Thanks to a new partnership with T-Mobile, Google now promises to provide 911 operators with more accurate location information from Android users. “The company has partnered with T-Mobile and emergency technology companies RapidSOS and West to send location data from its Emergency Location Service to 911 call centers when an Android user places an emergency call,” Engadget reports.
In lieu of underwriting traditional life insurance, John Hancock has decided to starting selling “interactive” policies that track fitness and health data through wearable devices and smartphones, Reuters reports. “The move by the 156-year-old insurer … marks a major shift for the company, which unveiled its first interactive life insurance policy in 2015,” Reuters notes. “It is now applying the model across all of its life coverage.”
The New York Times takes a peek inside Facebook’s election “war room,” which will serve as ground zero for the company’s fake news-fighting efforts leading up to the U.S. midterm elections. “Sandwiched between Building 20 and Building 21 in the heart of Facebook's campus, [the] approximately 25-foot by 35-foot conference room is under construction,” it writes.
Over the next five years, Amazon could open up to 3,000 new AmazonGo cashierless stores, Bloomberg reports. “Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos sees eliminating meal-time logjams in busy cities as the best way for Amazon to reinvent the brick-and-mortar shopping experience,” it writes. Of course, the move “would threaten convenience chains like 7-Eleven Inc., quick-service sandwich shops like Subway and Panera Bread, and mom-and-pop pizzerias and taco trucks.”
Sending shares of digital map companies downward, Google just announced a partnership with several carmakers, including Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi. The deals “will supply new infotainment systems for their vehicles, including services such as Google Assistant and Google Maps,” Reuters reports. Dutch company TomTom was hit particularly hard by the news.
Evernote is parting ways with 54 employees -- or about 15% of its workforce -- TechCrunch reports. It’s just the latest bit of bad news for the maker of productivity apps. “Just two weeks ago, we reported that Evernote had lost several of its most senior executives, including its CTO Anirban Kundu, CFO Vincent Toolan, CPO Erik Wrobel and head of HR Michelle Wagner,” TC notes.
Google plans to give up some control over its instant article format, Accelerated Mobile Pages, The Verge reports. “It plans to move the AMP Project to a ‘new governance model,’ which is to say that decisions about the code will be made by a committee that includes non-Googlers,” it writes. “Until now, final decisions about AMP’s code have been made by Malte Ubl, the tech lead for the AMP Project at Google.”
The Wall Street Journal considers the stark equity divide between men and women in the startup sector. “Women startup founders own 39 cents for every dollar of equity a male founder owns,” the Journal reports, citing a study that used anonymized data from more than 6,000 U.S. companies.
Amazon just unveiled Storefronts, a new section of the ecommerce hub, which will sell products exclusively from “U.S. small and medium-sized businesses,” The Verge reports. “The new page will feature over 1 million products from almost 20,000 companies, along with curated collections, deals, videos, and stories highlighting individual companies.”
Getty Images has partnered with Amazon to provide images from its catalog of 200 million digital images, TechCrunch reports. The images will “populate searches on its screen-based Echo Show and Echo Spot devices,” it writes. “The deal also comes amid rumors of a supposed launch of a screen-based Google Home device … to compete with the Echo Show.”