WhatsApp will share user data such as phone numbers with Facebook, but you can opt out

That sounds great, but it will entail sharing your WhatsApp-verified phone number with Facebook — something that will no doubt garner the chagrin of millions of users. It has been clear for some time that Facebook has wanted its billion-plus users to include their mobile phone number in their profile, but it has hitherto failed to convince many to do so. Given that a mobile phone number is required to use WhatsApp, this presents an obvious conduit for Facebook to “join the dots” between its services and give businesses a further avenue to market their wares with ads targeted at the right people.

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Apple may add Snapchat-like video features to make iOS more social

The impact on you at home: As we said earlier, all of these new features are currently under development. It’s unknown if any of them will actually see the light of day. Regardless, it appears Apple is hard at work on adding more social features to future versions of iOS and iOS devices, which is in some ways an extension of its previous efforts. Apple integrated Twitter and Facebook into iOS in 2011 and 2012 respectively, for example, allowing seamless sharing of content to the two popular social networks.

You can now play Solitaire and Tic-Tac-Toe in Google’s search results

Available through the desktop and Google mobile apps, anyone searching for the keywords “solitaire” or “tic-tac-toe” will see the usual search results, but featured prominently alongside them you’ll also now see a “tap to play” option which whisks you off to play the game.

The world's first self-driving taxis are now available in Singapore

Start-up  nuTonomy plans to have a full self-driving taxi fleet by 2018. They currently have six cars available to riders with an invitation.

Uber Loses at Least $1.2 Billion in First Half of 2016

In the first quarter of this year, Uber lost about $520 million before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, according to people familiar with the matter. In the second quarter the losses significantly exceeded $750 million, including a roughly $100 million shortfall in the U.S., those people said. That means Uber's losses in the first half of 2016 totaled at least $1.27 billion.

Amazon launches Amazon Vehicles to help car buyers

Amazon.com ( AMZN.O ) on Thursday launched Amazon Vehicles, an online platform for users to research on cars, auto parts and accessories.

WhatsApp says it will share some data with Facebook for ads & other purposes

Messaging service WhatsApp on Thursday updated its user terms and privacy policy, revealing that it will start sharing phone numbers and some analytics data with its parent company, Facebook.

Use WhatsApp? Get ready to receive marketing messages from firms | ZDNet

"By coordinating more with Facebook, we'll be able to do things like track basic metrics about how often people use our services and better fight spam on WhatsApp. And by connecting your phone number with Facebook's systems, Facebook can offer better friend suggestions and show you more relevant ads if you have an account with them. For example, you might see an ad from a company you already work with, rather than one from someone you've never heard of."

Why Uber Is Losing Money Faster Than Any Tech Company Ever

Uber is clearly playing by the same “grow first, make money later” edict of Silicon Valley, so it should be no surprise the company’s costs have increased as its operations expand into new cities. What is surprising, however, is that the biggest cost to the company is the fee it pays out to drivers. According to the Bloomberg report, driver subsidies account for a majority of losses in the first half of 2016.

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Viveport Development Awards offers cash prizes for VR apps

Viveport's Development Awards is open to any developer that submits an app to the platform from today, and five finalists each will be selected for each category: the Viveport "pillars" of Discover, Create, Connect, Watch and Shop. From there, a panel of judges will pick the grand prize winners -- though HTC says all of the final nominees will be awarded prizes. The contest also kicks off Viveport's Developer Beta and community pages -- which contestants will need to use to submit their projects. With any luck, the awards program will help Viveport build a strong library for the consumer launch later this year. If not? Well, at least we'll always have Steam.

Guy Hacks Together a Piano From Chopsticks and Other Instruments and It Sounds Great

You don’t need a million dollar Steinway piano to put on a captivating musical performance. You don’t even need a real piano, as Sami Elu proves, by hacking together recycled instruments , materials you’d find at a hardware store, and a bunch of unused chopsticks.

Cyclist Goes Full Superman, Beats Everyone

Pro tip to cyclists: sailing through the air horizontally while gripping your handlebars for dear life is the most efficient way downhill.

