Electric cars, an exploding Starship, and President Trump visits an Apple factory
The LA Auto show continues to crank out announcements about electric cars, electric car concepts, and electric car prices. But the vast majority of electric car mindshare belongs to Tesa, and tonight Tesla is going to host an event for its new pickup truck, the Cybertruck.
Keep an eye out for news from there, and the rest of today's links below. Sorry for the short note today — I'm saving as many words as I can for a pile of reviews that are in my backlog before I take off for vacation next week. Oh right: I may put the newsletter on hiatus next week or perhaps hand it off to a colleague for a few days while I convalesce in a cabin in the woods.
I have mixed feelings about this one. It could be a genuine boon for safety, but Uber also has a well-documented track record of misusing this kind of data. Also, it was never really safe to talk about sensitive stuff in an Uber, but is absolutely won't be anymore.
Remote Play just came out of beta for all Steam users, effectively allowing cross-platform play between players on iOS, Android, Linux, macOS, and Windows who have the Steam app. To celebrate the release, Valve has marked down several games that support the feature, including The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, Towerfall Ascension, Spelunky, and more.
"The purpose of today's test was to pressurize systems to the max, so the outcome was not completely unexpected," a spokesperson for SpaceX told The Verge. "There were no injuries, nor is this a serious setback."
Advertisers will still be able to target voters based on age, gender and zip code, but no more specific location targeting will be permitted. Contextual advertising, like "serving ads to people reading or watching a story about, say, the economy," Google said, will also be permitted.
So hang on, if advertisers can still target users based on the websites they visit and other factors heavily associated with their politics and location, how is this a real restriction?
The report points out that Google now controls 90 percent of search engine usage around the world, while one third of the globe uses a Facebook-owned service every day. "Billions of people have no meaningful choice but to access this public space on terms dictated by Facebook and Google," said Kumi Naidoo, Secretary General of Amnesty International.