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The Third Place: Our Commitment, Renewed

On May 29, we closed 8,000 Starbucks stores in the United States for four hours—so 175,000 Starbucks partners could come together for a conversation …

A House You Can Buy, But Never Own

African Americans in the same neighborhoods decimated by subprime lending are now being targeted with new predatory loan offerings, a lawsuit argues.<p>ATLANTA—It was not until a few years after he moved in that Zachary Anderson realized that he was not, in fact, the owner of the house he thought he’d …

Real Estate

A Cyberattack Hobbles Atlanta, and Security Experts Shudder

ATLANTA — The City of Atlanta’s 8,000 employees got the word on Tuesday that they had been waiting for: It was O.K. to turn their computers on.<p>But as the city government’s desktops, hard drives and printers flickered back to life for the first time in five days, residents still could not pay their …

The Most Important Self-Driving Car Announcement Yet

Autonomous vehicles will transform urban life by 2020, if Waymo’s time line is correct.<p>On Tuesday, Waymo announced they’d purchase 20,000 sporty, electric self-driving vehicles from Jaguar for the company’s forthcoming ride-hailing service.<p>Waymo, Google’s sister company within Alphabet, held a …

Autonomous Cars

How a data mining giant got me wrong

LONDON (Reuters) - I'm 57, with a 30-year-old wife, a fairly new hot water boiler, an old-style television, a petrol car and no kids.<p>Actually, none of that is true. But that is what you might believe if you purchased access to my data from the world's largest information broker by market value.<p>The …

Personal Information

How deepfake porn is killing our trust in tech

Months after fake "celebrity porn" reared its head online, there's a bad-tech aftertaste. Clearly our sense of truth is morphing, with clever dickies …

Artificial Intelligence

A huge new Stanford and Harvard study proves that US inequality isn’t just about class

For decades, an increasingly loud chorus has claimed that economic inequality is primarily driven by class, with other possible reasons for disparities, such as race, playing a lesser role. They say that it is counterproductive to focus on inequality between races—instead, it is better to consider …

Demographics

Facebook and the endless string of worst-case scenarios

Facebook has naively put its faith in humanity and repeatedly been abused, exploited, and proven either negligent or complicit. The company routinely ignores or downplays the worst-case scenarios, idealistically building products without the necessary safeguards, and then drags its feet to admit …

Internet

Police Obtain Warrants To Find Out Which Google Users Were Present At Crime Scenes

Police in North Carolina are securing search warrants to access Google's data on who was at, or near, the scene of the crime.<p>In Raleigh, North …

Privacy

MIT study shows how much driving for Uber or Lyft sucks

Ride-hailing giants Uber and Lyft are delivering pitiful levels of take-home pay to the hundreds of thousands of US independent contractors providing their own vehicles and driving skills to deliver the core service, according to an MIT CEEPR study examining the economics of the two app …

UberEATS

Toyota Readies Cheaper Electric Motor by Halving Rare Earth Use

Toyota Motor Corp. is readying electric motors that include as much as 50 percent less in rare earths amid concern of a supply crunch as automakers …

HyTech Power may have solved hydrogen, one of the hardest problems in clean energy - Vox

The “hydrogen economy” may be a thing after all.<p>It is an odd twist of chemistry that there is fuel embedded in the most common substance on earth: water.<p>Hydrogen — the H of H2O fame — turns out to be something of an all-purpose element, a Swiss Army knife for energy. It can be produced without …

Clean Energy

Tech’s Ethical ‘Dark Side’: Harvard, Stanford and Others Want to Address It

PALO ALTO, Calif. — The medical profession has an ethic: First, do no harm.<p>Silicon Valley has an ethos: Build it first and ask for forgiveness later.<p>Now, in the wake of fake news and other troubles at tech companies, universities that helped produce some of Silicon Valley’s top technologists are …

Artificial Intelligence

Waymo Orders Thousands of Chrysler Pacificas for Autonomous Fleet

Will launch ride-hailing services across the U.S.<p>Waymo will expand its fleet of self-driving vehicles as it prepares to launch ride-hailing services across different cities in the U.S. To achieve this vision, Waymo has hit up FCA for more Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans that it can equip with …

Autonomous Tech

Drivers don’t trust Uber. This is how it’s trying to win them back.

