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04.07.16 | 9:11 am

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Drones weighing half a pound or less should be permitted to fly without restriction, while slightly larger drones (like the popular Phantom series) should be allowed to fly over people, so long as they are more than 20 feet above or 10 feet away from a crowd, says an FAA committee. 

Facebook groups are being used by militias around the world as extensive online weapons marketplaces, despite the social network's recent ban on the sale of guns through its platforms, reports the New York Times

• It's been one year since Google announced it was working with GoPro on a $15,000 virtual camera… and we're still waiting. The delay highlights GoPro's recent business challenges and Google's  struggle to break into the VR market, Re/code reports.

• In a tough opinion piece, GE CEO Jeff Immelt fired back at Bernie Sanders' claim that GE is one of the companies "destroying the moral fabric of America" through corporate greed. 

05.23.17 | 34 minutes ago

Instagram is making Stories more findable with locations and #hashtags

When Instagram introduced its Snapchat-esque Stories last year, its presentation suggested that it thought there were two reasons you might want to view a Story—either because it was created by someone you were following, or because it was created by someone who was popular on Instagram.

Now the company's apps are adding two new ways to find Stories you may care about, regardless of who created them. The Explore section will now show you Stories that use location stickers pertaining to your current whereabouts as well as let you search for ones that relate to any other location in the world. And if you use Explore to search for a hashtag, the results may include Stories that use that hashtag as a sticker. (People who want to use location and hashtag stickers without their Stories showing up in Explore will be able to opt out on a Story-by-Story basis.)

05.23.17 | an hour ago

A Waymo spin-off could compete with Tesla, say analysts

Waymo may be primed to become a stand-alone company, say analysts at Morgan Stanley, noting that it could be worth more than $70 billion if it can grow to approximately 1% of global miles driven. That's assuming the Google unit can put 3 million cars on the road, each driving 65,000 miles a year and earning roughly $1.25 on each mile. 

The Lyft partnership could help it get there, they add. Waymo could reach operating profitability by 2022 with its operating margin hitting 8% by 2030, say analysts. Currently, Morgan Stanley's Brian Nowak doesn't believe this opportunity is reflected in Google's share price. But that's not necessarily a bad thing: It gives Google room to test its technology before possibly spinning out Waymo.   

05.23.17 | an hour ago

Subaru is slowly figuring out this whole electric car thing

As Subaru looks to the future, they are trying to decide whether to offer an electric version of the trusty Outback or to launch a new line of all-electric cars. Bloomberg spoke with CEO Yasuyuki Yoshinaga, who said the car company wants to expand on its slow push into green technology (which their customer base will undoubtedly appreciate) but is still debating the best way to do it, as they want to "capitalize on their reputation for safety while eliminating the need to partner with another automaker." 

Subaru's currently aiming to have a plug-in hybrid on sale next year, with a battery-electric vehicle to follow in 2021, which might be just long enough off for consumers to save up and buy a Tesla instead.

Read the full story over at Bloomberg while doing the math.

[Photo: Subaru]

05.23.17 | an hour ago

Snapchat introducing custom Stories to help your friends avoid their FOMO

Have you been frustrated by the fact that you can't Snapchat your DJ Khaled-themed birthday party without sending everyone you didn't invite to the hospital with a severe case of FOMO? Snapchat is finally fixing that problem. Today Snapchat is unveiling custom Stories, which can be sent just to a specific group. The Stories can even be geo-fenced to a specific location or created as a group effort, perhaps as part of a team bonding exercise at a corporate retreat. According to a Snapchat blog post, "Snapchatters can create a Story in collaboration with friends and family—perfect for a trip, a birthday party, or those new baby Snaps for family members across the country." That means you can finally Snapchat baby photos to your Nana. 

To get in on the Story fun, simply tap the "Create Story" icon located in the top right corner of the Stories page and remember "you decide who can add to the Story and who can view it," so use your power wisely. Just remember, stories disappear if no one has contributed to them in the past 24 hours so they won't fully replace commemorative keychains as souvenirs of a great party.

[Photo: Snap, Inc.]

05.23.17 | 3 hours ago

Scribd adds top newspapers to its premium digital subscription service

The digital reading subscription service is adding articles from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, and Financial Times to its mix of books, audiobooks, magazines, and documents. It's also introducing platform enhancements, including a redesign and enhanced recommendation tools that feature the articles right next to its existing selection of content. Last November, Scribd expanded into magazine content, featuring current and archived stories from Ad Age, Bloomberg Businessweek, Entrepreneur, ESPN The Magazine, Foreign Policy, Fortune, New York Magazine, People, Time, and more.

