Plus, the speedy evolution of robotic fingers.
Uber is shutting down its self-driving vehicles unit, and can as a substitute focus its growth efforts on autonomous vehicles. The corporate’s strikes within the trucking business have been dogged by controversy since 2016, when Uber paid a reported $680 million for Otto, a self-driving vehicles startup based by former Google engineer Anthony Levandowski, who was later sued by Alphabet and fired from Uber. Uber Freight, a enterprise unit that helps truck drivers join with transport firms, is unaffected by the choice. [Kristen Korosec / TechCrunch]
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T-Cell US signed a $3.5 billion cope with Nokia to construct 5G wi-fi community gear for the cellular provider, the world’s largest 5G deal but. T-Cell, the No. Three U.S. cellular provider — which lately agreed to a merger with Dash — stated the multiyear provide deal will enable it to ship the primary nationwide 5G companies, making a extra formidable rival to telecom giants Verizon and AT&T. [Eric Auchard / Reuters]
A Berlin-based startup needs to be “Netflix for devices” by providing pay-as-you-go subscription leases of the newest shopper tech. Focusing on Germany just for now, Grover, which has raised about $43 million in a Collection A spherical, presents particular person tech merchandise by subscription as a substitute for proudly owning merchandise outright; it has additionally been testing a B2B product geared toward younger firms that, for instance, would possibly need to subscribe to a bunch of MacBooks to offer to new workers. [Steve O’Hear / TechCrunch]
The world financial system runs on GPS — and it wants a backup plan. The World Positioning System, the ever-present satellite tv for pc navigation expertise that was constructed for the U.S. army, has discovered its approach into all our pockets. Not only for maps, it’s additionally a sort of huge, spaceborne clock that retains world pc methods from freaking out. It’s additionally shockingly susceptible to every kind of interference. [Paul Tullis / Bloomberg Businessweek]
U.S. Sen. Mark Warner laid out 20 completely different paths to deal with issues posed by Huge Tech platforms, from placing a worth on customers’ information, to requiring platforms to label bot accounts, to imitating Europe’s GDPR guidelines and giving extra powers to shoppers. The coverage paper ready by the employees of Senate Intelligence Committee vice chairman Warner is a window to the choices accessible to U.S. policymakers involved about disinformation and privateness.[David McCabe / Axios]
Find time for this fascinating yarn about how an ex-cop rigged McDonald’s point-of-sale Monopoly recreation and stole thousands and thousands. Jerry Jacobson and his community of mobsters, psychics, strip-club house owners and drug traffickers gained nearly each prize for 12 years, till the FBI launched an undercover scamp sting known as Operation Remaining Reply. [Jeff Maysh / The Daily Beast]
Prediction markets that permit customers wager on assassinations of public figures or the variety of days earlier than the following mass taking pictures, have begun to look on Augur, a blockchain-based, uncensorable platform the place customers can create prediction markets based mostly on the result of any verifiable occasion, from World Cup video games to elections to cryptocurrency costs to the climate. In the meantime, small international locations like Bermuda and Malta are competing to grow to be the go-to locations for cryptocurrency entrepreneurs and tasks. [David Floyd / Coindesk]
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How robotic fingers are evolving to do what ours can.