Uber under fire once again. It's The Daily Crunch.
THE DAILY CRUNCH
MONDAY, APRIL 24 2017 By Darrell Etherington
Uber subjected to more scrutiny, Larry Page gets that flying car he wanted, and LinkedIn's professional network now includes a larger number of professionals. All that and more in The Daily Crunch for April 24, 2017.
Uber faced another bombshell this weekend thanks to a New York Times profile of CEO Uber Kalanick, which reported tracking practices that caused Apple CEO Tim Cook to personally scold Kalanick.
The Times report sparked investigations into Uber's app to find out how it was tracking devices post-app deletion. Uber says it used this only to make sure that accounts associated with fraud couldn't make use of the app by reinstalling it on known devices, but it's still causing continuing uproar.
Larry Page-backed Kitty Hawk showed off the first video of its personal aircraft taking to the sky, and it looks a bit like a flying jetski. The first vehicle, called the Kitty Hawk Flyer, looks aimed at wealthy lake house owners, but ultimately the Sebastian Thrun-led company wants to make flying cars a more everyday reality.
From flying cars to... professional social networking. The VERY EXCITING world of connecting with people you may have done business with once is enjoying steady growth post acquisition, and just crossed the 500 million member milestone. I hear they're celebrating with a very boring cake.
Sling Media is going down a new path with its SlingStudio hardware, a new live streaming kit that has relatively affordable pricing at $999 and easy controls via iPad. It's a multi-camera solution, too, and in general all you need to do is provide your own cameras.
Lora was on the ground on Saturday at San Francisco's Science March, and talked to a number of tech workers who were present and who explain why science matters and should matter to government. It's totally insane that anyone has to make such a justification in 2017 by the way.
Skipping a beta can be an effective strategy in software development, but it sounds more risky when you're talking about spinning up a high-volume vehicle production line. But Tesla is doing just that for the Model 3, which could either pay off big, or cause problems down the line.
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