US drone program taps ten pilot projects to collect data to help make FAA rules for drone integration; Alphabet, Apple, and Microsoft among partners for pilots (Reuters)

Reuters: US drone program taps ten pilot projects to collect data to help make FAA rules for drone integration; Alphabet, Apple, and Microsoft among partners for pilots  —  WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The U.S. Transportation Department’s 10 winning drone pilot projects aimed at spurring … from Techmeme https://ift.tt/2G1dvsd

Compatible smart locks can now offer voice unlocking through Amazon’s native Alexa smart lock software, available now on Schlage Sense and Connect smart locks (Ry Crist/CNET)

Ry Crist / CNET: Compatible smart locks can now offer voice unlocking through Amazon’s native Alexa smart lock software, available now on Schlage Sense and Connect smart locks  —  You could already ask Alexa to lock the door — now, after you say a spoken PIN code, she’ll unlock it for you, too. from Techmeme… Read More Compatible smart locks can now offer voice unlocking through Amazon’s native Alexa smart lock software, available now on Schlage Sense and Connect smart locks (Ry Crist/CNET)

A look at the redesigned Google News: a “For You” briefing including local sources, Newscasts similar to Twitter Moments, headlines, and “subscribe” buttons (Shan Wang/Nieman Lab)

Shan Wang / Nieman Lab: A look at the redesigned Google News: a “For You” briefing including local sources, Newscasts similar to Twitter Moments, headlines, and “subscribe” buttons  —  Google announced a shiny new iteration of the Google News app on Tuesday as part of its I/O developer conference … from Techmeme https://ift.tt/2ryPV0I

Interview with Microsoft’s Jon Friedman, now chief designer for Office 365, on its failed products: 2004 SPOT watches, KIN phone, Courier tablet, and more (Tom Warren/The Verge)

Tom Warren / The Verge: Interview with Microsoft’s Jon Friedman, now chief designer for Office 365, on its failed products: 2004 SPOT watches, KIN phone, Courier tablet, and more  —  Microsoft’s had a variety of weird and wonderful consumer devices over the years that haven’t gone so well. from Techmeme https://ift.tt/2G2VERE

Roku reports Q1 revenue of $136.6M, beating expectations and up from $100M a year ago, as net loss narrows to $6.9M; active accounts up 47% YoY to 20.8M (Janko Roettgers/Variety)

Janko Roettgers / Variety: Roku reports Q1 revenue of $136.6M, beating expectations and up from $100M a year ago, as net loss narrows to $6.9M; active accounts up 47% YoY to 20.8M  —  Meet the new Roku: The company best known for its streaming devices made more money with ads and licensing fees than with… Read More Roku reports Q1 revenue of $136.6M, beating expectations and up from $100M a year ago, as net loss narrows to $6.9M; active accounts up 47% YoY to 20.8M (Janko Roettgers/Variety)

After Starship Technologies launched delivery robots in San Francisco, the city passed strict regulations causing it to leave, a potential outcome for scooters (Melia Robinson/Business Insider)

Melia Robinson / Business Insider: After Starship Technologies launched delivery robots in San Francisco, the city passed strict regulations causing it to leave, a potential outcome for scooters  —  – In San Francisco, people are fed up with startups trying to disrupt transit.  — As a result, San Francisco officials passed … from Techmeme https://ift.tt/2IsQQdD

Sources: Apple plans to starting letting users buy subscriptions to some 3rd-party video services in its TV app, rather than individual apps, starting next year (Bloomberg)

Bloomberg: Sources: Apple plans to starting letting users buy subscriptions to some 3rd-party video services in its TV app, rather than individual apps, starting next year  —  – Strategy in development looks a lot like rival Amazon.com’s  —  Apple Inc.’s plan to reinvent cable TV is starting to look … from Techmeme https://ift.tt/2jKKngj

Experts say social media is connecting and reinforcing angry white men, some of whom identify as “incels”, as they share their rage and loss online (Amanda Taub/New York Times)

Amanda Taub / New York Times: Experts say social media is connecting and reinforcing angry white men, some of whom identify as “incels”, as they share their rage and loss online  —  The recent mass killing in Toronto by a suspect who once called for an “Incel Rebellion” has drawn attention to an online community… Read More Experts say social media is connecting and reinforcing angry white men, some of whom identify as “incels”, as they share their rage and loss online (Amanda Taub/New York Times)

Steam says its Steam Link and Steam Video services, which allows for streaming of games, are coming to iOS devices starting the week of May 21 (Peter Cao/9to5Mac)

Peter Cao / 9to5Mac: Steam says its Steam Link and Steam Video services, which allows for streaming of games, are coming to iOS devices starting the week of May 21  —  Steam announced today that it will be rolling out its Steam Link and Steam Video apps on the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV soon.… Read More Steam says its Steam Link and Steam Video services, which allows for streaming of games, are coming to iOS devices starting the week of May 21 (Peter Cao/9to5Mac)