When it comes to people who repeatedly break Twitter rules, few are as notable as President Trump himself, who was once briefly (and kinda-sorta accidentally) suspended from the service for a few minutes. Trump is known for his boisterous, sometimes irate, often reckless, tweets; many have called for Twitter to ban him, but the service has so far refused. Until now, it has mostly stayed quiet on its reasons for letting Trump’s account remain. Ask a random person why Twitter allows Trump to continue using its service and you’ll probably get a response like Twitter needs him too much to suspend him or Twitter doesn’t make certain people follow its rules. According to Twitter itself, though, neither those or other claims are the actual reason.In a recent statement, Twitter — which avoided ever mentioning Trump specifically — said it allows “world leaders” to remain live on its service because suspending them or getting rid of some of their tweets “would hide important information people should be able to see and debate.” The company went on to say:It would also not silence that leader, but it would certainly hamper necessary discussion around their words and actions. We review Tweets by leaders within the political context that defines them, and enforce our rules accordingly. No one person’s account drives Twitter’s growth, or influences these decisions. We work hard to remain unbiased with the public interest in mind.Controversy over Trump’s account and Twitter’s decision to let it remain has grown considerably following Trump’s recent tweet regarding his “much bigger” nuclear button in reference to North Korea. The tweet — foolish, reckless, and not at all surprising — has many people directing blame at Twitter for allowing these tweets to remain. Many critics have continued to criticize Twitter and its new lackluster explanation.SOURCE: Twitter
The trimmed down version of Facebook’s mobile app, Facebook Lite, is officially launching for countries outside of the developing world. This version of the Facebook app was originally launched for emerging markets where phone capacities are often low and data connections are limited. However, demand among users in other markets has apparently spurred the company to expand its availability. Facebook Lite is a slimmer, less demanding version of the Facebook app. There are many things to like about this product — it doesn’t take up as much space, it’s more conservative with mobile data usage, it works with older versions of Android, and it plays well with older, under-powered phones. However, Facebook only launched it in developing countries initially, leaving users elsewhere to pursue potentially risky APKs.That changed as of today, as users in the United States and some other countries can now download Facebook Lite directly from the Google Play Store. Doing so is safer than acquiring an APK from a random website, and it makes it easier to keep the app updated with the latest version. Facebook Lite is also rolling out to other countries that were originally snubbed, including the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, France, and Germany. The availability in emerging markets is also expanding, though which other countries are getting access isn’t clear at the moment.AdChoices广告Should you use Facebook Lite? That depends. If you have a generous data cap (or you’re frequently on WiFi), have a higher-end handset, and/or often use the service, the regular Facebook app and its full roster of features is likely preferable. However, if you’ve grown frustrated with the Facebook app’s size and data usage or you simply want it to run faster, Facebook Lite is a great alternative.SOURCE: Google Play
Story TimelineTesla Superchargers may charge fees, but it’s still cheaper than gasTesla’s Elon Musk promises 12-18 month hardware upgradesThere won’t be a Tesla Model 3 100 kWhTesla Model 3 test production tipped to kick off this month By Q4 2017, however, Tesla says it expects to be manufacturing more than 5,000 Model 3 every week. That’ll increase to 10,000 per week “at some point in 2018” the company says. As for previous reports of prototype production this month, Tesla confirms that was indeed the case, saying that “initial crash test results have been positive.” Arguably just as important if Tesla is to start delivering to all 400,000 reservations, the company says the Model 3-related supply chain is on track too. The production equipment is currently being installed in both Tesla’s Fremont and Gigafactory 1 facilities. By the end of the year, the company will have finalized where Gigafactory 3, 4, and maybe even 5 will be located, Gigafactory 2 already having been earmarked for New York for Tesla’s solar production. Still, even with Model 3 on the horizon, Tesla says Model S and Model X performance has been more than solid. Q4 saw 49-percent more global net orders for the cars, combined, than a year previous. It’s possible that surge was in part down to Tesla’s decision to switch Supercharging to a paid plan rather than an inclusive benefit for cars ordered after mid-January. Overall, 2016 revenues hit $7bn, a rise of 73-percent year-on-year. Revenue in Q4 2016 alone was $2.28bn, which actually beat analyst predictions; however, overall net loss was $121.3m in the quarter. That’s better than the previous Q4 – where net loss reached $320.4m – but still a sign that Tesla has some ways to go.According to the company, it’s likely to spend as much as $2.5bn in capital expenses before the Model 3 hits dealerships. It’ll try to claw back some spending by cutting solar product advertising and instead pushing the technology through Tesla stores; the innovative Solar Roof, which resembles regular tiles from street level, is expected to go on sale in the second half of this year. Tesla has declined to make predictions of sales of that or Model 3 in 2017, citing the potential for a small shift in timing to “have a meaningful impact on total deliveries and installs.”Instead, it’s limiting its predictions to Model S and Model X in the first half of 2017, suggesting 47,000 to 50,000 of the electric cars will be delivered. There’ll also be an expansion of the Tesla mobile repair service, carrying out minor fixes at owners’ homes and offices rather than requiring the cars be brought into a service center. In North America, meanwhile, the number of Supercharger locations is expected to double by the time 2017 is through. The most affordable Tesla, the Model 3, will begin initial production in July the automaker has confirmed, amid better-than-expected financial results for the last year. The upcoming milestone was announced as part of Tesla‘s report for Q4 and full-year Q4, with 24,882 cars produced in the last quarter. However, full production of the Model 3 isn’t expected until September 2017.
