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Uber CEO predicts Amazon-style losses to reach lofty goals

The Japan Times

SAN FRANCISCO – Speaking at a conference in San Francisco, Uber Chief Executive Officer Dara Khosrowshahi rattled through the company's ambitions: food delivery, freight, autonomous vehicles and even buses and bikes. Ultimately, Uber Technologies Inc.'s business is getting people from "point A to p...


Tesla News: Model 3 Delay, Record Quarterly Revenue, Fully-Autonomous Driving Option Soon

International Business Times

Tesla, Inc. announced its financial results for the fourth quarter of 2017, as well as for the financial year 2017 Wednesday evening, after markets closed. While the company posted its highest quarterly revenue yet, and a smaller than expected loss, it also quietly delayed the delivery of its mass-m...


Self-driving cars: Uber faces Waymo in trial over race to remove the driver

USATODAY

Uber executives are travelling the globe to reassure regulators that the company is changing the way it does business. As Laura Frykberg reports, it follows a string of controversies that have hurt the ride-hailing firm's reputation. A group led by Japanese technology conglomerate Softbank has acquired a major stake in Uber. In a tender offer that expired Thursday, Dec. 28, SoftBank acquired a 15 percent stake in Uber while the remaining members got about 3 percent, according to a person familiar with the situation who was not authorized to publicly discuss details. (Photo: Eric Risberg, AP) SAN FRANCISCO -- There's a big trial starting Monday between two companies you've heard of -- Uber and Waymo, the autonomous car company owned by Google-parent Alphabet. But their brawl is over a topic you might not be familiar with: the technology inside a little spinning eyeball on the top of a self-driving car's roof.


Google parent company Alphabet hit by a $3 BILLION loss

Daily Mail

Google's parent company Alphabet has reported lower than expected profits in the last three months of 2017 after higher costs offset an increase in advertising sales. Revenue for the three months ending December 31 was $32.3 billion (£22.6bn), a rise of 24% on the same period in 2016. Overall, Alphabet reported a loss of $3 billion (£2.1bn) for the fourth quarter as it set aside $11 billion for taxes - an estimated $9.9 billion (£6.9bn) was for taxes on repatriated earnings. Excluding the tax provision, Alphabet would have posted a profit of $6.8 billion (£4.7bn), falling short of the $7 billion analysts had predicted. The tech giant's shares slid 2.3 per cent in after-hours trade on the results, highlighting concerns about the rising costs of projects such as the Waymo's self-driving car service, and the fact that profits were weaker than expected.


Google gets earnings boost thanks to Google Home holiday sales, but it's not all picture perfect

Mashable

Hey Alexa, you're not the only one getting the holiday love. The holidays were good to Google's parent company, Alphabet, because of hardware products like Google Home, an Alexa competitor, execs said during a fourth-quarter earnings call Thursday. During the call, Ruth Porat, CFO of Alphabet, and Google CEO Sundar Pichai boasted that revenue was up 24 percent to $32.3 billion for the final quarter. However, Google's per-share earnings still fell below Wall Street expectations, partially because of a new tax on foreign assets that hit Google like a $9.9 billion brick. Pichai praised the voice-enabled Google Assistant for bringing the company's machine learning goals to more people.


Alibaba is reshaping city traffic with artificial intelligence

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Alibaba, China's largest online retailer, is deploying its cloud-computing power to save Asia's cities from their suffocating traffic. Its subsidiary AliCloud announced today (Jan. The company previously deployed its traffic-management system, called City Brain, in Hangzhou, China--where Alibaba is headquartered--in September 2016. Afterwards, average traffic speed increased 15%, and traffic violations were reported with 92% accuracy, Reuters reports. City Brain makes live traffic predictions, optimizes traffic flow, and detects traffic incidents using data from video footage, traffic bureaus, public transportation systems, and mapping apps.


Alibaba is reshaping city traffic with artificial intelligence

#artificialintelligence

Alibaba, China's largest online retailer, is deploying its cloud-computing power to save Asia's cities from their suffocating traffic. Its subsidiary AliCloud announced today (Jan. The company deployed its traffic-management system, called City Brain, in Hangzhou, China--where Alibaba is headquartered--in September 2016. Afterwards, average traffic speed increased 15%, and traffic violations were reported with 92% accuracy Reuters reports. City Brain makes live traffic predictions, optimizes traffic flow, and detects traffic incidents using data from video footage, traffic bureaus, public transportation systems, and mapping apps.


Alphabet's Waymo buys thousands more self-driving minivans

Daily Mail

Waymo, Alphabet's self-driving car unit, is set to buy thousands more Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivans, the companies announced today. The deal, made between Google's parent company Alphabet and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, is set to expand Waymo's fleet, with first deliveries beginning at the end of 2018. The self-driving, ride-hailing service says the additional vehicles will support Waymo as it expands to more cities across the US, with its first publicly-offered service set to launch in Phoenix, Arizona later this year. Waymo recently unveiled a self-driving minivan that it hopes could revolutionise the way we travel. It showed off the technology at the closely-guarded'fake town' dubbed The Castle, 120 miles southeast of San Francisco The number of purchased vehicles has not been disclosed by either party, nor has the value of the deal, but since Fiat Chrysler's recommended starting retail price for the 2018 Fiat Chrysler hybrid is set at $39,995, and if Waymo's order is in the 1000s, the deal is worth at least $40 million.


Intel Reports 4.1 Percent Rise in Fourth-Quarter Revenue

U.S. News

The chipmaker, which recorded a $5.4 billion charge in the quarter due to the recent tax reforms, has been focusing on its data center business and newer areas such as artificial intelligence and driverless cars to reduce its reliance on its traditional PC market.


Here's how Elon Musk could get tens of billions from new Tesla compensation plan

USATODAY

Elon Musk has spent $72 million on homes in California. His most recent mansion was more than $24 million. Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk presents the new Roadster electric sports vehicle to the media on Nov. 16, 2017 at the electric car maker's Los Angeles design center. Tesla has installed a new compensation plan for CEO Elon Musk that would reward him handsomely if he can build the electric vehicle automaker into "one of the most valuable companies in the world." The plan -- delivered with Tesla's characteristic rhetorical flair for bucking corporate conventions -- would provide tens of billions in compensation to Musk if the company achieves its financial goals.