Uber’s $5 Billion Loss, Boeing’s 787 Trouble, and More Car News

Uber’s $5 Billion Loss, Boeing’s 787 Trouble, and More Car News

And a new report questions whether the century’s sexiest transportation companies, the ride-hailers at Uber and Lyft, are doing enough to keep recalled vehicles off their platform .Some miraculous things happened this week, too.

Surprise! Uber and Lyft Do Not Like NYC’s New Ride-Hail Rules

Surprise! Uber and Lyft Do Not Like NYC’s New Ride-Hail Rules

The ride-hail companies are also changing the way their apps work for New York City drivers, many of whom work full-time because of the more stringent licensing policies.

What Does Amazon's 'Top Brand' Badge Actually Mean?

What Does Amazon's 'Top Brand' Badge Actually Mean?

Louise Matsakis covers Amazon, internet law, and online culture for WIRED.James Thomson, a former Amazon employee and a partner at Buy Box Experts, a firm that consults with independent Amazon sellers, says Top Brands likely have high sales volumes and high conversion rates, meaning a lot of people who look at their product listings ultimately choose to buy from them.

At Twitter, It Seems No One Can Hear the Screams

At Twitter, It Seems No One Can Hear the Screams

Should I delete my tweets ?If those ideas find their way onto the main platform, we might see a version of Twitter that's a little less about viral rage and a little more about talking to people you like.

How Facebook Catches Bugs in Its 100 Million Lines of Code

How Facebook Catches Bugs in Its 100 Million Lines of Code

So four years ago, Facebook engineers began building a customized assessment tool that not only checks for known types of bugs but can fully scan the entire codebase in under 30 minutes—helping engineers catch issues in tweaks, changes, or major new features before they go live.

A Strange Radioactive Cloud Likely Came From Russia

A Strange Radioactive Cloud Likely Came From Russia

After the ruthenium plume was detected in late 2017, IRSN issued a report in which it theorized that the accident occurred when Mayak attempted to create a highly compact, highly radioactive material that could emit a large number of neutrinos (difficult-to-detect fundamental particles) for a physics experiment in Italy called SOX.

Catch Rockets With a Helicopter? Yep, That's the Plan

Catch Rockets With a Helicopter? Yep, That's the Plan

Deel says the company plans to use HIAD technology and helicopter recovery to catch the powerful BE-4 engines from its next generation Vulcan Centaur rocket as soon as 2024.So far, SpaceX remains the only rocket company to have successfully recovered and reflown a booster from an orbital rocket.

How President Trump Scooped Me on a Google Story

How President Trump Scooped Me on a Google Story

For the past two years or so, I’ve been reporting on tensions inside Google’s workforce—between Google’s management and its employees, and between pro-diversity Googlers and those on the far right, some of whom made a practice of leaking the company’s internal communications to the media.

WFH: Chinese Engineers Abroad Come Back

WFH: Chinese Engineers Abroad Come Back

As a result, Mobvoi leans heavily on haigui , a Chinese pun on the word for “sea turtle.” Haigui refers to Chinese people who return to China after studying or working overseas, like Li Zhifei.

Google's Hellish 3 Years, Trump's Tariff Delay, and More News

Google's Hellish 3 Years, Trump's Tariff Delay, and More News

Google has been quietly going through internal hell, Trump is delaying tariffs on some electronics, and a deadly superbug yeast is making its way through hospitals. Get your Christmas shopping in early: Trump's planned 10 percent tariffs on some consumer electronics like phones and laptops will be delayed until December 15 .

How a 'NULL' License Plate Landed One Hacker in Ticket Hell

How a 'NULL' License Plate Landed One Hacker in Ticket Hell

Tartaro next turned to the DMV, which he says worked with the Citation Processing Center to void out the bulk of tickets that had errantly come his way.

Nate Mitchell Exits Facebook, Taking Oculus Era With Him

Nate Mitchell Exits Facebook, Taking Oculus Era With Him

And today, with Nate Mitchell announcing his departure from Facebook, the last of the Oculus founders has moved on. After the official Oculus Rift headset came out in 2016, the company brought Android and Xiaomi executive Hugo Barra in to replace Iribe and lead Facebook's VR efforts.

Apple's Battery 'Service' Alerts Are a Blow Against Right to Repair

Apple's Battery 'Service' Alerts Are a Blow Against Right to Repair

“You can’t provide special tools for fixing things in your repair center without also providing it to consumers.” (Apple has not confirmed whether it uses special software to eliminate the “Service” warning on an iPhone at the time the battery is replaced.).

Three Years of Misery Inside Google, the Happiest Company in Tech

Three Years of Misery Inside Google, the Happiest Company in Tech

As part of this internal advocacy work, Fong-Jones had become attuned to the way discussions about diversity on internal forums were beset by men like Cernekee, Damore, and other coworkers who were “just asking questions.” To her mind, Google's management had allowed these dynamics to fester for too long, and now it was time for executives to take a stand.

Snap Bets Its Future on a Stylish New Pair of Spectacles

Snap Bets Its Future on a Stylish New Pair of Spectacles

Snap Bets Its Future on a Stylish New Pair of Spectacles. For Snap, the maker of the ephemeral messaging app Snapchat, it's preparing by making a new pair of sunglasses: Spectacles 3.This isn’t Snap’s first rodeo.