The new Volvo XC60 – Teaser image Indeed, according to Volvo’s own research in Sweden alone, cars that have been fitted with its latest Collision Warning with Autobrake system see a 45-percent reduction in rear-end frontal crashes. The XC60 will build on top of the current third-generation system – included as part of Volvo’s City Safety package – with the addition of steering support. Right now, City Safety can spot an upcoming collision with a vehicle ahead, and lean on the brakes if that could help prevent a crash.The XC60’s updated system will kick in when automatic braking alone wouldn’t be enough. It’ll offer steering assistance to avoid obstacles – whether they be other vehicles, pedestrians, or even large animals – and drive around them if possible. It’ll operate at speeds between 31 to 62 mph, Volvo says. Run-off Road Mitigation Volvo is dropping teasers aplenty for the upcoming Volvo XC60, and as you might expect from the Swedish automaker, safety ranks high on the agenda. Like its bigger range-mates, the XC90, S90 and upcoming V90 Cross Country, the XC60 will pack a suite of active safety technology that will be able to physically steer drivers out of danger if the situation demands it. While it may sound like a tiny stepping stone toward the fully autonomous vehicles Volvo – and, of course, others – are working on, the company says it can actually make a big difference on the road. In addition, the updated City Safety package will include Oncoming Lane Mitigation. That will step in when drivers have accidentally drifted out of their lane, and help guide them back into place to avoid a head-on collision with traffic coming the other way. It will work at speeds between 37 and 87 mph. Optional will be a new Blind Spot Information System, which has been upgraded from passive to active. Rather than just beeping at you if you’re about to pull into the path of an oncoming vehicle in the next lane over, it’ll be able to steer you out of the way and back into your own lane. Volvo’s Malin Ekholm, senior director at the company’s Safety Center, says that, though intended to be assistance technologies rather than the XC60 driving itself, they nonetheless “represent clear steps in our work towards fully autonomous cars.” The automaker’s goal remains the same: nobody being killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo car, by the year 2020. As for the rest of the XC60 details, we’ll have to wait until the upcoming Geneva Motor Show to find out. We already know the SUV will also have large animal detection and run-off road mitigation like the XC90, and offer Pilot Assist driver-assistance as an option. Oncoming Lane Mitigation Story Timeline2016 Volvo XC90 T8 Twin-Engine Plug-In Hybrid Review2016 Volvo V60 Polestar T6 Review – Swedish mettle2017 Volvo S90 first-drive – Sweden declares war2018 Volvo V90 Preview – Roll out the welcome wagonVolvo and auto safety firm team on self-driving car tech spin-off
That’s the starter button, and Ford’s engineers and designers turned to the car’s animal namesake for their latest bright idea. Unlock the 2018 Mustang and get inside, and the starter button begins pulsing in red. What you might not realize – unless it’s pointed out to you – is that its rate of pulsing is the same as the average resting heart beat of a mustang pony.That’s approximately 30 beats per minute, though it’s where the similarity between car and horse stops. Once you hit the button, after all, you’re looking at anything from a new 2.3-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost engine through to a revamped 5.0-liter V8. Ford isn’t sharing power numbers quite yet – they’ll come later in the year, when the 2018 Mustang hits dealership forecourts – but the 5.0 V8 is said to be the most powerful in a production Mustang GT to-date. The Mustang may be more than fifty years old, but Ford is just as obsessed with its iconic muscle-car as ever, as one crazy detail of the 2018 Mustang demonstrates. Getting its biggest design refresh since the sixth generation car back in 2015, the new Mustang GT is leaner and meaner, borrowing styling cues previously possessed only by more extreme versions like the Shelby GT350. However, there’s a more unusual inspiration for one new dashboard feature. 2018 Ford Mustang GT Gallery The idea of matching a control – or even just a small detail on a control – to a horse might sound bizarre, but it’s a sign of just how seriously Ford is taking the refresh of the 2018 car. The Mustang invariably offered plenty of driving entertainment per dollar; now, the cabin is rising to the challenge, both in design and technology. Nowhere is that more evident than what the driver sees right in front of them.For the 2018 model year, the Mustang can be specified with a brand new, 12-inch customizable instrument cluster. Replacing the analog dials and small LCD with a full-width, all-digital display, it can show a variety of different layouts depending on how you’re using the car. On track days, for instance, you could call up a big tachometer and gear-shift indicator lights. For road use, a larger speedometer and more information from the SYNC 3 infotainment system might be preferable.NOW READ: Photos don’t do the 2018 Mustang GT justiceAll of those settings – which extend to color scheme and more – can be saved and linked with different drive modes. So, if you change the MyMode driver settings, not only will the engine, steering, and transmission be customized, but the instrumentation too. Ford has also used higher quality plastics in the dashboard, including more soft-touch materials where your arms and hands typical come into contact with the car.Figure on being able to hit that heartbeat starter button in the fall of 2017, when the 2018 Mustang arrives at dealerships.
