BMW and Daimler, Once Rivals, Join Forces to Fend Off Silicon Valley

BMW and Daimler, Once Rivals, Join Forces to Fend Off Silicon Valley Photo Combined, BMW’s DriveNow car-sharing service and Daimler’s Car2Go will have four million users, the companies said. Credit Inga Kjer/DPA, via Associated Press FRANKFURT — The German carmakers Daimler and BMW said on Thursday that they will merge their car-sharing businesses as they try to compete better with Silicon Valley companies out to upend the traditional automotive industry.
Daimler, the maker of Mercedes-Benz cars, and BMW said they would put their respective mobility services — an array of apps and services that provide transport options for people who may not own cars — into a joint venture in which they will own equal shares.
The alliance is a major departure for BMW and Daimler, longtime rivals for the affections of affluent car buyers. Along with Volkswagen’s Audi division, the pair dominate the global market for luxury vehicles. Still, they are in danger of being overwhelmed by the superior financi..

Turner Chief Pushes Back on Core Justice Dept. Argument

Turner Chief Pushes Back on Core Justice Dept. Argument


If Media Giants Grow, So May Your Bills

The government doesn’t want you to pay too much to watch your shows. That’s why the Justice Department says it is challenging the proposed merger between AT&T and Time Warner.

By ERICA BERENSTEIN on Publish Date March 22, 2018.

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WASHINGTON — The head of Turner Broadcasting on Wednesday pushed back against one of the central arguments of the government’s case to block the AT&T and Time Warner merger, saying that his company’s channels would not be used as a weapon against rivals if the deal went through.
The Justice Department has argued that Turner, which is owned by Time Warner, owns “must-have” channels like CNN and TNT that the merged company would use as leverage in negotiations with other cable and satellite TV operators. But John Martin, the chief executive of Turner, told a federal court that his cha..

Skybet fined £1m by gambling regulator for not protecting vulnerable customers

Over 730 self-excluded users were able to open and use duplicate accounts to gamble
Skybet has been fined £1m by the gambling regulator for failing to protect its most vulnerable customers.
The Gambling Commission said on Wednesday that it had issued the penalty in response to the sports betting company allowing customers who had self-excluded to open accounts.
Self-exclusion is a tool offered to those who feel they are having trouble controlling their gambling habits, and request that the operator refuse their service.
Read more FOBTs cost taxpayers £210m per year, research finds The commission said that its investigation had shown that 736 self-excluded customers were able to open and use duplicate accounts to gamble, and that around 50,000 self-excluded customers received marketing material by email, mobile text or a push notification within a mobile app.
In addition, 36,748 self-excluded customers did not have their account balance funds returned to them on account closure,..

Uber agrees to pay $10m settlement in gender and race discrimination lawsuit

The ride-hailing company compensates 285 women and 135 men of colour for financial and emotional harm
Uber has agreed to pay $10m (£7.1m) to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by two women engineers who accused the ride-services company of gender and race discrimination.
The settlement, disclosed in a filing in the US District Court for the Northern District of California, says Uber also agreed to reforms to its system for compensation, reviews and promotions.
According to the filing, the settlement compensates for financial and emotional harm to about 285 women and 135 men of colour.
Read more Uber will halt autonomous vehicle testing in California The settlement arises out of two actions filed in October, one in the San Francisco Superior Court and another in the California district court.
On 24 October, Roxana del Toro Lopez and Ana Medina, who described themselves as Latina software engineers, filed an action in the Superior Court, followed by another three days later in..

A Chat Room of Their Own

A Chat Room of Their Own Photo Nina Collins, a former literary agent who founded a Facebook group two years ago for women over 40, What Would Virginia Woolf Do. Credit Amy Lombard for The New York Times In the fall of 2015, Nina Lorez Collins, a former literary agent, writer and mother of four young adults, including a pair of twins, was experiencing a fairly typical middle-aged malaise. She had a complicated second marriage, and her body was betraying her — textbook perimenopausal stuff, awaking most nights at 3 a.m., heart pounding, soaked in sweat. When she Googled “perimenopause,” it amused her to read that one of the symptoms was “impending sense of doom,” and she noted her discovery in an uncomplicated (until recently) manner: a Facebook post.
Friends wrote back, half-seriously, suggesting she start a group for their cohort, but what to call it? Black Cohosh (for the herbal remedy)? How about What Would Virginia Woolf Do? one friend joked darkly, because of course what Woolf did,..

