This week we got to see what Elon Musks Boring Company is all about, Google Docs users were targeted in a phishing attack and Apple, Facebook and Tesla reported earnings. These are the top stories to catch you up on the biggest tech news this week. You also can sign up for the weekend newsletter here.
The world got its first look at renderings of Elon Musks Boring Company. A video shown during Musks TED Talk details a future underground transit network where cars travel on crisscrossing layers of tunnels that include sleds that shuttlevehicles around on rails at 130 mph.
The phishing scam took users toa real Google-hosted page, with a list of your Google accounts ready to click. If you clicked in far enough, the app got permission to read your emails and email all your contacts. While Google was able to stop the attack, copycats could follow suit, so be careful opening any Google Docs.
Microsoft announced its move to take back the U.S. education marketfrom the Google Chromebook. It will attempt to do so with the $999 Surface Laptop, anotebook the companyhopes schools will buy instead of Chromebooks. But unlike other Surface models, it runs Windows 10 S, a new streamlined operating system.
After multiple separate violent acts were posted on Facebook,the company has announced a new plan to add 3,000 morepeople to itsoperations team to screen for harmful videos, allowing the company torespond to concerning contentmore quickly.
Apple hit a speed bump in Q2, falling slightly under Wall Streets expectations. Teslas Q1 revenue more than doubled year over year as Model 3 production plans remain on track to begin in July. Facebook saw a strong quarter with steady growth and strong profits. The company is also on track tohit 2 billion users in Q2. The big earnings story of the week, however, was Twilios sudden stock plummet after Uber, a major client, distanced itself from the communications infrastructure provider. Uber accounted for 12 percent of Twiliosrevenue this quarter.
In the latest in the Uber vs. Waymo lawsuit, Ubers Anthony Levandowski, who founded Otto and then became head of Ubers Advanced Technologies Group (ATG) once Otto was acquired by the ridesharing company, is stepping aside from his role as head of ATG, although he will remain at Uber. Heres the full story.
Hulu officially announced the launch of its $39.99 per monthlive TV streaming service, and we went hands-on. First impressions include a robust channel lineup, cloud DVR and combiningHulus existing on-demand library with streaming TV and on-demand content from broadcast partners.However, a key part to the new service is the revamped, redesigned Hulu experience.
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Echo Look isnt a joke, and its here to take your data: Amazons Echo Look,an incarnation of its Alexa voice assistant with a built-in camera for style pictures, is more than a fun selfie cam. The device could, unsurprisingly, feed Amazons big-data-fueled fashion ambitions.