Story TimelineDOJ hits Huawei with charges of fraud, sanctions violations, and moreFacebook pays users to install a VPN that collects their dataFaceTime bug was already reported more than a week agoGoogle removes tracking app that abused Apple’s rules like Facebook Facebook is, of course, the hardest hit company of late. It may have even surpassed Google in the public’s eye as the company that can almost do no good. Thanks to the increased scrutiny and publicity it has been subjected to, a lot of its questionable activities in the past have come back to haunt it. Although the pressure on Google has been less lately, the company that once promised to do no evil continues to fight lawsuits and fines over its business practices.It isn’t just about user privacy either. ZTE might be thanking its lucky stars it got off easy. Huawei is now facing, among other things, potential sanctions for breaking trade embargoes, accusations of spying, fraud, and industrial espionage. Qualcomm, who makes the world’s most-used mobile processors, stands accused of unfair and illegal business practices in multiple countries.AdChoices广告Apple, often cited as the champion of privacy, has eroded consumer trust in a different way. The way it has handled hardware problems and software bugs show that its commitment to its customers may be limited to how much money it may lose in the process. And while Cupertino has yet to be dragged into a large-scale scandal, it is only able to do so because of one important reason: it keeps everything to itself by locking users in its walled garden as much as it can.So which tech company can you really trust? It might sound cynical, depressing, and pessimistic, but the truth is that there’s almost no tech company you can trust completely. At the end of the day, the smallest startup to multinationals live and die by the revenue they generate. We might not be their product, but our importance as customers and users depends on how we’re able to keep them in business.So do we quit cold turkey on these companies? Unless you live like a hermit, that’s sadly impossible to do so. Even if you switch over to open source software and services you can (or someone else) audit, you will eventually encounter any one of these companies and their products. Sometimes they can even get your data through your friend’s friend – But just we can’t trust anyone in life completely, we can still survive and function on a limited amount of trust. The key is in being aware and conscientious about that data that we share with them.This goes beyond simply protecting accounts with strong passwords (which might be a lost cause anyway). This is about not filling up every field in an account, especially those that are not required and those that may reveal too much about you. It’s about being aware that any photo, video, or sentiment you upload may come back to haunt you even 10 years later. It’s about having a healthy dose of doubt about every app you install, every terms of service you agree to, and every service you sign up for. It’s simply about remembering there’s no such thing as a free lunch, no matter how convincing and how appetizing the companies make it. That is, after all, their strategy.It will take time before companies can regain their pristine image. Trust is, after all, difficult to build but easy to break. It is not something that can happen overnight, in one week, or even in one month. And it’s definitely not something that can happen while companies continue to game the system behind everyone’s back while bowing in apology and promising to do better. Actions speak louder than words and these companies continued actions that violate privacy and break laws speak volumes more than blog posts and press statements. The tech market is no stranger to controversy, scandal, and criticism. From the IBM days to the recent US elections, the industry has been rocked by one scandal or another. Recently, however, there has been non-stop news on this or that problem with a company, this or that terrible bug, or this or that lawsuit. Over the years, these have all been chipping away at the trust and confidence that tech companies have built. With all that’s happening around us, it’s only natural to wonder who we can trust and, more importantly, what has to be done to keep our technology-centric world from collapsing under the weight of all these problems.
