YouTube’s iOS app shares videos to iMessage with ease

You'd think YouTube's iOS app would have had iMessage sharing early on, but no — sharing clips to Apple's official messaging client has been a cumbersome affair. Not so after today, however. YouTube has quietly updated the app with a direct-to-Messa…

Waymo might launch its own ride-sharing service this fall

People in select areas might be able hail Waymo's self-driving cars (with no human drivers!) as soon as this fall, according to The Information. In a piece talking about the Google spinoff's internal issues, the publication has revealed that it's gea…

Google gives Insta360 Pro the Street View stamp of approval

You no longer need a Trekker if you want to help capture Street View experiences. Google has certified the Insta360 Pro as the first "Street View auto ready" camera, allowing anybody who owns one to contribute 360-degree images to Google's immersive…

The due diligence report commissioned by Uber before acquiring Otto is now public

 A potentially pivotal document in the legal fight between Uber and Waymo, the self-driving car company that was originally part of Google, has been released. It is a report (embedded at the bottom of this post) commissioned by Uber from cybersecurity firm Stroz Friedberg last year as part of its due diligence before acquiring Otto, a self-driving truck startup founded by former Google employees. Read More

After Las Vegas shooting, Facebook and Google get the news wrong again

The worst mass shooting in modern US history took place last night in Las Vegas, where a gunman killed at least 58 people and injured more than than 515 others, according to the latest reports. Not long after the unfortunate event, Facebook and Googl…

Germany enacts law limiting online hate speech

Germany's law combating hate speech on social media is now live. It's the country's attempt to get social networks to remove offensive posts within 24 hours (or seven days, if the content is difficult to evaluate). Those that fail to comply may be fi…

How reports from 4chan on the Las Vegas shooting showed up on Google Top Stories

 In the early hours of the morning as reports were coming in about the mass shooting in Las Vegas, some of the largest web sites in the world were distributing unverified claims about the attack. Google, which was running reports from 4chan in some of its search queries as a top story, explained to us what went wrong… and how it enabled some false information from one of the… Read More

Search and social media was filled with clickbait and propaganda in the wake of Vegas shooting

 Letting an algorithm cull links from the sewer of internet commentary, and then distributing that to millions of people, is a losing game. It’s another sign of how Facebook and the rest continue to abdicate responsibility. Read More