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Mark Harris / Wired:
Seattle's dockless bike trial shows 74% of city is in favor of bikeshare even as some complain about clogged streets and working conditions at bike providers   —  SEAN HEALY WAS driving for Uber in Seattle when a passenger offered him an intriguing job.  It wasn't the first time a rider …
Jun 17, 2018, 1:55 AMIn context
Mark Harris / IEEE Spectrum:
FCC filing and other public records suggest Facebook is quietly developing internet-delivering satellite tech that could rival efforts by SpaceX and OneWeb   —  Public filings suggest the social media giant is quietly developing orbital tech to rival efforts by SpaceX and OneWeb to deliver Internet by satellite
May 3, 2018, 7:40 PMIn context
Mark Harris / Wired:
Interview with Anthony Levandowski on his AI-focused religion, Way of the Future, of which he's the Dean, which aims to find and worship “a Godhead based on AI”   —  Anthony Levandowski makes an unlikely prophet.  Dressed Silicon Valley-casual in jeans and flanked by a PR rep rather …
Nov 15, 2017, 12:55 PMIn context
Mark Harris / Wired:
Alphabet gets approval from FCC to fly 30 Project Loon balloons over Puerto Rico for 6 months, after Irma and Maria left 90% of the island without cell service   —  LAST FRIDAY, ENGINEERS on Google parent Alphabet's internet-by-balloon Project Loon tweeted that they hoped to bring emergency connectivity …
Oct 7, 2017, 3:55 PMIn context
Mark Harris / Wired:
Profile of Anthony Levandowski, covering his early life and schooling, career before and after Alphabet and Uber, and AI-focused religion, founded in 2015   —  Many people in Silicon Valley believe in the Singularity—the day in our near future when computers will surpass humans in intelligence …
Sep 27, 2017, 5:30 PMIn context
Mark Harris / IEEE Spectrum:
Google has spent $1.1B on its self-driving car project since its inception in 2009 through 2015, Waymo employee's deposition in Uber trial implies   —  Google has never publicly shared how much it spends on its self-driving cars.  At first, Project Chauffeur was hidden away in Google's ultra-secret X moonshot program.
Sep 15, 2017, 4:05 PMIn context
Mark Harris / IEEE Spectrum:
Texts between Travis Kalanick and Anthony Levandowski surface in Waymo-Uber court case, covering thoughts on Tesla, Otto acquisition, DMV probe, more   —  The epic court case between Waymo and Uber over self-driving car secrets took a tabloid turn last week, as Waymo's lawyers filed …
Aug 15, 2017, 3:54 PMIn context
Mark Harris / Wired:
How Palantir made an opaque surveillance network with data from police departments and gov't agencies, locking in clients amid complaints of low transparency   —  When Sergeant Lee DeBrabander marked a case confidential in the Long Beach drug squad's Palantir data analysis system in November 2014 …
Aug 9, 2017, 2:05 PMIn context
Mark Harris / Wired:
Space Data, which is suing Alphabet over patents and trade secret theft, got USPTO to cancel key Project Loon balloon control patent claims last month   —  Last summer, a small company called Space Data sued Alphabet's ‘moonshot’ X division.  At issue was its effort to deliver internet access …
Jul 10, 2017, 6:20 AMIn context
Mark Harris / Backchannel:
Before being acquired by Uber for $680M, self-driving truck startup Otto explicitly ignored Nevada DMV regulations during first public testing   —  The engineer who helped craft Nevada's self-driving car regulations also ended up blowing past them.  —  could be the plot of an Ocean's Eleven movie …
Nov 28, 2016, 11:45 AMIn context

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