The 8 things to know about tech this morning
Hello! Here are the 8 important things to know in new technologies and digital life, this Friday, June 15, 2018.
1. Snapchat has for the first time opened its platform to developers and launched Snap Kit to integrate features into third-party apps. Unlike Facebook, Snap strictly restricts the data that will be made accessible.
2. Elon Musk’s The Boring Company won the tender to negotiate the creation of a high-speed autonomous public transport in Chicago. Loop would take people from the airport to the city center in 12 minutes instead of 45 minutes today.
3. The European Commission has selected 52 experts to draft ethical guidelines on artificial intelligence. Most of these experts come from large companies and they will meet for the first time on June 27.
4. Facebook PR chief Elliot Schrage steps down. His departure comes after a series of major scandals in which the social network has been implicated.
5. A study by a University of Texas professor claims that Bitcoin prices have been manipulated. At least half of the Bitcoin price rise was artificially inflated between March 2017 and March 2018.
6. Google Maps could be inspired by Waze and make it possible to report speed cameras. Android Police has analyzed a version of the APK that displays the presence of “crash”, “speed trap” and “speed camera”.
7. France Télévisions, M6 and TF1 have reached an agreement to create a French-style Netflix. The launch date is unknown but two subscription rates for the service have reportedly been set — 1.99 euros and 6.99 euros per month.
8. Amazon teams have encountered many difficulties in making the Alexa virtual assistant understand French. English words spoken by a Frenchman like “weekend” and “Radiohead” were especially complicated.
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