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emily: google is going head-to-head with apple pay. and they are that big on their virtual reality boxed. i am emily chang and this is "bloomberg west." the new york city once the power to approve huber and lift app updates. pandora's plan to expand it to news, weather, and sports. i sit down with their finder. pebble's ceo is here with the new smart watch and we will compare it to the apple watch.
google developers to sending on san francisco today for the company's annual i/o conference. there was a series of new features including an updated android operating system and an always on search feature. also a partnership with hbo to offer their standalone app on android devices. also, a new system called android pay. i am joined by one been he does -- what is different about android pay, how do customers benefit? guests: it makes it easy to do in app purchases and terminal purchases. what we make for other system players that make it easy to interact with their devices. emily: able browse, don't buy, and that is something that google is trying to change. how does the weight that people that shop on android phones differ from those that shop on
apple? juan: apple made it easier and faster to pay with native apps on their devices. google is looking for a similar experience to make it just as easy on their platform. mobile as a whole is a place where merchants and consumers are both looking for new ways to connect more easily. well there is so much browsing activities on these devices, there are far more purchasing activities. with apple pay in the makes and android pay and products like us and paypal, we are trying to simple fight that system and make it so that merchants can't benefit by having more streamlined ways to offer their products. emily: i want to bring in cory johnson who has been and google all day long. it seems like a lot of the
things are playing catch-up to apple. android pay, some of these voice recognition features, hbo. what is your take on that? cory: i think you are absolutely right but i think that the way that google does these things is very different. nothing was announced here today. our new operating system that everybody knew was coming and they had given away most of the features in advance. -- a new operating system that everybody knew was coming. a new way to pay that is similar to what the wallet was. google work with a series of produces of their handsets, they work with many manufacturers. appleworks with one manufacturer, it is apple. it is a very different ecosystem they are trying to support. this is a place where developers want to come to find out the latest, i just went to a session in there where developers were learning about when to have a notification button and how you should program such a button. that is a very different thing than announcing a new iphone.
that is where google is and that is the kind of thing they are trying to get done. maybe giant product announcements art of their thing. -- maybe giant product announcements just aren't there thing. emily: does this increase the frequency with which people by? juan: yes, it does. we have been using it to power things like huber and hotel tonight. it is much easier to have stored payment credentials that they don't have to restore every time they purchase. emily: i want to hear more about this cardboard virtual-reality device. is this thing the real deal? cory: virtual reality a really cool word. this thing is really cool. don't ok's had this thing where you could take your iphone, slap it in and you could see things
kind of virtually. very clever stuff. this thing is a little bit better. it is similar but not completely immersive. you can look at something that is in front of you turn to your right, see something different turns your left, see something different. it is a fascinating step in the direction of trying to figure out what to do with these new capabilities of chips that can calculate the movement on a device widely available devices, and cheap cameras. i think it is a step in that direction. there is a use case that is greatly lacking. emily: no surprise skydiving events? no surprise briefing from larry page? what is your take on how well --
is stewarding google? cory: it is possible that the highlight was a time that sergei parachuted in. he was jetting around behind me. this ceremony of these events, we are at a point now where every ceo of a major corporation feels that they have to be steve jobs. they have to take off their necktie, they have to give an inspirational speech in front of a fevered crowd of employees in some users. that was not always the way of a product announcement. the ubiquity of android is one of the reasons why this event is important if for developers of not everyone else. emily: cory johnson, our editor at large and the ceo of
braintree, thank you. a plan to move be on streaming music and compete with apple. >> never think you know what they are doing. that is a very smart company. emily: beats music will be relaunched, maybe a new name how worried are you about that? tim: we haven't lacked for competition for a long time. what i've learned, i learned this year after year, that building a great playlist is fantastically hard to do. we find more and more confidence in the differentiation that we have. emily: one way they're looking to stay ahead of the competition is extended beyond music. tim: we have talked about the non-music part. i think that will eventually find a home on pandora. how do you do that in a way that
is elegantly integrated with other music experience? on the hour drastically -- geographically targeted sports or news. eventually, right now we are focused on music. emily: you can watch my entire interview with tim western tonightgren. should regulators check in charge for every app upgrade? what we are learning in the company's earnings report next.
emily: that the taxi wars continue, this year in new york. the city wants to have three new rules which stop drivers from canceling trip, reorganize uber in such a way that they could get potentially shut down if they break the law. the city needs to approve app upgrades before they go through and will charge a thousand dollars every time. tech companies have spoken out against this last rule. in a new letter sent to bill de blasio and it was signed by facebook, yelp. they said this will stifle innovation and the progress it
brought to new york city. this is why the entire internet has come together to protest the rules. internet company should not have to ask the government for permission to innovate. the rules were debated at a public hearing today. so, what happens next? joining me is there a former chair and commissioner of the new york taxi commissioner and the special collections partner and investor in lyft. what was the feeling? guest: most people were in favor of the rules with the exception of a couple of silicon valley interested that came forward and expressed concerns. they will make an amendment with changes to not stifle innovation but also to for the first time a think in this country's history to my knowledge, regulate an actual app. i cannot think of any industry where it has been done before. there was some opposition from
some people that were well outside of the transportation sector including silicon valley interests and groups testified against the law. emily: they said they push out minor updates every single week. our app is a global app some things might be in china and have nothing to do with new york city. what do you think about giving new york city power over an update and charging for it? guests: this is classic. there's a bit of a misinformation campaign or some confusion. having run the d.c. and chicago dot's, i've been in the middle of this before. obviously i am pro-taxi. i am pro-government. what is funny about this is that it is very clear that a thousand dollars is a one time fee paid every three years by any right hailing company whether it is lyft or uber.
