Though we ve known about Uber s autonomous vehicle ambitions, especially considering the opening of its Pittsburgh-based Advanced Technology Center more than a year ago, this is the first time the company has publicly admitted testing these vehicles.Bares said that Pittsburgh provides a perfect testing ground for Uber s autonomous vehicles because of its snowy and rainy weather, narrow and hilly streets, and outdated infrastructure.Through a combination of multiple cameras, lasers and sensors, Uber s self-driving cars can see as far as 100 meters in any direction.Uber is one of a handful of companies, including Google, Lyft, Volvo and Ford, that has joined the Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets, lobbying to the government to rapidly draft legislation for autonomous vehicle penetration while keeping safety top of mind.That said, Uber is a relatively new entrant to the space when you remember that Google has been testing its self-driving cars on California streets since 2009.Bares confirmed that the technology showed off on Wednesday was at an early stage, so don t expect a driverless Uber to pick you up any time soon.
Don t look know, but if you re cruising around downtown Pittsburgh, the next Ford you overtake might be a self-driving Uber.On Thursday, the on-demand driving service took the wraps off its autonomous vehicles: modified Ford Focus hybrids outfitted with myriad sensors that the company began testing near its Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based Advanced Technology research center several weeks ago.They can be switched to a manual driving mode at any time, and automatically disable self-driving with a loud beep when the onboard computer can t determine a way around an obstacle.The company began prototyping vehicles 10 to 15 years ago in the California badlands, and in 2013, founded the core of its Advanced Technology Center by controversially poaching 40 of Carnegie Mellon University s National Robotics Engineer Center s NREC top researchers.Uber s focus on self-driving cars remains mostly technological for now, but the transportation behemoth is one of several firms that are lobbying lawmakers to formulate guidelines for self-driving technologies.And in developing nations, the company is under pressure to reduce fares — earlier this month, Apple, a company with reported self-driving car ambitions of its own, invested $1 billion in rival service Didi Chuxing.
Looks like all hope is not lost for Allo, Google s new messaging app, getting end-to-end encryption by default.Not only that, but the whole draw to Allo — the ability to interact with Google and bring Google into chats — is not available in incognito mode.Basically with one touch you can tell Allo that you want to Always chat in incognito mode going forward, and from that moment on all your messages will be end-to-end encrypted and auto-deleted.You can still interact with the AI, but only if you specifically invoke it, so you don t have to give up everything for your privacy gain.The change to the post probably does not mean that Duong doesn t intend on lobbying to change Google, however Google often likes to stay quiet on future products, and it s likely the company doesn t want to leak information about updates.Still, Duong does highlight that the post reflects his thoughts alone, not Google s. Despite this, hopefully his vision for end-to-end encryption will eventually come to pass.
He was seen there with Anant Ambani, son of Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani, whose Jio 4G service is expected to be a game-changer for mobile internet in India by the end of 2016.Such high-speed networks would "unleash the power of the iPhone", Mr Cook had said after announcing Apple's results for the first quarter of 2016.While global iPhone sales fell for the first time ever, a drop of 16% from the first quarter of 2015, they rose 56% in India in the same quarter.None of the California-based technology giant's seven CEOs ever visited India while in office, though Steve Jobs famously came here as a backpacking hippie looking for "answers" in the mid-1970s.Apple announced that it would invest $1bn in Chinese ride-hailing app Didi Chuxing last week to "better understand the Chinese market", Mr Cook told Reuters.The centre would later move to Apple's own campus in or near the city and expand to 2,500 employees, government sources told The Hindu newspaper.
Even before getting the evidence he claims he needs, however, Smith has accused NOAA of scientific dishonesty.Rep. Smith and the 12 other Republicans on the committee have now turned their sights on a new target—actually, on 25 new targets.Most recently, the attorney general of the US Virgin Islands subpoenaed Exxon for relevant communications with a long list of think tanks and lobbying groups, as well as with some specific scientists inside and outside the company.If that sentence strikes you between the eyes and leaves you blinking, it could be because securities fraud isn t a First Amendment right or an issue of academic freedom.The letters demand all relevant documents and communications between any combination of the attorneys general, the environmental groups, the Department of Justice, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Obama Administration.Just a few days ago, the attorneys general of Texas and Alabama filed to block the US Virgin Islands subpoena.