That, Ford suggests, could be enough for an entire shift without resorting to gas. If longer journeys are required, there’s a regular engine too which can kick in and propel the car for in excess of 500 miles on a full tank. Given a 240 volt outlet, and with its standard 3.3 kilowatt charger, the hybrid can recharge in around 2.5 hours. Of course, it’s also compatible with standard 120 volt outlets, though the charging will be slower. Speeds of up to 85 mph can be reached on electric power alone. This new plug-in isn’t the first Ford hybrid on the police fleet, mind. Back in April, the automaker revealed its new Police Responder Hybrid Sedan, the first ever pursuit-rated hybrid. It downsized what would normally be a 3.7-liter V6 to a 2.0-liter four-cylinder instead, throwing in a li-ion battery and electric motor. Not only is it capable of running at up to 60 mph on electric power alone, the battery can power the car’s various electronics which would normally demand the gas engine in a traditional Interceptor be left running. In contrast, this Special Service car is designed for government agency workers who don’t need a pursuit-rated vehicle. That includes police chiefs and detectives, but could also be applicable to fire chiefs and other government workers. There’ll be various options packages to outfit the exterior and interior, depending on anticipated use.For instance, as standard the cabin has heavy-duty cloth front seats with reduced bolsters, and rear anti-stab plates. The rear seats are vinyl, as is the flooring. However, a driver spot light, trunk storage vault, trunk ventilation system, and rear door control disabling are all options. A “dark-car” option turns off all the interior lighting and dims the dashboard instrumentation by up to 100 percent, for stake-outs and surveillance. There are various emergency lighting packages, and a reinforced top tray for mounting equipment. Red and white task lighting in the overhead, a police engine-idle feature, and an auxiliary power distribution box in the trunk round things out. Ford says that orders of the Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan will be taken from December, though the car itself won’t begin shipping until next summer. In the meantime, for more regular drivers there are some other unusual electrified models coming. Ford has promised an F-150 hybrid truck in 2020, along with a hybrid Mustang. The boys in blue are going green, with Ford‘s latest police vehicle promising a zero-emissions model that it claims could save plenty on fuel costs. The Ford Special Service Plug-In Hybrid looks like a regular sedan, but it has a 7.6 kilowatt hour li-ion battery which can go for up to 21 miles on a charge.
