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Google Maps to drivers: Turn right at the Burger King

Picture this. You’re driving down the street and Google Maps tells you to turn right at the Burger King, instead of telling you to turn right on insert street name you’ve never heard of. Well, Google is starting to do this. I noticed this while I was in a Lyft in Washington, D.C., but I failed to remember it until TC’s sister publication,  Engadget, reported it the other day . Anyway, the idea is that Google Maps is highlighting some landmarks and other points of interest (fast food restaurants) to help with guidance. TechCrunch/MRD Other people have noticed, too. So @googlemaps instructed me to “turn right after Burger King” … I think this is the best update yet. #mindblown — Deemah MS (@iamdeemah) April 14, 2018 Google Maps told me to make a right “right after the White Castle.” Does it do that now? — Scott Stein (@jetscott) April 14, 2018 Highlighting landmarks seems to be one method of Google’s experimentation with improving navigation and guidance for people.

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Car-sharing startup Turo raises $12M from American Express Ventures and Sumitomo Corporation to close a $104M Series D (Megan Rose Dickey/TechCrunch)

Megan Rose Dickey / TechCrunch : Car-sharing startup Turo raises $12M from American Express Ventures and Sumitomo Corporation to close a $104M Series D   —  Peer-to-peer car-sharing marketplace Turo has officially closed a $104 million Series D round.  This comes following a $12 million investment from Sumitomo Corporation …

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Sony announces Xperia XZ2 Premium with 5.8-inch 4K HDR display and dual cameras focusing on ultra-low-light performance, with photos of up to ISO…

Chris Welch / The Verge : Sony announces Xperia XZ2 Premium with 5.8-inch 4K HDR display and dual cameras focusing on ultra-low-light performance, with photos of up to ISO 51,200   —  ISO 51200 sensitivity  —  Less than two months after unveiling the Xperia XZ2 at Mobile World Congress, Sony is back again with the Xperia XZ2 Premium.

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Amidst tariffs brawl with US, China is delaying reviews of Qualcomm’s NXP deal and Bain’s acquisition of Toshiba’s chip unit, raising fears both deals…

Wall Street Journal : Amidst tariffs brawl with US, China is delaying reviews of Qualcomm's NXP deal and Bain's acquisition of Toshiba's chip unit, raising fears both deals may fail   —  Qualcomm and Bain Capital are most at risk if the delays scuttle their respective deals  —  BEIJING—China is slowing reviews …

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Zaius raises $30M Series B led by Insight Venture Partners for its B2C CRM platform that helps marketers unify and analyze customer interaction data…

Anthony Ha / TechCrunch : Zaius raises $30M Series B led by Insight Venture Partners for its B2C CRM platform that helps marketers unify and analyze customer interaction data   —  Zaius, a customer data company working with consumer brands like Tea Forte and Burt's Bees Baby, has raised $30 million in Series B funding.

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A look at the history and challenges of devising standout names for computer viruses and vulnerabilities, thousands of which are now discovered each…

Robert McMillan / Wall Street Journal : A look at the history and challenges of devising standout names for computer viruses and vulnerabilities, thousands of which are now discovered each year   —  Techies turn to puns, historical references in desperate efforts to devise standout monikers; the problem with Badlock

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Partial fingerprints in a picture of a hand holding drugs, found in a WhatsApp message on a phone, helped convict drug dealer in UK (Chris Wood/BBC)

Chris Wood / BBC : Partial fingerprints in a picture of a hand holding drugs, found in a WhatsApp message on a phone, helped convict drug dealer in UK   —  A pioneering fingerprint technique used to convict a drugs gang from a WhatsApp message “is the future” of how police approach evidence to catch criminals.

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Facebook should let users share their social graph with any competing network and offer friend lists in a useful, interoperable format from its data…

Josh Constine / TechCrunch : Facebook should let users share their social graph with any competing network and offer friend lists in a useful, interoperable format from its data export tool   —  It's time to free the social graph  —  Twitter, Vine, Voxer, MessageMe.  Facebook has repeatedly cut off competitors …

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Some tech luminaries dismissed the internet in 1994 as immature tech that was useless or impractical, a cautionary tale for those who dismiss…

Steven Sinofsky / Learning By Shipping : Some tech luminaries dismissed the internet in 1994 as immature tech that was useless or impractical, a cautionary tale for those who dismiss blockchain today   —  What was it like in 1993/4 when the web was new?  Turns out the reaction at the time from luminaries was not far from today's reaction to innovation in Fintech.

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Google Maps volunteers working to stop fake reviews, ghost listings, impersonators, and other scammers say abuse is getting worse and Google isn’t…

Jillian D'Onfro / CNBC : Google Maps volunteers working to stop fake reviews, ghost listings, impersonators, and other scammers say abuse is getting worse and Google isn't doing enough   —  - Fraud on Google Maps is not a new problem but a group of Maps advocates say that the number of fake reviews seems to have increased unfettered.

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Silicon Valley insiders describe how the "growth at all costs" mindset undermined the dream of a networked utopia and led to resentment…

Noah Kulwin / New York Magazine : Silicon Valley insiders describe how the “growth at all costs” mindset undermined the dream of a networked utopia and led to resentment among users   —  Even those who designed our digital world are aghast at what they created.  A breakdown of what went wrong — from the architects who built it.

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