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May 12, 2015, 5:55 AM

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Chris Urmson / Backchannel:
Google's self-driving car head says after 1.7M miles, just 11 minor accidents have resulted, none Google's fault  —  The View from the Front Seat of the Google Self-Driving Car  —  After 1.7 million miles we've learned a lot—not just about our system but how humans drive, too.
Justin Pritchard / Associated Press:
Of nearly 50 self-driving vehicles tested on public roads in California since September, three Google cars and one Delphi car were involved in minor accidents  —  AP Exclusive: Self-driving cars getting dinged in California  —  3 photos  —  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Four of the nearly 50 self-driving cars …
Brendan Klinkenberg / BuzzFeed:
Instagram says it erred in shutting down The Shade Room, a TMZ-style publication that had 700k followers  —  Instagram Says Shutting Down The Shade Room Was A Mistake  —  The social photo sharing service says it wrongly removed The Shade Room account, but refuses to elaborate.
Emily Guendelsberger / Philadelphia City Paper:
Reporter goes undercover as Uber driver, makes $9.34/hour, notes orientation video just 13 minutes  —  I was an undercover Uber driver  —  Two good-looking young strangers are having an amazing conversation in the backseat of my car.  I'm eavesdropping so hard I nearly run a red light.
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Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
Rackspace Plunges 11% On Lackluster Q2 Guidance  —  After reporting its earnings, including a profit meet and a small revenue miss, shares of Rackspace are down sharply in after-hours trading.  The cloud-focused company's guidance for its current quarter failed to match expectations …
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
SEC filing shows Twitter paid a total of $86.6M to acquire Periscope and social media talent agency Niche  —  Twitter Paid Over $86 Million for Periscope and Niche  —  Twitter spent more than $86 million to acquire livestreaming app Periscope and social media talent agency Niche earlier this year.
The White House:
White House names Princeton Computer Science professor, tech policy expert, and activist Ed Felten Deputy US Chief Technology Officer  —  The White House Names Dr. Ed Felten as Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer  —  We are excited to announce that Dr. Ed Felten is joining the White House Office …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
NYT Now releases version 2.0, removes $7.99 monthly subscription, will monetize through ads instead  —  News Digest App “NYT Now” Drops Subscription Pricing, Offers Brand Sponsorships Instead  —  The New York Times said today it's ditching the paid subscription model for its mobile app NYT Now …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
After Several Public Google Maps Hacks, Google Forced To Suspend Map Maker To Prevent More Fake Edits  —  Google has temporarily suspended Google Map Maker, a service to allow the community to make edits to Google Maps similar to how Wikipedia edits work.  The reason the service was suspended …

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