It’s less expensive today to climb Mount Everest than it’s been in the past – it’s easier, too. But the climb still requires around five-digit cash sums to travel, and the biggest dangers aren’t what they used to be. According to The Hindu, expeditions can cost as little as $30,000 per climber, so long as you’re working with a “budget expedition company.”The photo you see above was captured by Dawa Steven Sherpa, who was also quoted by a number of news releases this week due to the renewed push to keep the mountain clean. D.S. Sherpa’s been leading an independent cleanup crew for the area for over a decade, attempting to do away with the following masses of trash.Amount of Garbage on Everest:• 20k+ kg (44k lb) removed by Sherpa’s crew since 20018• 5k+ kg (11k lb) estimated trash on South Col this year• 8k+ kg (17.6k lb) estimated human excrement left during this year’s climbing seasonSouth Col is also known as Camp 4, the highest campsite on Everest. This campsite is approximately 8,000 meters (26,240 feet) above sea level, quite near the summit of the mountain. This camp is not very clean, currently. The government is apparently working on a tag-and-scan system for future climbing seasons which would have all climber equipment and gear accounted for at the end of each trip, on penalty of $4k. As you’ll likely have seen in the video above, Last Week Tonight created a Mount Everest experience webpage for those prospective mountain climbers who might’ve reconsidered their trip to the summit. That is The Top of Mount Everest dot com and it’s a very simple concept.If you’re still not convinced that summiting Mount Everest is a bad idea, know this: Mount Everest is not the tallest mountain on earth. If you’re measuring using “base elevation,” you’ll find that Everest ranges from 4,200 m (13,800 ft) on the south side to 5,200 m (17,100 ft) on the Tibetan Plateau. That’s according to a 1991 official map prepared by Bradford Washburn for the Boston Museum of Science, the Swiss Foundation for Alpine Research, and the National Geographic Society, 1991. You can find that map with code ISBN 3-85515-105-9 if you do so desire.Using a base elevation calculation the mountain Mauna Kea in Hawaii is over 10,200 m (33,464.6 ft) tall. This mountain has most of its mass under water – just 4,205 m (13,796 ft) can be seen above sea level. The Alaskan mountain Denali has a height above base range of 5,300 to 5,900 m (17,400 to 19,400 ft). So, maybe it’s worth exploring other land masses? Or maybe just go there with virtual reality! Over the last several months, the constant summiting of Mount Everest has popped up in the news – almost always for reasons rather negative. This week, the summiting of Mount Everest gained some major internet attention thanks to a feature on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. Today we’ve got both that and this: A bunch of garbage facts that should deter you and your brethren from attempting the once-awesome, now-awful climb to the world’s highest peak. Story TimelineMount Everest webcam is world’s highestScientists say asteroid strike that killed dinosaurs made a crater higher than Mt. EverestTrash and dead bodies tallied after massive Mount Everest cleanup
Details — And Limits — Of Medicare Billing Data Emerge News outlets begin to analyze the wealth of information now available as a result of Wednesday’s release by the Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services of a trove of payment records. They also note the limits. Kaiser Health News: Medicare Records Provide Tantalizing New Details Of Payments To DoctorsMedicare’s release Wednesday of millions of records of payments made to the nation’s doctors comes as the government is looking to find more cost-efficient ways to pay physicians, particularly specialists (Rau, 4/9). The New York Times: The Medicare Data’s PitfallsThe release on Wednesday of Medicare payment data is getting mixed reviews from doctors. Many say they favor sharing information but worry that the data presented by Medicare omits important details and may mislead the public and paint an unfairly negative picture of individual doctors (Grady and Fink, 4/9).The Wall Street Journal: Doctor-Pay Trove Shows Limits Of Medicare Billing DataThe trove of Medicare data released Wednesday shows a wide cast of characters in the top ranks of the highest-reimbursed doctors, and reveals as much about the limits of the newly public billing records as it does about medical practice (Weaver, Beck and Winslow, 4/9).PBS NewsHour: Medicare Data Raises Fresh Questions About Concentrated Payout For Few DoctorsJust 3 percent of doctors and medical providers received at least one-quarter of the $77 billion paid to providers by the government in 2012, according to an unprecedented and controversial release of data by Medicare. Judy Woodruff gets analysis from Dr. Ardis Hoven of the American Medical Association and Shannon Pettypiece of Bloomberg News (Woodruff, 4/9). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.