There are several key questions that need answering to understand this battle.The music industry is arguing that those laws are outdated: they were designed for the web hosting providers and email services at the time, not the YouTube of 2016 with its billion viewers and huge music catalogue.This leads in to the next thing that s fuelling the fire: some in the music industry think YouTube s massive catalogue of free music is making it harder for Spotify, Apple Music and other streaming services to persuade music fans to pay for their premium subscriptions.Finally, YouTube is pointing to some of the musicians who have built careers on its service, such as violinist Lindsey Stirling, with her 8 million subscribers and estimated annual earnings of $6m from selling music and touring, as well as YouTube.In the US and Europe, existing safe-harbour legislation is currently being reviewed, which is the main reason these arguments have blown up again in 2016.Smarter heads within the music industry and beyond are starting to wonder whether the real problem is with online advertising itself: that if a big increase in YouTube streams only yields a tiny increase in royalties, perhaps that s a sign that as viewing rockets, even Google-backed YouTube is struggling to sell enough ads and keep the rates up.
But 59 year-old Gary Fisher, a retired software engineer from Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, has a mission: to convince lawmakers that going to Mars is both possible and affordable—if they d just give NASA a little more money.asked Mo Brooks, a Republican representative from Alabama whose congressional district includes NASA s Huntsville Space Flight Center but who, to be fair, also believes that the country could likely go bankrupt within a decade .He likened federal spending on a Mars mission—white boots on the ground by the mid-2030s—to the federal government s investment in the airline industry during the Recession of the 1930s.On Thursday, Weir donned a beige golf cap and wrinkled brown shirt to address congressional staffers in a Russell Office Building briefing room.We re in a tough budget environment, no secret there, the aide said.Last month, the House approved a $19.5 billion NASA budget, half a billion dollars more than NASA asked for overall.
Annika Lidne, CEO and co-founder Dramatify, senior advisory board member SUP46, lead author of the Swedish startup manifest. When unions or corporations to do the same so it is called the struggle for justice, economic policy or possibly political lobbying. Most founders earn significantly less than if they had a regular job Spotify founder wrote in April, a much-publicized open letter with a number of important prerequisites for being able to stay and develop their businesses in Sweden. The letter created attention and many in the media and social media thought that wealthy entrepreneurs should not speak. If Spotify would move abroad because of what the founders publicly recognized as major problems: lack of housing, lack of talent and lack of sensible options; it sends a clear signal to both Swedish startups, domestic and foreign investors as well as foreign talent that currently comes to Sweden to work in our amazing startups sector: Small businesses can not grow up to be big in Sweden. We are generally poor as church rats and very many who work in the sector to create awareness, raise questions, make the lobbying of politicians, be mentors or support startup entrepreneurs, do it for free.
Annika Lidne, CEO and co-founder Dramatify, senior advisory board member SUP46, lead author of the Swedish startup manifest. When unions or corporations to do the same so it is called the struggle for justice, economic policy or possibly political lobbying. Most founders earn significantly less than if they had a regular job Spotify founder wrote in April, a much-publicized open letter with a number of important prerequisites for being able to stay and develop their businesses in Sweden. The letter created attention and many in the media and social media thought that wealthy entrepreneurs should not speak. If Spotify would move abroad because of what the founders publicly recognized as major problems: lack of housing, lack of talent and lack of sensible options; it sends a clear signal to both Swedish startups, domestic and foreign investors as well as foreign talent that currently comes to Sweden to work in our amazing startups sector: Small businesses can not grow up to be big in Sweden. We are generally poor as church rats and very many who work in the sector to create awareness, raise questions, make the lobbying of politicians, be mentors or support startup entrepreneurs, do it for free.