Here's Why That Misleading AP Tweet About Hillary Clinton Matters

As Matthew Yglesias at Vox pointed out , “the stark fact highlighted in the AP’s tweet and social share card is, for starters, totally false.” In order to come up with its blockbuster figure—that 85 out of the 154 people Clinton met with eventually donated to the Clinton Foundation—the AP “excluded from the denominator all employees of any government, whether U.S. or foreign.”

Domino's wants to start delivering pizzas by drone in New Zealand

WELLINGTON/SYDNEY (Reuters) - A New Zealand pizza chain aims to become the world's first company to offer a commercial drone delivery service, a milestone in the once-unthinkable quest to save time and money with an air-borne supply chain dispensing with people.

The first driverless taxi has hit the streets in Singapore

Developer nuTonomy invited a select group of people to download their app and ride for free in its "robo-taxi" in a western Singapore hi-tech business district, hoping to get feedback ahead of a planned dull launch of the service in 2018.

This startup from MIT just beat Uber to the first self-driving taxi

Now Apple is starting to develop a video-sharing app that allows users to record video, apply filters, and drawings to the media—much like Snapchat does—and send it to contacts or via existing social networks such as Twitter Inc., according to the people familiar with its development. The software is currently being designed to be used mostly with one hand and with the intention that video could be shot, edited, and uploaded in less than one minute, the people said. At least one of the prototype designs for the app would shoot video in an Instagram-like square shape, one of the people said.

French official threatens to sue social media users who share burkini photos

A French politician has threatened to file a lawsuit against anyone who shares photos or videos of police enforcing a ban on the burkini — the full-body bathing suit, designed for Muslim women, that has suddenly become a symbol of religious and social tensions in France. The statement comes after the widespread circulation of photos showing a Muslim woman removing her clothes in front of four male police officers on a beach in Nice.


One woman was killed and another injured . In what police are calling Japan's first death linked to Pokemon Go, a driver playing the smartphone game hit two pedestrians on Tuesday night, officials said. The collision broke the neck of one woman, killing her, and left another woman with a broken hip, the Wall Street Journal reports. Police in Tokushima, on the western Japanese island of Shikoku, told the Wall Street Journal the women were crossing the street when the car struck them. The man driving the car did not see them because was playing Pokemon Go.

Apple Weighs iPhone Video Editing App in Renewed Push on Social

Now Apple is starting to develop a video sharing app that allows users to record video, apply filters and drawings to the media -- much like Snapchat does -- and send it to contacts or via existing social networks such as Twitter Inc., according to the people familiar with its development. The software is currently being designed to be used mostly with one hand and with the intention that video could be shot, edited, and uploaded in less than 1 minute, the people said. At least one of the prototype designs for the app would shoot video in an Instagram-like square shape, one of the people said.

The iPhone 7 isn’t out yet but you can already order cases for it

The Spigen cases are compatible with the most recent iPhone 7 rumors — even if they don't turn out to match up with the still-unannounced final design:

Uber Loses at Least $1.2 Billion in First Half of 2016

In the first quarter of this year, Uber lost about $520 million before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, according to people familiar with the matter. In the second quarter the losses significantly exceeded $750 million, including a roughly $100 million shortfall in the U.S., those people said. That means Uber's losses in the first half of 2016 totaled at least $1.27 billion.

This app will pay you for every step you take

Thanks to Sweatcoin , your steps are now worth something. The new app tracks your movements around the city and turns them into digital currency. For every 1,000 steps you earn 0.95 SWC or Sweatcoin, which can be traded for real-life products or services through the in-app store.

Apple upgrades iOS after spyware finding

The tech giant updates its mobile software after learning from experts that a prominent Arab activist's iPhone was targeted.

Apple could go head to head with Snapchat in 2017

Having apparently caught up with its rivals on artificial intelligence , Apple is now looking to catch up on social networks, too — with a new report claiming that Apple is in the process of developing its own Snapchat rival.

Uber is quietly rolling out flat rates for riders in select cities

The 20 rides via UberPool, when the pricing is broken down, essentially makes it about $3 apiece. Uber has yet to offer commentary on the test, but it is currently rolling out the structure to six locations: San Diego, Boston, Seattle, Miami and Washington, DC.

Israeli Cyber Weapon Dealers Figured Out How to Hack Every iPhone

NSO Group, a company that sells hacking services to governments so they can spy on journalists and dissidents, exploited gaping security holes in iPhone software, according to a report byLookout Security and Citizen Lab. But don’t worry: Apple just pushed a fix.

