Uber is the next entrant into the messaging fray – but it's not building a WhatsApp clone or anything. Instead, it's adding messaging within the Uber app, making it possible for riders and drivers to connect without SMS or voice phone calls. Convenient, especially in markets where SMS is prohibitively expensive or impossible to integrate.
Tesla's future all-electric semi-truck, which is being revealed in September, could have self-driving powers, too. A new report found that Tesla has talked to both the Nevada and California DMV about potentially testing autonomous semi-trucks on state roads.
Blue Apron reported its first ever earnings as a public company, and its stock is down 14 percent in subsequent trading. At some point, it's likely Amazon will make an overture on the flailing company, which could be its best hope.
Fallout from the Dave McClure harassment scandal continues: 500 Startups' Australian program is no longer happening, only two weeks after the Canadian arm of the accelerator announced its closure. Partners helping provide the local presence for 500 don't seem to want to be associated with its mess.
SoftBank has made an investment worth around $2.5 billion in India's Flipkart, in the biggest investment deal ever for the country. SoftBank's Vision Fund is single-handedly changing the game and building unicorns in VC, and it's unlikely to stop soon.