Annika Lidne, CEO and co-founder Dramatify, senior advisory board member SUP46, lead author of the Swedish startup manifest. When unions or corporations to do the same so it is called the struggle for justice, economic policy or possibly political lobbying. Most founders earn significantly less than if they had a regular job Spotify founder wrote in April, a much-publicized open letter with a number of important prerequisites for being able to stay and develop their businesses in Sweden. The letter created attention and many in the media and social media thought that wealthy entrepreneurs should not speak. If Spotify would move abroad because of what the founders publicly recognized as major problems: lack of housing, lack of talent and lack of sensible options; it sends a clear signal to both Swedish startups, domestic and foreign investors as well as foreign talent that currently comes to Sweden to work in our amazing startups sector: Small businesses can not grow up to be big in Sweden. We are generally poor as church rats and very many who work in the sector to create awareness, raise questions, make the lobbying of politicians, be mentors or support startup entrepreneurs, do it for free.
Currently, all autonomous cars on public roads must have a driver able to take over at any time, but federal approval of Level 4 autonomy would allow cars on the road without a human inside.92 percent of cars run on oil at the current time, but ESLC believes government intervention to help the rise of hybrid or fully electric cars could reduce that to 50 percent by 2040.Ultimately, we should allow Level 4 cars on roads as soon as they are as safe as today s vehicles, said Robbie Diamond, CEO of Secure America s Future Energy SAFE , of which ESLC is a division.There is some evidence to suggest that autonomous cars are already safer than humans in cars, if we take the number of accidents per miles that Google has reported and compare it to human drivers.It is the first draft that could legalize autonomous cars on highways, similar to the UK s recent legislative decision, announced during the Queen s Speech.Other lobbying groups in D.C. have pushed for relaxed regulations on autonomous cars, including groups backed by Uber, Ford, and Google.
We make more money with oursAnalysis Telco lobbying group US Telecom has fired another broadside at their erstwhile friendly regulator, the Federal Communication Commission FCC , saying the billions telcos make each month isn't enough.This time it's the FCC looking to change the rules around what it has called "business data services," which used to be called "special access," but which everyone else knows as "backhaul" – basically wired connections from mobile phone masts to the broader network.According to US Telecom: "Only facilities-based competition is real, sustainable competition."It can be put out there and there is no way to query or fact-check it.Today is the deadline for replies to the set-top box proposal, and the first round of comments on the new broadband privacy proposal are due Friday.On top of which this week may finally be the week in which the Washington DC appeals court decides on the legal challenge to the FCC's net neutrality rules.
Three tells customers to use Skype and WhatsApp over its own expensive MMS servicesMobile giant Three has advised its customers to switch to WhatsApp or Skype to send photo and video messages, as it announced a huge price hike in the cost of multimedia messages MMS .Bundle cost-per-month £ Last year, MoneySavingExpert found that even composing your own emoji with colons, hyphens and brackets could lead to an automatic conversion into an emoticon that could be charged.Notably, rather than justifying the price increase to its customers, Three suggested using cheaper alternatives or apps instead."There are other ways to send multimedia messages whilst keeping the costs at bay.The encouragement from Three to use over-the-top services like Skype and WhatsApp may seem unexpected, particularly when European telecoms companies are lobbying for reduced regulation, in light of competition from these new entrants.An EE spokesman told technology site Ars Technica UK that the change follows a "regular review of our pricing".
The one proposal that passed, at 62 percent of the vote, allows shareholders who hold 3 percent or more of the company s shares for more than three years to nominate up to a quarter of the board s directors every year.Other proposals included calls for more transparency on Exxon s hydraulic fracturing activities, lobbying, diversity and makeup of the board, and its plans to adapt to a renewable energy economy.The shareholder resolutions came from the New York City s comptroller s office, religious groups, and investing firms demanding the company prepare for a future of climate change regulations.Exxon Mobil has a chance to restore the public s trust, it s a time for conversion.Many of the world s largest investors are voting against the Exxon management today, said Edward Mason, head of responsible investing for the Church of England.For many years now, ExxonMobil has held the view that the risks of climate change are serious, and do warrant thoughtful action, said Exxon CEO and chair Rex Tillerson during the shareholder s call Wednesday morning.
