Recovery is based on the Ministry of the inspection report, says Helsingin Sanomat. The reason for the recovery is that state subsidies have been used for purposes other than those originally granted. According to Helsingin Sanomat, the recovery targets are for the 2014 general allowance and special allowances granted to the development of coaching skills dating back to 2013. According to the report, among other things, the Sochi Olympics Olympic Committee had a hotel room, and leased them to the show for our guests. The Olympic Committee had also acquired the Nordic Business Forum, a hundred tickets, with a value of EUR 30 000. This year an operating grant will be paid back EUR 200 000, and the remaining 235 000 Olympic Committee must be paid by the end of this year.
Nathan Brenner was found guilty last year by a magistrate of two counts of operating a commercial passenger vehicle without a licence, and one count of driving a commercial passenger vehicle without driver accreditation.But Victorian county court judge Geoffrey Chettle on Wednesday dismissed the charges and ordered the Taxi Services Commission to pay Brenner s appeal costs.He was charged after an undercover officer used the Uber app to travel from the Hilton hotel to South Yarra.The opposition transport spokesman, David Hodgett, says the government has wasted taxpayers money trying to fight Uber instead of regulating the service to provide industry certainty.This is not about taxis versus Uber but rather what ways we can get our city moving in the most efficient way, he said.The time for excuses is over, the Uber Victoria general manager, Matt Denman, said on Wednesday.
Photographer: Ted S Warren / AP / TT Amazon Web Services, AWS, is investing heavily in Scandinavia. The company is on site in Stockholm and Helsinki, in the office hotel, but the company is growing fast locally and hiring right now ranging from IT architects to business developers. As digital technology could reveal in December AWS will soon open an entire office in Stockholm. Now it is clear that the company will open a larger office at Drottninggatan in central Stockholm in the autumn. Nordic and Stockholm is a very exciting place to be, says Eric Morales, head of AWS Nordic team for gaming companies and startups. The AWS is in Sweden and Finland is precisely due to the many successful Startupfactory and gaming companies here, among the large customers are Supercell Clash of Clans, Rovio Angry Birds and King Candy Crush Saga.
Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook is this week visiting India for the first time.And he is wasting little of his time on the ground in India by saying Apple will open a new app design and development center in the country in 2017.Cook officially called the upcoming Apple facility a design and development accelerator,  and that it will be located in Bengaluru also known as Bangalore , which is considered to be the startup hub of India.India is home to one of the most vibrant and entrepreneurial iOS development communities in the world, Cook said in announcing the new center.With the opening of this new facility in Bengaluru, we re giving developers access to tools which will help them create innovative apps for customers around the world.Apple said it will use the facility to provide support for the Swift programming language, which Apple created to build apps for iOS, Mac and other products, and will conduct weekly briefings with developers to review development of apps at the center.It s no secret as to why Cook is laying the groundwork for more Apple involvement in India.Anyone with a Groupon account has likely seen an offer for one of these iPhones, which are often phones that were bought, returned for some reason, given the once-over to ensure everything works, and then offered up for sale at less than the original sticker price.However, the Indian government has put up resistance to Apple s efforts as it tries to promote homegrown smartphone makers who sell their products at prices even less than those of refurbished iPhones.Photo: Apple CEO Tim Cook leaves the Taj Mahal Palace hotel in Mumbai on May 18.
Google today unveiled Android Instant Apps, a new project the company is experimenting with that offers users a subset of an existing app.That s a big frustration for developers who have invested significant amounts of time building beautiful and powerful apps.Android Instant Apps are designed for developers who have already built an existing Android app, not those looking to build one from scratch.It s the same Android APIs, the same source code, the same project, Android Instant Apps product management director Michael Siliski told VentureBeat.But the biggest restriction is that each module cannot exceed 4MB.The goal is to have Instant Apps launch in a timeframe that is comparable to a mobile webpage, Siliski said.That means existing links can be used to launch Instant Apps — Google Play Services does all the work behind the scenes.That means this is very much a Google Play affair.Google wants to progress very gradually with Android Instant Apps, as this is a big change for both developers and users.Right now, about a half dozen partners are trying Instant Apps: Buzzfeed, B Photo Video, Medium, Hotel Tonight, Zumper and Disney.
