Uber founder & CEO resigns after shareholder revolt

Travis Kalanick stepped down Tuesday as chief executive of Uber, the ride-hailing service that he helped found in 2009 and that he built into a transportation colossus, after a shareholder revolt made it untenable for him to stay on at the company.

Earlier on Tuesday, five of Uber’s major investors demanded that the chief executive resign immediately.

Now its up to them to prove that the cancer that riddled it is truly gone. Have Uber gone into remission with this and  20+ other high profile sackings or is the culture so engrained there’s no hope for recovery?

Time will tell.

Source: Uber Founder Travis Kalanick Resigns as C.E.O. – The New York Times

Trump campaign exposes personal data of nearly 200m voters

Sensitive personal information on more than 198 million voters in the United States was stored unencrypted and with no access controls in the cloud, potentially creating one of the largest data leaks ever.

Measuring 1.1TB, the information was stored in an unprotected Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) bucket as spreadsheet files.

Looks like no one needed to “hack” anything to affect the elections, it was all just sitting there waiting to be taken!

Source: Trump campaign data firms leak info on 200m US voters – Security – iTnews

The YotaPhone is back baby

The third YotaPhone featuring an E Ink back should be available later this year from $350 for the entry-level 64GB model.

YotaPhone 3 will reportedly launch this year with a friendlier price. The 64GB model will cost US$350, while the 128GB model will cost US$450…

I loved the YotaPhone concept. It’s e-ink rear display provides a dashboard of information without compromising battery life. Its original, dubbed the “Russian iPhone”, and it’s sequel both suffered from sticker-shock in the market and never proved to be big sellers.

The new YotaPhone 3 is now a mostly Chinese run enterprise and has a heavily reduced price point. The new version will also include a5.5″ 1080p AMOLED display, fingerprint sensor (on the front), 4GB RAM, dual SIM slots, a 12-megapixel main camera, a 13-megapixel front camera, a 3,200mAh battery and USB-C port but no 3.5 mm headphone jack.

I doubt we’ll see an Australian launch but I’d be very interested to get a my hands on one of these and check it out.

Would you YotaPhone?

Source: ‘Russian iPhone’ returns: Dual-screen YotaPhone 3 coming this year from $350 | ZDNet

The ACCC wants your help to monitor ISP speed claims

THE ACCC has revealed it is formally investigating broadband retailers’ speed claims — and it wants 16,000 volunteer households to help it work out if consumers are being misled.

[…] many people are unhappy when the speed they get turns out to be far less than what was advertised.

Information collected from the [ACCC]’s broadband army should also determine whether the NBN Co itself is to blame.

The program is set to kick off in the second half of this year and involve 4,000 homes. It’s probably only 4k because there aren’t more than that with the NBN yet… Hey-ohhhhhhhhhhhhh!

But seriously folks… This isn’t just an NBN thing, backhaul infrastructure is a massive issue, as anyone in a neighbourhood with a high Netflix user base is all too aware.

Source: Have consumers been ‘misled’ by NBN speed claims? | Daily Telegraph

A look behind Channel 7’s new gaming show ScreenPLAY

And so the strategy was formed: screenPLAY, as its now known, would be a gaming platform producing weekly broadcast shows for 7mate, while creating daily digital content for Facebook, YouTube and Twitch. The TV show would be shot the morning it went to air, offering more speed and flexibility.”

The thing that was really appealing to me, was that they were really clear that it was a digital push as well,” Richardson outlined. “They were completely behind the idea that we were making daily digital stuff, we’re on Twitch, we’re on Youtube, we’re not gated behind Seven paywalls, Yahoo, that kind of stuff.”

This is a fantastic piece by Kotaku Australia’s Alex Walker.

There’s been a hell of a lot of questions about the new show, its format, what the mindset was in moving away from the ABC and Alex covers it all and more in great detail.

A great read and one that I think will put a lot of minds to rest over issues being attached to a commercial network may bring.

Really looking forward to the content to begin rolling out, all the best to the show & team behind it!

Source: ScreenPLAY Wants To Be A Home For Gamers | Kotaku Australia

Twitter rolls out a redesigned iOS app

Today, with lots of feedback and ideas from you, we’re refreshing our product too and making it feel lighter, faster, and easier to use. We listened closely and kept what you love. And for the things you didn’t, we took a new approach to fix and make better.

One of biggest (and best) improvements is the use of Safari in-app. This means that when you go to websites like YouTube you’re logged in already.

Other changes include you account/profile settings all being in spot, a consolidation and uniformity of font use and new iconography.

Tweet replies will now update inline meaning that as “conversations” (Twitter is still the worst format for this) happen you can see them update in real time.

Source: Check out our new look!