The $70 billion ride-hail company is changing its ways to please its most important customers: Its drivers.<p>On a busy evening in February 2017, while America watched the New England Patriots face off against the Atlanta Falcons in the Super Bowl, Uber’s former CEO Travis Kalanick was having his own …

Transportation

We Are in the Future

VW's Electrify America plans nationwide network of 4,800 EV chargers

They'll be built at 500 stations in largest cities and along highways<p>Part of Volkswagen's repentance for that diesel boondoggle is some EV philanthropy known as Electrify America (EA), charged with "investing $2 billion over the next 10 years in Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure, …

Electric Vehicles

VR can’t save retail

If you listen closely to most optimistic discussions about the future of retail, you’ll sense an underlying fear. It’s a fear that manifests in an over-reliance on futuristic technological advancements (<i>Oh look, holograms are coming!</i>) or on filling the room with exciting new statistics about the …

eCommerce

Why your car company may know more about you than your spouse

<b>By Peter Holley | Washington Post</b><p>DETROIT – Daniel Dunn was about to sign a lease for a Honda Fit last year when a detail buried in the lengthy …

Automotive Industry

All of the amazingly terrible slogans of CES 2018

CES, the world’s largest consumer electronics trade show, completely overtakes Las Vegas, Nevada, for a week every year in January. It’s meant to show the world what new and inspiring gadgets and technologies will be enhancing our lives in the near future. In reality, it’s really just a place for …

Selling

The Racist Roots Of “Urban Renewal” And How It Made Cities Less Equal

“The social and emotional cost fell on poor people and people of color,” says University of Richmond’s Robert Nelson.<p>It sounded like a great idea at the time: give cities funding to clean up their impoverished areas and invest in affordable housing and urban infrastructure projects. But the federal …

Urbanism

Prepping Self-Driving Cars for the World's Most Chaotic Cities

Self-driving cars are no longer confined to controlled test tracks or even to placid suburban streets—they’re tackling real traffic in US cities such …

Autonomous Cars

Coffee and a Doughnut: Order on Your GM Car’s Touchscreen Today

For some commuters who make stopping for a cup of coffee part of their daily routine, the morning drive to work may never be the same. In the wee hours of the morning, General Motors enabled a new feature, called Marketplace, in about two million vehicles, with the ultimate aim of enabling twice …

Google's new tech can spot and shame people peeping at your phone

Google researchers Hee Jung Ryu and Florian Schroff are gearing up to present a novel little project that takes advantage of your phone’s front camera and AI to spot people around you who are peeping at your screen, and shame them with a sticker.<p>As you can see in the clip above, when a person other …

Emerging Technology

Ford Patents Autonomous System for Off-Roading

Tech can be used on a variety of vehicles<p>If you thought off-road vehicles were immune to self-driving technology, you’d be wrong. Recently, Ford patented a system that will allow vehicles to drive themselves through all sorts of off-road obstacles.<p>As described in the patent, the system first …

Autonomous Tech

Free Money: The Surprising Effects of a Basic Income Supplied by Government

Skooter McCoy was 20 years old when his wife, Michelle, gave birth to their first child, a son named Spencer. It was 1996, and McCoy was living in …

Income Inequality

Hilarious A.I. bot fights email scammers by trolling them, wasting their time

Email scammers are the worst, aren’t they? At best, their emails are a big, fat waste of our time. At worst, they actually succeed at bilking some …

To Sound Like a Leader, Think About What You Say, and How and When You Say It

Nancy started her day feeling prepared to brief her executive team on a high-stakes project she had been working on for the past two months. She had rehearsed her slide deck repeatedly, to the point where she had every level of content practically memorized. She arrived at the meeting early and …

Leadership

How To Successfully Break Into The High Tech Industry

It is impossible to get through your day without interacting with technology. When you drive a car, make a purchase at a retailer or hop on the …

Resist the Driverless Dystopia!

Consumers shouldn't let governments shrink the menu of transportation options.<p>Two iconic figures in the car industry — former General Motors head of product development Bob Lutz and Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance Chairman Carlos Ghosn — have recently outlined competing visions for the future of …