Uber Reportedly Will Invest $500 Million Into Mapping the World

Earlier this month, satellite imaging technology company DigitalGlobe announced it was partnering with Uber to “leverage DigitalGlobe’s industry leading constellation of sensors to access imagery and location intelligence to help identify and improve pick-up and drop-off locations.” Last week, Uber posted a press release to announce that Brian McClendon, the former head of Google Maps who left the company for Uber last year, would be leading Uber’s global mapping initiative. McClendon wrote that the company is “doubling down” on its mapping investment but didn’t say how much it would spend.

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Uber China merging with Didi in $35b deal

Chinese ridesharing company Didi Chuxing is merging with Uber China under a $35 billion deal that will see the rivals — worth $28 billion and $7 billion, respectively — join forces.

While Uber declined to comment on the matter, Uber China investors will have a 20 percent stake in the new company, according to an unnamed source.

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Singapore to host Delphi Automotive’s self-driving taxi test

UK-based Delphi Automotive announced on Monday it expects to launch a small test fleet of automated taxis in Singapore next year, aiming to ferry passengers around a city district in one of the first real-world tests of automated rides on demand.

The project, run in partnership with the Singapore Land Transit Authority, will road test a concept that many companies investing in automated driving believe offers the fastest path to making such technology commercially viable.

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In Kenya, Safaricom’s Little Cab app goes head to head with Uber

Even as a deal is imminent and its closest competitor Didi Chuxing in the immense Chinese market, competition continues to intensify around the globe.

Africa is one region where entrants continue to pile in. In Kenya’s tech transit market, which already includes Uber and several other startups, Safaricom, the country’s largest telecom and fintech firm, has recently launched its first ride-hailing app called Little Cab.

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Research shows deleted WhatsApp messages aren’t actually deleted

Chat logs from WhatsApp linger on your phone even after you’ve deleted them, according to new research published by iOS expert Jonathan Zdziarski.

Forensic traces of chats linger on the phone even after a user archives or deletes them, Zdziarski found, and could be accessed by someone with physical access to the device or by law enforcement issuing a warrant to Apple for iCloud backups. Although the data is deleted from the app, it is not overwritten in the SQLite library and therefore remains on the phone.

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Everything We Can Piece Together About Apple’s Mysterious Car Project

It’s 2016, and Apple’s mysterious, oft-buzzed about car project is still tucked away under the “ideas that may or may not happen in this lifetime” section of the company’s filing cabinet. Despite a powerful rumor mill—former Apple board member Mickey Drexler once claimed it was Steve Jobs’ “dream” to make an iCar, and reports have repeatedly materialized over the years that Apple was in various stages of building its own vehicle—we’re still waiting, and the will-they-or-won’t-they nature of the project has us asking if we’ll ever see the vehicular version of Sasquatch.

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Nintendo reports $49M loss as Pokémon Go halo fails to shine

It’s finally here, folks: Nintendo’s quarterly earnings day has never been so anticipated. But the Pokémon phenomenon hasn’t translated into success for the games giant — Nintendo carded a $49 million loss (5.13 billion yen) for Q1 2016 on revenue of $587 million (62 billion yen), down 30 percent.

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Windows 10’s Anniversary Update makes a great OS better

“It’s nice, for once, to be able to recommend a new version of Windows without any hesitation.” That’s how I summarized my review of Windows 10 last year, and for the most part, it’s lived up to my expectations. Other than Microsoft’s bafflingly forceful automatic upgrade policy (which has led to lawsuits and plenty of ticked-off users), the operating system’s first year on the market has been relatively smooth.

Microsoft says the software is now running on more than 350 million devices worldwide, and it’s seeing the highest customer-satisfaction ratings for a Windows release. So expectations are running pretty high for the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, which arrives Aug. 2nd. But while it definitely delivers some useful upgrades to key features like Cortana and Windows Ink, don’t expect any massive changes to Windows 10 as a whole.

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Yekaterinburg says it will keep the giant granite sphere painted by unknown artists to look like a Pokéball

The local authorities in the city of of Yekaterinburg have embraced the viral video game Pokémon in a big way, electing not to repaint a granite sphere located across from the regional government building on the Iset river embankment. The sphere in question was recently painted by unknown artists to look like a giant “Pokéball,” which players of the augmented-reality game Pokémon Go use to catch “Pokémons.”

“I don’t see any harm in it,” Yekaterinburg Mayor Evgeny Roizman told reporters, adding, “People like to play, and this is how they express their emotions. If this art object isn’t angering anyone, then let it stay there.”

Yekaterinburg officials say they’ve yet to receive any complaints about the “art installation.” The mayor noted that the city might simply wait, and remove the red-and-white paint sometime before August 18, when Yekaterinburg celebrates its founding anniversary.