This week’s headlines saw the stock market plunge, Facebook’s new digital personal assistant “M,” the launch of YouTube Gaming, and more. These are the top tech stories of the week.
1. from the hostile stock market environment as stock markets around the world following concerns over China. When stock markets opened on Monday, Facebook was down 12.1 percent, Apple was down 10 percent, and Google was down 6.5 percent. But public tech companies , with Apple leading the way. Alex Wilhelm sums it up with
2. Apple sent out press invites to the September 9th iPhone event that read Turns out, Apple programmed .
3. In light of the in Roanoke, Virginia, John Biggs wrote a thought piece titled in which he discusses the issues that arise when the Internet and social media provide us with direct access to sensitive and disturbing content.
4. We learned that Facebook is adding a to its Messenger app. that M is unique because it “isn’t just artificial intelligence. Facebook has contracted real people to help M answer people’s requests while teaching the technology how to handle them automatically in the future.”
5. Ashley Madison, extramarital affairs site and victim of the large-scale data hack, leading to those responsible for the breach, which is now linked to two suicides. Also, hackers took to the 36 million email list stolen during the Ashley Madison hack to
6. YouTube launched YouTube Gaming goes head-to-head against Twitch, mirroring many popular features of the Amazon-owned gaming streaming service. We got a chance to play around with the Android version before its launch, and .
7. Salesforce.com lifted the curtain on of its core CRM product. The new version has been designed with a cleaner, more modern looking interface. It streamlines and updates many essential CRM tasks, making it faster and easier to visualize data.
8. Travis Bernard wrote about , including a better recommendations engine and a premium tier with advance releases.
9. Bjørn Nyland, a programmer at the University of Oslo, drove his on a single charge. Also, the Tesla Model S P85D broke ratings system, scoring .
10. Ron Miller and Alex Wilhelm wrote about four hurdles Dropbox will have to defeat should it decide to go public, in
11. Guest writer Vijay Balan wrote about the , and how media publishers can prepare themselves as HTML5 establishes itself as a predominant creative format on the Internet.
12. Megan Rose Dickey sat down with to talk about how she’s helping high profile tech startups like Slack, Airbnb and Pinterest foster diversity.
13. Jon Russell wrote about the , such as being blocked from popular chat app WeChat.