Uber’s fatal accident tally shows low rates but excludes key numbers

Uber’s just-released U.S. Safety Report sets forth in some detail the number of fatal accidents, and the good news is that the overall rate per mile is about half the national average. But the report makes some puzzling choices as far as what is included and excluded. To create the report, Uber took its internal ...

Uber reveals thousands of sexual assault reports last year

Uber reveals thousands of sexual assault reports last year
Uber just released its first-ever safety report that covers sexual assault. Let’s jump right in. In 2017, Uber received 2,936 reports pertaining to sexual assault, and received 3,045 in 2018. Despite the increase in raw numbers, Uber saw a 16% decrease in the average incident rate, which it suggests may correlate with the company’s increased ...

Why AWS is selling a MIDI keyboard to teach machine learning

Why AWS is selling a MIDI keyboard to teach machine learning
Earlier this week, AWS launched DeepComposer, a set of web-based tools for learning about AI to make music and a $99 MIDI keyboard for inputting melodies. That launch created a fair bit of confusion, though, so we sat down with Mike Miller, the director of AWS’s AI Devices group, to talk about where DeepComposer fits ...

Scammers peddling Islamophobic clickbait is business as usual at Facebook

A network of scammers used a ring of established right-wing Facebook pages to stoke Islamophobia and make a quick buck in the process, a new report from the Guardian reveals. But it’s less a vast international conspiracy and more simply that Facebook is unable to police its platform to prevent even the most elementary scams ...

Driving the track-ready, race-banned McLaren Senna GTR

Driving the track-ready, race-banned McLaren Senna GTR
The McLaren Senna GTR shouldn’t exist. This feat of engineering and design isn’t allowed on public roads. It’s built for the track, but prohibited from competing in motorsports. And yet, the GTR is no outlier at McLaren. It’s part of their Ultimate Series, a portfolio of extreme and distinct hypercars that now serve as the ...

Elizabeth Warren is reportedly drafting legislation to allow gig workers to unionize

A key ask from gig workers this year has been the right to unionize. Now, Senator (and presidential candidate) Elizabeth Warren is reportedly drafting a bill that would enable gig workers to do just that, CNBC reports. In collaboration with Congressperson David Cicilline, the legislation would also ban “mega mergers” between companies where one has ...

Niantic is working with Qualcomm on augmented reality glasses

We’ve known for a while that Pokémon GO creator Niantic feels a bit limited in what it can do with augmented reality today. Between the latency limitations of 4G cellular networks and the need for players to wave a smartphone around to do anything in AR, the tech just isn’t where Niantic wants it to ...

NFL-AWS partnership hopes to reduce head injuries with machine learning

NFL-AWS partnership hopes to reduce head injuries with machine learning
Today at AWS re:Invent in Las Vegas, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell joined AWS CEO Andy Jassy onstage to announce a new partnership to use machine learning to help reduce head injuries in professional football. “We’re excited to announce a new strategic partnership together, which is going to combine cloud computing, machine learning and data science ...

Gift Guide: Gifts for the promising podcaster

Gift Guide: Gifts for the promising podcaster
Welcome to TechCrunch’s 2019 Holiday Gift Guide! Need help with gift ideas? We’re here to help! We’ll be rolling out gift guides from now through the end of December. You can find our other guides right here. Spotify reportedly spent nearly $500 million on podcasts in 2019. The good news is that the rest of us ...

New tweet generator mocks venture capitalists

New tweet generator mocks venture capitalists
“Airbnb’s unit economics are quite legendary — the S-1 is going to be MOST disrupted FASTEST in the next 3 YEARS? Caps for effect.” Who tweeted that? Initialized Capital’s Garry Tan? Homebrew’s Hunter Walk? Y Combinator co-founder Paul Graham? Or perhaps one of the dozens of other venture capitalists active on Twitter . No, it ...