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Porat previously alluded to the plan in Alphabet's second-quarter investors' call, saying in July, "The focus has been to launch the commercial rider program in Phoenix that we've talked about, looking to do that by year-end. We do view that as a first step in building a more fully rolled out rider program in the future." Roadshow had yet to receive further comment from Waymo at press time.As it works to further test and develop its autonomous-car technology, Waymo has been running a trial program in the Phoenix, Arizona metro area in which members of the public can ride in self-driving Chrysler Pacifica Hybrids. Waymo says its vehicles have already covered 10 million miles. The company also is testing self-driving Jaguar I-Pace electric crossovers.Of course, Waymo has considered other ways of "paying" for those self-driving car rides. Waymo CEO John Krafcik told Roadshow earlier this month that the Waymo trips would eventually cost as much as an equivalent Uber or Lyft ride -- but that Waymo could instead get your destination to pay for the ride as a form of advertising.
"Businesses are saying to some of the users 'Hey, we'll pay Waymo to bring you to the mall, or to this destination, or to the hotel.'" Krafcik told Roadshow. "I think this is a really interesting future business possibility for Waymo."Your brand-new Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL offers wireless 10w fast charging, but only with Google's own Pixel Stand or with upcoming Made for Google-certified models thanks to a proprietary protocol. Qi-standard chargers, even if they support 10w, are limited to 5w for Google's devices.The fast-charging incompatibility was pointed out to Android Police by a reader, and the site also says that the phone reports fast charging with third-party devices even though they're only operating at 5w.
We don't limit third-party devices, in fact, we're working with our partners in the Made for Google program to get fast 10W chargers certified for use with Pixel 3 (Belkin announced its 10W Pixel 3 charger already which will launch in the coming weeks). Pixel Stand and Pixel 3 work together through the protocol we've developed for fast charging. Everything else charges at the industry standard Qi 5W.Google hasn't indicated why it took this approach, but it's possible it's linked to the extra features that are activated when you pop the Pixel 3 on a Pixel Stand.Music producer DJ Khaled and boxer Floyd Mayweather have settled with the US Securities and Exchange Commission over charges that they promoted investments in initial coin offerings without disclosing the payments they received in return, the SEC said Thursday.
The commission said this was the first time it had brought such charges involving the touting of cryptocurrency offerings.Khaled talked up Centra Tech and its Centra cryptocurrency tokens on his social media accounts but didn't disclose a $50,000 payment from the company, the SEC said. Mayweather also didn't disclose promotional payments from three ICO issuers, including Centra Tech, which gave him $100,000, the commission added. Mayweather once tweeted that Centra's ICO "starts in a few hours. Get yours before they sell out, I got mine..." the SEC said. He received $200,000 to promote the other two ICOs, according to the agency.In 2017, the SEC issued its DAO Report, which said coins sold in ICOs could be securities and that anyone who offers and sells securities in the US has to comply with federal securities laws. In April, the SEC filed a civil action against Centra Tech's founders, claiming the ICO was fraudulent.
Khaled and Mayweather didn't admit to or deny the SEC's findings but agreed to pay the amount they made from the cryptocurrency companies, along with penalties and interest. Khaled will pay $50,000 along with a $100,000 penalty and $2,725 in prejudgment interest. Mayweather will pay $300,000 along with a $300,000 penalty and $14,775 in prejudgment interest. Mayweather and Khaled agreed not to promote any securities for three and two years, respectively. "Investors should be skeptical of investment advice posted to social media platforms, and should not make decisions based on celebrity endorsements," the co-director of the SEC's Enforcement Division, Steven Peikin, said in a statement. "Social media influencers are often paid promoters, not investment professionals, and the securities they're touting, regardless of whether they are issued using traditional certificates or on the blockchain, could be frauds."
The Justice Department unveiled charges against two Iranian hackers who allegedly masterminded ransomware attacks targeting major cities, including Atlanta, San Diego and Newark, shutting down key public services throughout the country.The alleged attackers, Faramarz Shahi Savandi, 34, and Mohammad Mehdi Shah Mansouri, 27, caused more than $30 million in damages by deploying the SamSam ransomware on more than 200 victims, prosecutors said at a press conference on Wednesday.Ransomware attacks infect computers, holding their content hostage unless victims pay the hackers to release their machines. In 2017, the WannaCry ransomware ensnared computers around the world after North Korean hackers attacked systems in hospitals, universities and banks.Brian Benczkowski, who heads the Justice Department's criminal division, said the Iranian hackers weren't tied to a government and noted the indictment marked the first criminal indictment against hackers "deploying a for-profit ransomware."
The ransomware netted more than $6 million in bitcoin payments, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said."Many of the victims were public agencies with missions that involve saving lives and performing other critical functions for the American people,"Rosenstein said.According to court documents, Savandi and Mansouri specifically targeted critical infrastructure, such as hospitals and city systems, to extort as much money as possible. The pair allegedly looked for vulnerabilities thoroughly, US attorney Craig Carpenito said."Money is not their sole objective. They're seeking to harm our institutions and our critical infrastructure," Carpenito said. "They're trying to impact our way of life."The hackers targeted institutions that would be hurt the most by being locked out of their systems, the prosecutor said.
Along with Atlanta, victims included the city of Newark, New Jersey, Colorado's Department of Transportation, the University of Calgary in Canada, and hospitals in Los Angeles, Kansas, North Carolina, Maryland, Nebraska and Chicago. The ransomware attack on Atlanta's computers targeted critical systems, making it impossible for the city to pay bills online or access electronic court documents from March to June this year. The city's officials refused to pay the ransomware, and the recovery effort was estimated to cost $17 million.Atlanta wasn't alone, as the Port of San Diego suffered an attack in September, limiting access to park permits, public records and business services.Thirty four victims alone racked up damages totaling $30 million, Carpenito said. It's unclear what happened to the other victims.
According to the indictment, the Iranian hackers created the SamSam ransomware in December 2015, and carried out attacks as recent as September this year. The ransomware infiltrates computer networks and spreads across devices. The malware takes over administrators' rights and then encrypts servers and files, demanding victims pay up to regain control.The alleged hackers would search for vulnerabilities through online scans and attack outside of business hours to cause as much damage as possible, prosecutors said.The Treasury Department also unveiled actions against Ali Khorashadizadeh and Mohammad Ghorbaniyan, two Iranians who allegedly helped exchange the paid bitcoin ransoms into Iranian currency. Bitcoin wallets linked to the alleged hackers were used for more than 7,000 transactions, the department said."Treasury is targeting digital currency exchangers who have enabled Iranian cyber actors to profit from extorting digital ransom payments from their victims," Sigal Mandelker, Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, said in a statement.