UPS Has Been Delivering Cargo in Self-Driving Trucks for Months And No One Knew – This Week in Tech – 08/18/2019

UPS Has Been Delivering Cargo in Self-Driving Trucks for Months And No One Knew

The self-driving freight truck startup TuSimple has been carrying mail across the state of Arizona for several weeks…


Alarm as Trump Requests Permanent Reauthorization of NSA Mass Spying Program Exposed by Snowden

Civil liberties groups and privacy advocates raised alarm Thursday after the Trump administration called on Congress to reauthorize an NSA mass surveillance program that was exposed by whistleblower Edward Snowden…


Tumblr Is Being Sold for $20 Million Only Six Years After Marissa Mayer Bought It for $1.1 Billion

Verizon is set to sell the social network Tumblr to Automattic Inc, the owner of online publishing tool WordPress. A source familiar with the deal puts the price-tag “well below” $20 million, while another source puts it below $10 million…


Google Reportedly Has a Massive Culture Problem That’s Destroying It From the Inside

Google has been having a rough few years…


Samsung May Adopt Graphene Batteries for Phones in 2020, Promising Full Charge in Under 30 Minutes

All modern smartphones are powered by lithium-ion batteries, and while these work well enough, there’s room for improvement. Both charging speed and total capacity are areas where improvement is highly desired, but Li-Ion batteries can only manage so much. This is why manufacturers like Samsung are looking towards other materials to use in its batteries…


Recalled MacBook Pros Banned From Flying, Could Mean Trouble for Millions at Airports

The FAA has banned hundreds of thousands of MacBook Pros from flying due to fire hazard. That is great because nobody wants to go down in a plane because of a faulty battery. But the fact is that it will be a pain to screen the affected units at the boarding gate — and that could affect millions of MacBook Pro users…


YouTube Will Stop Letting Copyright Holders Seize Revenue via Manual Claims on Very Short Music Clips

Starting in mid-September, the video giant will forbid copyright holders from making manual claims to commandeer revenue generated by YouTube videos that include very short music clips (e.g., five seconds of a song) or “unintentional” music (like music from passing cars)…

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