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By Enrique Dans | Relevant technology-related news, curated daily by Enrique Dans (http://www.enriquedans.com)

How open source software will drive the future of auto innovations

Automotive companies are shifting from bending metal to bending bits. Soon they will be offering software and services to complement their manufactured metal.<p>As these companies become software-driven, open source will become a staple to drive innovation faster and more reliably. Today’s cloud is …

Transportation

Self-driving cars could cost America's professional drivers up to 25,000 jobs a month, Goldman Sachs says

The full impact of self-driving cars on society is several decades away — but when it hits, the job losses will be substantial for American truck …

Goldman Sachs

The inevitable rise of the robocops

<b>(CNN) —</b> Picture: A bleak dystopian future in which humanity is ruled by robots, suppressed by its own creation. Not an original thought, admittedly. Pop culture is filled with examples of robot overlords and android uprisings; of artificial intelligence gone bad.<p>But so far, few -- if any -- of …

Robots

‘The Internet Is Broken’: @ev Is Trying to Salvage It

SAN FRANCISCO — Evan Williams is the guy who opened up Pandora’s box. Until he came along, people had few places to go with their overflowing emotions and wild opinions, other than writing a letter to the newspaper or haranguing the neighbors.<p>Mr. Williams — a Twitter founder, a co-creator of …

How SoftBank and Saudi Arabia Settled Their Differences to Birth the World's Biggest Tech Fund

Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp. is poised to launch the world’s biggest technology fund as early as Saturday, capping months of arduous negotiations in which the tech giant haggled with the fund’s main Saudi investor over control of the money, investment strategy and questions about its commitment.<p>The …

Saudi Arabia

Google’s Perfect Future Will Always Be Just Around The Corner

As expected, the opening keynote of Google’s I/O 2017 developer conference was a doozy. For two and a half hours, CEO Sundar Pichai and a handful of …

Google Home

Welcome to the Next Phase of the Facebook Backlash

Data mining is such a prosaic part of our online lives that it’s hard to sustain consumer interest in it, much less outrage. The modern condition …

Privacy

Inside Russia’s Social Media War on America

On March 2, a disturbing report hit the desks of U.S. counterintelligence officials in Washington. For months, American spy hunters had scrambled to …

Russia

Bitcoin just surged past $2,000 for the first time

The world’s most popular cryptocurrency is now worth over $2,000 per coin. That’s according to a range of bitcoin exchanges, including Coinbase and Kraken. That valuation puts the total market cap of bitcoin — the total number of coins in circulation — at $32.92 billion.<p>Bitcoin has been on a tear …

Cryptocurrency

Uber’s string of controversies have seriously hurt its reputation, survey says

It hasn’t been the best year for Uber. And now it’s got something else to worry about — it’s reputation.<p>Already this year, the new-age taxi service …

Uber

Tech stocks haven't been this hot since the dot-com bubble

Investors haven’t loved tech stocks this much since the height of the dot-com bubble.<p>The sector is on pace to absorb the most capital in 15 years, an …

Stocks

Your IT job is at risk if you currently do these things for a living

The spectre of layoffs looms large over the Indian information technology (IT) sector. Human resource firms estimate that up to two lakh industry jobs will be lost annually over the next three years. Talk of Indian techies abroad being laid off, increasing local hiring, and re-skilling is rife, too.<p>…

United Nations

IBM Orders Its Remote Workers Back Into the Office

International Business Machines Corp. is giving thousands of its remote workers in the U.S. a choice this week: Abandon your home workspaces and relocate to a regional office—or leave the company.<p>The 105-year-old technology giant is quietly dismantling its popular decades-old remote work program to …

The Workplace

Americans no longer have to register non-commercial drones with the FAA

Surprisingly, the drone industry isn’t thrilled.<p>If you buy a new drone in the U.S. to fly non-commercially, you no longer have to register your drone with the Federal Aviation Administration, according to a decision issued today by a federal court in Washington, D.C.<p>The court ruled that the FAA’s …

Drones

Uber’s Future May Rely on Predicting How Much You’re Willing to Pay - Bloomberg

Uber drivers have been complaining that the gap between the fare a rider pays and what the driver receives is getting wider. After months of …

