Techmeme
May 24, 2018, 1:00 AM

Top News

Jack Nicas / New York Times:
Sources: Apple signed deal with Volkswagen to use vans as autonomous staff shuttles, wanted to partner with BMW and Mercedes-Benz on all-electric autonomous car  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Apple had already curtailed its grand vision for disrupting the automotive industry by building its own self-driving car.
Jim Finkle / Reuters:
Cisco's Talos cyber intelligence unit says 500K+ routers in dozens of countries have been infected by Russia-linked malware and could be used to attack Ukraine  —  (Reuters) - Cisco Systems Inc (CSCO.O) on Wednesday warned that hackers have infected at least 500,000 routers and storage devices …
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Internal email from Uber executive Eric Meyhofer says it has decided to wind down self-driving tests in Arizona, following pedestrian death  —  “We intend to drive in a much more limited way,” Uber executive writes.  —  Uber is shutting down testing of self-driving cars in Arizona …
Nicholas Thompson / Wired:
Facebook outlines new steps to combat false news: request for academic proposals to study it on Facebook, release of a 12-minute film, and news literacy program  —  NEWS FEED, THE algorithm that powers the core of Facebook, resembles a giant irrigation system for the world's information.
Lydia Wheeler / The Hill:
District court judge rules President Trump can't block people from viewing his Twitter feed, calling it a designated public forum protected by First Amendment  —  A federal district court judge on Wednesday ruled that President Trump can't block people from viewing his Twitter feed.
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Apple says it will partially refund customers with iPhone 6 or later that paid for out-of-warranty battery replacements in 2017 by giving them $50 credit  —  Apple said today it'll refund customers who paid for out-of-warranty battery replacements on their iPhone 6 or later devices between January 1st, 2017 and December 28th, 2017.
Kate Conger / Gizmodo:
Facebook says users can now use dedicated hardware or code-generating apps for two-factor authentication without having to register their phone number  —  Facebook users who want extra account security but don't want to share their phone number with the company can now lock down their accounts …
Charlie Osborne / ZDNet:
Qualcomm unveils 10nm Snapdragon 710 SoC with 4K HDR playback support, promises twice the AI performance compared to Snapdragon 660, expected in devices in Q2  —  The focus for the next generation of chips is artificial intelligence, neural networking, and support for high-quality photos and video.
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Tinder says it is testing Tinder Places, which will let users find potential matches based on places they travel to, powered by Foursquare, in Australia, Chile  —  We knew Tinder Places — the dating app's new way to connect people through location sharing — was coming …
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
The Google Lens update announced at Google I/O is rolling out, with ability to search in real time by pointing camera at objects, smart text selection, and more  —  At I/O 2018, Google detailed a big update to Google Lens a year after first announcing it.  In addition to a new design …
More: Droid Life
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
The FCC's Ajit Pai has repeatedly evaded answers and refused to respond to questions from members of Congress, 13 Democrats say in new letter seeking responses  —  Thirteen members of Congress have written to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai criticizing his “repeated evasive responses to our inquiries” …
Abrar Al-Heeti / CNET:
Amazon Map Tracking, which gives live updates of the exact location of packages and their estimated arrival times, is now available for all US deliveries  —  Pinning down the location of your Amazon package should become a whole lot easier with the US rollout of Amazon Map Tracking.
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Apple launches privacy portal where users can download a copy of all data Apple associates with their account, starting in EU and rolling out worldwide later  —  Apple has today launched its new Data and Privacy website, allowing Apple users to download everything that Apple personally associates …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook Marketplace adds home service professionals like house cleaners, plumbers, contractors, and others in partnership with Handy, HomeAdvisor, and more  —  Facebook is entering the home services market.  Starting today, U.S. Facebook users browsing the Facebook Marketplace will be able …
Wall Street Journal:

Sponsor Posts

Microsoft:
Winning hackathon project now helping millions read and write  —  Teacher Merlyne Graves used to spend hours recording for her students who struggled with reading.  Not any more.
IBM:
IBM will give $200,000 to a team that can come up with a solution for natural disaster preparedness  —  Call for Code, The initiative for developers to use their mastery of the latest technologies, to build solutions that can change the world.
eero:
Another day, another cyber security threat. eero keeps your network protected.  —  VPNFilter is the latest router-based malware and is estimated to affect over 500,000 consumer routers.
Zoho:
Planned maintenance of our US Data Center: July 7th, 2018 - 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM PST  —  We have planned a network infrastructure upgrade on our primary data center in the USA on July 7th, 2018 from 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM PST.

Listen to Techmeme's Podcast:

Techmeme Ride Home for Tuesday, June 19 Subscribe via Apple Podcasts, Google Play, or RSS.
 

About This Page

This is a Techmeme archive page. It shows how the site appeared at 1:00 AM ET, May 24, 2018.

The most current version of the site as always is available at our home page. To view an earlier snapshot click here and then modify the date indicated.

More News

Mat Honan / BuzzFeed:

Earlier Picks

Reuters:
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Motherboard: