A new Uber feature lets you request a ride that will take you to one of your contacts, even if you don’t exactly know where they are. The feature requests their location, and if they approve, you’re on your way. That and more in today’s news.
- “People are the new places,” says Uber. First you sync your contacts, and then you can request the app to take you to a specific person. The request then goes to your contact, and if they approve, it sends their current location to Uber. A little creepy, but your location is only accessed when you approve the request (i.e. it’s not dynamically tracking you). Albeit Uber has run into some privacy issues with rogue employees in the past. [Uber]
- In other news, you’ve probably noticed that Facebook is doing more daily illustrations similar to Google Doodles. They want you to share these moments with friends so that you just, you know, post more on Facebook. There are also new holiday cards. (Personally I find that the daily moments are often too innocuous for their own good; Facebook prompted me to celebrate the anniversary of photography, for example. Photography-congratulations for existing!) [Facebook Newsroom]
- Twitter is experimenting with breaking news alerts. Like a lot of news apps, it pushes a notification whenever a major news event happens which then links to the Moments tab on Twitter. It’s purely focused on the news rather than viral tweets (remember @MagicRecs?), and they use an algorithm to determine who gets notified of what. [BuzzFeed News]
- Sling has a new thing. A new set-top box called the AirTV lets Sling subscribers stream their usual cable channels but also let’s you connect an HD antenna so that you can watch your local stations, all in one interface. [The Verge]