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Mexico City is proposing regulations that would allow Uber and other smartphone-based ride-sharing apps to operate, while requiring drivers and cars to be registered, the city’s Office of Legal and Legislative Studies said Friday.

The proposed regulation also calls for such companies to pay into a fund for transportation infrastructure. The city would create an app for licensed taxis and help pay for their GPS technology.

The regulation so far does not specify what Uber and other app-based drivers would have to pay to operate.

Licensed cabbies have staged protests demanding authorities arrest Uber drivers and seize their cars.

The Organized Taxi Drivers of Mexico City have pushed the city to regulate or ban Uber, saying it’s unfair that its drivers avoid costly licensing and inspections that taxis must undergo to operate. On Friday, spokesman Daniel Medina emphasized that the proposal is still under construction and the organization continues to meet with city officials, including on Friday.

Uber, meanwhile, said it is not against regulation. “Regulation that allows us to continue to provide service that is quality, safe and efficient,” said Luis de Uriarte, Uber spokesman for Mexico and Central America. “We don’t want them putting up any obstacles.”

The regulations must be approved by Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera. Medina said he expects all groups will come to an agreement for complete regulations sometime in the next two weeks.

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An Ontario court on Friday rejected the city of Toronto’s request for an injunction to halt Uber’s operations in Canada’s largest city.

Judge Sean Dunphy dismissed the application and said there was no evidence the company operates as a taxi broker, according to a copy of the ruling provided by Uber.

“We are pleased with today’s ruling, which confirms that ridesharing is a new business model, distinct from traditional taxi services,” Ian Black, general manager for Uber Canada, said in a statement.

“Our hope is that this decision helps further pave the way for ridesharing regulations and we look forward to continuing our work with Mayor Tory and Toronto City Council.”

The iTaxi Association representing taxi drivers said on its Twitter feed that it was deeply disappointed with the decision.

Taxi drivers packed a Toronto courtroom last month as the city’s government stated its case for the Uber ride-sharing service to be regulated like the traditional cab companies with which it competes.

Toronto was seeking an injunction to halt Uber’s operations unless the San Francisco-based company and all its drivers were licensed.

Uber is fighting for legal status worldwide, one jurisdiction at a time, as authorities weigh the legality of its phone-based app.

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Uber is suspending its low-cost ride-hailing service in France, hoping to defuse an escalating legal dispute and sometimes-violent tensions with traditional French taxi drivers.

The unusual concession comes after the stakes mounted this week in Uber’s standoff with France: Two senior European managers for San Francisco-based company were detained Monday and ordered to stand trial, charged with “deceptive commercial practices.”

It reflects the broader struggle of governments to keep up with fast-moving technology – and how to tax operations like Uber’s and protect workers and consumers. Companies like Uber argue that governments are unfairly protecting entrenched industries instead of adapting to the times.

Uber Technologies Inc. has run into legal problems elsewhere in Europe, as well as in China and India.

The French battle centers around Uber’s low-cost service, in France called UberPOP, which links users to drivers without professional taxi or chauffeur licenses. French authorities had ordered it shut down, but Uber refused, pending a legal decision at a top French court.

Uber France chief Thibaud Simphaud said in an interview published Friday in Le Monde that the company changed its mind “in a spirit of bringing peace” with authorities. An Uber spokesman confirmed to The Associated Press that the service is being suspended starting Friday night.

Simphaud and another European manager for San Francisco-based Uber were detained this week and ordered to stand trial Sept. 30. They are accused of six counts including deceptive commercial practices, complicity in instigating an illegal taxi-driving activity, and the illegal stocking of personal information.

Claiming unfair competition, taxi drivers staged a violence-marred strike last week, blocking many roads across France.

Uber’s regular app-based service, which connects registered drivers with riders, continues to function in France. Uber claims to have a total of 400,000 customers a month in France.

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Is Facebook really eating into YouTube’s territory? The latter doesn’t think so.
YouTube has downplayed the threat of Facebook displacing its dominance of online video, saying both companies will be able to grow rapidly for years by cannibalising the television advertising market.

Robert Kyncl, head of content and business operations at YouTube, was quoted as saying by the Financial Times that the online video market was expanding so fast that “it will be a decade before we bump into each other”.

He said Facebook’s and other players’ arrival shows that online video is “becoming mainstream”, but it would not derail the YouTube juggernaut.

Facebook, which has 1.4 billion monthly active users, has been putting video ads into users’ feeds for more than a year.

