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GM is testing its autonomous cars in one of the most challenging cities for driving (GM)

General Motors acquired San Francisco based Cruise Automation in 2016 to add an additional dimension to the giant automaker's plans for self-driving cars. 

While technologies such as Cadillac Super Cruise — which we recently tested — would focus on highway driving, Cruise would be folded into GM's efforts to bring autonomous vehicles to dense urban areas.

GM is preparing to roll out some of the first all-electric Chevy Bolts that have Cruise tech built in. And Cruise has been actively testing its systems in San Francisco — no easy feat, as Cruise CEO Kyle Vogt explaining in a Medium post.


Evan Spiegel says this is the top thing his employees have asked him to get better at as Snap’s CEO (SNAP)

After years of shying from the spotlight, Snap Inc. CEO Evan Spiegel is ready to raise his profile.

“I really am trying to do a better job of communicating to the world and internally," he said onstage at Vanity Fair's New Establishment conference on Tuesday.

Spiegel said that although he didn't regret taking Snap public back in March, "one thing I did underestimate is how much more important communication becomes."

Now Spiegel, 27, is focused on learning "how to best communicate the Snap story" to the outside world, he said Tuesday. And he's realized the need for more communication inside his own company too.


Investigators will look at YouTube and Gmail in the Russia inquiry (GOOG)

In addition to Facebook and YouTube, Google will also be scrutinized by investigators in relation to the Russia inquiry. All three companies are expected to testify to congress on November 1, as previously reported.

In Google's case, investigators will focus on a variety of services the company makes, especially YouTube and Gmail, Bloomberg first reported.


Every single Yahoo account was compromised by hackers (VZ)

Yahoo's infamous hack — already one of the worst in history — is even worse than previously thought.

All 3 billion user accounts it had in 2013 were affected by the security breach, the company, which Verizon acquired in June, said on Tuesday. Yahoo had previously estimated the hack affected 1 billion accounts.

In its statement, the company said:


Amazon reportedly bought a startup that makes 3D scans of your body (AMZN)

Amazon is doubling down on its commitment to becoming a fashion powerhouse with a new acquisition. 

TechCrunch reports that Amazon has purchased Body Labs, a New York-based startup that makes 3D body scans. While TechCrunch wasn't able to confirm the exact price tag, it pegs the sale price between $50 million and $70 million. 

Body Labs makes software that it sells to other businesses that captures the body's shape and motion in 3D. While


Disney confirms that it looked at buying Twitter last year but went with BAMTech instead (TWTR, DIS)

Disney looked at acquiring Twitter last year but decided to buy video streaming firm BAMTech instead, CEO Bob Iger said onstage at Vanity Fair's New Establishment conference on Tuesday.

"We thought Twitter had global reach," Iger said, adding that Disney's interest wasn't "about social media" but rather "distribution" for Disney content.

Reports from last year said that Disney decided to back down because of rampant bullying and so-called troll activity on Twitter's platform, and Tuesday's comment from Iger marked Disney's first public confirmation that it looked at an acquisition.

It's been well known that Twitter held acquisition talks with multiple would-be suitors, including Salesforce and Disney, last October, all of which ended up losing interest in a deal.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey


5 numbers that demonstrate the meteoric rise of the $400 million game that's dominating 2017

In six months, one game has already made nearly half a billion dollars — and the complete version isn't even out yet.

That game is the bizarrely named "PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds" ("PUBG"), a unique shooter game that pits 100 real players against each other on an abandoned island. As each match progresses, the game forces survivors into closer and closer quarters. Whoever survives — and there can only be one — is crowned the winner.

There is no story, and no mode other than the one described above. It may sound like a bare-bones game, but the way each match plays out is what makes it so impressive.

Though "PUBG" itself has no real story, the insane tale of how it rose from obscurity to money-printing machine is fascinating.

Copies sold: Over 13 million

That's in just six months.

Brendan "PlayerUnknown" Greene


Evan Spiegel thinks hardware will be an important part of Snap's business in a decade (SNAP)

Snap CEO Evan Spiegel thinks hardware like the company's Spectacles glasses will be an important part of the tech company's business one day — but not for at least a decade.

Spiegel said as much onstage at Vanity Fair's New Establishment conference on Tuesday.

"We're just sort of beginning to dabble in hardware," he said when asked about Spectacles, the camera-equipped sunglasses that Snap released last year.

Although the early hype and long lines for Spectacles have died, Snap internally sees the product as a success, he said. And the product has helped pave the way for the future, he said.

"Hardware is going to be an important vehicle for delivering our experience in maybe a decade," Spiegel said.

Snap has sold just over 150,000 pairs of Spectacles to date, he said, adding that the company had hoped to sell at least 100,000 by now.


A drug-resistant E. coli contributed to Hugh Hefner's death — and it's part of a terrifying global epidemic

Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner died last Wednesday at age 91 of two main causes — cardiac arrest (a sudden stopping of the heart) and a bacterial infection.

The infection was triggered by E. coli, a common bacteria that is often survivable in adults but can cause complications in older people and young children, according to a Los Angeles Health Department death certificate obtained on Tuesday by TMZ and reported by the Los Angeles Times. Hefner's infection — which lasted six days — failed to respond to antibiotics; the certificate listed it as "highly resistant" to the drugs.


A couple in Indiana conned Amazon out of $1.2 million in electronics

Scammers have long been aware of Amazon's generous refund policy. A little sweet talking with a customer service agent usually gets you a refund or replacement on an order with very few questions asked. It seems it's easier for the massive company to send a new item than investigate every claim it gets. 

A couple in Muncie, Indiana decided to take the scheme too far, allegedly stealing $1.2 million worth of electronics, according to a Department of Justice press release.

The couple, Eric Finan and Leah Finan, were charged in May, and recently pleaded guilty to federal mail fraud and money laundering.