Allbirds Steps Into Apparel with Sustainable Socks

Allbirds Steps Into Apparel with Sustainable Socks

“Very early on, we realized that about half of our customers were wearing our shoes without socks,” says company cofounder Tim Brown. Brown says wearing Allbirds with or without socks is a matter of personal preference.

Uber’s Big Loss, Boeing’s 787 Trouble, and More Car News This Week

Uber’s Big Loss, Boeing’s 787 Trouble, and More Car News This Week

Maybe that’s how the folks at Boeing felt when a security researcher revealed he had found flaws in the code for the 787 Dreamliner .Limited regulations, good weather, and a whole lot of freight to move: Why Kodiak and other AV trucking companies have flocked to Texas .Electric cars still make up a tiny percentage of new car sales, but they’ve now been around long enough to start appearing on used car lots —and the deals are pretty good.

A Remote-Start App Exposed Thousands of Cars to Hackers

A Remote-Start App Exposed Thousands of Cars to Hackers

But with any of three different security flaws present across those apps—which Jmaxxz says he reported to the company and have since been fixed—he says he could have gained access to MyCar's database backend, letting him or a less friendly hacker pinpoint and steal any car connected to the MyCar app, anywhere in the world.

Election Systems Are Even More Vulnerable Than We Thought

Election Systems Are Even More Vulnerable Than We Thought

But a group of security researchers told Motherboard this week they found what look like election infrastructure online in 10 states, including swing states like Wisconsin, Michigan, and Florida.

Huawei's HarmonyOS Is No Android Replacement

Huawei's HarmonyOS Is No Android Replacement

Huawei's Richard Yu talked up HarmonyOS' wide-ranging potential at the company's recent developer conference in Dongguan, China. While there’s no reason to doubt that Huawei can put HarmonyOS on a smartphone—Chinese media says it’s already in the works—the mere presence of an operating system doesn’t make a device usable, any more than the presence of a big tent guarantees a circus performance.

This Teen Hacker Found Bugs in School Software That Exposed Millions of Records

This Teen Hacker Found Bugs in School Software That Exposed Millions of Records

In Follett's software, Demirkapi says he found bugs that would have given a hacker access to student data like grade point average, special education status, number of suspensions, and passwords.

How Safecrackers Can Unlock an ATM in Minutes—Without Leaving a Trace

How Safecrackers Can Unlock an ATM in Minutes—Without Leaving a Trace

Over the last two and a half years, Davis has found techniques to crack three different types of the Kaba Mas high-security electronic combination locks the company has sold for securing ATM safes, pharmacy drug cabinets, and even Department of Defense facilities, representing millions of locks around the world.

Uber and Lyft Suggest the Days of Cheap Rides Could Be Over

Uber and Lyft Suggest the Days of Cheap Rides Could Be Over

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said that his company’s rivalry with the other big San Francisco-based ride-hailing company had cooled—for now. Uber also took a hit in Latin America, where its revenue fell by 24 percent in the quarter, as Chinese ride-hail company Didi began an aggressive push into that market.

Apple Gives Hackers a Special iPhone—And a Bigger Bug Bounty

Apple Gives Hackers a Special iPhone—And a Bigger Bug Bounty

Only three years ago did it suddenly shift its attitude towards security researchers, offering bounties as high as $200,000 to researchers who revealed some types of vulnerabilities in the iPhone .But even then, Apple's bug bounty program remained invite-only, open to only a select group of Apple's preferred and trusted researchers.

An Old-School Auto Supplier Is Betting on an Electric Future

An Old-School Auto Supplier Is Betting on an Electric Future

Automotive industry supplier Continental said Wednesday that it’s cutting its investment in the internal combustion engine, to better focus on the electric powertrain it believes is the future of the car.

A Boeing Code Leak Exposes Security Flaws Deep in a 787's Guts

A Boeing Code Leak Exposes Security Flaws Deep in a 787's Guts

An attacker could potentially pivot, Santamarta says, from the in-flight entertainment system to the CIS/MS to send commands to far more sensitive components that control the plane's safety-critical systems, including its engine, brakes, and sensors.

8 Ways Overseas Drug Manufacturers Dupe the FDA

8 Ways Overseas Drug Manufacturers Dupe the FDA

At the plant’s quality-control laboratory, an investigator scrutinized the results of high-performance liquid chromatography tests, which measure the impurities in a drug sample and display them as a series of peaks in a record called a chromatogram.

The Weird, Dark History of 8chan

The Weird, Dark History of 8chan

The El Paso shooter posted an anti-immigration manifesto on 8chan minutes before he opened fire on people in a WalMart not far from the US-Mexico border.

Attention Apple Retro-Heads: Claris is Back!

Attention Apple Retro-Heads: Claris is Back!

FileMaker, still a wholly owned subsidiary of Apple, said Tuesday that it has changed its name to Claris International as it diversifies its portfolio of products and services beyond its flagship FileMaker Pro. To that end, Claris said it has acquired the Italian startup Stamplay, which lets people stitch together web services like Dropbox and Slack without writing code.

Self-Driving Trucks Are Ready to Do Business in Texas

Self-Driving Trucks Are Ready to Do Business in Texas

Aarian Marshall covers autonomous vehicles, transportation policy, and urban planning for WIRED.But when the pair went looking for a place to operate the self-driving trucks they’re building through their year-old startup, Kodiak Robotics , Silicon Valley—really, all of California—was never on the table.

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