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]