Android Pay has launched in the UK GoogleAndroid Pay has finally arrived in the UK on Wednesday 18 May 2016 , meaning that you can now pay for goods and services using an Android smartphone using Google's contactless payments system.Working in much the same way as rival systems Apple Pay and Samsung Pay, Android Pay essentially a rebranded, much-improved version of Google Wallet allows you to carry out transactions at contactless NFC payment terminals by tapping your phone against them – provided you've first downloaded and installed the Android Pay app.Here's a rundown of what you need to know to get you up and running.After downloading the Android Pay app from the Play Store, boot it up and select the Google account you want to link it with.You can also use Android Pay to get around on the London Underground and buses.Bank of Scotland, First Direct, Halifax, HSBC, Lloyds Bank, M Bank, MBNA and Nationwide are supporting Android Pay at launch, but Barclay's, NatWest and Santander customers are out of luck.
Expedia Inc. s chief executive officer is expecting more company in the world of online travel booking, predicting Facebook Inc. will follow Google into the business.Facebook is already working on e-commerce, letting users save their payment information on the social media giant s site and purchase products they see advertised there directly through buy buttons.Google now lets users book trips and lodging directly through its search engine, a feature the U.S. Justice Department cited when it approved Expedia s takeover of Orbitz last year, saying Google was increasing competition.The development would bring both risks and opportunities for Expedia and rivals, Khosrowshahi said.For years, hotel companies have tried to find ways to drive more sales through their own websites so they can avoid the premiums paid to the likes of Priceline and Expedia when customers book lodgings and trips through them.If Facebook pushes into travel booking it will most likely follow Google s lead, building a tool that lets hotel chains and online travel agents show up in search results on the social network, Dan Wasiolek, an analyst with Morningstar Inc., said in an interview.This new targeted advertising platform in theory is supposed to offer a better way to target travelers when they re planning a trip and when they re in the destination, Henry Harteveldt, founder of the travel industry research firm Atmosphere Research Group, said in an interview.Travel companies including Hyatt Hotels Corp. and Air France-KLM are using Facebook s Messenger application to talk to customers.So is Expedia, said John Morrey, vice president and general manager of Expedia U.S. That s another area that Facebook could expand its presence in, Harteveldt said, either by getting more companies to do business on Messenger or building its own booking tool in the app.Expedia, which celebrated its 20th anniversary last week, went on a $6 billion acquisition spree in 2015 by buying Orbitz and vacation rental company HomeAway.Startups like GetYourGuide GmbH, Vayable Inc. and Peek Travel Inc. have raised venture capital for their own tour-booking websites and applications.
Fast forward to today and Hnetinka has teamed up with JustVacay founder Wilson Lee to launch Darkstore, a delivery fulfillment platform for e-commerce brands that is already powering same-day delivery for mattress startup Tuft & Needle.Darkstore works by exploiting excess capacity in storage facilities, malls and bodegas and enables them to be fulfillment centers with just a smartphone, Hnetinka told me.Uber is the largest transportation company that doesn t own a car Airbnb is the largest hospitality business that doesn t own a hotel, Hnetinka said.For deliveries, Darkstore partners with Berkeley, Calif.-based Axle Hire, which charges $5 per delivery for small items and $10 per delivery for something like a mattress.The dark store concept has not yet been brought to the U.S., Hnetinka said, and Darkstore wants to democratize it.Our box is really convenient, but it s still a size that most last mile delivery companies can t deliver economically.
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Google imagines a world where you could use an Android app without actually downloading anything.The rationale is, if you only want to use the capabilities of a given app once a month, should it really take up space on your phone?Google has been working with a small set of partners, including Buzzfeed and Hotel Tonight, and says that developers won't have to build separate apps, but just update their existing ones.For Google's part, Instant Apps also help protect its search business.Google has spent the last two years convincing app makers to "index" their content to allow it to be searchable by its algorithms in a process called "deep linking."Without deep linking, Google's web crawlers can't include an apps info in its search results.
