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NOW IN TECH: Google is mapping a new wheelchair-friendly route
YOUR DAILY DOSE OF TECH NEWS ON 3/19/2018
Ke Feng
By Ke Feng
Mar 19, 2018
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1. Google is mapping a new wheelchair-friendly route

Google Maps just introduced a new feature called “wheelchair accessible” routes in transit navigation in New York, London, Tokyo, Mexico City, Boston, and Sydney. Map users in those cities will be able to find a wheelchair-friendly ways to get around. The developer Sasha Blair-Goldensohn suffered from a major accident after a rotted tree branched paralyzed his body. He and a group of Google developers now work in the “accessibility team” to help out people with difficulties to better cope with technology. 


2. Alibaba inject another $2 billion in Southeast Asia 

Alibaba said it will invest an extra $2 billion in Southeast Asian e-commerce startup Lazada Group and replace its chief executive, consolidating its control amid its effort to expand influence in the region. Long-time Alibaba executive Lucy Peng will take over Lazada and Alibaba plans to continue invest in this rising company. 


3. Facebook is now in trouble, this time bigger than ever

More than 50 million profiles were gathered by Facebook without users’ consent, according to investigation from Observer and New York Times. The company, Cambridge Analytica, was suspended from Facebook on Friday. The American data company, associated with the famous British university, is known for its in appropriate role in Trump’s campaign. The company has allegedly supported Trump’s campaign with voters’ profile. 


4. Blackberry may have helped the “fraud” 

Canadian pharmaceutical company Phantom Secure made millions selling the modified Blackberry devices and profited through illegal actions, investigators said. The charges marked the first time US government have targeted a company for knowingly making encrypted technology for criminals. The Department of Justice arrested Vincent Ramos in Seattle last week. He was indicted on Thursday along with four associates who allegedly participated the fraud.


5. Steven Jobs’ 1973 job application sold for $174K

A job application filled out by Tech tycoon Steven Jobs in 1973 was release and sold for more than $174K, according to RR Auction. Under address, Jobs wrote down "reed college". He didn't capitalize his major, "english, lit," either. When asked about access to transportation, he wrote, "possible, but not probable." Under "Special Abilities," he wrote, "electronics tech or design engineer. digital.-from Bay near Hewitt-Packard" -- misspelling Hewlett-Packard. Less surprisingly, he noted his skills with computers and calculators.  


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