San Francisco’s scooter war: city makes back as ‘unlawful’ schemes flood streets

City officials send cease-and-desist letters to electric scooter startups, as local residents complain the unregulated schemes are a nuisance Some people are tossing the scooters into trash cans and lakes. Others are tripping over them on the sidewalk, complain of broken toes and dangerous collisions. The San Francisco war over electric scooters- which several startups […]

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‘Living laboratories’: the Dutch cities amassing data on oblivious residents

In Eindhoven, Utrecht and Assen smart projects are tackling everything from traffic to street crime. But with privacy laws being flouted and commercial companies in on the purposes of the act, are things as benign as they seem? Stratumseind in Eindhoven is one of the busiest nightlife streets in the Netherlands. On a Saturday night, […]

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Is Elon Musk’s plan for a road network beneath LA more than a pipe dream?

Cities attract wild ideas, from Qinhuangdaos straddling bus to Londons bike lanes in the sky. As Musks Boring Company starts tunnelling, could his plans for underground roads and Hyperloop trains demonstrate the doubters incorrect? In early August, the city council of Hawthorne, California, held a special meeting. It had set aside this time to discuss […]

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The billion-dollar palaces of Apple, Facebook and Google

How the tech giants are applying top architects to construct spectacular symbols of their immense global power We know by now that the internet is a giant playpen, a scenery of toys, distractions and instant gratification, of chirp and creaks and bright, shiny things plus, to be sure, ugly, horrid beasties lurking in all the […]

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My week as an Uber courier: my bike get stolen, but I maintained my five-star rating

Delivering everything from volumes to falafel sandwiches was easy, but excessive periods of downtime make the prospect of earning a consistent living grim Nicholas pads down the stairs of his apartment building on Broome Street in New Yorks Soho neighbourhood where the cheapest two-bedroom unit costs more than$ 2m in his boxers and a T-shirt […]

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Uber’s scandals, gaffes and PR catastrophes: the full listing

The company has had a apparently never-ending string of blunders, from its controversial CEO to questionable tactics and sexual harassment claims Uber has been rocked by a steady stream of scandals and negative advertising in recent years, including revelations of questionable spy programs, a high-stakes technology suit, claims of sexual harassment and discrimination and embarrassing […]

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How Facebook groups bring people closer together- neo-Nazis included

Mark Zuckerbergs new mission is to bring the world closer together. But Facebook groups can unite radicals as easily as they serve hobbyists Ricky Caya was looking for something. A 43 -year-old postal service worker and father of two in Quebec, he felt unsettled and unconnected. The great social movements of the 1960 s, the […]

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My week as an Uber courier: my motorcycle get stolen, but I maintained my five-star rating

Delivering everything from volumes to falafel sandwiches was easy, but excessive periods of downtime construct the prospect of earning a consistent living grim Nicholas pads down the stairs of his apartment building on Broome Street in New Yorks Soho neighbourhood where the cheapest two-bedroom unit costs more than$ 2m in his boxers and a T-shirt […]

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