View photosMoreApple chief Tim Cook, center, arrives at the Taj Mahal hotel in Mumbai, India, Wednesday, May 18, 2016."India is home to one of the most vibrant and entrepreneurial iOS development communities in the world," the statement quoted Cook as saying.He said the new facility will give "developers access to tools which will help them create innovative apps for customers around the world."He is also expected to meet top business leaders.Silicon Valley tech giants have been aggressively courting India over the last few years.With a massive 1.25 billion population, including 6 million new Internet users every month, India has become a key focus of companies like Google, Facebook and Microsoft.
Simply put, it s a way to bring app experiences to the mobile web and provide access to deeper app functionality without a download.Without knowing much right now about the technology, Instant Apps appeared to me be a new manifestation or evolution of App Streaming, which most people haven t yet experienced.With Instant Apps, app content is rendered in a modular way; only parts of the app are made available.Upon completion of the desired task or content, the consumer can be given a prompt to download the full app.This then becomes another way for Android developers and publishers to get their apps in front of people without the front-end friction of downloads before content can be accessed.Google said it has tested the functionality with only handful of partners: BuzzFeed, B Photo, Medium, Hotel Tonight, Zumper and Disney.
Amazon's first smartphone, the Fire Phone, was a major flop that cost the company hundreds of millions of dollars.But according to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, the Fire Phone is a "tiny little blip" compared to some of the larger experiments his company is working on now.And some of them are going to make the Fire Phone look like a tiny little blip," Bezos said in an interview with The Washington Post's executive editor, Martin Baron, on Wednesday.Bezos is famous for his knack of taking experiments and accepting failure as a learning experience.He reiterated his thinking during the interview.And so every single important thing that we have done has taken a lot of risk taking, perseverance, guts, and some of them have worked out, most of them have not.That has to happen at every scale level, all the way down, and you have to take shots...you always learn something and you move on.This approach has led to a number of failed projects, like its hotel-booking site, Amazon Destinations, and auction site, Amazon Auction.But it's also led to massive successes, such as its Amazon Web Services and the Amazon Echo, which is why Bezos likes to call the company "the best place in the world to fail."Disclosure: Jeff Bezos is an investor in Business Insider through his personal investment company Bezos Expeditions.NOW WATCH: Ford is partnering with Amazon to let you control your house from your carLoading video...
But that liberal tendency does not translate into how customers view one of the more controversial topics faced by state and local governments today: whether or not to regulate these new companies in the same manner as traditional taxi and hotel companies, which must follow strict rules on car insurance, provide access to customers with disabilities, and pay local hotel taxes.It remains unclear what the political implications of these dynamics will be as city councils and state legislatures across the country attempt to get a grip on Uber and Airbnb.The companies have used their billion-dollar war chests to effectively mobilize users against regulations in some cities.Last November, voters in famously liberal San Francisco rejected a ballot initiative that aimed to strictly regulate short-term rentals, after Airbnb pumped more than $8m into the campaign to defeat it.But voters in Austin, Texas rejected a nearly $9m campaign by Uber and Lyft to repeal regulations on ride-sharing in the city earlier this month.The study also found an interesting racial disparity in users of home-share services that does not exist among ride-hail users – 13% of white Americans have used home-share services, compared to just 5% of blacks and 9% of Latinos.
View photosMoreApple chief Tim Cook, greets in Indian style at the Taj Mahal hotel in Mumbai, India, Wednesday, May 18, 2016.Apple will set up an app design and development center in southern India, the company announced Wednesday, shortly after company chief Tim Cook arrived in the country on his first visit.Press Trust of India via AP HYDERABAD, India AP — Apple will set up an office in southern India to develop the Maps feature for its products, the company said Thursday in its second such announcement since CEO Tim Cook arrived in the country."Apple is focused on making the best products and services in the world and we are thrilled to open this new office in Hyderabad which will focus on Maps development," Cook said in the statement."The talent here in the local area is incredible and we are looking forward to expanding our relationships and introducing more universities and partners to our platforms as we scale our operations."With a massive 1.25 billion population, including 6 million new Internet users every month, India has become a key focus of Silicon Valley tech giants over the last few years.
