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Uber debuts a “smarter” UberPool in Manhattan

 Uber announced this morning a series of under-the-hood changes to its ride-sharing service UberPool in Manhattan, with the goal of improving its matching algorithms, as well as its pickup and dropoff processes in the city. The company says the updates are based on incorporating driver and rider feedback into its algorithms, and come following last year’s redesign of the service in… Read More
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Uber’s carpool service sacrifices convenience for efficiency in NYC (updated)

In the wake of its terrible, horrible, no good, very bad 2017 (yup, and it's only just May), Uber has been doing a lot of work to improve its service. As an extension of the "smart pickup points" trial from London and other cities last year, the ride...
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Recommended Reading: Inside Apple’s new spaceship campus

One More Thing Steven Levy, WiredApple's so-called spaceship campus, or Apple Park, has been in the works for a while now, but this week Wired gave us a big update on the progress. The obsessive attention to detail, tunnel entry, modular "pod" se...

Each week we round up the most important app news along with some of the coolest new and updated apps to help you stay in the loop with everything you need on your phone.Here's what caught our eye this week. If you're looking for more, make sure to check out last week's roundup of top apps.

Google Assistant comes to iOS

Starting today, we're bringing the #GoogleAssistant to iPhones. Whether at home or on the go, your Assistant is here to help#io17 pic.twitter.com/a6T20HwnU9

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This week in apps: Instagram face filters, Medium audio stories, Google Assistant on iOS and more

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Reading all the news from Google I/O may have kept you too busy to keep up with this week's app news. We've kept up for you.

Each week we round up the most important app news along with some of the coolest new and updated apps to help you stay in the loop with everything you need on your phone.Here's what caught our eye this week. If you're looking for more, make sure to check out last week's roundup of top apps.

Google Assistant comes to iOS

Starting today, we're bringing the #GoogleAssistant to iPhones. Whether at home or on the go, your Assistant is here to help#io17 pic.twitter.com/a6T20HwnU9

— Google (@Google) May 17, 2017 Read more...

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paid $120 million by Google, leave to start his own company, watch that company get acquired by Uber just months later, and then find himself barred from working on self-driving car technology by a U.S. court.

That goes to show just how important Levandowski—and other engineers like him—truly are to the arms race around self-driving cars. 

"It's not like [you] can hire any one of the thousands or tens of thousands of people who have a particular certification," said Nidhi Kalra, who heads the RAND Corporation's self-driving car policy work. "They're looking for people who are innovators in the fields of machine learning, deep learning, LIDAR design—and there aren't a lot of those people out there." Read more...

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Uber vs Google: And now, the self-driving car war gets nasty

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Even the biggest, most powerful companies in the world are at the mercy of a grade-school concept: supply and demand.

That's how a person like Anthony Levandowski can get paid $120 million by Google, leave to start his own company, watch that company get acquired by Uber just months later, and then find himself barred from working on self-driving car technology by a U.S. court.

That goes to show just how important Levandowski—and other engineers like him—truly are to the arms race around self-driving cars. 

"It's not like [you] can hire any one of the thousands or tens of thousands of people who have a particular certification," said Nidhi Kalra, who heads the RAND Corporation's self-driving car policy work. "They're looking for people who are innovators in the fields of machine learning, deep learning, LIDAR design—and there aren't a lot of those people out there." Read more...

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Uber responds to claims it charges what ‘you’re willing to pay’

Uber is in the midst of several lawsuits and has a controversial CEO leading the company. It also has to placate its own growing horde of dissatisfied drivers who complain that their revenue potential is dropping, even while Uber exaggerates how much...
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Uber threatened to fire engineer at center of Waymo trade secret lawsuit

 Uber has issued a sternly worded letter to Anthony Levandowski, the engineer at the center of a lawsuit alleging theft of trade secrets from Google parent Alphabet’s self-driving technology unit Waymo. The gist? Comply with the court’s orders or risk being terminated. Read More
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Uber is ready to help truck drivers find cargo

Last year, Uber's interest in the shipping and trucking industry started to take shape with the (now controversial) purchase of Otto. A few months later, reports started swirling that Uber would be creating a platform to connect drivers with cargo in...

Tesla, it seems, is no different.

Reports of incidents at Tesla's Fremont, California, factory include "fainting spells, dizziness, seizures, abnormal breathing and chest pains," according to information published by The Guardian Thursday.

Someone's had to call an ambulance 100-plus times since 2014. At least one person passed out, "hit the floor like a pancake" and split their face open, according to a production technician The Guardian spoke with. Employees were told to "work around him." Another employee now has two herniated neck discs after he spent years on the assembly line with his arms raised above his head to reach cars hanging in the air. Read more...

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Tesla is the latest silicon valley company to run smack into human limits

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Silicon Valley companies are often built around making the world more efficient, but engineering efficiency has a human cost many of them either didn't see coming or would like to forget. 

Tesla, it seems, is no different.

Reports of incidents at Tesla's Fremont, California, factory include "fainting spells, dizziness, seizures, abnormal breathing and chest pains," according to information published by The Guardian Thursday.

Someone's had to call an ambulance 100-plus times since 2014. At least one person passed out, "hit the floor like a pancake" and split their face open, according to a production technician The Guardian spoke with. Employees were told to "work around him." Another employee now has two herniated neck discs after he spent years on the assembly line with his arms raised above his head to reach cars hanging in the air. Read more...

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Profiting socially on nickels and dimes

 As the #DeleteUber count increases, Lyft has cleverly seized the opportunity to distinguish itself as a beacon of goodwill. In its most recent attempts to gain public favor, Lyft will soon be taking a stand by pledging fixed commitments to charities when you take a seat as a Lyft passenger. Read More