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Eroded Ashes & Selenite Sculpture by Daniel Arsham

L’artiste Daniel Arsham, basé à New York et dont nous avons déjà parlé sur Fubiz, réalise des sculptures à partir de sélénite, de cendres volcaniques …

Google to Make Driverless Cars an Alphabet Company in 2016

Google Inc. plans to make its self-driving cars unit, which will offer rides for hire, a stand-alone business under the Alphabet Inc. corporate …

Driverless Cars

Self-driving cars must have driver behind the wheel, California says

California unveiled precedent-setting draft rules Wednesday that would slow the public's access to self-driving cars of the future until regulators are confident the technology is safe.<p>That cautious approach requires that the cars have a steering wheel, and a licensed driver must be ready to take …

Google 'Gravely Disappointed' With California's New Rules for Self-Driving Cars

The draft regulation requires that a driver be in the car.<p>The first-ever regulations for self-driving cars rolled out of California on Wednesday — and Google is very displeased.<p>After putting out ground rules for the testing of autonomous vehicles last year, California’s Department of Motor Vehicles …

Driverless Cars

Woman sues Airbnb after finding hidden camera in her rental | Ars Technica

Complaint says living room-based camera intercepted couple's private talks, too.<p>A German woman who stayed at an apartment rented through Airbnb has …

Uber may replace its five-star driver rating system with emoji

Uber’s five-star rating system for drivers could soon be replaced with something even simpler.<p>The company is currently testing out new ratings systems in a handful of markets that include a choice of “thumbs up/thumbs down,” emoji smiles and other options that give passengers a basic choice of good …

Transportation

Facebook, Uber Ink Partnership So You Can Hail Rides From Inside Messenger

Uber and Facebook are teaming up.<p>You can now hail your Uber straight from Facebook’s private messaging app, Messenger.<p>Facebook announced Wednesday that it is partnering with Uber on a new transportation platform within the app. That means that when you’re done chatting with friends or using the app …

Transportation

Pandora is going to have to pay labels more for their music

Copyright board sets higher rates for every stream<p>Over the last year Pandora has made aggressive efforts to expand its offerings beyond the streaming radio product it’s best known for. It purchased Ticketfly to try and make money off live events and acquired a big part of Rdio to create an on …

Pandora

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A Year in Search 2015

Music for every moment of 2015

Digital Arpeggios, by Percussions

supported by 64 fans who also own “Digital Arpeggios”<p>I've been interested in Kieran Hebden's work since Fridge's EPH, and there's always been …

The top 20 albums of 2015

20. FUTURE BROWN – <i>FUTURE BROWN</i><p>Artists are often described as ‘genre-blending’, but rarely does this apply like it does to globally minded supergroup Future Brown. Comprised of sonic innovators Fatima Al Qadiri, Jamie Imanian-Friedman (AKA J-Cush), and Asma Maroof and Daniel Pineda of Nguzunguzu, …

Do Gorillas Really Weigh 800 Pounds?

Where does an 800-pound gorilla sleep? Anywhere it wants.<p>This is the joke that launched the idiom that gave gorillas everywhere a complex. Here’s the …

Neon, Massimo Uberti

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Verizon Would Explore Yahoo Deal If It Made Sense, CFO Says

Verizon would explore a possible acquisition of Yahoo if a deal made sense, Verizon Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo said.<p>Mr. Shammo, speaking at …

Netflix to boost its original content from 16 to 31 shows next year

Today, Netflix head of content Ted Sarandos announced the company would double its efforts to bring more original content in 2016. The planned release of 31 original series, 10 feature films, 12 documentaries and 30 children’s programs shows Netflix is dead serious about original content.<p>The shift …

The U.S. Postal Service Will Now Email You Pictures Of Your Mail

The United States Postal Service is rolling out a new email initiative to make receiving snail mail more convenient.<p>The new, free service, called "Informed Delivery," will email "black and white images of your actual letter-sized mail pieces" to you by 11:00am EST on the day the mail is being …

United States

Dropbox Is Pulling ‘Mailbox’ and ‘Carousel’ Apps

Dropbox Inc. is shuttering two of its free mobile apps as the company focuses more on its paid file storage service for businesses.

Apps

Facebook Kills App-Factory Initative Creative Labs, but Won't Stop Building Stand-Alone Apps

Facebook is making a branding move.<p>Facebook Creative Labs, the company’s internal initiative to build more stand-alone apps, is no more.<p>As CNET noticed and reported earlier Monday, Facebook has removed the Creative Labs website and pulled a few apps that were created under this initiative — …

Apps

The New York Times Is Developing New Lifestyle Verticals, Including a Movies-and-TV Product

The New York Times is working on a new digital product focused on movies and TV, among other new lifestyle verticals, CEO Mark Thompson announced at …

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Beauty

Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift and the Weeknd Lead 58th Annual Grammy Awards Nominees

The nominations for the 58th Annual Grammy Awards were announced this morning, with Kendrick Lamar getting the (preliminary) awards recognition he …

Googly

Pixar co-founder warns virtual-reality moviemakers: 'It's not storytelling'

Ed Catmull says he’s open to being proved wrong by new generation of VR creators: ‘I think they should keep running the experiments’<p>Pixar Animation co-founder Ed Catmull has warned that virtual reality technology may not be the revolution in storytelling that some of its evangelists have …

Virtual Reality

Art Meets Cartography: The 15,000-Year History of a River in Oregon Rendered in Data | Colossal

<p>When considering the historical path of a river, it’s easy to imagine a torrential flood that causes a stream to overflow its banks, or a drought …

Maps