FDA Strengthens Warnings On Uterine Surgical Tool The device, called a morcellator, should no longer be used in the “vast majority” of women, the FDA says, because it can spread cancerous tissue. The Washington Post: FDA Toughens Warning That Uterine Procedure Can Spread Cancer USA Today: FDA Warns Gynecologic Device Has Spread Cancer The New York Times: F.D.A. Issues Caution On Use Of Uterine Surgery Device That Can Spread Cancer The top U.S. health regulator warned Monday that a common surgical tool shouldn’t be used on most women during hysterectomies, a decision that caps nearly a year of debate and is expected to sharply curtail a procedure that the agency said can spread hidden cancer. The Food and Drug Administration used its authority to call for an immediate “black box” warning for laparoscopic power morcellators, the strongest caution the agency issues. Typically, such warnings on product labels undergo a lengthy comment period before being completed, lawyers for device makers said. (Kamp and Levitz, 11/24) The US Food and Drug Administration Monday warned against a gynecologic device that has spread cancer in women who thought they had harmless fibroids. In the last year, two-dozen women have reported that their cancer was made worse by the device, called a power morcellator, which turned a treatable condition into a life-threatening disease. (Weintraub, 11/24) This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. The Wall Street Journal: Surgical Tool Gets Strongest Warning The Food and Drug Administration strengthened its warnings Monday against the use of a controversial uterine surgical technique, recommending that doctors avoid using laparoscopic power morcellators to remove uterine growths in the vast majority of women because of the risk of spreading hidden cancers. … The warnings, which come seven months after the FDA first recommended against the widespread use of the procedure, would inform patients that using power morcellators to remove uterine growths could unwittingly spread cancer inside their bodies and decrease the odds of long-term survival. (Dennis, 11/24) A power device used during uterine surgery in at least 50,000 women a year in the United States risks spreading cancerous tissue and should no longer be used in “the vast majority” of women, the Food and Drug Administration said on Monday. The tools, laparoscopic power morcellators, have been widely used in operations to remove fibroid tumors from the uterus, or to remove the entire uterus. Morcellators cut tissue into pieces that can be pulled out through the tiny incisions made during minimally invasive surgery. (Grady, 11/24) The FDA has warned against using laparoscopic power morcellators for the majority of women having growths removed from their uterus. The decision comes after a growing awareness that the devices can spread and worsen hidden cancers. (Burton, 11/24) The Wall Street Journal: 5 Questions About The FDA Warning On Morcellators, Uterine Fibroids
Worries Over Deteriorating Finances Of Teaching Hospitals The Wall Street Journal looks at how relationships between teaching hospitals and universities are fraying because of financial concerns. Medicare Advantage plans face scrutiny over allegations of overcharging and a healthcare report says consumers and providers feel the squeeze of rising health costs. This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Teaching hospitals have long been points of pride for major universities, and in recent years revenue from medical services has served as a lifeline for some schools that have struggled with falling state aid and pressure to slow tuition increases. Now the marriages between universities and their cash-cow clinical operations are starting to fray as changes stemming from the 2010 health-care law threaten to make university hospitals less profitable. (Korn, 4/22) Privately run Medicare plans, fresh off a lobbying victory that reversed proposed budget cuts, face new scrutiny from government investigators and whistleblowers who allege that plans have overcharged the government for years. Federal court records show at least a half dozen whistleblower lawsuits alleging billing abuses in these Medicare Advantage plans have been filed under the False Claims Act since 2010, including two that just recently surfaced. The suits have named insurers from Columbia, S.C., to Salt Lake City to Seattle, and plans which have together enrolled millions of seniors. Lawyers predict more whistleblower cases will surface. The Justice Department also is investigating Medicare risk scores. (Schulte, 4/23) Center for Public Integrity/NPR: More Whistleblowers Say Health Plans Are Gouging Medicare Both health-care consumers and providers felt the squeeze of rising health-care costs in 2014 – with out-of-pocket costs for patients rising 11% — according to a TransUnion Healthcare report released Wednesday. (Helies, 4/22) The Wall Street Journal: Once Cash Cows, University Hospitals Now Source Of Worry For Schools Fox News: Survey: Out-Of-Pocket Costs For Health Care Up 11%