there is no per update charge. there is also nothing that needs to be approved with updates unless it affects pricing or transparency or something that is codified in the rules that new york city passed. again, there is a lot of confusion being put out there and i think actually when you look at what they have codified in the regulations, it is pretty clear-cut and i think it is basically transparency for the benefit of the customer and the driver. emily: some of the things proposed does seem that unreasonable. they operate six different companies. new york would like them to operate as one company. otherwise, does this seem fair to you? guest: i agree in these issues, there is a lot of misinformation out there that is being spun. first of all, they are just
looking to treat them like everybody else. they have come in and said we need to be treated differently. when i was commissioner, and this is all about the consumer. we put rules in place that when you put credit cards in the back of yellow cabs, number one, you have to go through a process where they make sure that hackers cannot break into your credit card information and steel that information. number two, privacy concerns. these are two elements that are slightly involved but not completely involved in these rules and that is where agency should be focusing. the white house the ftc, and even senator franken have raised concerns about these issues but nobody to the state has acted upon regulating what type of data needs to be shared with the government. i believe these rules will pass and it is about leveling the playing field. the taxis are providing a lot of this information for years, why should it this group be exempt
just because they're bringing lobbyists and. it makes no sense. emily: interesting you think that they will pass. matthew dowd the former chairman of the new york taxi commission. we will continue to follow the story. solar sail technology could one day hurdle humans at 47,000 miles an hour through space. it is still early days. reporter: when power for world traveler. -- world travel. and this age of technology, we are not using the sales up in space, we are using the sun's power, the power of spaceflight. liftoff, an atlas five rocket, may 20, cape canaveral. in his payload, this light sale. superthin, superlight with a
reflective film. a sale that catches the sun. >> if the force is constant. -- reporter: light pushes. >> it is a very very small push. when you get up into space, if you unfurl a lightweight reflector and have sunlight on it, it will move. reporter: think of the sun's energy like little pellets from a bb gun propelling a sale through space. we can go faster than any rockets that have been made. to pluto, for example. >> with two or three years depending on the size of the sale. >> one mission that is being talked about is to rendezvous with -- reporter: carl sagan brought the idea to the masses on the johnny carson show in 1976.
the human race is only five years into experiments. the first to fly was japan's icarus in 2010 for about $60 million. nasa has invested 25 million over the last two decades to prove space defendant in 2010. they try to follow with son jammer. this is welcome news. johnson was excited for two reasons. >> it will eventually let us go to the stars. we don't have to worry about bringing everything with us. reporter: following the path of science fiction from star wars to star trek. they might take us across the solar system in the next hundred years. emily: coming up, we are putting pebbles newest smart watch to the test to see how it stacks up next to the apple watch. ♪
emily: it is time for the daily right, one number that tells a whole lot. this is the number of hours of original scripted tv that aired last year. if you wanted to watch every minute, you would have to be watching for 24 straight hours for at least eight months. that is a ton of original content. in 2010 10% were canceled. today, more than half of shows are not in it. if they find a hit, the payoff is huge. according to an analyst, amc was able to boost advertising revenue by 200% since striking gold with "mad men" in 2007. google announced a partnership with you density -- udacity with
an aim to have android developers make better apps. sebastian, great to have you back in the show. tell me about this partnership with google. you are trying to teach developers how to write better code. how big of a problem is that code? sebastian: the mission is to announce a degree. what students can do is that they can become top-notch developers. this is really an advanced degree. in a powers to do is to get to the skill level to find great jobs in silicon valley. emily: how do the way that android apps are written compared to the way that apple apps are written?
sebastian: apple obviously has an enormous dominance in the world. what we find is the different size of the devices, watches television sets, tablets. this requires a certain skill. not for the first time. emily: you are the guy behind mood shots. they have pitched this new virtual reality device as a big item for the classroom. how excited are you about this? is this a big deal? sebastian: i have been asked what is the biggest impact on the world and who will bring our education they are funding 2000 scholarships. this means the entire arabic peninsula can learn great stuff. to me, that is really gratifying because i have this belief that if we get good educations to
places like syria and so on, we might have fewer terrorists. emily: all right, thank you so much for stopping by. great to hear your thoughts. it is time now to talk smart watches. hubble is ready to ship its second smart watch called the pebble time. it raised $20 million farm almost 79,000 backers on kick starter. the early supporters will get there hand on in just a few weeks. could this success story be a serious competitor to the apple watch? the ceo is with me here in the studio with the pebble. i have my apple iwatch to compare. i would like to through a few features. let's start with the display. these are very different. >> this is like a normal watch it is always on. instead of having to flick a risk, you can just look down and see exactly what time it is.
emily: it is a lot more like my phone. a traditional led display. what about batteries? yours can last longer? guest: we focus on what we think is an awesome watch as well as an awesome smart watch. and last up to seven days on a single charge. you don't have to charge it every night. >> when you are going for a run you don't feel it bouncing too much on your wrist. emily: what about apps? guest: we have worked really hard on that, we have sold a million pebbles. it has been an adventure to see who would start building apps on top of pebble. we have over 27,000 developers who are developing for pebble. emily: i remember trying out the first pebble watch. they are so different.
how is this different than the way that apple and jonny i've have developed the watch? guest: we lost the first pebble on kick starter. since then, the community has grown. we were just three people in a garage down in palo alto. when we lost on kick starter tens of thousands of people got interested in what we were making, they had given us feedback on twitter, on facebook, and we both a product that i think reflects the million plus people using the product. they wanted something that was lightweight, inexpensive waterproof, long battery life with a great screen and we worked really hard to meet that. emily: how many have you sold? guest: we have sold over 95,000 in a month. emily: thank you very much. we will keep our eye on it. a decent much for watching this edition of "bloomberg west." you do not want to miss our