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Self-driving Uber hits & kills a pedestrian

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Tempe police are investigating a deadly crash involving a self-driving Uber vehicle overnight.

The Uber vehicle was reportedly headed northbound when a woman walking outside of the crosswalk was struck.

Uber has stopped operations of all of its self-driving cars, temporarily suspending the program pending further investigation.

A vehicle operator was present in the car, as is the case with all autonomous test vehicles.

It’s unclear how the incident unfolded at this time.

Source: Self-driving Uber car hits, kills pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona crash – ABC15 Arizona

50 million Facebook users had their data mined  by Trump consultants

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Data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica harvested private information from more than 50 million Facebook users in developing techniques to support President Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign.

The data was collected under the guise of being for academic use by the subcontracted company Global Science Research (GSR). Facebook has since revoked Cambridge Analytica access to the platform but is coy to admit any wrong-doing or it’s once again heinous contribution to the 2016 US election.

Source: Trump consultants harvested data from 50 million Facebook users – Finance – iTnews

Lyft is trialling a new subscription model

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Lyft is testing monthly subscription plans for high-frequency users, a sign that the company is shifting toward a Netflix or Spotify model for transportation.

The terms of the subscription models seem to vary, but appear targeted at users who spend up to $450 on ride-hailing a month. One all-access pass offered up to 30 standard Lyft rides for $199 a month, another was priced at $300, and another at $399 for 60 rides.

US$450 is a hell of a lot of cash spent on rides a month but clearly there are enough people spending that much to warrant testing of this new model.

As someone who doesn’t own a car I’d be tempted by a much lower subscription model < A$100/month that offered me a lower rate with my monthly fee as credit, instead of x number of $20 rides.

Not that it matters really, Lyft isn’t coming to Aus anytime soon, but maybe Uber or Taxify will look into this model too?

Source: Lyft is testing a Netflix-style monthly subscription plan – The Verge

Apple invites developers to register for WWDC 2018

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Apple has officially announced dates for its annual developer conference where it is expected to unveil iOS 12, macOS 10.14, watchOS 5, and tvOS 12. WWDC 2018 will run from June 4 through June 8 and take place in San Jose, California for the second year in a row.

Almost as interesting as the conference itself is the invitation mailout and the interpretations people make trying to decipher any hidden secrets for what we can expect.

I have no idea whatsoever but going by the image I’m guessing we can expect a complete translucent UI in iOS 12 and a holographic screen right? 🙂

Source: Apple opens WWDC 2018 registration: June 4-8 in San Jose | 9to5Mac

Trump says ‘no’ to Broadcom-Qualcomm deal

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President Donald Trump killed Broadcom’s proposed buyout of Qualcomm, citing national security concerns, according to a statement issued by the White House on Monday.

“There is credible evidence that leads me to believe that Broadcom Limited, a limited company organized under the laws of Singapore (Broadcom)…through exercising control of Qualcomm Incorporated (Qualcomm), a Delaware corporation, might take action that threatens to impair the national security of the United States,” the statement said.

An unprecedented move from an unprecedented president.

The rationale and “national security” issue at hand; the fear of a Chinese dominated 5G network in the US, albeit Broadcom a Singaporean incorporated company.

Source: Trump blocks Broadcom-Qualcomm deal, citing national security concerns

Australian BoM staff questioned by Federal Police over misuse of resources for cryptocurrency mining

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Two Bureau of Meteorology employees are being investigated by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) for allegedly running an elaborate operation involving the use of the bureau’s powerful computers to “mine” cryptocurrencies…

Entire IT team herded into a conference room by the AFP during a raid held yesterday.

Two staff members were then extensively questioned however no charges have been laid as the investigation continues.

The BoM make use of some of the most highly powered computer systems in the country for predicting weather patterns. Their intense computational output make them a cryptominer’s dream – especially when you’re not footing their power bill!

Source: Police question Bureau of Meteorology staff over cryptocurrency operation – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Sri Lankan government blocks social media in attempt to curtail religious violence

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The official, speaking on condition of anonymity under company policy, said the order was for Facebook, Instagram, Viber and WhatsApp. Some of those networks appeared to be blocked in Colombo, the capital, while others worked sporadically and very slowly.

A very different situation when compared to other governments and dictatorships attempts to block social media platforms. Sri Lankan authorities appear to focusing the ban in particular areas with current unrest due to Buddhist extremist groups inciting violence and burning the homes of Sri Lankan muslims.

Source: Sri Lanka blocks social media as anti-Muslim rioting flares – ABC News

Formula E’s Gen2 Car unveiled at Geneva Motor Show

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With a top speed of 280 km/h (174 mph) and the ability to travel double the distance of our current car, the Gen2 car means there’s no need for a mid-race car swap from Season Five onwards.

I mean we’re hardly a car blog but this thing is a marvel of electric car engineering. It’s new battery was developed by McLaren, which I think is kinda cool.

I’m an F1 fan and interested to see Formula E evolve but I find it difficult to watch if only for their sound, or lack thereof. Despite them smashing out 250km/h+ I can’t help but see & hear nothing more than a series of geriatric gophers whizzing past on the sidewalk.

Not sure how to solve that problem…

Source: Next generation Formula E Car breaks cover in Geneva – Formula E

Adelaide’s 10Gbps fibre connections start coming online

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Due to hit 1,000 buildings in two years, the network is currently attempting to offer services to 40 buildings, with another 140 to follow thereafter, the City of Adelaide said in a statement on Monday.

In it’s continued “FU” to the federal government’s mess known as the NBN South Australia has connected their first building to it’s new “Ten Gigabit” network.

The rollout is being handled by TPG, who were in the throws of building an extensive fibre network of their own in many capital cities before the NBN came along and told them “stop”.

Source: Adelaide 10Gbps fibre network begins building connections | ZDNet

The Amazon/Google spat continues as Amazon stops selling Nest products

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In addition to ending sales of Nest products, Amazon does not sell other Google hardware like the Google Home Speaker or Pixel smartphone. In a seemingly retaliatory move, Google has blocked its YouTube native app from running on Amazon’s Fire TV and Echo Show.

The two giants continue to go blow for blow while consumers suffer and see it as nothing more than a giant dick swinging contest.

Source: Amazon will stop selling Nest smart home devices, escalating its war with Google | Business Insider