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How Google, Tesla, and Uber Could Team Up For the Driverless Taxis of the Future 126

Posted by Soulskill
from the deprecating-human-beings dept.
cartechboy writes "Follow the thinking for a second. Google drops $258 million into the car-taxi app Uber. Google says it will make self-driving cars available within four years, based on its ground-breaking research into self-driving cars. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has spoken with Google about driverless technology for future Tesla vehicles. So, are we watching the assembly of a massive driverless taxi service of the future? Battery-electric vehicles make excellent autonomous taxis (very few moving parts, low per-mile energy cost, and zero noise or emissions) Could Google use some of its cash hoard to buy Tesla outright (making Elon Musk its third largest shareholder in the process), then grab Uber and turn the whole thing into an app? Musk's goal has always been to transform the very nature of transportation. This might just do that."
Security Hacked, Plugin Repository Compromised 110

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the ok-that's-kinda-scary dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Back in April hackers gained access to the servers and exposed passwords/API keys for Twitter and Facebook accounts. Now, hackers gained access to and the plugin repository. Malicious code was found in several commits including popular plugins such as AddThis, WPtouch, or W3 Total Cache. Matt Mullenweg decided to force-reset all passwords on This is a great reminder for all users not use the same password for two different services."

... though his invention worked superbly -- his theory was a crock of sewage from beginning to end. -- Vernor Vinge, "The Peace War"