"The holistic reading experience we present through books, audiobooks, magazines—and now premium newspapers—will continue to keep our in-the-know readers both informed and engaged in what's going on in the world," said Scribd CEO Trip Adler. "Additionally, we're continuing to help our publishing and trusted news partners reach new audiences."

05.23.17 | 4 hours ago

Watch live as NASA astronauts spacewalk to repair the ISS

Astronauts Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer will replace a data box that controls solar arrays and other equipment on the space station.

05.23.17 | 6:20 am

Hong Kong has arrested 21 Uber drivers

The arrests are the latest in a clampdown by the city on illegal car-hiring, reports Reuters. The 21 drivers were arrested for "illegally driving a car for hire and driving without third-party risk insurance." In a pointed message to Uber, Hong Kong's chief inspector of police for the Kowloon West district said:

"I would like to stress that our law enforcement action is ongoing and we do not rule out further arrests. We would like to say to the operator of the mobile phone application, as a responsible organization, you need to ensure cars for hire are equipped with a permit as required by Hong Kong laws. This is a basic responsibility to passengers and (shows) respect for Hong Kong laws."

05.23.17 | 5:56 am

Google’s AlphaGo AI just beat the world’s number one Go player

Thankfully, humanity has a chance to fight back as there are still two more matches to go. Until then, we will admit it's getting scary at how well software is able to not only match but beat the strategic thought processes of a human. If you have six hours to kill, you can check out the first match below.

05.23.17 | 5:48 am

Apple and Nokia bury the hatchet and hope to team up on health

The two companies have issued a joint statement announcing they've settled the patent suit Nokia brought against Apple last year. As part of the agreement, Nokia will receive an up-front cash payment from Apple, and its line of health tech products (formerly the Withings brand) will return to Apple Store shelves. Interestingly, the statement also says the two companies will be "exploring future collaboration in digital health initiatives" but doesn't get more specific than that.

05.23.17 | 5:32 am

Here’s the latest on the terror attack in Manchester, England

• At 10:33 p.m. local time (5:33 p.m. EDT) a suicide bomber detonated an improvised explosive device (IED) as fans were leaving an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena.

• 22 people have so far died from the attack. Children are among the fatalities.

• 59 additional people were injured and many are being treated for life threatening conditions.

• U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May has called the incident a "callous terrorist attack"

• The attack was Britain's worse since 7/7, the July 7, 2005, London bombing where 56 people were killed on public transport including the tube and buses.

• Greater Manchester Police said the attack was carried out by a lone male who died in the explosion. However, they do not yet know if he was acting alone in planning the attack. The police believe they know the attacker's name, but is withholding that information for now.

• Greater Manchester Police have confirmed they have arrested a 23-year-old man. The arrest is connected to the terror attack.

The Independent is reporting that the first confirmed victim of the attack was 18-year-old Georgina Bethany Callander. In the tweet below you can see her standing next to Ariana Grande.

• President Donald Trump has called the attacker a "loser": 

"We stand in absolute solidarity with the people of the U.K., so many beautiful young innocent people killed, living their lives [and] killed by evil losers. I won't call them monsters because they would like that term. They would think it was a great term. I will call them from now on losers. Because that's what they are—losers. We will have more of them but they are losers. Remember that."

• The vice president of the EU Commission's statement on the attack:

• Ariana Grande had this to say:

• Other major cities are stepping up security as a precautionary measure:

• Leaders around the world have expressed their condolences:

05.22.17 | 5:22 pm

Twitter picks e-sports king to lead its live business

Twitter CFO announced today that the company has hired Todd Swidler as its new "Global Head of Live Business." According to LinkedIn, Swidler was most recently CEO of the e-sports gaming company ESC Games.

Twitter is trying to become a more dominant digital player, and video is one of the company's big priorities, as CEO Jack Dorsey has repeatedly emphasized in recent months.

05.22.17 | 4:28 pm

UNHCR and Google partner on website to educate the public about Syria

Today the U.N. Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in partnership with Google announced Searching for Syria, a new website that combines Google Search trends, UNHCR data and stories, and other information to answer common questions about the Syrian refugee crisis. Questions tackle everything from what Syria was like before the war, to where refugees are going and how you can help. 

Jacqueline Fuller, vice president of says that among the top searches in Germany, France, and the U.K. last year was "What is happening in Syria?" The hope is that the website will help raise awareness about the current crisis and inform the public about what is happening and how they can help going forward.