Uber will start letting customers ride in its self-driving cars | Recode Daily: August 19, 2016


It also bought Otto, an autonomous truck startup, for $680 million.

.Uber’s route to the driverless future just got a little clearer. In the next few weeks, Uber will begin deploying a 100-car test fleet of autonomous Volvos in Pittsburgh (beating Google to the consumer market in the process). The cars will have a driver aboard ready to grab the wheel when needed (and that may be often, given the city’s many bridges and winding, hilly streets). Uber also announced the $680 million acquisition of autonomous truck startup Otto, more for the tech than the trucks.
[Johana Bhuiyan | Recode]

.Goodbye, Gawker.com. The site on which Gawker Media was founded will not live on under Univision, which will continue to run the company’s six other sites after acquiring them in a bankruptcy auction. Gawker founder Nick Denton won’t be going along on the ride either.
[Peter Kafka | Recode]

.Twitter may be purging itself of terrorism-related accounts by the tens of thousands, but protecting users from garden-variety abusers has proved tougher. Now, at least, the company is giving users a shield of sorts — a troll filter for notifications.
[Kurt Wagner | Recode]

.The headline feature of new calling plans announced by T-Mobile and Sprint is unlimited data. Then there’s the fine print: The T-Mobile One plans limit video to standard definition, and the Sprint plans limit speeds for video, music and gaming.
[Ina Fried | Recode]

.In the latest episode of Too Embarrassed to Ask, Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode talk to Doug Evans, CEO of Juicero, maker of the $700, internet-connected juicer that raised a bunch of venture capital and a bunch of eyebrows.
[Eric Johnson | Recode]

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Videographer and hacker Steve Giralt, in true geek fashion, got to wondering what it would take to create one of those “burger drop” shots from restaurant commercials — the kind where the burger and all the fixings fall from above and stack up perfectly — without CGI or extensive post-production. So, in true geek fashion, he built a remarkable robotic contraption rigged with a 4K camera, and damned if he didn’t pull it off.

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