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We tried Tesla Autopilot and Cadillac Super Cruise in the same week — here's what it was like (GM, TSLA)

The two best semi-self-diving features in the car market right now are Tesla Autopilot and Cadillac Super Cruise.

Tesla's system has been around longer (it debuted in 2015) and uses cameras, radars, sonar, and GPS navigation. In particular, the camera-based visual technology demands that each vehicle with the latest Tesla hardware also contains supercomputer-level processing power, so that it can crunch all the data.

Cadillac's Super Cruise, arriving in late 2017, also uses cameras, notably a small unit mounted on the steering column that


Our culture is 'about getting s**t done': The Revolut founder on why his people work 12-13 hours a day

LONDON — Nikolay Storonsky was in a hurry.

The founder and CEO of Revolut, one of the fastest growing fintech startups in the world, whizzed through a presentation meant to last half an hour in around 15 minutes at the LendIt Europe conference in London this week.

He had a plane to catch. But doing things quickly is just Storonsky's style.

So far this year, Revolut, which started as a foreign exchange card linked to an app, has launched business accounts, loans, loyalty offers, mobile phone insurance, a bill splitting feature, a subscription "Premium" account, a chatbot, and more. Oh, and raised $66 million.


Zopa CEO on lender freeze: Popular restaurants don't 'put on more tables, they take reservations'

Zopa "growing [lending] by 45-50%" despite a freeze on new lenders. Peer-to-peer lender says it has been tightening credit amid a squeeze on disposable income. CEO says credit conditions normalising after 8 years of improvement, thinks the economy is OK.

LONDON — The CEO of peer-to-peer lending business Zopa has rejected claims the business is struggling to attract borrowers, saying the platform is still growing lending volumes by as much as 50%.

Zopa stopped accepting new money in December 2016, amid high demand to lend over its platform. The Financial Times wrote in September that Zopa's experience highlights the "enormous difficulty faced by marketplace lenders attempting to find new borrowers."


Hearst is doubling down on Snapchat Discover for four of its publications including Harper's Bazaar

Hearst is ramping up its Snapchat output. Four of the company's publications will now produce new Snapchat Discover content twice a week. Hearst says each of its Snapchat channels pulls 2 million unique readers per edition every week.

Even as some publishers scale back on Snapchat Discover or look to pivot to producing shows for the platform, Hearst is doubling down on its efforts on Snapchat Discover.

Starting this week, the media company is ramping up the frequency of four of its brands on the platform, including Harper’s Bazaar, Esquire, Popular Mechanics and Road & Track. Discover is Snapchat's content hub, where over 70 media partners globally program digital magazines with dozens of videos, articles and quizzes. 


10 things in tech you need to know today
Posted October 13, 2017 0:53 AM
10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! Here's the tech news you need to know to end your week.

1. It looks like Magic Leap could raise up to $1 billion (£750 million) in a new funding round. The augmented reality startup has previously raised $1.4 billion (£1 billion).

2. The Amazon Studios VP has been suspended following the claim they "ignored" a rape allegation. The suspension comes in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

3.


Uber has appealed the loss of its London licence
Posted October 13, 2017 0:53 AM
Uber has appealed the loss of its London licence

Uber has filed its legal appeal against losing its licence to operate in London, with the ride-hailing company set to take on the city's transport regulator in court.

According to CNBC, the company has filed its papers with Westminster Magistrates' Court on Friday morning. The appeal is likely to take place on December 11.

An Uber spokesman said: "While we have today filed our appeal so that Londoners can continue using our app, we hope to continue having constructive discussions with Transport for London. As our new CEO has said, we are determined to make things right."

Today was Uber's last day to appeal Transport for London's decision not to renew its licence.


A famed Apple analyst said that the company will ditch fingerprint readers for face scanning technology in future iPhones (AAPL)

A new note sent to investors by famed Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (which we first saw reported by 9to5Mac) said that all future iPhones will have Face ID in place of Touch ID.

Apple introduced a third iPhone for the first time this year; a special, tenth-anniversary edition of the device — aptly named iPhone X (ten) — that sports an almost all-screen design with just a notch at the top, where the sensors that enable the face-scanning technology reside.


Many women are boycotting Twitter on Friday over its approach to abuse (TWTR)

Twitter has been at the centre of a firestorm of criticism this week following its decision to temporarily suspend actress Rose McGowan's account following her comments about the Harvet Weinstein controversy — and now some women are boycotting the social network in protest.

On Friday, women are being called on to ditch the platform for a day in anger at its approach to speech and abuse. The protest, which is being organised via the hashtag #WomenBoycottTwitter, is being billed as "a day-long Twitter boycott in protest of women's voice being silenced."


Tim Cook took a stroll in 'breathtaking' Swedish forests with a company that makes Apple's packaging (AAPL)

Apple CEO Tim Cook has been visiting forests in northern Sweden with a company that supplies Apple with sustainable packaging.

Cook's social media accounts show that he has been all over Europe this week, visiting cities such as London, Paris, and Normandy along the way.

The CEO's latest stop on Thursday was Sweden, where he briefly visited Apple's Stockholm office, before being whisked away in a black Mercedes. Cook then visited what he described on Twitter as the "breathtaking forests" of northern Sweden.

Cook visited the forests with representatives from Iggesund Paperboard, a company that sits under the Holmen Group umbrella and makes fiber paperboard.

Holmen has secretly been supplying Apple with packaging for products like the iPad for over a decade,


Bitcoin is going bananas
Posted October 13, 2017 0:53 AM
Bitcoin is going bananas

Bitcoin on Friday morning soared past $5,400, $5,500, $5,600, $5,700, and ultimately $5,800 for the first time before putting in a record high of $5,866 a coin, according to Bloomberg data. The cryptocurrency has since pared its gains, but it still trades up 3.92% at $5,626 a coin.

Friday's advance comes after Coinbase, a digital currency exchange, announced that customers could instantly purchase bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies using a US bank account. Those customers previously had to wait several days before receiving their digital currency.

It has been a monster week for bitcoin, which has soared nearly 30% since last Friday's close. It