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YouTube's kids content prompts calls for FTC to hold site accountable – CNET

A US senator and two consumer groups send letters to the Federal Trade Commission expressing concern about data collection and children’s privacy.
Source: CNET

These Cities Will Track Scooters to Get a Handle on Regulation

The cities, which include New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, will use the same tool to keep track of where scooters go, and where they are parked.
Source: Wired

San Francisco is the first city to ban e-cigarette sales – CNET

Selling vapes like Juul will be prohibited within six months.
Source: CNET

Self-driving startup Drive.ai is closing down

Drive.ai, the autonomous vehicle tech startup once valued at $200 million, is shutting down after four years, according to a state regulatory filing.

The closure was first reported by the San Francisco Chronicle. The company is not responding to media inquiries, a PR rep told TechCrunch.

The company’s Mountain View headquarters will close down on Friday, according to WARN documents filed with the Employment Development Department of California. A company must file a WARN document ahead of a mass layoff or plant closure.

Rumors have been swirling for weeks that Apple was looking to snap up the startup. Earlier this month, The Information reported that Apple was pursuing an acqui-hire, a term that typically means a smaller, targeted acquisition aimed at bringing on specific talent.

That appears to have panned out for at least some of the company’s 90 employees. At least five employees changed their LinkedIn profiles to show they started employment at Apple’s special projects division this month, according to SF Chronicle and confirmed by TechCrunch’s own review.

Drive.air was founded in 2015 by former graduate students working in Stanford University’s Artificial Intelligence Lab run by Andrew Ng, the renowned artificial intelligence expert. Ng is chairman of Drive.ai’s board and is married to co-founder Carol Reiley.

The company, which originally focused on self-driving software systems and intelligent communications systems, received a lot of attention and investment in those first years. It later raised more money as it tweaked its business model with a plan to combine deep learning software with hardware to make self-driving retrofitted kits designed for business and commercial fleets. In all, the company has raised about $77 million, according to Pitchbook data. It was last valued at $200 million in 2017.

The startup ramped up operations in 2017 and 2018. Last year it launched a pilot program in Frisco, Texas to test an on-demand service using self-drivings. But even as it expanded, the executive team appeared to be constantly in flux with several people holding the CEO spot.


Source: TechCrunch

The best meat delivery deals for Fourth of July weekend – CNET

The best meat deals comin’ in hot!
Source: CNET

Daily Show alum Jason Jones on The Detour, accidental swastikas and humiliation – CNET

The actor opens up about the new season of his TBS comedy and the torture of getting a hand job while singing karaoke.
Source: CNET

Apple Watch could get a band with a camera – CNET

The camera could be aimed in different directions, according to a patent.
Source: CNET

Alexa podría detectar un paro cardíaco escuchando su respiración

Cualquier altavoz o teléfono inteligente podría incorporar este nuevo sistema de inteligencia artificial capaz de detectar los sonidos típicos de esta dolencia con una precisión del 97 %. Dado que es la principal causa de muerte natural del mundo, una herramienta de este tipo podría salvar muchas vidas
Source: MIT

Diez formas de luchar contra el cambio climático con IA

La inteligencia artificial puede ayudar a reducir las emisiones de hogares, cadenas de suministro y logística, mejorar los hábitos de consumo, el control de la deforestación y las predicciones meteorológicas y de demanda energética, según algunos de los mayores expertos de IA del mundo
Source: MIT

El fotón más energético jamás registrado viene de la nebulosa Cangrejo

Un observatorio astrofísico de la llanura tibetana ha captado una partículas lumínica procedente de este objeto astronómico cuya energía ronda los 500 teraelectronvoltios. Esta información podría ayudar a descubrir más sobre los procesos que se producen en su interior
Source: MIT