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Uber reveals its flying car plans. It's The Daily Crunch.

TUESDAY, MAY 8 2018 By Anthony Ha

Uber unveils its air taxi plans, Google's developer conference kicks off and we investigate unreleased features in Facebook and Twitter's apps. All that and more in The Daily Crunch for May 8, 2018.

1. This is the first look at Uber's air taxi concept

That's right, Uber aims to build driverless flying cars that hold up to four passengers. And it plans to launch trials as soon as 2020.

"We want to create the network around those vehicles so regular people can take these taxis in the air for longer distances when they want to avoid traffic at affordable prices," said CEO Dara Khosrowshahi.

2. Uber vehicle reportedly saw but ignored woman it struck

Speaking of Uber, The Information reports that the cause of the fatal crash of an Uber self-driving car appears to have been at the software level, specifically a function that determines which objects to ignore and which to attend to.

3. What to expect at Google I/O this week

The company's already taken the wraps off news about Android TV, Google Home, Wear OS Assistant — but there's probably more coming.

4. Twitter has an unlaunched 'Secret' encrypted messages feature

Buried inside Twitter's Android app is a "Secret conversation" option that if launched would allow users to send encrypted direct messages. The feature could make Twitter a better home for sensitive communications that often end up on encrypted messaging apps like Signal, Telegram or WhatsApp.

5. 'Facebook Avatars' is its new clone of Snapchat's Bitmoji

Another "hidden in the Android app" story: An unreleased Facebook feature that lets people build personalized, illustrated versions of themselves for use as stickers in Messenger and comments.

6. White House will host tech industry for AI summit on Thursday

The White House intends to bring executives from major tech companies and other large corporations together on Thursday to discuss AI and how American companies can cooperate to take advantage of new advances in these technologies.

7. Mesosphere hauls in $125M Series D investment

The company has created an operating system of sorts for the modern datacenter — its core technology provides a way to manage datacenter resources, whether private or in the public cloud, by treating the entire datacenter as a single pool of resources.

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