Uber conquered taxis. Now it's going after everything else

Los Angeles Times

There's no shortage of companies claiming to be the Uber of their industry, whether it's food delivery, flowers, mattresses or medicinal marijuana. But what happens when the real Uber -- the one with a 62.5-billion valuation and a global footprint -- decides that it wants to expand into other on-demand markets? "That puts these new start-ups in an interesting position," said Ted Graham, coauthor of "The Uber of Everything," a book about the on-demand economy. "If you're pitching yourself as the X for Y, then the real X for Y is X," he said. With the March rollout of the food delivery app UberEats and last year's launch of UberRush -- an on-demand package delivery service for online sellers in San Francisco, Chicago and New York -- the San Francisco company, which rose to prominence transporting people, is now seeing if it has what it takes to be the Uber of everything.


The Brave New World Of Artificial Intelligence-Based Fake Restaurant Reviews

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Researchers at the University of Chicago have successfully trained a neural network to generate realistic Yelp reviews. With online reviews acting as a lifeblood for restaurants, replication of this technology could harm restaurant owners. Moreover, this technology has the potential to be easily replicated and harmful to other industries, including ecommerce and news. "Let me Yelp it" are familiar words to any hungry restaurant-goer quickly looking for a reliable spot to dine at. Online reviews, both in terms of volume and rating, are one of the most important factors used by diners when determining where to eat.


Amazon job ads reveal plans for cashierless Go store in New York

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Amazon is to open a branch of its radical'Amazon Go' cashierless store in New York The store was revealed through a series of job postings spotted by The Information. The firm recently opened a second location in Seattle, and has previously said it hopes to open stores in Chicago and San Francisco. The plans for the New York store were revealed through a series of job postings spotted by The Information. 'On Thursday night, the internet retailer posted at least four job listings related to an Amazon Go store in the New York area,' The Information said. 'The listings seek candidates for a store manager, an assistant store manager, a learning and development manager, and a training lead associate.'


Amazon customers can now return things for free at Kohl's or Whole Foods

Mashable

Amazon customers now have a growing list of options when it comes to returning their online purchases in person. In addition to any of the hundreds of Whole Foods supermarkets across the country, certain Kohl's stores will now accept returns of "eligible items" as part of a retail partnership between the two companies that began earlier this summer. SEE ALSO: Amazon's out of the original Amazon Echo right now, and they won't say why The hassle of sending back unwanted products can be one of the biggest deterrents to online shopping and one of the most expensive operational costs for retailers. Starting next month, more than 80 Kohl's locations in the Chicago and Los Angeles area will begin packing and shipping returns back to the online shopping giant's warehouses free of charge. The stores will even have specially designated parking spots for Amazon returns customers.


Buffalo Wild Wings apologizes for crude Twitter posts, says account was hacked

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Buffalo Wild Wings apologized late Friday after its Twitter account posted crude and racist comments, which the company says was a result of a malicious hack. The string of tweets began after 7:30 p.m. and went unchecked for about 20 minutes, according to NBC Chicago 5. The posts ranged in vulgarity, with one directed at Madeleine McCann, the young British girl who vanished from Portugal while on vacation in 2007, and film producer Tariq Nasheed, NBC Chicago 5 reported. "We're sorry that our fans had to see those awful posts, which obviously did not come from us," the Minneapolis-based company told USA TODAY in a statement. "We are in touch with our Twitter representatives and will pursue the appropriate action against the individuals involved."