Executive Who Sold Self-Driving Truck Start-Up to Uber Departs

Executive Who Sold Self-Driving Truck Start-Up to Uber Departs Photo Lior Ron, who founded Otto with Anthony Levandowski, was in charge of Uber Freight, a truck shipment booking service. Credit Andreas Gebert/Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — One of the founders of Otto, a self-driving truck company founded by former Google employees and acquired by Uber, has left the ride-hailing service.
Lior Ron — who along with Anthony Levandowski sold Otto to Uber in 2016, six months after leaving Google — was in charge of Uber Freight, a truck shipment booking service. Most of Uber Freight’s business does not involve the company’s autonomous trucks.
The departure followed a fatal crash involving an Uber self-driving car in Tempe, Ariz. The police said the car, driving in autonomous mode, had failed to slow down before it struck and killed a woman who was walking her bicycle across a street.
Uber has stopped testing of its autonomous vehicles in Arizona, California, Pittsburgh and Toronto while inv..

Tech We’re Using: Covering Disasters With 2 Phones, in Case One Falls in the Mud

Covering Disasters With 2 Phones, in Case One Falls in the Mud How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Julie Turkewitz, a correspondent who is based in Denver, discussed the tech she’s using.
How often are you on the road on assignment?
I’m on the road about a third of the year. I cover a section of the West, which means I spend a lot of time in small towns and on winding mountain roads. I also work breaking news stories all over the country.
So that must mean you live out of a suitcase. What are your most essential tech tools for doing your work?
Photo Photographing flooding from Hurricane Harvey in downtown Houston. Ms. Turkewitz uses a Canon 5D. Credit Kelli Machado My travel bag is a constant work in progress. I try to be prepared for anything, because I never know when a trip is going to involve a surprise sit-down with a governor or an unexpected flight to cover a hurricane.
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Facebook Introduces Central Page for Privacy and Security Settings

Facebook Introduces Central Page for Privacy and Security Settings Photo “One of our biggest responsibilities is to protect data,” Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, told The New York Times last week. Credit Jeff Roberson/Associated Press Facebook said it will roll out a centralized system for its users to control their privacy and security settings in response to an outcry over the way it has handled personal data.
The system, which will be introduced to Facebook users globally over the coming weeks, will allow people to change their privacy and security settings from one place rather than having to go to roughly 20 separate sections across the social media platform.
Photo Facebook is rolling out a new centralized page for people to view and control their privacy and security settings. From the new page, users can control the personal information the social network keeps on them, such as their political preferences or interests, and download and review a file of data Facebo..

The Shift: Can Social Media Be Saved?

Can Social Media Be Saved? Photo Credit Glenn Harvey I don’t need to tell you that something is wrong with social media.
You’ve probably experienced it yourself. Maybe it’s the way you feel while scrolling through your Twitter feed — anxious, twitchy, a little world weary — or your unease when you see a child watching YouTube videos, knowing she’s just a few algorithmic nudges away from a rabbit hole filled with lunatic conspiracies and gore. Or maybe it was this month’s Facebook privacy scandal, which reminded you that you’ve entrusted the most intimate parts of your digital life to a profit-maximizing surveillance machine.
Our growing discomfort with our largest social platforms is reflected in polls. One recently conducted by Axios and SurveyMonkey found that all three of the major social media companies — Facebook, Twitter and Google, which shares a parent company with YouTube — are significantly less popular with Americans than they were five months ago. (And Americans might be th..

Tech Fix: Want to Purge Your Social Media Timelines? Can You Spare a Few Hours?

Want to Purge Your Social Media Timelines? Can You Spare a Few Hours? Photo Credit Minh Uong/The New York Times You may be reeling from revelations that the private Facebook data of millions unwittingly got in the hands of a voter-profiling firm with ties to President Trump. And you may be weighing the pros and cons of deleting your social media accounts altogether.
But before you go there, ask yourself a simpler question: Why do you hoard so much data on social networks in the first place?
For many of us, our timeline of posts has piled up since we signed up for Facebook and Twitter. While the social networks portray their products as time capsules of your fondest memories and conversations, the experience of poring through past posts is more like rummaging through a digital junk drawer of good, bad and ugly moments. And the hoarded data is just sitting out there for others to see, including potential employers who are doing background checks and any enemies who may be trying to dig u..