Are scooter startups really worth billions? – TechCrunch

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It’s been hard to miss the scooter startup wars opening fresh, techno-fueled rifts in Valley society in recent months. Another flavor of ride-sharing steed which sprouted seemingly overnight to clutter up sidewalks — drawing rapid-fire ire from city regulators apparently far more forgiving of traffic congestion if it’s delivered in the traditional, car-shaped capsule. Even
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Google StreetView cars to help map pollution in London – TechCrunch

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From next month two Google StreetView cars will be driving around London’s streets fitted with sensors that take air quality readings every 30 meters to map and monitor air quality in the UK capital. There will also be 100 fixed sensors fitted to lampposts and buildings in pollution blackspots and sensitive locations in the city
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Photos on social media can predict the health of neighborhoods – TechCrunch

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The images that appear on social media – happy people eating, cultural happenings, and smiling dogs – can actually predict the likelihood that a neighborhood is “healthy” as well as its level of gentrification. From the report: So says a groundbreaking study published in Frontiers in Physics, in which researchers used social media images of
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For Apple, this year’s Global Accessibility Awareness Day is all about education – TechCrunch

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Steven Aquino Contributor Steven Aquino is a freelance tech writer and iOS accessibility expert. More posts by this contributor What Apple’s education announcements mean for accessibility At this month’s WWDC, Apple unveiled refined accessibility tools Following Apple’s education event in Chicago in March, I wrote about what the company’s announcements might mean for accessibility. After sitting
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The UK and USA need to extend their “special relationship” to technology development – TechCrunch

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The UK and the USA have always had an enduring bond, with diplomatic, cultural and economic ties that have remained firm for centuries. We live in an era of profound change, and are living with technologies set to change things ever faster. If Britain and America work together to develop these technologies for the good of mankind, in
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UK parliament’s call for Zuckerberg to testify goes next level – TechCrunch

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The UK parliament has issued an impressive ultimatum to Facebook in a last-ditch attempt to get Mark Zuckerberg to take its questions: Come and give evidence voluntarily or next time you fly to the UK you’ll get a formal summons to appear. “Following reports that he will be giving evidence to the European Parliament in
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UK report urges action to combat AI bias – TechCrunch

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The need for diverse development teams and truly representational data-sets to avoid biases being baked into AI algorithms is one of the core recommendations in a lengthy Lords committee report looking into the economic, ethical and social implications of artificial intelligence, and published today by the upper House of the UK parliament. “The main ways
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