PARIS -- Taxi drivers brought gridlock to Paris traffic in a protest Monday, unhappy that rival car services like Uber, AlloCab.com, and SnapCar overturned a new rule that imposed a mandatory 15-minute wait for passengers using them.
But today's disturbances might be just be the first stages of difficulty moving to next-generation transportation, because Uber also has just launched a new ride-sharing service called UberPop. It turns most people with a car and a driver's license into a low-budget car service, similar to what ride-sharing start-up Lyft already offers in 20 US cities.
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Amazon may soon have a demonstration on its hands at its Seattle headquarters, according to a new report.
Employees who have been on strike and demonstrating at two fulfillment centers in Germany plan to host a rally outside the company's headquarters in Seattle at 10 a.m. PT today, The New York Times reported, citing people involved in the rally.
The rally will be an offshoot of the ongoing dispute between Amazon and employees in Germany, where workers at two fulfillment centers have demonstrated against the company, arguing that they're not being treated properly.
"The workers are … Read more
Hundreds of trade union workers in Amazon's German factories have staged a series of strikes over the last year demanding better wages and working conditions. They're now planning a major strike for the holiday season.
However, Amazon executives don't see too much cause for concern.
"Snowfall in Germany is the bigger problem in the Christmas business...That is what gives me worry lines," Amazon's head for Germany, Ralf Kleber, told Reuters in an interview Friday.
Next to the US, Germany is Amazon's second-biggest market. According to Reuters, the company's nine German distribution … Read more
Nokia workers in China aren't happy about Nokia's deal with Microsoft or the new contracts they say they had to sign.
Hundreds of Nokia workers went on strike Tuesday, claiming they were forced to sign new contracts with less favorable terms of employment as a result of the company's sale of its mobile phone business to Microsoft.
Already, 59 employees have lost their jobs after failing to report to work, an action that has threatened to extend the strike even further, Reuters reported on Friday. Nokia spokesman Doug Dawson said their contracts were terminated after they elected … Read more
The French government has scrapped a provision that could cut off Internet access for those who downloaded copyrighted files illegally.
The so-called "three strikes" law brought first written warnings for infringement, then ultimately suspension of Internet access. The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) applauded the law.
But the French government is now taking a new approach, focusing its antipiracy efforts on commercial piracy, such as Internet sites that profit from infringing, rather than individuals, according to a statement by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication Tuesday.
Although suspended Net … Read more
Thirty-five years ago, sound designer Ben Burtt introduced an early version of legendary "Star Wars" bounty hunter Boba Fett to director George Lucas and select members of the "Empire Strikes Back" production team -- an epic behind-the-scenes moment you can now watch as if you were there.
"The Boba Fett character is really an early version of Darth Vader," George Lucas says in the visual novel The Making of the Empire Strikes Back. "He is also very much like the man-with-no-name from the Sergio Leone Westerns." … Read more
A seemingly benign promo video for the U.S. ambassador to Pakistan, which was posted to Facebook on Wednesday, has sparked some angry commenter back-and-forth on the social network.
It appears that it's not necessarily what's in the video that bothers Pakistanis, but rather the reminder of the U.S. presence in Pakistan at a time when relations between the two countries are clearly strained.
The video, "Sunday in Islamabad with Ambassador Olson," shows the ambassador donned in a pink button-up and khaki slacks cruising around Pakistan's capital city chatting with people, sampling the local … Read more
NOAA Hi-Def Radar delivers great-looking animated radar maps to give you a better look at weather systems close to you, but it's missing one important feature.
Having a traditional forecast in front of you is useful, but being able to see the path of an actual storm is sometimes the feature you need most. You can use the interactive radar maps in NOAA Hi-Def Radar to see when rainstorms are approaching, see where lightning strikes have occurred, and devise a plan if a severe storm is coming your way. The app tracks weather activity across the entire United States, … Read more
Sprint quietly revealed its second ultra-tough Sonim handset with the XP Strike IS. Available for $599.99 after users sign a two-year contract (without an agreement, the price jumps to $1,099.99), the feature phone sports a hefty 1,960mAh battery and 2-inch QVGA screen.
Though Sonim devices are indeed tough -- this one can reportedly survive a 6.5-foot fall on concrete and a dunk under 6.5 feet of water for 30 minutes -- they are bulky, and the Strike IS is no different.
For example, its battery physically bulges in the back, and the phone tips … Read more