Just a few weeks after Dara Khosrowshahi inherited an already scandal-ridden company, Uber’s new CEO was thrust into a regulatory gauntlet with London lawmakers. The agency that oversaw the ride-hail and taxi industries had chosen not to renew Uber’s license to operate, effectively instating a ban on the company in the city. Fast-forward to today, about 10 months into Khosrowshahi’s tenure as CEO, and the new Uber he built has won the right to continue to operate in London — at least for 15 months. The logic: It was the old, win-at-all costs company that London banned, and it’s the new, friendly, do-the-right-thing company that Uber is purporting to be that a court has granted a license. Uber 2.0 scored a big win in its biggest market in Europe, but now it has to prove that it will maintain its commitment to being the refurbished company it’s pitching itself as — not just to London but also to the public in all the markets it operates in. … [Read more...] about Uber 2.0 won a big battle in London. Now it has to prove that it’s committed to doing the right thing.
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Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader The Switch by Tony Romm by Tony Romm Email the author May 4 Email the author The Federal Trade Commission building in Washington. (Alex Brandon/AP) Facebook and Google must answer to new cops on the beat — a group of five fresh Washington regulators at the Federal Trade Commission who have the power to punish Silicon Valley if it misbehaves. But veterans of the 103-year-old watchdog say that the agency, without more cash, a more cutting-edge staff and stronger legal teeth, increasingly runs the risk of being outmatched by the very tech giants it oversees. “For a long time the FTC itself has been pointing out the gaps … [Read more...] about The agency in charge of policing Facebook and Google is 103 years old. Can it modernize?
Plans for an Australian space agency have been in the works for months now, but the ABC is reporting that the federal government is putting its money where its mouth is by setting aside $50 million to help launch it.At the federal budget this coming Tuesday, May 8, the government is expected to unveil what it's calling "seed funding" for a prospective space agency, in an attempt to create more jobs and take part in what most observers believe will be a burgeoning industry in the future.There's been a lot of excitement around the idea of Space 2.0, the idea of lower-cost and commercial space travel. Many believe there's an opportunity there. Other developed countries, including New Zealand, Australia's neighbour, already have space agencies.Former CSIRO boss Megan Clark, who helped the government complete a review on this topic, is expected to head up the agency in its first year. According to the ABC's report, the government expects that the private sector will contribute the majority … [Read more...] about The Australian government is funding its very own space agency
Worldwide energy consumption is on the rise. Year on year, the world uses more and more energy to power electricity grids, fuel vehicles, supply gas, water, and other essential services, etc. In short, make the world work. Out the whole amount of energy used, anything between 13 to 20% comes from renewable sources, depending on the geographical region. European agencies have set a target of a total 20% of renewable energy consumption by 2020, for instance.Renewable energy has a number of benefits for the environment, both immediate and in the medium-long term. Among other advantages, renewable energy: Greatly reduces greenhouse gas emissions Diversifies energy supply Improves overall public health Saves money Worldwide, there is a general trend of increasing demand for energy that provides all these benefits, and more. GreenX is a brand new ICO that intends to build a blockchain-based ecosystem for investors to discover and invest on renewable energy projects. GreenX: The renewable … [Read more...] about GreenX ICO Review: Blockchain platform for the development of renewable energy projects
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Energy and Environment by Brady Dennis by Brady Dennis Email the author April 27 at 7:14 PM Email the author The Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector general will open “new reviews” into ethics questions surrounding Administrator Scott Pruitt, including his $50-a-night rental of a lobbyist’s Capitol Hill condo last year. Word of the latest inquiry into Pruitt’s spending and management decisions came Friday in a letter to two Democratic lawmakers, Reps. Don Beyer (Va.) and Ted Lieu (Calif.). The pair had asked the agency’s watchdog to examine Pruitt’s unusual housing arrangement … [Read more...] about EPA inspector general to open ‘new reviews’ into Scott Pruitt
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader An Amazon distribution center in Madrid, shown in November. (Emilion Naranjo/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock) by Elizabeth Dwoskin and Craig Timberg by Elizabeth Dwoskin and Craig Timberg Email the author April 23 Email the author SAN FRANCISCO — On Amazon, customer comments can help a product surge in popularity. The online retail giant says that more than 99 percent of its reviews are legitimate because they are written by real shoppers who aren’t paid for them. But a Washington Post examination found that for some popular product categories, such as Bluetooth headphones and speakers, the vast majority of reviews appear to … [Read more...] about How merchants use Facebook to flood Amazon with fake reviews
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Subscribe Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader by Tracy Jan by Tracy Jan Email the author April 10 at 6:54 PM Email the author President Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order directing federal agencies to strengthen existing work requirements and introduce new ones for low-income Americans receiving Medicaid, food stamps, public housing benefits and welfare as part of a broad overhaul of government assistance programs. The order directs federal agencies to review all policies related to current work requirements as well as exemptions and waivers and report back to the White House with recommendations within 90 days. “Welfare reform is necessary to prosperity and … [Read more...] about Trump executive order strengthens work requirements for neediest Americans
I’ve spent every waking moment of the past 10 days in the company of the Huawei P20 Pro. This phone has surprised and delighted me like few others, and what you are about to read is a collection of happy words about it. I don’t think the P20 Pro is perfect, nor the best phone ever released, but I do believe it’s one of the most important devices we’ve seen in the mobile world for years. In spite of its massive networking and telecommunications business, and the millions of phones it sells in its native China, Huawei has remained an underdog in other smartphone markets. The P20 Pro changes that. This phone is as powerful, refined, fast, stylish, and desirable as anything we’ve seen from Samsung, LG, and HTC at their best. At a time when US spy agencies are warning Americans off Huawei phones due to (so far unsubstantiated) espionage fears, Huawei is responding in the best possible way: by making amazing phones. Huawei is releasing the P20 Pro today for a … [Read more...] about Huawei P20 Pro review: style and substance from an unlikely source
Intelligent Machines Artificial intelligence will automate and optimize fake news, warns a technology supplier to US intelligence agencies. by Will Knight March 27, 2018 Fake news may have already influenced politics in the US, but it’s going to get a lot worse, warns an AI consultant to the US government. Recommended for You How network theory predicts the value of Bitcoin The gig economy keeps growing, but worker benefits aren’t Microsoft is launching a huge reorganization to focus on AI and the cloud Up to 40 percent of DNA results from consumer genetic tests might be bogus Exclusive: This is the most dexterous robot ever created Sean Gourley, founder and CEO of Primer, a company that uses software to mine data sources and automatically generate reports for US intelligence agencies via In-Q-Tel, the intelligence community’s investment fund, told a conference in San Francisco that the next generation of fake news would … [Read more...] about Fake news 2.0: personalized, optimized, and even harder to stop
In April, 2016 Rachelle Faroul, a 33-year-old Black woman, applied for a mortgage loan. Even though she had a good credit score, a degree from Northwestern, and a job making $60,000 a year teaching computer programming at Rutgers University, her application was denied. I know what you’re thinking, but it was not because she was black. A mortgage broker from Philadelphia Mortgage Advisors, whose customers were 90 percent white, told Rachelle that her income as a contract employee wasn’t stable enough. When Faroul got a full-time job managing a million-dollar grant, she was turned away by another loan officer, who wouldn’t even return Faroul’s calls. Instead of trying again, Faroul decided to let her partner, Hanako Franz, try to obtain a loan from the same company. The couple knew it was a long shot because Franz only worked part-time at a grocery store and her most paycheck only showed $144.65. In fact, Faroul was more qualified for a loan than her partner in … [Read more...] about Redlining 2.0: How Banks Block Black Homebuyers