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Cities fail their people when it comes to air quality, green spaces, crime ... the list goes on. But could they be re-engineered to make our lives better?<p>With over half the world’s population now living in cities, and two billion more people due to join them by 2035, urban “liveability” has become …

Urbanism

Elon Musk’s Wild Ride

Biographer Ashlee Vance examines the troubles at Tesla, SpaceX, and SolarCity.<p>By Ashlee Vance | October 12, 2016<p>Illustrations by Steph …

Brain belts: The many innovation centers that will take on Silicon Valley

To most high-tech enthusiasts, towns like Akron, Albany, Batesville, Malmö, and Eindhoven probably don’t hold much significance. Yet, while the world is busy watching Silicon Valley, these relatively obscure spots in the US and Europe are quietly building the infrastructure for innovation …

Chipotle Eats Itself

Chipotle Mexican Grill was a sizzling business with a red-hot stock until an E. coli outbreak derailed its future. Can a mission-based company make gobs of money and still save the world?<p>Chipotle’s annual shareholder meeting on May 11 was set to be a doozy. Angry activists and investors were poised …

One Query, One Click, Not Money, Is What Keeps Baidu's CEO Motivated

Hearing Robin Li speak about the future for Chinese search engine Baidu, it became clear to me that what sets apart a good CEO from a great CEO is real passion about the company’s products.<p>Baidu’s chairman, CEO and co-founder is not motivated by money — he has plenty of that — but stays inspired …

Building The Chinese Century Hits A Wall At Baha Mar

If you’re worried about China taking over the world, Baha Mar may help you breathe a bit easier. The $3.5 billion casino resort in the Bahamas, the largest hospitality project ever in the Caribbean, was supposed to revivify tourism and the national economy and help China extend its economic and …

China

As Democrats fret over 'sharing economy,' GOP moves in

DENVER (AP) — The debate over ride-hailing firm Uber is laying bare divides in the Democratic Party and on the left about how to handle the new …

Wal-Mart is losing the war against Amazon

When markets closed on Friday, Amazon had a market cap of $246.54 billion versus Wal-Mart's $230.53 billion cap.<p>Although Wal-Mart's overall sales are much bigger than Amazon's, this unprecedented value swap underscores the fact that the 53-year-old retailer is getting smoked when it comes to …

A retail gig that employees don’t hate

Kristen Patchett was a teacher’s aide in Northern California five years ago when she took a part-time job at Nugget Market to fill her free …

Daimler reportedly will test self-driving trucks in Germany this year

FRANKFURT (Reuters) — German carmaker Daimler is planning to test self-driving trucks as early as this year, executive board member Wolfgang Bernhard told a German newspaper.<p>“We are positive that we will get approval for tests on German motorways within the next weeks,” <i>Frankfurter Allgemeine</i> …

The Cities Leading A U.S. Manufacturing Revival

Manufacturing may no longer drive the U.S. economy, but industrial growth remains a powerful force in many regions of the country. Industrial employment has surged over the past five years, with the sector adding some 855,000 new jobs, a 7.5% expansion.<p>Several factors are driving this trend, …

Uber Will Be Xiaomi's Delivery Guy In Southeast Asia

Uber lets you call a car at the press of a button. Xiaomi lets you order a phone online for a fraction of the price of its larger competitors. Having become two of the world’s most valuable startups, both are now working together to take on-demand gadget shopping to the next level.<p>Uber, which has …

French Riviera Beach Taken Over by Saudi King Triggers Public Outrage

All beaches in France are open to the public. That’s the law.<p>Public, that is, until a very rich, very royal and very powerful king decides to sink concrete slabs and barriers in the sand to ensure that one particular beach will be kept all to himself and his hundreds of guests – and on none other …

Talent Is One of Your Company's Best Defenses: What You Need to Know

In the ever changing marketplace, one of the lone constants is the act of disruption —an invariably looming pressure arriving in many forms, from a devastating natural disaster to an experienced company hacker to an economic depression thinly veiled as a recession.<p>Truly resilient companies do more …

