When he was seventeen, George “geohot” Hotz became the first person to jailbreak an iPhone, back when Apple really didn’t take too kindly to such things. Three years later, he moved his unlocking efforts over to the PlayStation 3. Again, Sony wasn’t a feeling it.
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CargoX, a Brazilian startup that has been described as “Uber for trucks,” is announcing that it has raised $10 million in Series B funding.
The analogy is kind of irresistible, since Uber co-founder Oscar Salazary is one of CargoX’s investors — he’s certainly seen his share of “Uber for X” pitches, but he told me he sees a big opportunity here due to the fragmentation in the Brazilian trucking market.
“They don’t have the tools to talk to each other,” Salazar said. “There’s a huge information asymmetry playing an important role there. If you show me a market with information asymmetry, I’m going to show you a $1 billion opportunity.”
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Governor Andrew Cuomo talked up some ambitious plans for the future of the New York City Subway during an address to a crowd at Brooklyn’s Transit Museum this week. At the top of the list is the addition of 1,025 new/refurbished subway cars, featuring some relatively high-tech amenities.
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Members of the open-source community have welcomed new legislation from Bulgaria that says software written for the country’s public sector should be open source. They argue that the amendment its parliament passed in early July will trigger better software, lower costs, and greater transparency.
Bulgaria could be a testbed for other European countries interested in the idea of going open source, they say; other governments might watch what proves effective in this central-European country and learn from any mistakes.
Bozhidar Bozhanov, adviser to Bulgaria’s deputy prime minister, says local software companies could also export the resulting products and services and earn some money in return.
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Governments from around the globe made 40,677 requests for user data from Google during the last half of 2015.
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A tequila brand and car company joining forces isn’t exactly a marriage made in marketing heaven. So what brought Ford and Jose Cuervo together?
On Tuesday, the two companies announced a partnership to explore how the tequila distributor’s leftover agave plant fibers can be used to produce more sustainable bioplastic parts in the automaker’s vehicles. Currently, Ford and Jose Cuervo are testing the agave-derived bioplastics for parts including wiring harnesses, HVAC units and storage bins.
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CityPilot has taken a key early step towards fully autonomous public transportation: The Mercedes-Benz self-driving bus program saw one of its Future Bus vehicles drive 20 km (or around 12.4 miles) in the Netherlands, on a route that connected Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport with the nearby town of Haarlem. To make the trip, the bus had to stop at traffic lights, pass through tunnels, and navigate among pedestrians.
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Who would you trust more with your kids: a person sent by a babysitting agency or the sitter who watched your friends’ kids last weekend?
Bubble, an on-demand babysitting app (iOS and Android) launching in London today, reckons most people would plump for the second option. So it’s built an app for booking a babysitter that’s powered by recommendations pulled from its users’ social graphs — such as their Facebook friends and phone contacts.
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Dear developers, today is update day. Apple just released the third beta for the next major iteration of iOS, macOS, tvOS and watchOS — that’s a lot of megabytes. The third developer betas squash bugs and tweak new features as the final versions of these operating system updates will be released in the fall.
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