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YouTube’s Neal Mohan is coming to Disrupt SF

By |August 30th, 2019|

YouTube has found itself front-and-center in the recent debates about free speech, the internet and how the online world is shaping our offline lives. There’s no denying the site’s tremendous reach and influence, but that’s also why it has faced so much criticism for the role it can play in spreading misinformation, harassment and hate --> READ MORE

You can now share music from Spotify to Facebook Stories

By |August 30th, 2019|

Spotify this morning announced a new way for you to share music with friends (or fans, if you’re an artist) — by way of a new Facebook Stories integration that includes 15-second song previews. Viewers can also optionally tap on the “Play on Spotify” button in the Story to be redirected to the Spotify app --> READ MORE

Minecraft Earth closed beta goes live on Android in five cities

By |August 30th, 2019|

When the beta for Minecraft Earth (think the building concepts of Minecraft mashed up with the real-world wandering/augmented reality/collecting concepts of Pokémon GO) first went live back in July, it did so with a catch or two: it only worked on iOS, and only players in Seattle or London were actually able to play. The --> READ MORE

Disrupt SF prices increase tonight

By |August 30th, 2019|

Nobody likes them, but price hikes happen, people. Price hikes happen. And the early-bird price for passes to Disrupt San Francisco 2019 disappears tonight, August 30 at 11:59 p.m. (PST). Avoid the pain of paying more and enjoy saving up to $1,300. You have only a few hours left. Buy your Disrupt SF passes right --> READ MORE

YouTube Kids launches on the web

By |August 30th, 2019|

Kid-friendly YouTube content now has its own website, youtubekids.com. The website will offer a similar experience to the existing YouTube Kids mobile app, where parents will be able to direct their child to videos that are age-appropriate, as well as track their child’s watch history and flag content missed by YouTube’s filters. At launch, the --> READ MORE

September’s Mate 30 launch could be a major test for Huawei

By |August 30th, 2019|

Apple isn’t the only smartphone manufacturer planning a big September launch. Huawei’s got a big event on the books as well, set for September 18 in Munich, just over a week after the new iPhones are unveiled. For Huawei, however, the Mate 30 announcement is about more than just smartphones. The event is effectively the --> READ MORE

Didi Chuxing to launch self-driving rides in Shanghai and expand them beyond China by 2021

By |August 30th, 2019|

Didi Chuxing will begin picking up ride-hailing passengers with self-driving cars in Shanghai in just a few months, according to company CTO Zhang Bo (via Reuters). The plan is to roll out autonomous pick-ups in Shanghai first, starting in one district of the city, and then expand the program from there — finally culminating in --> READ MORE

Malicious websites were used to secretly hack into iPhones for years, says Google

By |August 30th, 2019|

Security researchers at Google say they’ve found a number of malicious websites which, when visited, could quietly hack into a victim’s iPhone by exploiting a set of previously undisclosed software flaws. Google’s Project Zero said in a deep-dive blog post published late on Thursday that the websites were visited thousands of times per week by --> READ MORE

Google lets David Drummond do the talking

By |August 29th, 2019|

Anyone wondering if Alphabet might reprimand its chief legal officer, David Drummond, for a long-ago extramarital, inter-office affair that continues to be a distraction to the company, the answer seems to be . . . not right now. Though a former subordinate outlined in greater detail than ever yesterday the “hell” she says she has --> READ MORE

Uber and Lyft are putting $60 million toward keeping drivers independent contractors

By |August 29th, 2019|

In light of gig worker protection legislation Assembly Bill 5 making its way through California’s legislature, Uber and Lyft are amping up their efforts to do whatever they can to prevent it from happening. And in the event that the bill does pass, which would force Uber and Lyft to make their drivers W-2 employees, --> READ MORE