'Talking' cars fuel conflict over the airwaves

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cars that wirelessly talk to each other are finally ready for the road, creating the potential to dramatically reduce traffic deaths, improve the safety of self-driving cars and someday maybe even help solve traffic jams, automakers and government officials say.

Service to share phone numbers with Facebook

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Global messaging service WhatsApp says it will start sharing the phone numbers of its users with Facebook, its parent company. That means WhatsApp users could soon start seeing more targeted ads and Facebook friend suggestions on Facebook based on WhatsApp information — although not on the messaging service itself.

Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: What is long-term future of your genealogy society?

Is your genealogical society "keeping up with the times"? Dick Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter recently addressed this scenario and all genealogical societies need to take note.

His analysis compares the problems faced by other businesses — railroad, newspapers, and computers — and their subsequent coping or failure.

Private lives exposed as WikiLeaks spills its secrets

CAIRO (AP) — WikiLeaks' global crusade to expose government secrets is causing collateral damage to the privacy of hundreds of innocent people, including survivors of sexual abuse, sick children and the mentally ill, The Associated Press has found.

Twitter unveils features to filter tweets, notifications

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter has announced two new settings that will allow users to control what they see in their feeds and what notifications they receive.

#TheMJs, Aug. 19, 2016

On Fridays, Marcus Jackson (@MarcusJ_NG) will provide a quick glance at the best that Twitter has to offer.



Uber to use autonomous cars to haul people

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Uber passengers in Pittsburgh will be able to summon rides in self-driving cars with the touch of a smartphone button in the next several weeks.

AT&T boosts prices, caps on data plans

NEW YORK (AP) — AT&T is joining Verizon in raising the prices of some of its data plans.

As with Verizon, AT&T is going to great lengths to avoid calling the changes a price hike, as the higher prices come with more data, reducing the cost per gigabyte for many customers. Indeed many customers will benefit, and those who won't can keep their existing plans.

Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: Newsletters and blogs keep us updated

Having a subscription (free!) to a regularly (or irregularly) scheduled newsletter delivered to one's email address can be interesting as well as informative.

Google helping direct voters to the ballot box

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is pulling another lever on its influential search engine in an effort to boost voter turnout in November's U.S. presidential election.