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Lyft Launches Scooter Biz in Denver

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Lyft launched its scooter business in Denver on Thursday, the first market for the company as it expands beyond ride-hailing and into other means of transportation. Lyft is one of a handful of companies to receive permits from city officials to operate a dockless scooter or bike-share business. TechCrunch   …

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Toyota invests $500 million into Uber

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Toyota and Uber are partnering to bring an on-demand autonomous ride-hailing service to market, a deal that includes a $500 million investment from the Japanese automaker. Under the agreement, Toyota Sienna minivans will be equipped with Uber’s self-driving technology and then deployed on the ride-hailing company’s network, the companies said. …

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Police, Activists Disagree on “Predictive Policing”

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Early each morning, computers spit out maps of Los Angeles, marked with red squares where a complex algorithm has judged that property crimes are most likely to occur. As police officers patrol the streets, they keep these areas in mind, perhaps taking a detour to pass through on the way to …

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Madrid and Other Cities Expanding Car-Free Zones

Starting in November, Madrid will bar non-resident vehicles from driving anywhere in the city center. The only cars that will be allowed downtown will be those that belong to locals, zero-emissions delivery vehicles, taxis, and public transit like buses. Madrid is not the only city getting ready to take the car-free plunge. Urban …

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Seattle Bans Plastic Straws

Seattle has become one of the largest cities yet to ban plastic straws out of concerns about needless waste and threat to wildlife. The ban, which took effect Sunday, comes as other cities are weighing bans, including its large neighbor to the south, Portland, Oregon.  New York City has had a proposal to ban …

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