Uber Black launches Quiet Driver Mode

Tired of chatty drivers? Uber is finally giving users its most requested feature: an in-app way to ask for minimal conversation during your ride. The “Quiet Mode” feature is free and will be available to everyone in the US tomorrow, but only on Uber Black and Uber Black SUV premium rides. Users can select “Quiet preferred”, “happy to chat” or leave the setting at “No preference”. The desire for silence might convince more riders to pay for Uber’s more expensive vehicle types so they can work, nap, take a call, or just relax in the car.

Quiet Mode comes as part of a new slate of Rider Preferences features that users can set up before they hail an Uber Black or SUV, but not while waiting for their ride or while in the car. A Bags option lets users signal that they have luggage with them so the driver knows to pull over somewhere they can help load them into the trunk. The Temperature control lets them request the car be warm or cold so drivers know whether to crank [...]  read more

WhatsApp Was Hacked, Your Computer Was Exposed, and More News

Hackers got into pretty much everything, and Amazon is paying employees to quit. Here’s the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.

Today’s Headlines

A phone call broke Whatsapp

The messaging platform WhatsApp is well known for its end-to-end encryption, but recent news calls its security into question. The NSO Group, an Israeli spy firm, injected malware onto targeted phones in order to steal data by simply placing a phone call. The targets didn’t even need to pick up, and there was often no trace in the call log. It seems the group targeted only a few high-profile activists—so you’re probably safe—but you should download the latest update, just in case.

Hackers can syphon data from your Intel chip

Intel—the company that makes the chips for pretty much every computer on earth—has revealed a security flaw that puts millions of PCs at risk. The vulnerability allows attackers to eavesdrop on virtually every bit of raw data that a victim’s processor touches. No big deal.

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Mobile Power 50 2019 – 40-31 revealed

Following last week’s initial announcement, we are delighted to confirm the next ten members of the 2019 Mobile Power 50

Part of the Mobile Industry Awards 2019 powered by TechRadar Pro, the Power 50 highlights the most important and influential figures in the UK mobile industry during the past year. 

All members of our Power 50 have met our criteria of influencing beyond their existing roles in addition to imbuing their businesses with their values and serving as an inspiration to the rest of the mobile trade.

Below is the release of positions 40 – 31 as we count down to our the 2019 Person of the Year award, which will be announced on the 6th June at the Mobile Industry Awards 2019.

Congratulations to:

31. Jon Shaw, Head of UK Consumer Sales Operations, Vodafone UK

32. Fergal Donovan, CEO, Data Select Group

33. Anurag Khilnani, Business Development, Europe and Asia, Amazon

34. Sharon Meadows, Director of Devices, Products & Partnerships – Consumer, EE

35. Magnus [...]  read more

CrowdStrike, a cybersecurity unicorn, files to go public

If you thought Uber’s disastrous initial public offering last week would deter fellow venture-backed technology companies from pursuing the public markets in 2019, you thought wrong.

Crowdstrike, yet another multi-billion-dollar Silicon Valley ‘unicorn’ has filed to go public. The cloud-based cybersecurity platform valued at $3.3 billion in 2018 revealed its IPO prospectus Tuesday afternoon.

The company plans to trade on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol “CRWD.” According to the filing, it intends to raise an additional $100 million, through that figure is typically a placeholder amount. To date, Crowdstrike has raised $480 million in venture capital funding from Warburg Pincus, which owns a 30.3 percent pre-IPO stake, Accel (20.3 percent) and CapitalG (11.2 percent).

As we’ve come to expect of these companies, Crowdstrike’s financials are a bit concerning. While its revenues are growing at an impressive rate from $53 million in 2017 to $119 million in 2018 to $250 million [...]  read more