Uber Sues NYC to Kill Its Ride-Hail Car Cap

Uber Sues NYC to Kill Its Ride-Hail Car Cap

In its lawsuit, filed in a New York state court Friday afternoon, Uber argues that the one-year freeze on ride-hail vehicle licenses is anticompetitive and exceeds the city’s authority.

New York and Amazon Played a Zero-Sum Game—And Everyone Lost

New York and Amazon Played a Zero-Sum Game—And Everyone Lost

Its decision to terminate its planned expansion in the Queens neighborhood of Long Island City will be bad for New York City, bad for Amazon, and not so great for a national economic system that will need all of the investment and innovation it can get in the years ahead.

Launch an 80,000-Pound Sled off an Aircraft Carrier? Sure!

Launch an 80,000-Pound Sled off an Aircraft Carrier? Sure!

Since the sled is launched horizontally, the starting vertical velocity is zero meters per second. If I had the height of the flight deck, I could use that and the vertical motion to find the time it takes to hit the water.

Amazon Won't Build Its New Headquarters in New York City

Amazon Won't Build Its New Headquarters in New York City

Amazon Won't Build Its New Headquarters in New York City The company was expected to receive almost $3 billion in tax breaks and other government incentives in exchange for opening its new corporate office (as well as a helicopter pad for Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos).

This Scary Map Shows How Climate Change Will Transform Your City

This Scary Map Shows How Climate Change Will Transform Your City

From the comfort of your home, you may not realize how climate change is already affecting mental health, or ripping apart ecosystems, or how cities like Los Angeles are taking drastic measures to prepare for water shortages.

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

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

If Uber, Lyft, Via, and Juno want to keep operating in the city, they’ll have to provide the TLC with even more finely detailed data than they do now: the date, time, and location of pickups and drop-offs (at least down to the intersection), the vehicle’s license number, the trip mileage, itemized trip fare, route (including whether the vehicle entered traffic-choked Midtown), and how much the driver was paid.

What’s keeping India in the dark?

What’s keeping India in the dark?

To boost and sustain its energy supply, India needs urgent investments and reforms to fix the inefficiencies that plague its entire electricity supply chain. To boost and sustain its energy supply, India needs urgent investments and reforms to fix the inefficiencies that plague its entire electricity supply chain.

San Francisco Could Be First to Ban Facial Recognition Tech

San Francisco Could Be First to Ban Facial Recognition Tech

“This is the first piece of legislation that I’ve seen that really takes facial recognition technology as serious as it is warranted and treats it as uniquely dangerous.” Woodrow Hartzog, Northeastern University Privacy laws in Texas and Illinois require anyone recording biometric data, including face scans and fingerprints, to give people notice and obtain their consent.

Cities Grow Skeptical of the Promises of Big Tech

Cities Grow Skeptical of the Promises of Big Tech

“You can’t use a factory to view our Wisconsin investment.” That’s a problem for the village of Mount Pleasant and Racine County, which agreed to give Foxconn $764 million in incentives and more than 3,000 acres of land in exchange for the promise of factory jobs.

Lyft Sues New York City Over Driver Minimum Wage Rules

Lyft Sues New York City Over Driver Minimum Wage Rules

(Via’s utilization rate is higher than Uber’s not because it has more drivers but because it offers only shared rides, much like Uber’s ride-pooling service, UberPOOL.) “Our lawsuit does not target the law passed by City Council but instead addresses the specific way the TLC plans to implement the rules, which would advantage Uber in New York City at the expense of drivers and smaller players such as Lyft,” Lyft spokesperson Campbell Matthews said in a statement.

Los Angeles Is Now Offering Car Rides to Metro Stations

Los Angeles Is Now Offering Car Rides to Metro Stations

The city of Centennial, Colorado, ended a one-year pilot offering riders on-demand Lyft trips to transit in late 2017, after finding that the service cost twice as much as its old call-a-ride option and provided only about 10 trips a day.

The Excruciating, Impossible Science of Airport Delays

The Excruciating, Impossible Science of Airport Delays

Because of the federal government shutdown, the airport didn’t have enough Transportation Security Administration agents and air traffic controllers; things slowed to a ground stop . “They insert buffer time in their schedules and ground operations,” says Bo Zou, a transportation engineer at the University of Illinois.

Resident Evil 2 Rebuilds a Horror Masterpiece

Resident Evil 2 Rebuilds a Horror Masterpiece

Capcom Every Resident Evil game is only as good as its setting, and the Raccoon City Police Station is one of the best. To put it another way, Resident Evil 2 is a zombie-fighting game that refuses to give you enough bullets.

Space Billboards Are Just the Latest Orbital Stunt

Space Billboards Are Just the Latest Orbital Stunt

To pursue the idea, Sitnikov founded StartRocket, which plans to use a hundreds-strong constellation of CubeSats, each equipped with a reflective sail, to display ads, and perhaps emergency and event-based messages.

Cities Are Tucking Climate Change Fixes Into New Laws

Cities Are Tucking Climate Change Fixes Into New Laws

“There are liberals or progressives who oppose climate change, but they definitely don’t want that multifamily apartment building to go up next to transit if it’s in their neighborhood.” That’s what Wiener says he found in his initial efforts to link development and transit in California last year.

New York's Summer and Winter Captured in One Single Image

New York's Summer and Winter Captured in One Single Image

But even though he shared multiple vantage points, the images that always performed best on social media were those taken from a single spot: high over Harlem, looking south over Central Park, the skyscrapers of Midtown, and Downtown Manhattan, with the East and Hudson Rivers converging at the top of the frame.

New York Has Averted a Subway Line Shutdown. Now What?

New York Has Averted a Subway Line Shutdown. Now What?

New York City's plans to dodge transit disaster during the L train shutdown included building more infrastructure for cyclists, bus riders, and walkers.

NIWA scientist throws light on the Red Zone

NIWA scientist throws light on the Red Zone

“LED lights come in different colour temperatures so by changing the tones used in the street lights next to waterways, or by dimming them, we are hoping to find out what the ecological gains might be versus the energy costs.” Colour and direction effects on insect behaviour For several months, as the LED conversion has been taking place, Dr Greenwood has been taking photos of Christchurch from the Port Hills.

What have we learned this year? The latest in research from the Africa Chief Economist’s Office

What have we learned this year? The latest in research from the Africa Chief Economist’s Office

Financial openness mitigates (amplifies) RER volatility in a country with higher (lower) share of foreign equity vis-à-vis foreign debt liabilities. Calderón, Cantu, & Chuhan-Pole provide “a scorecard on infrastructure development in Sub-Saharan Africa over the past decades along four sectors (telecommunications, electric power, transportation, and water and sanitation) and three dimensions (quantity, quality, and access).”

NIWA scientist throws light on the Red Zone

NIWA scientist throws light on the Red Zone

NIWA freshwater ecologist Dr Michelle Greenwood is trying to find out how a change in the colour spectrum of street lights is affecting the tiny insects that live in and near freshwater.

How do we help cities breathe better? Introducing the Clean Bus Project

How do we help cities breathe better? Introducing the Clean Bus Project

A city-by-city diagnostic that compared life cycle costs and GHG emissions of technologies ranging from clean diesel (Euro VI equivalent) and compressed natural gas (CNG) to battery-electric (BEB) and hydrogen buses was completed.

Amazon Came to the Bargaining Table—But Workers Want More

Amazon Came to the Bargaining Table—But Workers Want More

Unsatisfied with the pace of progress toward improving working conditions, the group rallied a few hundred people, including local teamster chapters, to the Shakopee facility parking lot Friday afternoon to demand that Amazon reduce productivity rates to safe levels, respect the cultural differences of Muslim East Africans, and invest in a community fund to aid in affordable housing for workers.At 4 pm, as the winter sun was setting on the Shakopee business park, about 30 workers walked out of the fulfillment center to the cheers of the crowd gathered on the edge of the property.

Why do people live in flood-prone areas? Reflections from Dar es Salaam

Why do people live in flood-prone areas? Reflections from Dar es Salaam

“They should not be there; they know it’s not safe!” Citizens, journalists, and policymakers, express disbelief that people relocated to safer parts of the city return to their former, flood-prone neighborhoods.

What’s keeping Pakistan in the dark?

What’s keeping Pakistan in the dark?

Poor transmission contributed to 29 percent of the electricity shortfall in fiscal year 2015, while weak infrastructure, faulty metering and theft cause the loss of almost a fifth of generated electricity.As such, power sector reforms should be a top priority for Pakistan can yield huge economic gains toward a more sustainable future.

32 Hours in Chandler, Arizona, the Self-Driving Capital of the World

32 Hours in Chandler, Arizona, the Self-Driving Capital of the World

“In many ways, Phoenix is the perfect place for us to get started: It’s got wide but complex roads, and it’s a large city with sprawling suburbs that give us a lot of room for growth,” says Dan Chu, who oversees product at the self-driving car company.

UPS Tries Delivery Tricycles As Seattle's Traffic Doom Looms

UPS Tries Delivery Tricycles As Seattle's Traffic Doom Looms

UPS Tries Delivery Tricycles As Seattle's Traffic Doom LoomsUPS's electric tricycle is good for up to 18 miles of range, and is now delivering packages in parts of Seattle where driving no longer makes sense.United Parcel ServicePushing the cargo bike across a rain-soaked parking lot at a UPS distribution center in Seattle, where the shipper showed off its newest delivery vehicle, I had a realization once the pedal assist kicked in.

Time to ask the tough questions about transport and climate

Time to ask the tough questions about transport and climate

A reduction in transport-related GHG emissions will only be made possible by reducing transport’s dependency on fossil fuels and increasing its reliance on alternative energy technologies. Focusing on alternative energy technologies for vehicles, it is no surprise that they make up only 1/9 of the total revenue generated by the transport market.

What Would It Take to Shoot a Cannonball Into Orbit?

What Would It Take to Shoot a Cannonball Into Orbit?

The motion of a ball falling on the surface of the Earth is caused by the same interaction as the moon orbiting the Earth. In particular, I want to know the height of the mountain and I want to check the trajectory of the cannon ball paths.

Lyft Bets Big on Bikes in NYC, and Uber Is None Too Happy

Lyft Bets Big on Bikes in NYC, and Uber Is None Too Happy

But both Uber and Lime say they’ve been snubbed, and that they want to expand service to more lower income New Yorkers.A mock-up of Lyft's branded dockless bikes, which the company says it might deploy in cities all over the US.

DOJ Indicts Hackers for Ransomware That Crippled Atlanta

DOJ Indicts Hackers for Ransomware That Crippled Atlanta

Regardless of the impact on the alleged SamSam hackers specifically, the Justice Department made a statement that should resound among cybercriminals who rely on bitcoin and the dark web for anonymity.“It absolutely adds a chilling effect,” Jarvis says.

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