Rolls Royce said to be developing drone cargo ships

Who needs maritime crews to run cargo ships?

That seems to be the question Rolls-Royce is trying to ask, as it works to develop what amounts to drone freighters, ships that could one day radically disrupt the massive global shipping industry.

According to Bloomberg, Rolls-Royce's Blue Ocean development team has been working on the drone freighters in a bid to make shipping cheaper, cleaner, and safer. The organization is running a virtual-reality prototype at an office in Norway that mimics a 360-degree view from the ship's bridge. Bloomberg reported that the ships could be deployed in regions like … Read more

The 404 1,320: Where we're stuck in a hyperloop (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Elon Musk on the Hyperloop: "It's like getting a ride on Space Mountain."

- Hyperloop: Why can't we believe in the big ideas?

- SF-LA in a half hour via Hyperloop? Still at least 7 years away.

- Elon Musk pulled all-nighter to prep for Hyperloop unveiling.

- Peter Ha quit cable 2.5 years ago -- here's why he came back.

- iOS 7: Instead of flatness, we got depth.… Read more

New York becomes first U.S. city to get unique Web domain

It appears a new domain landgrab has begun, kicking off with New York City becoming the first place in the U.S. to get its own top-level domain: .nyc.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the news Tuesday, saying this new URL will greatly help residents and businesses establish themselves as true New Yorkers.

"Having our own unique, top-level domain -- .nyc -- puts New York City at the forefront of the digital landscape and creates new opportunities for our small businesses," Mayor Bloomberg said in a statement. "They'll now be able to identify themselves … Read more

Cab-hailing apps get green light in NYC

Clearing the way for services like Uber, an appellate court Thursday lifted a temporary injunction on New York City's pilot plan to allow travelers to hail yellow cabs via smartphone. The plan, which challenges the traditional curbside street hail, has faced strong opposition from New York's livery and black-car operators.

Uber had just launched its New York taxi-hailing pilot program at the end of April when the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division issued the emergency injunction.

Today's news came just hours after another related legal victory for Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration. His plan to expand … Read more

Bloomberg launches $75M venture capital fund

Media outlet Bloomberg will launch a $75 million venture capital fund to invest in early-stage companies.

The fund, called Bloomberg Beta, is expected to launch Wednesday, according to various media reports, but has already invested in nine companies, including Newsle, Nodejitsu, Codecademy, Errplane, and ProsperWorks, according to VentureBeat.

The independent venture will focus on startups that are "producing insights from data" and "making the experience of work better," according to a news release cited by VentureBeat.

Bloomberg has invested in tech companies before through Bloomberg Ventures, an incubator that helped companies that could be combined with … Read more

Bloomberg: Yes, reporters had access to client data

Reporters at Bloomberg had the ability to view the log-in history and certain other account details of the company's clients.

In a mea culpa posted today, Bloomberg News editor in chief Matthew Winkler fessed up to the practice, revealing that reporters had access to Bloomberg terminals through which they could see a user's log-in history and find out when the account was created.

The terminals are computer systems used by both Bloomberg and its subscribers to access the latest financial news and stock quotes and to exchange messages over the firm's secure network.

Reporters also could see &… Read more

Tweets arrive on Bloomberg terminals

In the latest triumph for the real-time social network, Twitter will now be incorporated into the Bloomberg terminals popular with Wall Street traders.

The company says it plans to incorporate tweets into its data service, widely used in the financial industry, so that people can monitor social media buzz about companies, according to The New York Times.

The irony is that financial services firms have long blocked the service as a potential risk in violating the regulations that govern the communications of their employees.

In this example, though, Twitter isn't a channel for employee output, but public input.

More … Read more

The 404 1,230: Where there's nothing in the safe (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- 60,000 Redditors want to know what's in this safe.

- NYC looks to Facebook for the future of payphones.

- UD Replicas makes a replica of the most underrated accessory from "The Dark Knight."

- Samsung Galaxy Watch "definitely" coming, Samsung confirms.

- The Pebble smartwatch finally arrives on doorsteps to a chorus of approval.

- Pebble breakdown shows waterproofing makes repairs impossible.… Read more

The 404 1,222: Where we bust myths and eardrums (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Makerbong? 3D printing is getting stoned.

- Bloomberg's next ban may be loud headphones.

- A petition to change the national anthem to R. Kelly's 2003 hit "Ignition (Remix)."

- 404 Archive News: 404 Redditor fanbanlo posted a link to download 1,217 archived episodes of the show. Canoy took care of a search for all 404 episodes on CNET.… Read more

The 404 1,207: Where we learned it by watching you (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Heart Attack Grill spokesman dies of heart attack.

- Two Atlanta women left with third-degree burns after Instagram feud fuels hot oil attack.

- Apple reportedly testing curved glass for 'iWatch.'

- CBS stations stop Tweeting about Dorner.

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