Rovio is already planning a sequel to The Angry Birds Movie

Now that The Angry Birds Movie is the second-highest grossing video game movie of all time, it makes perfect sense that a sequel is on the way. The Wall Street Journal reports that Rovio Entertainment, the Finnish company behind the popular mobile series, is developing a follow-up.

Dirty jokes from museum field trip live forever on YouTube

Have you ever dreamed of being a journalist? Maybe just of being on TV? Maybe just of 10 minutes of internet fame? Or maybe just relative internet obscurity that brings approximately 120 strangers in contact with your face for all of 52 seconds?

'Virginia' comes to PS4, Xbox One and Steam on September 22nd

The story takes place, appropriately enough, in last days of summer 1992 where rookie detective Tarver must navigate the competing interests of her experienced partner, her superiors at the FBI and an ever-increasing list of interesting suspects. Although the game is being hailed for its cinematic "detective noir" storyline, there's actually no dialogue and Virginia 's moody soundtrack does much of the talking for it. (The strings were recorded live by the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra at the same studio that did the music for David Lynch's Lost Highway and Mulholland Drive , by the way.)

Peter Thiel just backed a startup that helps you sue companies algorithmically

If Peter Thiel was trying to convince the world he wasn’t a lawsuit-happy nerd, this probably isn’t the best way to do it. Reports today detail Thiel’s latest investment, a $100,000 Thiel Foundation grant to a company, Legalist, that makes trial-by-algorithm a real thing.

Wikileaks Will Publish More Clinton Campaign Data (and Probably More Personal Info, Too)

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange promised to leak “ thousands ” of documents from the Clinton campaign on Wednesday during an interview with Fox News’s Megyn Kelly. He also said the documents would be “ significant ” in the context of the presidential election. Assange vowed to publish the data before the November election because he believes “people have the right to understand who they’re electing.”

Lyft now lets business users customize their expense reports

Lyft may be struggling to tackle the mighty Uber on its home turf, but the etaxi firm is continuing to iterate as it targets the lucrative business market.

Sony finally enables two factor authentication for PlayStation Network users | ZDNet

Years after a catastrophic data breach brought Sony's PlayStation Network to its knees, the company has finally implemented two-factor authentication to limit the risk of such a disaster happening again.

In Sweden and Finland, tech companies help refugees find work

That might not seem surprising since programming skills are in demand pretty much everywhere. What's unexpected is the oversized role the tech industry in Sweden is playing in helping her and others like her find work -- and not just in tech. Local startups, consultants and global companies are cataloging migrants' skills and education, training them, setting up internships and placing refugees in jobs. They've also connected asylum seekers with investors looking to back new businesses, from restaurants and barber shops to web-based marketing companies.

Microsoft's Word Flow Keyboard Gets Built-in Search

Redmond on Tuesday updated its Word Flow app with some handy new features, including the ability to search for GIFs, images, and emoji right from the keyboard via Bing. You can also now easily find contacts when you need to share someone's phone number and look up things like restaurants, news, videos, facts to help you win an argument, and the weather forecast right from the keyboard.

ShitPostBot 5000 is the bright, automated future of meme creation

The images are put together at random, but our minds tend to see connections even when they’re not intended to be there. So somehow, the results are still funny to us:

Everything You Need to Start a Bitcoin Business

The internet has changed the way we do many things: communicate, consume news, travel - the list is virtually endless. Currently, it's in the process of revolutionizing how we view and handle money. Bitcoin is the next revolution in financial services, and there is no time like the present to get a handle on this new innovation. Bit.Yoga is the perfect introduction for beginners, teaching you the fundamentals behind Bitcoin, how to trade and store it, and how to launch your own Bitcoin-powered business. Access 4 comprehensive course modules 24/7 Learn what Bitcoin is, how it works, where it came from, & the likely future of Bitcoin & other cryptocurrencies Discover how the price of Bitcoin is determined, where it can be traded & more Understand how to implement Bitcoin in a digital store Explore how to set up a Bitcoin miner

HTC One M8 will not get Android 7 Nougat

It's a shame for lovers of the HTC One M8 – a phone we gave five stars back in 2014 – but it makes sense for HTC to drop this device from its update schedule considering its age.

