Uber made a change to its app last year that requested access to a device's location info even when the app wasn't in use. The purpose, per Uber, was to help refine pickup and dropoff point data with more info pre- and post-trip, but now it's ending the controversial practice. Uber would do well to embrace a "don't be creepy" motto generally given its recent setbacks.
Sonos is going to compete with Echo from the other direction, adding microphone and voice assistant support via a new device revealed in FCC filings. The big reveal for this will happen October 4 in NYC, and we'll be on hand to tell you all about it.
The team-up is a research project located exclusively in Ann Arbor, Michigan for now, but regular Domino's Pizza customers who order via the app could get their delivery via autonomous Ford Fusion Hybrid car. The purpose of the project is to find out how people react to getting deliveries via autonomous vehicle, and to refine the user experience.
YouTube has changed its logo, taking the screen off the Tube and putting it up front. That's what happens when you become the destination, instead of an alternative for TV. There are more new features included, too.
Also, TechCrunch Disrupt is right around the corner, and we'll have Human Utility Executive Director and Detroit Water Project co-founder Tiffani Ashley Bell on stage to talk about tech and social good. Meanwhile, you can donate to Human Utility and the Detroit Water Project using the link below to help do some social good yourself: