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US Senate bill tells humans to take a back seat: Self-driving cars don’t need steering wheels

There is a battle going on in the halls of US congress about self-driving cars: to trust humans, or not to trust them. Less trusting legislators have seized the upper hand.<p>On Oct. 4, the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee unanimously approved a bill allowing self-driving cars to be sold without …

Autonomous Cars

Uber Charges Passenger Clueless About Surge Pricing $925 For Ride

Photo credit ABC7 An Illinois woman reportedly unaware of Uber’s surge pricing found out how badly the tactic can sting after taking a 100-mile ride …

Square Wants To Be A Bank, And Real Banks Are Pissed

Square Deal Debbie Focht relies on Square, a payment processor, to sell her honey and maple syrup products at the weekly farmers' market at Muscoot …

How to cook the perfect poached egg in a microwave

While tricky to perfect, a poached egg served on hot toast with a crack of black pepper is a hard thing to beat and arguably the best way to start …

After London Bans Uber, New York Weighs Limits to Help Cabbies

A week after London moved to revoke Uber Technologies Inc.’s operating license, the company and its electronic ride-hailing competitors are feeling …

The new TV season has started. Here’s why Facebook and Google and Amazon (and you) care.

There’s a real small bundle of channels, and no one company owns the majority of that bundle.<p>The fall TV season kicks off in earnest this week, and looking at it from the vantage of Netflix bingeing and Instagram Stories and moving GIFs and Twitter feuds, the fanfare around the latest sitcom to hit …

More than 600,000 Londoners sign petition to save Uber

More than 600,000 people have signed a petition calling for Transport for London to reverse its decision to strip Uber of its licence in the capital, which the company’s chief executive suggested could delay the rollout of electric vehicles and wheelchair-accessible transport.<p>The <i>Observer</i> also …

Transportation

Amazon will deliver Chipotle, Chili's, and your other fast-casual faves

The food-delivery wars never end, and now Amazon has a new play against Postmates and UberEats.<p>The Whole Foods owner just partnered with Olo, a …

Uber ready to make concessions to reverse London license decision: paper

LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. taxi firm Uber is prepared to make concessions as it seeks to reverse a decision by London authorities not to renew its license in the city, which represents a potentially big blow for the fast-growing company, a newspaper reported.<p>The Sunday Times also quoted sources close …

Road Safety

Grubhub claims it's not a food delivery company to avoid paying drivers more

Grubhub, which describes itself in regulatory filings and marketing copy as the leading platform for restaurant pick-up and delivery orders, is …

Five billion-dollar businesses for the driverless future

Massive opportunities in urban transportation are emerging as the industry transitions from per-vehicle to per-mile economics<p>Growing up, I dreamed of owning cars I would be proud to wax, polish, and cruise around my neighborhood. Today, I dread the prospect of being weighed down by a rapidly …

NASA wants you to help astronauts breathe, and it’ll pay $100,000

It’s not often that the incredibly bright minds at NASA are forced to look for solutions from the general public, but the agency just launched a new …

Flying, On-demand Taxis Are Taking Off

It took just a few years for Uber and Lyft to completely transform society's notion of hailing a taxi. Now, another transportation disruption is on …

Alphabet Considers Lyft Investment of About $1 Billion

Alphabet Inc. has held conversations with Lyft Inc. about a potential investment in recent weeks, signalling strong support for Uber Technologies …

Google is reportedly looking at a $1B investment in Lyft

It's about as good a timing as any for Lyft to capitalize on the tidal wave of negative publicity that Uber is facing right now, and it looks like it …

Uber Faces FBI Probe Over Program Targeting Rival Lyft

Federal law-enforcement authorities in New York are investigating whether Uber Technologies Inc. used software to interfere illegally with a …

A 23-Year-Old College Dropout is Challenging Uber with Cheaper Rides

Move over, Uber.<p>There’s a new guy in town: Taxify, started by a 23-year-old college dropout.<p>Estonian founder Markus Villig launched Taxify first in …

Samsung Galaxy Note 8: T-Mobile offering BOGO on pre-orders, saving customers $930

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 is shaping up to be a very fine phone, but it’s also an extremely expensive phone. The device costs a whopping $930 if purchased outright, and while it is one of the most powerful Android smartphones of the year, that’s still an awfully large chunk of change to part with for …

T-Mobile

Best Cooking Method for Steak: The Reverse Sear | The Art of Manliness

While on book tour in Chicago a few months back, I had the honor and pleasure of sitting down to enjoy a leisurely meal, and a few cold beers, with …

Uber won't snoop on your location anymore, but that doesn't mean you should trust them

With a new CEO officially at the helm and a six-month PR blitz to win back drivers underway, it's clearer than ever that Uber, which has been rocked …

iOS Apps

NJ Transit poised to resume weekday direct rail to NYC, Sept. 5; crowd-sourced Morristown-NYC bus service to continue

Good news for Greater Morristown commuters: Summer-long track upgrades by Amtrak have been completed on schedule, according to NJ Transit Executive …

Trains

New Uber CEO meets staff as emotional Travis Kalanick gets standing ovation

The incoming Uber CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, former CEO of Expedia, addressed the ride-hailing company in an all-hands meeting Wednesday at the …

Uber's new CEO has a great track record closing the gender pay gap

Outgoing Expedia chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi is a good person to try to make Uber's workplace a better place for women to work. Uber board …

Domino's testing self-driving pizza delivery

Someday soon your Domino's Pizza could be delivered to you -- without an actual delivery person.<p>Ford and Domino's are testing out a specially-equipped Ford Fusion that comes not only with self-driving technology but also an oven. It sounds cool but there is a catch -- there's no one to walk the …

Customers

Uber to end controversial post-trip tracking as part of privacy drive

Uber is set to reverse a controversial decision to collect users’ location information after their trip ends, Reuters reports, with the privacy u-turn coming first to the iPhone app — expected to get the update this week — and subsequently to Uber’s Android app.<p>This is according to Uber’s chief …

Privacy

Grilled Spatchcocked Greek Chicken

We're big fans of spatchcocking - that's when the backbone of a chicken is removed and flattened out. The beauty of this extra step is that all parts …

Two Uber investors are demanding documents that they think prove that Benchmark Capital was out to sabotage Travis Kalanick

Lawyers representing investors Shervin Pishevar and Stephen Russell sent a letter to the Uber Board on Thursday which invoked Rule 220 — a Delaware corporate law that gives individual stockholders the right to inspect corporate books.<p>In the letter, which was obtained by Business Insider, …

Benchmark is escalating its fight with Kalanick in a new filing calling his argument ‘facile’

Benchmark says it needs immediate action to protect Uber from Kalanick’s “corrosive influence.”<p>Benchmark Capital punched back Thursday against a bid by ousted Uber CEO Travis Kalanick to quash Benchmark’s credibility, escalating the conflict in what has become Silicon Valley’s preeminent …

Uber is curbing its losses and growing its business while it searches for a new CEO

The company raked in $8.7 billion in bookings and lost $645 million in the second quarter of 2017.<p>Uber’s business continues to grow as it licks its wounds from a tumultuous beginning to 2017. As Uber searches for a new CEO, the company provided a look into its financial performance indicating it …

Uber is teaming up with Walmart for grocery deliveries

In an attempt to keep up with competitors (and our own insatiable laziness), you can now get Walmart grocery deliveries—through Uber.<p>It works like …