On Friday, California’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) updated its website to reflect that Apple now has a permit to test self-driving cars on public roads. Apple has been hiring automotive experts—particularly those with experience in autonomous driving—for years. (In 2015, Tesla CEO Elon Musk even taunted Apple by saying, “If you don’t make it at Tesla, you go work at Apple.”) But Apple has long kept quiet about its aspirations. That began to change in December, when the company wrote a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration saying that it was “investing heavily” in machine learning to support autonomous systems, especially in transportation. The update on the California DMV website confirms that after years of speculation, Apple is serious about building self-driving car software. Getting an autonomous-car testing permit with the California DMV requires that a company fill out an … [Read more...] about Is Apple self-driving car software coming? DMV permit suggests so
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The lawsuit filed by Waymo, formerly Google’s self-driving car unit, claiming Uber stole trade secrets has a lot of bad things to say about Anthony Levandowski. It accuses him of stealing 14,000 confidential files about Waymo’s self-driving technology, including detailed designs of proprietary circuit boards and the laser ranging LiDAR systems, when he was employed there. After covering his tracks, the lawsuit alleges, Levandowski pocketed a multimillion-dollar payout from Google and, using the secrets he had just stolen, promptly set up a new company, Otto, which was acquired shortly after by Uber for around $680m. Whether the explosive allegations are true has not been decided yet, but what is known is that the brilliant engineer has a history of skirting the rules. Levandowski, described blandly in the suit as “a former manager” at Waymo, did more than any other person to make Google a world leader in self-driving vehicles. While working on Google’s … [Read more...] about Who is Anthony Levandowski, and why is Google suing him?
Jewelry designer Nicole quit her day job to sell her handmade wares online, and she shares how she took the leap from working for someone else to being self-employed. In a featured interview at Etsy, Nicole shares how she got to where she is, and offers a thorough, seven-point checklist of stuff she did before taking the plunge. Nicole says: 1. I first figured out how much money I would need to make each week. 2. I also calculated how much I would need to put away for taxes and met with an attorney to ensure I was recording things properly from the start to avoid extra work later. Advertisement Photo by amfdesigner. 3. I had already formed an LLC when I began thinking about my graphic design business, and then a couple of years ago I added a DBA name, Lillyella, when I began designing jewelry and doing shows, so that was taken care of. 4. My biggest concern was health insurance, so I spent a good amount of time researching providers and small business organizations in my … [Read more...] about The Quit-Your-Day-Job Checklist
The global automotive industry and the oil majors are not known for meekly rolling over when a competitor comes along – from General Motors’ involvement in killing public transport in Los Angeles in the 1940s to Shell lobbying to undermine EU renewables targets in more recent years. But recently, the world has started to see a new side to the sector: “If you can’t beat them, join them; and if you can’t join them, buy them out.” This week Saudi Arabia announced a surprising new venture for the kingdom’s vast oil-generated sovereign investment fund: a $3.5bn stake in Uber. The investment, which values the six-year-old taxi-hailing startup at $62.5bn, is one of the largest ever made in a privately held company, and is roughly the same size as the sum total of all investments in the UK’s tech sector over the course of 2015, according to the venture capitalist David Galbraith. Saudi Arabia’s goal with its investment fund is to use some … [Read more...] about Saudi Arabia’s Uber venture: a case of if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em
Of all the noxious, insulting stereotypes millennials have to endure about their generation — that they're self-centered, lazy, and entitled, not to mention the fucking avocado toast — none merits rioting in the streets like the fetid narrative that millennials are useless parasites leeching off their far more industrious, far more successful, endlessly responsible parents. Especially because it’s not true. And I’m not being defensive. Data proves it. In fact, just as many American millennials have been quietly supporting their parents as boomers who have been supporting their adult children.BuzzFeed News performed our own analysis of US Census Bureau data, the official source of demographic information in the country. The bureau conducts a study called the Survey of Income and Program Participation that asks people a few questions relevant to this issue: how old they are, if they are financially supporting any adult children age 21 or older living outside their … [Read more...] about This Data Proves — Once And For All — The Stereotypes About Lazy Millennials Are Wrong