IN THE NEWS: TROLLING OF FLORIDA SCHOOL SHOOTING SURVIVORS CONTINUES
UNDATED (AP) — They have been bold, outspoken — and effective. But the student-survivors who have become advocates in the wake of the Stoneman Douglas High School massacre last week have also become the target of online trolls. Several have taken to dissing the students online as they seek tighter gun laws. One student was ripped online, being called a “brown, bald lesbian.” A group of teens posing after a TV appearance was accused of “partying like rock stars” while seeking the media spotlight. And yet another was accused by trolls as being an actor who wasn’t even at the school during the shooting.
IN THE NEWS: NISSAN’S PLANS FOR AUTOMATED RIDES
YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Imagine hailing a Uber — without a Uber driver in it. That’s what Nissan seems to have up its sleeve. The company says starting next month it will test on regular roads what it calls a “robo-vehicle mobility service. The service, called “Easy Ride,” uses a cellphone app to book semi-autonomous driven rides. Don’t look for it anytime soon, though. Right now the service is still being developed — and will be tested in a small area of the Japanese port city of Yokohama, near Nissan headquarters. The Japanese automaker hopes to roll it out as a commercial service in the early 2020s.
ON THE WEB: ENTERPRISE – NRA
CYBERSPACE (AP) — Car rental company Enterprise has taken aim at the National Rifle Association — by no longer offering a discount to members of the group. Word of that comes in a tweet from Enterprise — and it affects the company’s two other rental brands: Alamo and National. Enterprise took the step after people online started calling for an end to the discounts — part of the reaction to the Florida high school shooting last week that left 17 dead.
Enterprise site: <a target=”—blank” href=”http://www.enterprise.com”>http://www.enterprise.com</a>
IN STORES: AIRBNB
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — So, what will you get when you reserve a place to stay on Airbnb? The site is taking steps to win over people who feel they just can’t be sure. The company is sending out inspectors to rate thousands of properties listed on its home-rental service. The Plus program, just launched, is aimed at making sure ratings left by past guests are in harmony with what guests will actually see when they shell out their money and show up. Some property owners have taken to posting misleading pictures of their properties to lure unsuspecting travelers.
AirBNB site: <a target=”—blank” href=”http://www.airbnb.com”>http://www.airbnb.com</a>
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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