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Uber Trouble in NYC; Tesla Off the Stock Market; Scary Drones; Samsung
 

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August 9 · Issue #73 · View online
Tech stories that matter, Gadget Quests, nerd pursuits, and other things you ought to know.

Uber Trouble in NYC; Tesla Off the Stock Market; Scary Drones; Samsung

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A day late. No, LanceList didn’t get lost in your spam box. I made a last-minute decision to switch Wednesday’s edition to Thursday. That means I won’t stuff your inbox on Friday. Enjoy your LanceList break!
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Uber trouble. New York City just became the first major metropolitan city to limit ride-sharing service expansion by limiting the number of new licenses for Uber and Lift drivers. The city wants time to study the impact of these services and to set a minimum wage and Uber and Lyft, well, they didn’t want this at all. The big question is will this help or hurt the ride-sharing experience in Manhattan. Only time will tell.
New York City Council votes to cap licenses for ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft – TechCrunch New York City Council votes to cap licenses for ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft – TechCrunch
Privatize. Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk is always stirring things up on Twitter, but this time he may have gone too far. Musk casually announced that he was considering taking his electric car company private again. This is after eight years on the stock exchange and four or five different electric car models. The Tweet sent shock waves through the market, driving Tesla’s stock price up and up. Musk has explained his intentions, but some wonder if what he did – announcing it on Twitter – was even legal. All I can say is, keep an eye on Musk and Tesla stock. If it hits $420, Musk might pull the going private trigger.
Musk tweet sparks debate on Tesla leadership Musk tweet sparks debate on Tesla leadership
Attack drones. I love drones. I’m a fan of the technology, I love flying them and I love writing about them. But after a a possible drone-born assassination attempt in Venezuela, I’m realizing that the honeymoon may be over.
Venezuela's Drone Attack May Not Be the Last – Member Feature Stories – Medium Venezuela's Drone Attack May Not Be the Last – Member Feature Stories – Medium
It’s not magic. Magic Leap is the unicorn of AR companies. It’s been over-promising and under delivering for years and yet everyone loves it, everyone is excited about it, and few have seen the product in real life. Good news is that’s finally all about to change. Magic Leap is finally on sale to a small set of developers for more than $2,000 a piece. The goggles are supposed to offer a better AR experience than you can get from your phone or Microsoft HoloLens. I’ll believe it when I see it.
Magic Leap Is Remaking Itself as an Ordinary Company (With a Real Augmented-Reality Product) | WIRED Magic Leap Is Remaking Itself as an Ordinary Company (With a Real Augmented-Reality Product) | WIRED
Android for work. I spent the last few days test-driving Samsung’s new $649.99 Galaxy Tab S4. It ships with an S Pen and, for $149.99 more, you can get a keyboard cover. With the integrated DeX software that turns Android into a desktop experience, it’s a potential productivity workhorse. I, however, have my reservations.
Samsung’s Tab S4 Needs Work to Achieve Productivity Potential Samsung’s Tab S4 Needs Work to Achieve Productivity Potential
Don’t forget. Tune into my Twitter today at 10:00 AM ET for a play-by-play from Samsung’s big Unpacked event, where it’s expected to unveil a brand new Galaxy Note device.
P.S. The best Best Picture.
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