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Drone that flies WITHOUT a human pilot has been given permission to hit the skies of Israel in a world first·Optimus can fly for half an hour carrying 1kg (2lbs) without a human·The drone will be used by private businesses for aerial surveys and surveillance  ·Airobotics is the first company in the world permitted to fly an automated drone·ByDAISY DUNNE FOR MAILONLINEPUBLISHED:07:44 EDT, 27 March 2017|UPDATED:10:38 EDT, 27 March 2017
A drone that can fly without the help of humans is one step closer to hitting the skies of Israel.Optimus can fly for half an hour without a human pilot on the controls.Its creator, Airobotics, recently became the first in the world to be granted permission to fly an automated drone.+5Optimus is a high-functioning drone that can fly for half an hour without a human pilot on the controls (pictured)OPTIMUS DRONE ·Fly for half an hour unmanned

Lyft pushes feel-good factor as Uber reels

Lyft pushes feel-good factor as Uber reels
Marco della Cava, USA TODAY 5:06 a.m. ET March 26, 2017
SAN FRANCISCO — As Uber grapples with accusations of sexism, Lyft is making more moves to position itself as the feel-good ride hailing company to consumers who may not be familiar with the smaller rival.
Lyft announced Sunday that it would soon be rolling out Round Up & Donate, an opt-in app feature that allows riders to automatically route rounded-up ride charges to charity.
“We’ll be launching with one charity, then on-boarding more with a focus on being unique in each of our communities,” Lyft vice president of marketing Melissa Waters told USA TODAY. She declined to name the debut charity.
Lyft currently operates in 300 U.S. cities. Uber is in nearly 600 cities and more than 80 counties. Lyft's value is pegged at $7 billion while Uber’s is ten times that.
The new Lyft feature comes on the heels of an announcement last week that it had doled out more than $200 million in tip…

Analyst predicts the YouTube advertiser boycott will cost Google $750 million

Analyst predicts the YouTube advertiser boycott will cost Google $750 million
By Julien Rath March 27, 2017
Google could lose up to $750 million from the advertiser boycott related to ads appearing next to extremist content, according to a note from analysts at Nomura Instinet.
According to the note, YouTube, which relies extensively on big brands, would take a 7.5% hit to its revenues, which are estimated to be $10.2 billion for 2017. Five of the top 20 US advertisers, which make up 7.5% of the US ad spend, have frozen their advertising with Google — alongside dozens more around the world.
Traditional TV companies will likely look to capitalize on the boycott during the upfronts – where networks try to sell the bulk of their advertising – which run from March to May and emphasize the view that advertising on TV guarantees brand safety with large scale audiences, according to the note.
Other platforms which rely on user generated content — like Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat — could…

Uber Self-Driving Car Tests Resume in San Francisco After Crash

Uber Self-Driving Car Tests Resume in San Francisco After Crash
by Alistair Barr March 27, 2017, 9:28 AM PDT
Uber Technologies Inc.’s self-driving cars were back on public roads Monday morning in San Francisco, three days after a crash in Arizona put the company’s testing program on hold.
"We are resuming our development operations in San Francisco this morning," an Uber spokeswoman wrote in an email.
Uber’s self-driving vehicle testing efforts are still on pause in Tempe, Arizona, and Pittsburgh, but the company expects those to resume soon.
One of Uber’s Volvo self-driving SUVs was involved in a high-impact crash on Friday in Tempe. The vehicle was not responsible for the incident and there were no injuries, Tempe police said. Another car failed to yield for the Uber car, causing the autonomous vehicle to flip on its side, according to the police report.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-27/uber-self-driving-car-tests-resume-in-san-francisco-after-crash

Bill Gates vs. the Robots

Bill Gates vs. the Robots Sure, they’ll kill jobs. Like Microsoft Excel, they’ll also create new ones.
By ANDY KESSLER Updated March 26, 2017 4:22 p.m. ET
Bill Gates, meet Ned Ludd. Ned, meet Bill.
Ludd was the 18th-century folk hero of anti-industrialists. As the possibly apocryphal story goes, in the 1770s he busted up a few stocking frames—knitting machines used to make socks and other clothing—to protest the labor-saving devices. Taking up his cause a few decades later, a band of self-described “Luddites” rebelled by smashing some of the machines that powered the Industrial Revolution.
Apparently this is the sort of behavior that would make Mr. Gates proud. Last month in an interview with the website Quartz, the Microsoft founder and richest man alive said it would be OK to tax job-killing robots. If a $50,000 worker was replaced by a robot, the government would lose income-tax revenue. Therefore, Mr. Gates suggested, the feds can make up their loss with “some type of robot tax.”

Facebooks WhatsApp refuses to hand over London attacker's messages

WhatsApp accused of giving terrorists 'a secret place to hide' as it refuses to hand over London attacker's messages
By Gordon Rayner, political editor 26 MARCH 2017 • 10:04PM
Amber Rudd has vowed to “call time” on internet firms who give terrorists “a place to hide” as it emerged security services are powerless to access Westminster attacker Adrian Ajao’s final WhatsApp message.
The Home Secretary said it was “completely unacceptable” that Whats App – which is owned by Facebook – was enabling terrorists to communicate “in secret”, knowing the police and security services will not be able to read their encrypted communications.
She has summoned WhatsApp, Facebook, Google and a host of other online firms to showdown talks at the Home Office on Thursday, where she says she will “call time” on extremists “using social media as their platform”.
Ajao, 52, sent a final message via WhatsApp – which enables users to send text messages and pictures over the internet – just three m…

UK targets WhatsApp encryption after London attack

UK targets WhatsApp encryption after London attack
March 26, 2017
London (AFP) - The British government said Sunday that its security services must have access to encrypted messaging applications such as WhatsApp, as it revealed that the service was used by the man behind the parliament attack.
Khalid Masood, the 52-year-old Briton who killed four people in a rampage in Westminster on Wednesday before being shot dead, reportedly used the Facebook-owned service moments before the assault.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd told Sky News it was "completely unacceptable" that police and security services had not been able to crack the heavily encrypted service.
"You can't have a situation where you have terrorists talking to each other -- where this terrorist sent a WhatsApp message -- and it can't be accessed," she said.
Police said Saturday that they still did not know why Masood, a Muslim convert with a violent criminal past, carried out the attack and that he prob…