a big birthday today. Exactly 10 years ago, before there were iPhones, Android phones, or a Twitter app, one Twitter user came up with the idea of using the "#" symbol to group tweets together.

That early Twitter user was Chris Messina, who has said the idea originally stemmed from what are now two major throwbacks from the early days of the Internet: IRC and T-9. 

IRC, or Internet Relay Chat, is an old web standard that enabled messaging via group chat rooms. The format we now know as a hashtag, where similar messages are grouped together using the # sign, was already a well-established part of IRC in 2007, so it made some sense to bring the same dynamic to Twitter. Read more...

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Crunch Report | First Day YC S17 Wraps Up

LinkedIn now allows anyone to upload video to the platform, Databricks raises $140 million and Druva raises $80 million, the first day of Y Combinator’s Summer 2017 Demo Days wraps up and Verizon throttles down to 480p for its unlimited plan. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

Today the company announced several new features meant to make it easier for Uber drivers to plan trips around their schedules. 

Now, drivers will be alerted if a ride is likely to take 45 minutes or longer, and they can opt to decline it. 

Moreover, declining rides won't negatively impact drivers as much as it did before.

This has been a sore point for many drivers as refusing to take a certain number of rides could affect their account status and their ability to take advantage of certain promotions. This will no longer be the case. Read more...

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Uber makes it easier for drivers to decline rides

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Uber is stepping up its efforts to win over drivers — by making it easier for them to say no to rides they don't want to take.

Today the company announced several new features meant to make it easier for Uber drivers to plan trips around their schedules. 

Now, drivers will be alerted if a ride is likely to take 45 minutes or longer, and they can opt to decline it. 

Moreover, declining rides won't negatively impact drivers as much as it did before.

This has been a sore point for many drivers as refusing to take a certain number of rides could affect their account status and their ability to take advantage of certain promotions. This will no longer be the case. Read more...

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Everyone is rightfully mad at Nintendo today

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The Super NES Classic went up for pre-order today in North America. It was a disaster.

It all started at about 1 a.m. ET when pre-orders for the SNES Classic went live on Amazon and Best Buy. While most of North America was asleep, lucky night owls nabbed SNES Classics before they sold out. It took 30 minutes.

"#SNESClassic in Cart" Yes!
"Turn on app location?" No!
"Set up Best Buy TouchID?" NO!
"Sign up for.." CHECKOUT!
"Item no longer available" pic.twitter.com/VP49mV4J9B

— Andre Meadows (@BlackNerd) August 22, 2017

As the sun came up and people rubbed their eyes and squinted at Twitter while rolling out of bed, they realized what they had missed. And they were pissed. Read more...

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Google launches Chrome Enterprise so businesses can use Chromebooks, too

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Google wants you to use a Chromebook at work.

The company just announced a new enterprise version of Chrome OS that will make it much easier for businesses to use Chromebooks.

Chrome Enterprise, which will cost companies $50 a year for each device, adds a suite of business-focused features on top of Chromebooks' standard features. These include: single-sign-on support, theft prevention tools, integration with Microsoft Active Directory, and the ability for businesses to remotely manage printers, browser extensions, software updates, and networks.  Read more...

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Medium post Tuesday morning.

"For many people who live in large cities, owning a car is no longer a viable choice."

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Ford’s vision for self-driving cars that pick up passengers and deliver packages

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Why own car when you can shop online and hail a Lyft when you need a ride?
 
Instead of freaking out, Ford is preparing for the future with a self-driving car designed for carrying both packages and passengers. Previously, the company promised a fully autonomous car for ride-sharing by 2021

"We’re developing self-driving technology because the world is changing rapidly," Sherif Marakby, the company's vice president of autonomous vehicles and electrification, wrote in a Medium post Tuesday morning.

"For many people who live in large cities, owning a car is no longer a viable choice."

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9to5Google, Google might be planning to launch smart, Assistant-equipped headphones. 

Version 7.10 of the Google app contains references to something called "Bisto." These references have first appeared in version 7.0, but now there's a lot more information about Bisto, which is apparently a code name for headphones that run Google's Assistant. 

While we don't know what these headphones will look like, based on references in the code, we do have some hints about what the headphones could be. Read more...

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Google might be working on Assistant-powered, smart headphones

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According to the information from the latest beta of the company's Google app, extracted by 9to5Google, Google might be planning to launch smart, Assistant-equipped headphones. 

Version 7.10 of the Google app contains references to something called "Bisto." These references have first appeared in version 7.0, but now there's a lot more information about Bisto, which is apparently a code name for headphones that run Google's Assistant. 

While we don't know what these headphones will look like, based on references in the code, we do have some hints about what the headphones could be. Read more...

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