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Apple expands self-driving experts roster, hires Tesla engineer

Apple expands self-driving experts roster, hires Tesla engineer

Apple has hired one of Tesla Motors’ senior engineers for work on its own self-driving technology -- presumably as part of its Project Titan. The information surfaced via LinkedIn, where the network’s profile for Jamie Carlson revealed he has left Tesla and joined Apple. In addition, other LinkedIn profiles show that half a dozen other individuals said to work in the self-driving technology industry have also started working at Apple. Details about “Project Titan” surfaced this past February; the car is said to be a competitor to Tesla.

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Yelp, US government partner: official federal pages inbound

Yelp, US government partner: official federal pages inbound

Yelp has announced that it partnered with the U.S. government, and that under the partnership, federal agencies will be able to claim Yelp pages and use them to solicit and monitor feedback. Whether that will result in any actual meaningful changes in government offices and airports where its receives low marks is doubtful, but regardless users now have another option to vent their complaints and, if they're feeling generous, leave a positive note the next time the TSA gets you through the line smoothly.

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YouTube Space studio is coming to India

YouTube Space studio is coming to India

Google announced today that Mumbai, India will be counted among the few select cities laying claim to a YouTube Space studio. YouTube Spaces have already been launched in LA, London, Tokyo, New York City, Sao Paulo, and Berlin, with the first one having been launched in 2012. Thousands of YouTube creators have visited the YouTube Spaces, according to Google, and it’ll likely see those numbers increase more rapidly with this latest launch.

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Apple’s newest diversity numbers show small yearly gain

Apple’s newest diversity numbers show small yearly gain

Apple is one of several tech companies that have publicly proclaimed goals to increase workforce diversity. Today it published its updated diversity numbers, and relatively speaking, the company made small but appreciable gains. Over the last twelve months, Apple made positive changes in nearly every category, increasing the diversity of its new hires for an overall more diverse workforce. Said CEO Tim Cook in a statement, “Diversity is critical to innovation and it is essential to Apple’s future.”

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Tinder follows Twitter meltdown with new CEO

Tinder follows Twitter meltdown with new CEO

This week Tinder was in the news for its epic meltdown, which took place on Twitter in tweet form following a piece about the company in Vanity Fair. The company has left that news behind, though, admitting that it shouldn't have happened and then quickly shifting focus: the company has given CEO Chris Payne the boot, and will be replacing him with former CEO and co-founder Sean Rad. The reason is said to revolve around Payne not being a good fit for the company, something Payne is said to agree with.

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Periscope hits 10 million users milestone

Periscope hits 10 million users milestone

On Wednesday, Periscope announced that it had reached (and subsequently exceeded) the 10 million user accounts mark on August 2, underscoring the success it has seen since launch and the growing adoption by mobile users. Periscope first launched back in late March, making it a fresh-faced service with a big-name foundation: Twitter. The service has so far trumped competing product Meerkat, though both of those services are staring down the barrel of big competition with YouTube’s newly made live streaming announcement.

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Evernote clarifies top plan’s ‘unlimited’ storage: 10GB per month

Evernote clarifies top plan’s ‘unlimited’ storage: 10GB per month

In April, Evernote introduced updated plans in the form of Plus and Premium, both of which come with a subscription fee and features commensurate with what each plan offers. The premium feature is targeted at Evernote power users — those who use it frequently, likely daily, and need ample space to do so. As such, Evernote announced that the premium plan offers “unlimited” storage, but users soon discovered that, as with buffets and mobile plans, there’s still a limit -- the company just didn’t anticipate you’d manage to hit it.

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Twitter expands transparency report with two new categories

Twitter expands transparency report with two new categories

Twitter has announced that it is, for the first time, expanding the scope of its transparency report, doing so to include two new categories: email privacy practices and trademark notices. This brings the report up to five categories. In addition, Twitter is making it easier to find its data with a redesign of its transparency site, including adding improvements to its mobile transparency portal. The new design is already in place, and the data has been refreshed with the two new sections.

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BMW says it won’t give up the Alphabet domain, trademark

BMW says it won’t give up the Alphabet domain, trademark

Google's Larry Page introduced Alphabet yesterday, a holding company that will, as far as consumers go, not change much. You probably have noticed that Google didn't plant its new Alphabet website on the Alphabet.com domain, however, and that if you go to the website it doesn't have anything to do with Alphabet. That's because it is owned by BMW, as is the Alphabet trademark, and the auto maker has revealed in a statement that it has no interest in changing that.

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Columbia House files for bankruptcy after 20 lackluster years

Columbia House files for bankruptcy after 20 lackluster years

After about 20 years of declining sales, Columbia House has filed for bankruptcy. The chapter 11 bankruptcy will involve the business being auctioned off to whomever wants it, though there aren't likely to be many bidders battling it out -- the company's name is arguably all it has keeping it afloat, though even that hasn't been enough to keep its value from plummeting. Columbia House found its success years ago as a mail-order CD business, which it killed off half a decade ago.

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Google did not just turn into Alphabet

Google did not just turn into Alphabet

In the past half-day since Google announced Alphabet, there's been just as much confusion as there has been understanding. What Google didn't do was turn themselves into a different company. What Google DID do was to create an umbrella company that's able to better handle all the strange or otherwise non-Googley projects they've found themselves creating over the past few years. Google isn't done, and you're not going to be "Alphabetting" anything when you need to search the internet.

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Study: Ad-blocking software use is rising at breakneck speed

Study: Ad-blocking software use is rising at breakneck speed

AdBlock and apps like it are the bane of ad-supported websites, and an occasional bit of browser extension-based guilt for users. On one hand, no one wants to deal with ads, at least not the poorly utilized ads found on many websites. At the same time, many users recognize that their favorite websites probably depend on those advertisement dollars, and so they may disable AdBlock for certain websites. Many ad-blocking users don’t bother doing the latter, however, and that makes a new report from Adobe and PageFair particularly worrisome for companies.

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