Leslie Jones hack being investigated by Homeland Security

Yesterday afternoon, personal photos were taken from Jones' iCloud account and posted to her Tumblr, along with her driver's license and passport. Her phone number and Twitter password were also made public,  according to The Wrap . Jones' team eventually took her Tumblr down, but not before the photos surfaced elsewhere.

19 Tools to Create Social Media Content : Social Media Examiner

Consider this: According to Salesforce, almost a quarter of all adults online are on at least two social media networks. It’s no surprise that each social networking site is unique in its audience and content, making it crucial to diversify your marketing strategy to interact with your customers where they are in the medium that best fits the network.

Here’s why self-driving cars can’t handle bridges

"You have a lot of infrastructure on the bridge above the level of the car that we as humans take into account," he said. "But when you sense those things with a sensor that doesn’t have the domain knowledge that we do ... you could imagine that the girders coming up from the side of the bridge and that kind of thing would be disturbing or possibly confusing."

What would Alexa do?

Every once in a while, a product comes along that changes everyone’s expectations of what’s possible in user interfaces. The Mac. The World Wide Web. The iPhone. Alexa belongs in that elite group of game-changers. Siri didn’t make it over the hump, despite the buzz it created. Neither did Google Now or Cortana, despite their amazing capabilities and their progress in terms of adoption. (Mary Meeker reports that 20 percent of Google searches on mobile are now done by voice , and Google Now cards are an essential part of every Android user’s experience.) But Alexa has done so many things right that everyone else has missed that it is, to my mind, the first winning product of the conversational era.

HP fights to survive decline of the printer market

When the old tech giant Hewlett-Packard officially split last October, it was clear which of the two new companies was likely to have the tougher road.

California's emissions regulations are about to get even stricter - Roadshow

California's regulations have both helped and hurt the state thus far. It's apparently on track to meet its 2020 goals, and between 2006 and 2013, it outpaced the nation in cutting carbon dioxide emissions. But, at the same time, California lost more manufacturing jobs than the national average, and the state tax board said current cap-and-trade programs have added about 12 cents per gallon to the cost of gas.

How Lyft turned carpooling into a business — and beat Uber to the punch

The companies are frequently engaged in a price war to entice riders, and offering subsidies to attract drivers. When Lyft Line is 75% off, for instance, it's 75% off for riders, but Lyft is absorbing the cost. A person familiar with Uber's business says that as Lyft lowers prices, Uber ramps up its incentives as well. Both companies are spending to beat the other, resulting in millions in losses for both Uber and Lyft each month.

Your Harry Potter Party Needs This Self-Writing Spellbook Prop

Is late-August too early to start planning a Halloween party that’s still over two months away? Obviously not. If anything it gives you plenty of time to order magical props and decor like this animated spellbook with a moving quill that appears to magically write spells all on its own.

Apple may enter social media wars with a Snapchat lookalike

A report from Bloomberg  suggests Apple is working on a video sharing app called Snapple that that allows users to record video and apply filters and drawings, designed by the teams behind Final Cut Pro and iMovie. The videos can then be shared with your contacts directly through iOS or through other social networks like Twitter (although Facebook is curiously omitted from the report).

World's first self-driving taxis debut in Singapore

An autonomous vehicle is parked for its test drive in Singapore Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. The world’s first self-driving taxis, operated by nuTonomy, an autonomous vehicle software startup, will be picking up passengers in Singapore starting Thursday, Aug. 25. The service will start small - six cars now, growing to a dozen by the end of the year. The ultimate goal, say nuTonomy officials, is to have a fully self-driving taxi fleet in Singapore by 2018, which will help sharply cut the number of cars on Singapore’s congested roads. (AP Photo/Yong Teck Lim)

Google bringing data-saving Wi-Fi Assistant to all Nexus phones

Starting in the coming weeks, Google is adding a new data-saving perk for owners of its Nexus smartphones. Called Wi-Fi Assistant, the feature lets your device automatically connect to millions of open and free Wi-Fi hotspots in an effort to cut down on data use and optimize mobile data speeds. Prior to today, the feature was exclusive to Google’s Project Fi cell service. It will now be broadly available to any Nexus phone owner in the US, Canada, Mexico, the UK, and Nordic countries, Google says.

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