Alibaba's relationship with an anti-counterfeiting lobby coalition known as the International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition is a tale of how one of China's corporate giants won and ultimately lost a friend in Washington, using legal methods long deployed by corporate America: money and friendship.AP Photo/Ng Han Guan SHANGHAI AP — In 2011, a respected anti-counterfeiting coalition in Washington escalated its fight against the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, saying that its websites served as a 24-hour market "for counterfeiters and pirates" and should be blacklisted.A month after it became the first e-commerce company to join the IACC, Alibaba got kicked out.That, critics say, would benefit the multibillion-dollar counterfeiting industry, which costs U.S. companies money, can imperil consumers' safety and feeds an underground money-laundering industry.Alibaba is at the forefront of China's rise on the global stage, and the anxiety and suspicion that have greeted the company abroad are, to some extent, anxiety and suspicion about China itself.The U.S. Trade Representative placed Taobao on a blacklist in 2008.
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Bet on furious lobbying to prevent this: the European Union's Competitiveness Council has recommended all scientific papers be made open access by 2020.The Dutch presidency of the EU has issued this media release explaining what's on the table.From 2020, all scientific publications on the results of publicly funded research must be freely available.The release says EU ministers responsible for innovation agreed unanimously on the proposal.The League of European Universities has welcomed PDF the 2020 target as offering a boost for the transition towards an open science system .Earlier this month, Sci-Hub added itself to the Telegram messenger app, letting people access its claimed 48 million publications by requesting the paper by name from a Telegram bot.
Only a few have the authorization lobbying against future memory of the disease. In 2007, which came into force on the possibility of drafting a lobbying mandate but weak against the memory of the days has not been exploited yet very widely. The older generation in Finland has traditionally sought to save for posterity, in practice the assets are often inherited from a pensioner pensioners. Such confirmation may be requested when the assignor is no longer able to service their business. Today, two-thirds of edunvalvottavista is within the scope of the public trustee's legal aid office. FINE recommends the use of the preparation of legal authorization.
Photograph: Eric Risberg/APThe global automotive industry and the oil majors are not known for meekly rolling over when a competitor comes along – from General Motors involvement in killing public transport in Los Angeles in the 1940s to Shell lobbying to undermine EU renewables targets in more recent years.Ultimately, if Uber succeeds, it could be an existential threat for existing car companies.Without the cost of drivers wages, the price of renting a taxi would plummet.General Motors, meanwhile, has put $500m into Uber s rival Lyft, with a plan to both sell cars to drivers and to work together on driverless cars.Together we will build a better future by redefining traditional car ownership, said Lyft s co-founder and president John Zimmer.For the giant motor and oil companies, all these startup and tech investments represent a belt and braces approach to future proofing their businesses.
Those hired have included Sarah Hunter, a senior policy adviser to Tony Blair when prime minister, who became head of public policy for Google in the UK.Harding is now policy manager for Google DeepMind, its artificial intelligence arm, which recently secured a contract with the NHS.In the UK, appointments include that of Baroness Joanna Shields, a former managing director for Google, who was made minister for internet safety, and Google s executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, who David Cameron appointed to his business advisory council.According to the CfA, Google dramatically stepped up its revolving door hires in Europe in 2011, shortly after the commission launched its first investigation into alleged antitrust violations by the company.Now Google appears to be trying to replicate its Washington influence machine in Europe, where it is facing mounting threats from policymakers on a variety of issues.Most worryingly in health and education, where privatisation through technology is gathering pace.
Current US highway deaths are equal to a 747 crashing every week for a year… it s unacceptable, he said.In comparison, Google s autonomous car has driven over 1.5-million miles with only one minor incident caused by the artificial intelligence.While the technology for autonomous vehicles is already mostly there, what most fear is the slow-moving regulatory environment that could slow progress and keep self-driving cars off the road for years, even decades.To move the process along, Tesla Motors has even offered up its collected data from more than 50,000 cars sold each year, a step that would provide a dossier on autonomous driving in real-world conditions and could speed the process considerably.Google data could prove quite valuable as well.Currently, 15 states have proposed new laws surrounding self-driving vehicles over the past 12 months, a move that could leave automakers lobbying for support in all 50 states and attempting to navigate tricky, and sometimes conflicting, policy on a statewide level.
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