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|This is the Daily Tech News for Thursday June 15th, 2017 I'm Tom Merritt|
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|Let's start with a few tech things you should know about...|
|t||Google announced a new app called Backup and Sync that can monitor and backup files in any directory you choose. The Backup and Sync app comes out June 28th.||https://www.theverge.com/2017/6/14/15802200/google-backup-and-sync-app-announced-drive-feature|
|j||Netflix is now planning to participate in the "Internet-Wide Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality” on July 12, protest organizers said today.||https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/06/netflix-re-joins-fight-to-save-net-neutrality-rules/|
|t||Facebook published a list of seven hard questions regarding what should be allowed on a social network and seeking the audience’s feedback at email@example.com. A blog post addressing one of the questions describes how Facebook uses AI to find and remove posts related to terrorism.||https://techcrunch.com/2017/06/15/facebook-censorship-terrorism/|
|j||Free roaming between all 28 current EU member states went into effect Thursday. Some limits apply for inexpensive plans or unlimited plans, but most consumers will see no difference from using their home plans.||https://techcrunch.com/2017/06/15/europe-mostly-ends-mobile-roaming-fees-from-today/?ncid=rss|
|Now here are some more top stories|
|t||A Texas woman who was raped by her Uber driver in India filed a lawsuit against Uber, Travis Kalanick and two of its former executives for intrusion into private affairs, public disclosure of private facts and defamation. She alleges the Eric Alexander convinced his fellow executives that her 2014 rape account might have been part of a conspiracy by a rival ride-hailing company. Alexander is accused of obtaining and discussing the woman’s medical records. An Uber spokesman said on Thursday: “No one should have to go through a horrific experience like this, and we’re truly sorry that she’s had to relive it over the last few weeks.”||https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/15/technology/uber-india-rape-lawsuit.html|
|j||Twitter has launched a redesign across its apps and websites. Profile icons are now round, typography is more consistent, and titles like “In case you missed it” are now bold. The reply icon has changed to a conversation bubble. IOS users will have web links open in Safari Viewer preserving logins and ad blocking. Changes come today to all platforms including Tweetdeck.||https://techcrunch.com/2017/06/15/twitter-tweaks-its-design-again-in-an-attempt-to-woo-newcomers/|
|t||Amazon’s Dash Wand barcode scanner now has Amazon Voice Services built in. The wand costs $20 for US Amazon Prime members and comes with a $20 credit and 90-days free AmazonFresh grocery service.||https://www.cnet.com/news/amazons-new-alexa-powered-dash-wand-costs-prime-users-nothing/|
|j||An AI from Microsoft-owned Maluuba has achieved a perfect score of 999,990 in Atari 2600’s Ms. Pac-man. The team used reinforcement learning using more than 150 AI agents working in parallel to master the game. A “senior manager” agent took all the suggestions and decided how to move Ms. Pac-man. This demonstrates it can perform complex tasks though the trick will be to translate that into useful real-world tasks.||http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-40287270|
|t||Stack Overflow’s 2017 Developer Survey notes that developers who use spaces instead of tabs earn about £13,000 more per year. The survey covered close to 26,000 developers. 40.7 percent of those surveyed use tabs, while 41.8 percent use spaces. That means 17.5% refuse to pick a side and use both.||https://thenextweb.com/dd/2017/06/15/programmers-who-use-spaces-to-indent-arent-just-better-theyre-richer-too/#.tnw_eJioLQLa|
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|Bloomberg’s sources say Amazon has made inquiries into acquiring Slack, the business-oriented chat and collaboration client. Slack could be valued at up to $9 billion according to Bloomberg. It was last valued at $3.8 billion during a round of funding last year. Slack has 5 million daily active users, 1.5 million who pay for the service and would fit in Amazon’s enterprise offerings like Chime it’s video conferencing service.||https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-06-15/messaging-startup-slack-said-to-draw-interest-from-amazon-com|
|From Rich Stroffolino: The Amazon buying Slack rumors are interesting. It would fit into their recent moves into productivity. They launched Chime in February (based on their Biba acquisition), they've acquired some business focused chat and AI assets last year (angel.ai). They could pivot either S3 or Amazon Drive into something with more of a business front end (a la what Box just did), and offer an interesting productivity stack. Or maybe some kind of Prime subscription for business based around that||- Amazon’s largest acquisition was Twitch at $970 million ($10 billion valuation)|
- Amazon had $21.5 billion in cash at the end of March
- In January, Slack debuted an enterprise version of its chat software that allows tens of thousands of employees to collaborate across teams at major corporations like International Business Machines Corp.
- Slack has 5 million daily active users -- 1.5 million of whom pay to use the service -- and had $150 million in annual recurring revenue as of Jan. 31.
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Scott was asking on yesterday's show how Uber and Lyft drivers felt about driving around passengers with criminal records.
In regards to those with drunk driving convictions, as mentioned in the news story about the judge from Ohio, this is actually nothing new. Rideshare drivers get a lot of business from those with DUIs or those trying to avoid them. These riders are actually some of our best fares, since they realize that even with crazy surge multipliers the cost of an Uber or Lyft is a fraction of the financial impact from a DUI conviction. Drivers are not notified that a passenger has a DUI by the way, this information has always been volunteered as part of the conversation.
Passengers actually are not subject to any sort of screening process at all, a five-year-old with a manslaughter charge could get an Uber account. This is a source of some contention among drivers who feel that Uber and Lyft are not doing enough to ensure their safety. Everyone advocates for ways to make sure that your Uber driver isn't a rapist or serial killer, but not the other way around. Drivers are largely on their own in cases of assault, with the corporate office getting involved only to issue statements to media organizations. By the time the rating system catches up with an offending passenger, they've likely received multiple reports from multiple drivers. In extreme cases they may have their account suspended, but it's easy enough to create another one.
In short, as a driver I would definitely like to know if my passenger had some history of violent behavior. As things currently stand, we're left to relying on dash cameras and pepper spray to protect ourselves in case the worst happens.
Strange to hear something I'm familiar with on the show.
Judge Mike Cicconetti (cicka-netty) is a family friend, and he's been in the news for years with unusual sentencing options.
Where we live, a taxi can't be flagged down, it's more like making an appointment. I almost always call the day before. So, when the bars close, a quick press on their smartphone would probably be easier than calling a cab.
Lest you worry, Mike offered someone the option of 30-days in jail or walking 30-miles because they didn't pay a taxi driver. So he's not anti-taxi either.
On Wednesday’s episode you mentioned a story about Judge Cicconetti ordering some defendants to download Uber or Lyft onto their phones. As creative sentences go, this is actually a rather tame one from Cicconetti. As someone who has grown up in his jurisdiction, I have watched with amusement as various sentences of his have gone viral and across the country. One thing to note about his creative sentences however is that they are always voluntary. As in, you can choose to serve the normal sentence for the crime, or you can agree to a reduction in the sentence in exchange for agreeing to one of his creative sentences. Because of his antics he has a Wikipedia page that lists many of his unique sentences. Some of them are very unusual, but always in some way are tied to the crime that was committed. One of my favorites was when he ordered some teens who flattened all the school’s bus tires to host and run a picnic for an elementary class that had their field trip cancelled due to the vandalism.
Love the Show.
Vaughn from not quite Cleveland, but close enough.
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