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General Motors wants its customers to rent their cars to other people

General Motors wants its customers to rent their cars to other people

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Car ownership ain’t what it used to be. Despite more people buying cars than ever before, the big auto companies are experimenting with alternate ownership models under the assumption that their sales will drop in the future. The most recent example is General Motors, which announced Tuesday a new peer-to-peer car-sharing service, in which owners […]

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Facebook signs agreement saying it won’t let housing advertisers exclude users by race

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Facebook has signed a new, legally binding agreement with the state of Washington agreeing to remove advertisers’ ability to exclude races, religions, sexual orientations, and other protected classes in certain ad-targeting sectors. The announcement was made today by Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who spearheaded a 20-month investigation into the social network, which first came […]

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A million Facebook users watched a video that blurs the line between bad satire and ‘fake news’

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A conservative news outlet spliced together a “satirical” interview with Democratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, published it on Facebook without noting it was satire, and racked up over a million views in less than 24 hours — many from people who appear convinced it’s real. The video is fake, and for the people who are […]

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Uber’s self-driving cars are back on public roads, but under human control

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Uber’s self-driving cars are back on public roads in Pittsburgh this week, four months after a fatal crash prompted the company to shut down its testing program in North America. For now, the vehicles will not be driven in autonomous mode, but instead will be manually operated by human safety drivers while Uber continues its […]

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Sci-fi convention Worldcon reorganizes its programming amid exclusion backlash

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Science fiction convention Worldcon recently came under fire after complaints from writers and Hugo Award nominees about ignoring or excluding marginalized groups in its lineup. Now, the prestigious convention’s chair, Kevin Roche, has announced that the organization is ripping up the previous programming schedule for the August event and starting from scratch. Worldcon — shorthand […]

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Watch two back-to-back rocket launches on Wednesday morning

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Chinese internet users employ the blockchain to share a censored news article

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Chinese netizens have turned to blockchain to share a censored news story about faulty vaccines given to small babies. Their efforts to repost an investigative piece about a large vaccine maker were largely thwarted by internet monitors, but by sticking the story within the metadata of a cryptocurrency transaction, netizens have been able to outsmart […]

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Fyre Festival founder Billy McFarland settles with SEC, must repay $27.4 million

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Fyre Festival puppet master Billy McFarland isn’t going to prison, but he does owe the people he defrauded — via the beautiful, doomed disaster that was the one-percenter island music festival, and before that, the fake influencer credit card company Magnises — to the tune of $27.4 million. Following McFarland’s conviction on two counts of […]

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Juul is being investigated by Massachusetts for hooking kids on vaping

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The Massachusetts attorney general is investigating e-cigarette company Juul Labs in a statewide push to end youth vaping and nicotine addiction. Juul Labs controls more than two-thirds of the e-cig market, “and way too much of their product is ending up in the hands of young people and ending up in schools,” Massachusetts Attorney General […]

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Google Docs gets a grammar checker that relies on machine translation

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Google Docs is, at long last, getting a grammar-checking feature, which’ll be able to identify mixed up words (like “affect” and “effect”), incorrect tenses, improper uses of commas and clauses, and more. To do all of that, Google says it’ll be relying on machine translation — the same technology it uses to translate between multiple […]

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