Month: January 2019

NYC Now Knows More Than Ever About Your Uber and Lyft Trips

January 31, 2019

In 2007, New York City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission, in a belated embrace of the 21st century, required that every taxi plying the streets of the five boroughs start taking credit card payments. For cash-weary New Yorkers, the new readers made life easier. For the TLC, they made work more interesting, because along with those […]

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Apple Has Blocked Google’s Internal Apps, Too

January 31, 2019

Apple has revoked Google’s ability to distribute internal iOS applications, two days after it rescinded the same privileges from Facebook, according to a source within Google. Apple shut down access after TechCrunch revealed the two companies sidestepped its strict App Store rules by taking advantage of a program meant for internal company apps. Instead of […]

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The World’s Fastest Supercomputer Breaks an AI Record

January 31, 2019

Along America’s west coast, the world’s most valuable companies are racing to make artificial intelligence smarter. Google and Facebook have boasted of experiments using billions of photos and thousands of high-powered processors. But late last year, a project in eastern Tennessee quietly exceeded the scale of any corporate AI lab. It was run by the […]

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Howard Schultz: Presidential Hopeful, Twitter Ratio King

January 31, 2019

Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is not going to be president. That much, at least, is clear, despite the outsize coverage of his apparent intentions to run. But in the three days—has it really only been that long?—since Schultz first announced that he was “seriously considering” a 2020 campaign, he has distinguished himself in another […]

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MPs warned Singh in June that he’s through as leader if he can’t win Burnaby South

January 31, 2019

Several senior members of the federal NDP caucus warned NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh back in June that he won’t be able to hang on as party leader if he loses next month’s byelection in Burnaby South, CBC News has learned. Two New Democrat MPs, who spoke to CBC News on condition of anonymity, were among […]

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Ticketmaster secret scalper program not illegal, Competition Bureau says

January 31, 2019

Canada’s Competition Bureau said Thursday it has closed its investigation into Ticketmaster’s secret scalper program, and concluded the company’s TradeDesk software does not break federal competition legislation. The probe began last fall after CBC News/Toronto Star published hidden camera footage of Ticketmaster recruiting professional scalpers at a conference in Las Vegas, supplying them software designed to help […]

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Finding Lena Forsen, the Patron Saint of JPEGs

January 31, 2019

Every morning, Lena Forsen wakes up beneath a brass-trimmed wooden mantel clock dedicated to “The First Lady of the Internet.” It was presented to her more than two decades ago by the Society for Imaging Science and Technology, in recognition of the pivotal—and altogether unexpected—role she played in shaping the digital world as we know […]

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Europe tempts Trump’s anger with new trade system to skirt sanctions on Iran

January 31, 2019

Welcome to The National Today newsletter, which takes a closer look at what’s happening around some of the day’s most notable stories. Sign up here and it will be delivered directly to your inbox Monday to Friday. TODAY: France, Germany and Britain are trying to help European businesses skirt U.S. sanctions on Iran by launching a workaround payment mechanism. […]

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‘The Batman’ Will Hit Theaters in 2021—Minus Ben Affleck

January 31, 2019

Once again, it’s time for The Monitor, WIRED’s look at all that’s new and news in the world of pop culture, from casting rumors to the current recipients of Netflix’s largesse. This week: Batman gets a release date, Oscar Isaac might be going to Dune, Universal has a new plan for its monster mashup, and […]

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CBC president compares Netflix influence to colonialism

January 31, 2019

​There are parallels to be drawn between the growing influence and availability of Netflix programming around the world and the colonialism of the British and French empires, CBC president Catherine Tait said Thursday. Tait compared Netflix’s rise across the globe to the “beginning of a new empire” during her appearance on a panel organized by […]

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