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Campaigns enter texting era with a plea: Will u vote 4 me?
Kevin Roose,
The New York Times

Political candidates have a number of tools at their disposal to try and win your vote. Slick branding, TV commercials and social media ads are just the beginning. The New York Times dives into how campaigns in 2018 are hitting us up via the good ol' text message and the questions that arise from that method of outreach.

Waymo's self-driving cars are near: Meet the teen who rides one every day
Tom Randall and Mark Bergen,
Bloomberg

If you've been wondering what it's like to participate in Waymo's self-driving test, here's the story of one Arizona family who is doing just that.

As Google Maps renames neighborhoods, residents fume
Jack Nicas,
The New York Times

When Rincon Hill becomes "the East Cut" on Google Maps, and the real world uses the app as a reference, you can image the reaction.

The future is ear: Why "hearables" are finally tech's next big thing
Peter Burrows,
Fast Company

Doppler Labs may have shut down, but its legacy remains. Fast Company discusses how the likes of Amazon, Apple and Google are all working on devices that combine the features of a hearing aid with high-end earbuds.

Amazon and Walmart's rivalry is reshaping how we'll buy everything in the future
Nick Statt,
The Verge

It's no secret that Amazon and Walmart are locked in a heated battle for your online shopping dollars, but the competition will change how we buy everything we need in the future.

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