Wikipedia co-founder launches Wikitribune to fight fake news

Wikipedia co-founder launches Wikitribune to fight fake news

Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales hopes to tackle fake news with a journalism outfit of his own. Wikitribune will be free to access and use crowdfunding to hire experienced reporters. They’ll work alongside volunteers who can sub-edit articles, fact-c…

Waymo deploys 500 self-driving Pacifica hybrid minivans in Phoenix for rides open to public

Waymo deploys 500 self-driving Pacifica hybrid minivans in Phoenix for rides open to public

Last week, we reported on Electrek that by adding 300 Chevy Bolt EV to its self-driving test fleet, GM was on its way to having the biggest captive self-driving test fleet in the world, but Waymo just crushed that dream today.

Waymo, formerly Google’s self-driving effort and now an official Alphabet company, announced that it is deploying 500 self-driving Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivan in Phoenix. Interestingly, it’s not only about gathering data from driving since they will also give actual rides to the public through a new program. more…

Waymo now offers free rides in its self-driving minivans across Phoenix

Waymo now offers free rides in its self-driving minivans across Phoenix


Having driven nearly three million miles in trials, Google spin-off Waymo is ready to begin real-world tests of its autonomous vehicle tech with members of the public; the company is now offering free rides to people in Phoenix, Arizona who want to participate in its Early Rider program. If you’re in the city and travel around the Phoenix metropolitan area – including the towns of Chandler, Tempe, Mesa and Gilbert – you can sign up by filling out a form on Waymo’s site. Participants will be able to use the self-driving Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans not just once or twice,…

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LinkedIn hits 500 million users as it remains the quiet giant of social media

LinkedIn hits 500 million users as it remains the quiet giant of social media

LinkedIn just hit a big milestone — the social networking platform now has more than 500 million users, according to a statement the company sent out on Monday.

In other words, you can now easily peruse the resumes of half a billion people. 

While it may not make as much noise as Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat, LinkedIn’s got close to seven percent of the world’s population tied into its network. The platform passed 400 million users toward the end of October 2015, and crossed the 450 million mark about nine months later.

Hitting the 500 million member mark another nine months after hitting 450 million shows the company’s rate of growth has stayed pretty consistent over that time. Read more…

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