In essence, it blurs the line between the web and apps to an unprecendented level."For them, we were breaking their existing world, but in a good way."If it really pans out, it could be a game-changer."Getting them to understand the concept, and how it changes their world, is the bigger challenge," she says.Google has spent the last two years convincing app makers to "index" their content to allow it to be searchable by its algorithms in a process called "deep linking."Without deep linking, Google's web crawlers can't include an app's info in its search results.
Shervin Pishevar, the investor probably best known for being an early investor in Uber, has led an incredible life.Born in Tehran, Iran, his family came to the US in 1976, but when his father returned a few years later, he was hunted as an enemy of the state during the Iranian Revolution.His dad escaped back to the US, where he worked as a cab driver while studying for a PhD.Pishevar got into tech in the dot-com era, did well, and moved on to bigger successes.Today, he runs venture-capitalist firm SherpaVentures and is a cofounder of Hyperloop Technologies.Between his investments as a VC and his personal angel investments, he's had a stake in a huge list of startups, including Klout, Parse, TaskRabbit, Tumblr, Warby Parker, Washio, and, of course, Uber.But he still remembers those early, scary days with his parents after leaving Iran.— Shervin Pishevar @shervin May 19, 2016 I remember driving around in my dad's DC taxi and cleaning hotel rooms with my mom.Learned to never give up or forget where I'm from.— Shervin Pishevar @shervin May 19, 2016 I remember bombs falling in Tehran with my mom holding me in the doorway.— Shervin Pishevar @shervin May 19, 2016 Children of immigrants have special guilt born out of giving back to our parents & their sacrifice.Nothing we do is enough to pay it forward — Shervin Pishevar @shervin May 19, 2016NOW WATCH: An Iranian actress posted Instagram photos of herself without a hijab and was forced to flee the countryLoading video...
Mobile ad company UberMedia is expanding its measurement and attribution business in a big way.While that s still the case, it has shifted its attention over the past few years to its mobile ad platform, which uses the apps as a source of data — and which can tell advertisers whether someone who saw their ad actually made it into their store.And it s incredibly precise — precision and accuracy are important.The goal here is less to offer new measurement tools to existing UberMedia advertisers and more to build an additional business for the company with a new set of customers.Measuring our advertising investments to hotel visits is a compelling strategy to better understand how our media is impacting bookings, said Elvin Kawasaki, vice president and director of digital investment at ad agency Initiative, in an emailed statement.Featured Image: Mix3r/Shutterstock
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Ride-hailing giant Uber continues to make ugly headlines, as violence erupted in the financial district of Johannesburg where taxi drivers are up in arms about Uber drivers stealing their business.While anti-Uber protests have shut down traffic before in cities around the world, including Paris and Jakarta, this week s standoff in Joburg signals a startling ramp-up in angry activism against the San Francisco-based company.Indeed, Uber s industry-disrupting business model has led to territorial skirmishes on city streets around the globe; SilliconBeat featured a post in March about an anti-Uber protest in Cairo.According to a report in Bloomberg, the city s Metro Police Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said one taxi driver was arrested and his taxi was confiscated while three police officers sustained injuries as they tried to break up the melee.News reports say Uber has shut down operations in the Sandton district for now.Reports from the scene say the shots were fired outside the city s Gautrain station on the railroad line that connects the city to Pretoria.Besides the shots, there were also reports of Uber cars being stoned.Bloomberg said Leisure Nkuna, 24, needed his right arm bandaged after being hit by stones during a ride to the station from a nearby Hilton hotel, he said.Police in Joburg were also called earlier this week when protesters threatened a local politician who got in the middle of the dispute over operating licenses being issued to Uber drivers, according to a report in News24 website.Police spokeswoman Edna Mamonyane told the news site that two Toyota vehicles belonging to Uber drivers were damaged in the stoning, just as two officers and one inspector showed up to try and calm things down.Reports from the city say the violence came on the heels of Uber s announcement that it would start to accept cash payments next week in South Africa.Photo by Eric Risberg/Associated PressTags: Johannesburg, taxi, Uber, violence
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