Google Maps to Gain New ‘Live View’ AR Features

Live View in Google Maps uses your iPhone’s camera and GPS to provide augmented reality directions when you’re walking somewhere, and this week Google announced that it’s enhancing the feature and making it available in additional transit scenarios.


In Live View, arrows, directions, and distance markers are placed right on top of your surroundings to visualize your destination in the real world, and Google will soon bring landmarks to this AR mode, too. From The Keyword blog:

Soon, you’ll also be able to see nearby landmarks so you can quickly and easily orient yourself and understand your surroundings. Live View will show you how far away certain landmarks are from you and what direction you need to go to get there. These landmarks can include iconic places, like the Empire State Building in New York and the Pantheon in Rome, and easily recognizable places, like local parks and tourist attractions.

Landmarks will start rolling out soon on iOS in nearly 25 cities, including Amsterdam, Bangkok, Barcelona, Berlin, Budapest, Dubai, Florence, Istanbul, Kuala Lumpur, Kyoto, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Milan, Munich, New York, Osaka, Paris, Prague, Rome, San Francisco, Sydney, Tokyo, and Vienna.

Live View is accessed from the transit tab in Google Maps, but previously, it would be unavailable if your directions involved a combination of transport types like walking, driving, cycling, and transit.


Now though, as long as your transit directions include a walking portion in the journey, you can use Live View to find your way, which should be useful when you exit a transit station and don’t know which way to go, for example.

In addition, Google said it will soon expand Live View to Location Sharing, so that when a friend chooses to share their location with you, you can tap their icon and then on

Tesla Shares Gain On China Price Cuts;Q3 Deliveries in Focus

Tesla Inc.  (TSLA) – Get Report shares powered higher Thursday following reports that the clean energy carmaker had cut prices for its Model 3 sedan in China and could be ready to publish record third quarter deliveries later this week.

Tesla’s China website suggests that starting prices for its popular Model 3, which are now made in its Shanghai factory, have been reduced by 8% to around $36,800 each, while the longer-range version was reduced to around $40,000 each. The new models will also included cheaper lithium iron phosphate batteries, Reuters reported.

Tesla shares were marked 3% higher in pre-market trading Thursday to indicate an opening bell price of $442.20 each, a move that would trim losses since the stock’s five-for-1 split on August 31 to around 11.2%.

A report  from the tech-focused ‘electrek’ news website yesterday also suggested Tesla’s third quarter deliveries could come in at a record high later this week, thanks in part to solid China sales which topped the 11,000 mark last month in the world’s biggest car market.

Street forecasts suggest Tesla’s third quarter deliveries will rise to around 140,000 vehicles, compared to a 90,650 tally for the three months ending in June. That would still leave Tesla needing to shift 166,000 cars — another record — over the final three months of the year to meet its 2020 estimate of 500,000.

JMP Securities analysts Joseph Osha, however, thinks that while Tesla could ‘plausibly’ reach the Street’s consensus of 136,000 deliveries in Q3, he sees “more downside than upside” to the tally, thanks in large part to weakness in Europe and flat growth in the United States.

“None of this is to suggest that TSLA’s competitive success is slowing more fundamentally,” Osha said in a client note Thursday. “We note that our unit

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway discloses Snowflake stake, confirming a rapid $800 million gain

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Berkshire Hathaway chairman Warren Buffett sings and plays his ukulele with The Quebe Sisters Band at the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting in Omaha May 1, 2010.


  • Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway confirmed the size of its Snowflake stake in a regulatory filing on Monday.
  • The billionaire investor’s company owns about 5.1 million Class A shares, or 2.2%, of the cloud-data platform’s outstanding stock.
  • Berkshire has notched a $800 million gain, as it spent $735 million on shares worth more than $1.5 billion as of Monday’s close.
  • The unusual bet shows that Buffett’s company is “evolving and becoming a much more tech-aware, tech-centric, tech-focused conglomerate,” Snowflake CEO Frank Slootman told Yahoo Finance.
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Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway officially disclosed its stake in Snowflake on Monday, confirming it has scored a $800 million gain on its investment in the cloud-data platform.

The famed investor’s conglomerate owns about 6.1 million Class A shares, it said in a regulatory filing. The holding represents about 2.2% of Snowflake’s total outstanding shares, which include 40.4 million Class A shares and roughly 240 million Class B shares.

Berkshire spent $250 million to buy about 2.1 million shares in a private placement when Snowflake went public earlier this month. It bought another 4 million shares at the IPO price of $120 from former Snowflake CEO Robert Muglia in a secondary transaction, costing it $485 million.

The upshot is Berkshire splurged $735 million on Snowflake shares that have more than doubled in value to $1.5 billion, based on Snowflake’s closing share price of $250 on Monday. As a result, it has notched a $800 million gain.

More Snowflakes might drop

Berkshire’s Snowflake bet surprised many investors as Buffett has historically eschewed loss-making, aggressively valued technology companies and IPOs in favor