Join the conversation → Facebook What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generation /Peter J. Thompson / National Post Barbara Shecter Reddit Recommended For YouMicrosoft, AT&T sign cloud deal worth more than $2 billionMidweek Brexit magnifies headache for banksPosthaste: Earnings season kicks off, China growth slowest on record … and biggest Prime Day everUPDATE 2-Swiss ready to retaliate against EU over stock market accessIt might be time to get defensive after blistering first half for TSX February 27, 20184:57 PM EST Filed under News FP Street Share this storyFederal budget: Ottawa to study merits of ‘open banking,’ a catalyst for fintech Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Twitter Federal budget: Ottawa to study merits of ‘open banking,’ a catalyst for fintech The system allows customers’ financial data to be shared between banks and other financial service providers Email More Comment “Recognizing… potential benefits, the government proposes to undertake a review of the merits of open banking in order to assess whether open banking would deliver positive results for Canadians with the highest regards for consumer privacy, data security, and financial stability,” the budget document said.According to the document, open banking through secure data sharing platforms “enables financial service providers to offer more tailored products and services, on a more competitive and innovative basis.”Federal budget: Innovation gets a further boost as Ottawa overhauls grant programsFederal budget: Hey, big spender, it’s time to turn in those $1,000 billsFederal budget aims to boost the number of women in the workforceAt the same time, it has the potential to make it easier for consumers to move and manage their money, and to make informed decisions by providing greater transparency on the products and services offered. 0 Comments Featured Stories ← Previous Next → Sponsored By: Ottawa is going to study the merits of introducing “open banking,” which allows consumers’ financial data to be shared between banks and other financial services providers, to see if it should be introduced in Canada.It has already been adopted by jurisdictions including the United Kingdom and Australia, and is touted as a catalyst to the development of financial technology, or fintech.In Tuesday’s budget, the government said open banking has the potential to increase innovation and competition in the banking sector. But it also gives rise to concerns over privacy and data security, so a final decision has not been made. advertisement
*First race on a trackElectric vehicles are upsetting the racing apple cart, winning some pretty historic races. Perhaps the most significant was this year’s evisceration of the Pikes Peak record by Romain Dumas in the Volkswagen I.D. R. But fans (and historians) know that races were being won under the influence of battery power a long ways back. In fact, the first auto race held in the U.S. on a track, as opposed to cross-country events, was won by an electric car on this very day back in 1896.More EV history Yup, before the 20th century cracked open, a race was held to promote automobiles and it was a pretty big deal. Over 60,000 people showed up at the Narragansett Trotting Park – a horse racing track a mile in length – located in Cranston, Rhode Island on the outskirts of Providence, to watch two electric horseless carriages challenge five gasoline-powered ones.According to History.com, the start was a slow one, with the crowds yelling the then-popular refrain, “Get a horse!” Before long, though, the entry by The Riker Electric Vehicle Company (Andrew L. Riker, proprietor) was ahead. At the end of five laps, the fastest of which it covered in 2 minutes, 13 seconds, the Riker machine was the first to cross the finish line with a total time in the neighborhood of 15 minutes. The other EV, from the Electric Carriage and Wagon Company, trundled into second place followed by a petroleum-powered machine from the Duryea Motor Wagon Company: an outfit responsible for the very first automobile sales in the United States.The event was great for Riker – he won $900 (about $27,000 in today’s money) – and for automobile race tracks, which immediately began springing up in cities around the country. As we know, though, the electric vehicle’s success of that era was short lived, ending for decades after, ironically, Cadillac introduced the first electric starter on a production automobile in 1912. Understanding Electric Cars – History, Technology, Barriers + More History Lesson: Electric Car Origins And Progression Source: History.com Source: Electric Vehicle News 188-Year-Old History Of Electric Cars In One GIF Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on September 7, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News
Things are shaping up to be difficult for Tesla and Elon Musk in the coming weeks and months, but they seem to be sticking together.Tesla’s board of directors issued a statement backing Musk following the lawsuit filed by the SEC while Wall Street is bracing for the blowback. more…The post Tesla’s board backs Elon Musk over SEC seeking to ban him, Wall Street braces for TSLA blowback appeared first on Electrek. Source: Charge Forward
