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Airbnb and Amazon Just Had the Best Week Ever

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Airbnb and Amazon Just Had the Best Week Ever and More of the Week's Top Stories

It was a big week. You might have missed something.

Full Steam Ahead
Federal auto safety regulators issued guidelines for self-driving technology on Monday, in the clearest signal yet from the Obama administration that a strange, driverless future is coming.

In an op-ed for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette published that same day, President Obama wrote “Automated vehicles have the potential to save tens of thousands of lives each year. And right now, for too many senior citizens and Americans with disabilities, driving isn’t an option. Automated vehicles could change their lives.”

What a Way to Make a Living
Bloomberg (the publication, not the man) says it’s time to kill the 9-to-5.

Seriously Big Numbers
Airbnb has raised $555.5 million in new funding, which values the company at $30 billion. Amazon’s stock price shot past $800, putting the company’s market cap at $386 billion. And Instagram has announced that there are 500,000 active advertisers on the platform, more than doubling the figure from seven months ago.

Pix of the Trade
Google sent out invites for a mysterious October 4 event in which the company is expected to unveil their new Pixel phones. It’s also possible we’ll get a first look at the company’s Amazon Echo competitor Google Home, as well as the Daydream VR headsets.

Mars Attacks
Ars Technica promises that Elon Musk will deliver a major speech at Tuesday’s International Astronautical Conference.

Amazon Attacks
Amazon launched a photo printing service, seriously undercutting the prices of Shutterfly.

Well This Is Just Great
For two years, Facebook reportedly overestimated the average viewing time of its video ads by somewhere between 60% and 80%. Yahoo finally confirmed that at least 500 million user accounts were compromised by a possible state-sponsored attack in late 2014. It appears Hillary Clinton’s computer specialist asked Reddit for advice about stripping out a “VERY VIP” email address.

Videos for a Change
YouTube is putting $1 million behind a new global initiative Creators for Change. The program seeks to amplify “the voices of role models who are tackling difficult social issues with their channels.”

Pro Tips
Apple rolled out OS Sierra this week – check out seven of the best features you’ll actually use.

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