Uber

Robots could wipe out another 6 million retail jobs

Robots have already cost millions of factory jobs across the nation.<p>Next up could be jobs at your local stores.<p>Between 6 million to 7.5 million existing jobs are at risk of being replaced over the course of the next 10 years by some form of automation, according to a new study this week from by …

Robots

Some Silicon Valley techies are now obsessively tracking their blood sugar -- and they don't have diabetes

At Geoff Woo's nutrition supplement start-up Nootrobox, almost every employee tracks their blood sugar levels throughout the day.<p>To his knowledge, …

Apple CEO Tim Cook test-drove a device that tracks his blood sugar, hinting at Apple's interest in the space

Tim Cook has been spotted at the Apple campus test-driving a device that tracks blood sugar, which was connected to his Apple Watch.<p>A source said …

Apple

A big fine for Facebook reveals a fundamental problem with how it reports user numbers

In one of the largest penalties levied against it (paywall), Facebook was hit with a €110 million ($122 million) fine by the European Commission today for providing “misleading information” over its ability to match its users with WhatsApp’s users when it acquired the chat platform in 2014.<p>At the …

Facebook

Uber launches Uber Freight, its app for long-haul trucking jobs

Available on iOS and Android<p>Video: Uber/Aether Films<p>After getting a peek from Travis Kalanick earlier this month, Uber today officially launched Uber Freight, the company’s new service that will match truckers with companies who need cargo shipped across the country.<p>Uber Freight has its own app, of …

Uber

Why Amazon is eating the world

I co-founded a software startup in December. Each month, I send out an update to our investors to keep them updated on our progress. But the past month was a bit different — our industry (retail) is going through a transformation.<p>Instead of just writing about our “internal” news, I wrote about the …

Amazon

One Step Closer to a Closed Internet

<i>Today, the FCC voted on Chairman Ajit Pai’s proposal to repeal and replace net neutrality protections enacted in 2015. The verdict: to move forward</i> …

Facebook fined $122 million for misleading EU over WhatsApp deal

Facebook says it couldn't automatically match WhatsApp accounts; EC disagrees.<p>Facebook has been smacked with a €110 million fine by the antitrust …

Privacy

You won’t believe why Facebook will block this headline

Updates to news feed algorithms tweaked to catch spammy and deceptive headlines.<p>Facebook on Tuesday rolled out new changes to its algorithms that …

Facebook

In A Driverless Future, Uber And Lyft Will Sit In The Passenger Seat

Car manufacturers are poised to take the driver’s seat if autonomous cars scale.<p>Waymo and Lyft’s deal to put autonomous cars on the road is a piping hot drama amid Google and Uber’s legal battle over intellectual property (Waymo is Google’s driverless car division). But this feud may be cold, …

Transportation

The “Amazon Of Fish” Wants To Get Americans Eating More Seafood

FultonFishMarket.com delivers fresh fish from a New York City warehouse to anywhere in America in less than a day. Can it change American’s relationship with sustainable fish?<p>At midnight, the shore of Hunts Point–where the Bronx meets the East River–comes alive. Crew unload up to a million pounds …

Fish

Amazon Music says it doesn’t want to become a record label

Amazon Music Vice President Steve Boom shot down the idea that Amazon’s music arm would become its own record label at TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2017. It’s a question that he gets a lot, Boom told TechCrunch’s Josh Constine, largely in part because of Amazon Studios, the company’s television and film …

Amazon

Are a third of car owners really ready to give up their rides?

There is no question that the automotive industry is evolving at a rapid pace. Electric cars are on the rise, and a whole new world of autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles are starting to appear on roadways around the world.<p>A recent Cars Online report released by Capgemini sheds light on where …

Transportation

Facebook feed change fights clickbait post by post in 9 more languages

Facebook’s leverage over news publishers can be worrisome, but today it’s putting its muscle to good use. The social network is bringing its battle against clickbait abroad, getting more precise about which link headlines it downranks in News Feed, and starting to demote individual posts instead of …

Facebook