elproducto #36 👉 a weekly round-up of Tech and Product goodness

Facebook new video tab, Whatsapp business app, Altassian Slack-like chat, Oyster App, Redesigning Uber for business, 2017 startup fails & more.

Welcome to another week full of fresh ideas and innovation at elproducto.

📰 Seen on the news

WhatsApp is testing a new business app for communicating with customers; provides verified profiles and messaging for SMBs; working on enterprise solutions, including notifications, delivery updates, etc.

Atlassian announces Stride, a team communications app; offers Slack-like features including video conferencing, audio calling, app integration; available free for unlimited users, or $3 per user for advanced features.

LinkedIn launches an ads program to let marketers reach its users across other apps and websites; LinkedIn Audience Network provides granular targeting with access to performance reports.

Lyft partners with autonomous vehicle tech company Drive.ai to launch an on-demand ride-share pilot using autonomous vehicles; the pair expects to launch soon in San Francisco; Lyft has similar partnerships with Waymo, GM and NuTonomy.

YouTube update for iOS enables live screen streaming; previously limited to Android; the company has also lowered the minimum subscriber count for mobile live streaming to 100.

SpaceX completes testing on all three first-stage cores for the Falcon Heavy rocket; the company plans to launch the rocket for the first time in November; consists of three Falcon 9 rockets strapped together; SpaceX plans to land all three on land for reuse.

A KFC in China is using Ant Financial’s facial recognition tech for payments; the Yum-owned restaurant is the first commercial application of Ant’s tech, which detects “liveliness” and requires a smile to fight fraud.

Researchers from the University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University develop a camera that can essentially see through a human body; can detect individual photons and measure how long light takes to pass through human tissue.

Samsung announces a bug bounty program offering up to $200k for severe vulnerabilities; the program covers 38 mobile devices that still receive updates including the Galaxy S6 and the Note 4; the firm will also pay bounties for flaws found in Bixby, Samsung Pay, and other services.

The BBC produces experimental interactive radio plays for Alexa and Google Home; listeners make decisions at key points in each story, changing the outcome; the first story, “The Inspection Chamber,” launches later this year.

Transport for London launches an iOS and Android app for Oyster travel card users; lets travellers check their balance and top up; also shows journey histories for the previous eight weeks.

📚 Good reads

Things to keep in mind before building the Uber for x. Sam Madden looks at what it takes to build a successful on-demand service by focusing on two key elements: urgency and skill requirements.

Redesigning Uber for Business. Jeffrey Vanichsarn from Uber’s Product Design Team tells us his experience relaunching a product that can take Uber to a whole new level.

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