Do Nice Guys Finish Last? Five Lessons From Apple, Tesla, And Volkswagen

What is the special sauce driving today’s most successful corporate leaders? So much has been written about the prickly personalities of the late Steve Jobs of Apple, Elon Musk of Tesla and SpaceX, and Ferdinand Piech, the former Volkswagen Chairman, that one might be left with the impression that …

U.S. Supreme Court

Change In The Air At RSA Singapore

It has been an interesting time at the RSA Security conference in Singapore this week. The overarching theme of the conference has been around that of “change”. I had a hard time seeing anything that really stood out as driving change from the talks that I was in. What I did see however, was a …

The Huawei Way: Chinese Telco Ignites Open Source Spark

Chinese telecommunications company Huawei has for some time now expanded its horizons beyond the physical manufacturing of networking equipment. The firm’s operational (and consulting) services have spread its ‘intelligence’ to the point where it now actively contributes to a number of open source …

How To Get The Smartest People In The World To Work For You

“No matter who you are, most of the smartest people work for someone else.” In the 1990s, Sun co-founder Bill Joy thus challenged leaders to face the Knowledge Revolution. His quip later became “Joy’s Law.” Joy was not talking about the old “war for talent”—hiring better employees–but a newer one: …

Samsung's Big Plan To Dominate The iPhone 7

Samsung knows it needs to do something special to claw-back the market share lost to Apple. Is the next big flagship battle – the iPhone 7 vs the Galaxy S7 – Samsung’s best shot? That comes down to whether or not it goes ahead with its most radical concept yet, a foldable smartphone.<p>It’s been two …

IPhone 7

Nintendo Just Filed A Patent For A Bizarre New Device

Here’s what we do know: Nintendo is planning on changing things up, and soon. The legendary game developer has been pretty tight-lipped about its new “NX” console along with its “Quality of Life” initiative, promising only to tell us more about them in 2016. A new patent filing unearthed by a …

Retrogaming

Electric Car Prospects Stall, Awaiting Promised Battery Improvements

As investors start to lose faith in Tesla Motors and its battery-powered future, some of the more brazen claims for electric cars generally are starting to look a bit ambitious.<p>But as battery-only sales tread water, hybrids, free of the range anxiety curse, will spurt ahead.<p>Too much faith has been …

Electric Vehicles

There's An Inconvenient Hole in the Climate Forecasting Map

England’s lead scientific adviser warned recently that increased demand for water and energy, and a warmer world, may combine to create a ‘perfect storm’ of “public unrest, cross-border conflicts and mass migration by 2030″, with developing regions hardest hit: ”there’s not going to be a complete …

Chinese telecoms giant Huawei sees revenues jump 30%

<b>Chinese telecoms giant Huawei has reported a 30% rise in revenues for the first six months of the year, helped by "solid" smartphone sales.</b><p>Revenues climbed to 175.9bn yuan ($28.3bn; £18bn), boosted by the smartphone business and growth in other business areas, the company said.<p>Huawei is the third …

Stockholm is banning cars to promote green energy in Sweden

Stockholm is scrapping its cars. At least, for a day. The Swedish capital plans to block the use of motorized vehicles in the city center for one day on Sept. 19, as a way to help citizens envision life in the city with fewer cars, and more alternate means of transport.<p>Traffic will be banned from …

The first successful drone delivery in the US has taken place

The first drone delivery approved by the Federal Aviation Administration went off without a hitch last week in Wise County, Virginia. Flirtey, an Australian drone-delivery startup, piloted a drone carrying medical supplies from an airfield to a medical clinic.<p>As the Wall Street Journal noted …

California regulators continue to put pressure on transportation startups

KangaDo, the "Uber for Afterschool" app that offers to shuttle around children, was not licensed to operate in California, according to the CPUC's statement.<p>KangaDo's CEO Sara Schaer said that the company received the notice in April while it was still operating in private beta.<p>"We're all in favor …