Good morning, Austin! Here's what you need to know from the world of tech to start your week right:
Everyone is talking about Spectacles.
That's the special sunglasses sold by Snapchat, which has also changed its name to Snap Inc. The Wall Street Journal got an early glimpse at these glasses, and reports that this eyeware has a built-in camera that allows people to short short video snippets. (And presumably, share those snippets on Snapchat.)
Spiegel sells it as a better way to capture memories because it's closer to what you actually see, and eliminates the "wall" created by a smartphone.
The glasses will retail for $129.99 and have "limited distribution," the Journal reports. They note that this is interesting territory for Snap to venture into, given the recent failure of Google Glass. The entire lengthy Journal article is worth a read because they go beyond Spectacles to talk with investors and Snap CEO Evan Spiegel about the future of the company. (If you want a shortened free version of the story, click here.)
Uber says it is researching a way to fly people to work.
First Lyft unveils its plans to convert its entire fleet into self-driving cars by 2022. Now Uber says it is looking into special planes that can vertically take off and land - somewhat like helicopters - to transport people. Maybe this is as close as we'll get to the flying cars we've been promised in countless science fiction movies.
In an interview with Kara Swisher, the head of Recode, Uber's product head says that this type of technology could be available within a decade. Swisher notes that this is an "aggressive prediction."
Will Google buy Twitter? Maybe.
Rumors are flying about which company might buy troubled social media company Twitter. On Friday, a report from CNBC mentioned that Salesforce and Google are preparing to offer bids for the company.
As a result, shares of Twitter soared more than 20 percent on Friday. Recode has an interesting breakdown of all the potential Twitter buyers and the pros and cons of each company.
No TV? No problem. How to watch the presidential debates online.
Recode has a pretty good rundown of all the ways to watch tonight's presidential debate online, from YouTube to Facebook and Twitter and of course live-streaming from ABC, CBS and NBC.
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