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GDPR and You; Musk is Wrong; Essential Stumbles; Uber Crash Facts
 

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May 25 · Issue #45 · View online
Tech stories that matter, Gadget Quests, nerd pursuits, and other things you ought to know.

GDPR and You; Musk is Wrong; Essential Stumbles; Uber Crash Facts

Hello GDPR. Today is the day when a European Union rule takes effect and creates a wave that reaches from the heart of Europe to the heartland of America. The General Data Protection Regulation law changes how online services, social media sites, apps and more can view, manage, use, and share your data. It effectively lets you stop them from tracking your and puts the control back in your hands. Even though this is an EU law, online services are making it global, which is why you’ve been getting notes in your inbox about updated privacy policies and terms of service for weeks. Most of them don’t require you to do anything, but many, especially newsletters, do. If you don’t sign off on the changes, your inbox could be a little emptier in coming weeks. The good news is that the GDPR makes it harder for online services to gather and use your data. Thanks EU!
GDPR: The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, explained - CNET GDPR: The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, explained - CNET
Sorry Elon. Elon Musk is arguably the smartest entrepreneur operating today. He sells a line of amazing electric cars, launches satellites and sends to supplies to the ISS on his powerful SpaceX reusable rockets, and is digging holes for next-gen transportation. When you have your hands in so many pies, it’s inevitable that you’ll face a higher-level of scrutiny and not everything that’s reported will be positive. Musk, however, believes he’s under attack by an unfair and inaccurate media. To combat it, he’s suggesting a journalist rating system housed on a site he wants to call Pravda (“Truth”). I can’t think of a worse idea. Read up on it and let me know what you think.
Pravda is Elon Musk’s worst idea ever – Lance Ulanoff – Medium Pravda is Elon Musk’s worst idea ever – Lance Ulanoff – Medium
Essentially Done. The once promising, new Essential Phone project launched by smartphone icon Andy Rubin has stumbled badly. This despite the fact (or maybe because of it) that it offered a truly unique accessory attachment system. It let you, for instance, attach a 360 camera to the body using magnets. The Android phone, while powerful, didn’t inspire people. I have never seen an Essential Phone out in the wild. Now the company and project may be up for sale. Whatever the future holds for Essential, do not expect another phone.
Android Creator Puts Essential Up for Sale, Cancels Next Phone - Bloomberg Android Creator Puts Essential Up for Sale, Cancels Next Phone - Bloomberg
Uber crash update. Investigators looking into the fatal self-driving Uber car accident in Arizona now say that a key piece of safety technology was TURNED OFF in the car before it hit and killed a pedestrian. The self-driving technology didn’t do much better. It identified the pedestrian six seconds before the accident, but not as a person. It’s possible, however, that if Uber hadn’t disabled the Volvo XC90’s own built-in automatic braking system crash avoidance system, the accident might not have happened. It’s basically a multi-level failure that resulted in the death of one woman. I’m sure we’ll be hearing more about this.
Uber's self-driving car detected pedestrian 6 seconds before fatal crash | VentureBeat Uber's self-driving car detected pedestrian 6 seconds before fatal crash | VentureBeat
Take a break
Monday is Memorial Day. Take a moment to reflect on and honor all the men and woman who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect your freedoms. I’ll be doing that, which means no LanceList on May 28. Enjoy your long weekend and we’ll see you Wednesday.
P.S. You should do this.
P.S.S. It’s Solo day!
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