Here are the results for passenger and commercial BEVs:3,819 passenger BEVs (Peugeot iOn, Citroën C-Zero, Citroën e-Mehari)4,234 commercial BEVs (Peugeot Partner Electric, Citroën Berlingo Electric)With many new models (BEVs and PHEVs) coming within just a few years, we should see quick growth from such a low base. It’s hard to say whether 100,000 is possible before the end of 2020, but hopefully yes.Peugeot/Citroën sold more #electric Commercial Vehicles than electric passenger cars globally last yearPassenger cars made up by the #CZero #Ion and #EMehari totalled 3,819 units (less than half)Combined electric LCVs totalled 4,234 units source: PSA/schmidtmatthias.de pic.twitter.com/Obji83UmGt— Matthias Schmidt (@auto_schmidt) February 12, 2019 DS 3 Crossback Electric CUV Comes Packing 50-kWh Battery Peugeot Shows New Plug-In Hybrids: 3008, 508 & 508 SW 2019 DS 7 Crossback E-Tense 4×4 Gets Presented Source: Electric Vehicle News 8,000 doesn’t sound encouragingPSA Group (which consists of Peugeot, Citroën, DS, Opel/Vauxhall) is in a transition process that will turn to electrification of the lineup, so ultimately all models will get some kind of electrified version.The French group is on the beginning of the road and according to industry analyst Matthias Schmidt (schmidtmatthias.de), Peugeot & Citroën sold in 2018 just 8,053 all-electric cars (the result for Opel is probably even lower).New PSA plug-ins Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on February 17, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News
Electric skateboards are one of the most thrilling ways to commute. Sure, I love a good electric bicycle or scooter, but nothing compares to the rush of carving down the street or bike lane on an electric skateboard. And with today’s launch of the Unlimited x Loaded electric skateboard kit, you can turn your favorite longboard into a street-surfing electric cruiser in no time for as low as $769, or pick up a ready-to-ride electric skateboard built on a premium Loaded Boards long or shortboard. more…Subscribe to Electrek on YouTube for exclusive videos and subscribe to the podcast.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1zk7Eb8r-s&list=PL_Qf0A10763mA7Byw9ncZqxjke6Gjz0MtThe post First Ride: Unlimited and Loaded roll out a fun new electric skateboard kit appeared first on Electrek. Source: Charge Forward
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SCOTX last week ruled in yet another dispute pitting the plain language of oil and gas leases against the variable technology of the industry. In a 5-4 decision, the court ruled that the Fourth Court of Appeals erred when it imputed a more stringent requirement for the placement an offset well in the Eagle Ford Shale than either the actual lease or the realities of horizontal drilling allowed. The Texas Lawbook has the details . . .You must be a subscriber to The Texas Lawbook to access this content. Remember me Lost your password? Password Username Not a subscriber? Sign up for The Texas Lawbook.
By Dr. Ananya Mandal, MDJun 7 2018Some parts of Australia show an increase in uptake of pills that can prevent contracting HIV but also a sharp drop in condom use among men having sex with men. This was found in a major study and is cause for concern.AIDS preventing pills are called Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP. These are once daily pills that can, to some extent prevent infection with HIV by preventing transmission of the virus. The pill has led people to become complacent and abandon use of safe sex practices, the study notes. Experts have called this phenomenon “risk compensation”.This new study was published in the latest issue of the Lancet HIV journal. The study speaks of caution in implanting PrEP without adequate support in the form of patient education that could encourage the use of condoms for sex.For this study over 17,000 gay and bisexual men were recruited from the Victoria and New South Wales regions. In these areas there is a high rate of uptake of the PrEP.Related StoriesAn active brain and body associated with reduced risk of dementiaAlcohol reduction associated with improved viral suppression in women living with HIVHIV persists in spinal fluid even after long-term treatment and is linked to cognitive deficitsOver the period between 2013 and 2017, the number of HIV negative people who took PrEP for HIV prevention rose from a mere 2 percent to 24 percent. Over this time, the researchers note, men having unprotected sex with other men rose from 1 percent to 16 percent.Condom use declined from 46 percent to 31 percent during this time. Men who were not on PrEP also were having unprotected anal sex and this rose from 30 percent to 39 percent. Only good trend was the falling numbers of HIV positive individuals in these two states.According to lead author Prof Martin Holt at the University of New South Wales, there is a rapid decline in condom use and this is associated with increase in PrEP uptake in the community. It is however too early to say what the long-term effects of this would be, he added.He called for better monitoring and evaluation of the effects of PrEP on sexual practices and behaviours among both PrEP users and non-users he said. Community sex education regarding PrEP as well as condom use should be upped he said.According to experts it has been some time that condom use is declining among men having sex with men and PrEP availability is only one of the causes. Due to condom-less sex becoming rampant there is a rise in incidences of gonorrhoea and syphilis.Despite rise in condom-less sex there is a decline in HIV because those who are diagnosed are rapidly put on anti-HIV pills that prevent them from spreading the infection believe researchers. This is the reason who there is a decline in the number of HIV positive individuals despite lower condom use.Deborah Gold, chief executive of the National Aids Trust in the UK called this situation unique to Australia. She said that condom use and PrEP use among people is actually being proactive and taking responsibility of one’s HIV transmission risk among HIV negative individuals.Source: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanhiv/article/PIIS2352-3018(18)30072-9/fulltext