Happy Wednesday, Austin, and happy end of the month! Here are some of the tech stories creating the most buzz this morning:
So long, Nexus
From Android Central: Google's Nexus phones will no longer carry that name and will offer more software that they typical bare-bones "Vanilla" Android OS that Google has been offering through hardware makers including HTC.
Carpooling with Waze
In other Google/Alphabet news, the company's Waze service is expanding it carpooling service on Uber's home turf of San Francisco. Google's not yet taking a cut of the 54-cents-a-mile fee and Recode explains that this may not be a threat to Uber anytime soon.
A targeted hire
Uber has plucked one of the executives in charge of creating Target's image stand out among retailers, Fortune reports. Jeff Jones, who worked as the Chief Marketing Officer for Target, will be president of Uber's overall business. He joins a line of execs departing from Target recently.
More bad news for Facebook's trending topics
Slate reports on the "Garbage fire" that Facebook's trending topics have become as told by former editorial employees of that feature, who were let go in favor of automated headlines, which blew up in Facebook's face over the weekend in spectacular fashion. According to those former employees, the algorithm was not ready for prime time. The whole thing has prompted more debate on whether Facebook is, in fact, a media company. Mark Zuckerberg says it isn't.
I drive, therefore I am
And in today's cool tech video, Oxford University Mobile Robotics Group asks whether this car's brain can in fact think for itself:
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