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I didn’t expect to write another post about cars this year, let alone this week, but here we are!

Today’s link comes from The Verge, where Casey Newton writes about his experience hitching a ride in one of Google’s self-driving cars:

After years of working mostly in secret, Google is beginning to speak more publicly about what its autonomous vehicle can do. There’s a reason the company has decided to explain its program more fully: its cars are moving from the highways, where they typically interact only with other cars, to cities, where they are contending with pedestrians, cyclists, moving vans, and freight trains, among hundreds of other objects. As autonomous vehicles start becoming a part of daily life — at least for residents of the Bay Area — Google will face new questions, concerns, and regulatory hurdles.

The Verge’s Chris Welch writes about how a band gamed Spotify:

Vulfpeck’s latest album Sleepify is a completely silent recording composed of tracks that are each a half-minute in length. (Users must listen to a song for at least 30 seconds before Spotify counts it as a proper “play.”)

Upon its release last month, the band asked fans to stream Sleepify continuously at night as they slept, hoping the coordinated effort could morph Spotify’s less-than-a-cent royalty rate into something lucrative. And it actually worked: according to Vice, Vulfpeck earned around $20,000 in royalties from the album.

Stub Stories →

The Verge and The Huffington Post have a spat over stub stories.  This is some really insider baseball stuff — except search engine optimization is decidedly less fun than baseball.

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