Recently, it muscled further into YouTube’s territory with a trial to share advertising revenue with video creators who publish on the social network.

Facebook will match the revenue split offered by YouTube, giving content creators 55 percent of the proceeds of ads that run next to their videos.

Separately, Facebook on Thursday confirmed that it is dabbling in video ads and sharing revenue with content creators, in a move that would compete with Google-owned YouTube.

An advertising model being tested by the leading online social network is part of a “Suggested Videos” feature designed to recommend clips for people based on snippets they tune into in News Feed at Facebook.

“We’re running a new suggested videos test, which helps people discover more videos similar to the ones they enjoy,” a Facebook spokesperson said in an email reply to an AFP inquiry.

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Astronomers are gearing up for high-energy fireworks in early 2018 when a stellar remnant the size of Washington meets one of the brightest stars in our galaxy.
The cosmic light show will occur when a pulsar discovered by Nasa’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope swings by its companion star.

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Scientists plan a global campaign to watch the event from radio wavelengths to the highest-energy gamma rays detectable.

The pulsar known as J2032 is the crushed core of a massive star that exploded as a supernova.

It is a magnetised ball about 12 miles across, or about the size of Washington, weighing almost twice the Sun’s mass and spinning seven times a second.

“Two dozen pulsars were discovered this way in the first year of Fermi telescope data alone, including J2032 that was found in 2009,” said David Thompson, Fermi deputy project scientist at Nasa.

The pulsar’s rapid spin and strong magnetic field together produces a lighthouse-like beam detectable when it sweeps our way.

“The fireworks expected at closest approach in three years’ time allows us to prepare to study the system across the entire electromagnetic spectrum with the largest telescopes,” added Ben Stappers, professor of astrophysics at the University of Manchester.

The massive star tugging on the pulsar is named MT91 213.

The companion is 15 times the mass of the Sun and shines 10,000 times brighter.

The paper appeared in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

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OnePlus is leaving no stone unturned to create hype about its upcoming flagship smartphone, the OnePlus 2.
OnePlus CEO Liu Zuohu (aka Pete Lau) on Wednesday on Weibo teased the OnePlus 2 smartphone to his followers and asked, “How to define “full metal”?” (Google Translate)

While the Weibo post doesn’t directly indicate that it is related to the OnePlus One successor, considering that Lau has been teasing the OnePlus 2 lately via his Weibo posts, it is not unreasonable to assume he was referring to the handset.

The Chinese handset manufacturer in recent weeks has been dropping hints about its next flagship in bits and until now the company has confirmed that the OnePlus 2 will feature Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 v2.1 SoC, USB Type-C port, and recently the company revealed that the handset will sport a fingerprint sensor.

The firm in its last post claimed that the OnePlus 2’s fingerprint sensor was faster than Apple’s iPhone Touch ID sensor.

OnePlus has already revealed that its second flagship smartphone, the OnePlus 2, will be launching on July 27 and the announcement will be made at a virtual reality event.

The exact price of the OnePlus 2 is yet to be announced, though the company earlier this month suggested the price of OnePlus 2 would definitely be higher than $322 (roughly Rs. 20,500) or CNY 1,999.

OnePlus India on Wednesday revealed the pricing of its recently announced Cardboard virtual reality (VR) headset for the Indian market. The OnePlus Cardboard would be available in India at Rs. 99 via Amazon India (shipping charges excluding) starting the third week of July. For global consumers, the OnePlus Cardboard will be available starting Friday and will be free for anyone but users will have to pay for the shipping charges. The company alongside also revealed a contest where 1,000 users can get an OnePlus Cardboard for free.

On Thursday, a new variant of the OnePlus 2 smartphone was leaked. Dubbed A2003, the smartphone was earlier spotted alongside another rumoured variant (A2001) on GeekBench benchmarks, featuring 4GB of RAM. The new OnePlus 2 A2003 model spotted on GeekBench was speculated to be a cheaper variant of the OnePlus 2 that might launch alongside the regular version.

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Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system will be hitting the market on July 29; though everyone won’t be able download the new OS on that date. Microsoft on Thursday in a blog revealed some details about Windows 10’s phased rollout, which will start with users on the Windows Insider programme. Terry Myerson, Microsoft’s Executive Vice President of Operating Systems, explained that the Windows 10 will be rolling out to consumers in “phases.”

“We want to make sure all of you have a great upgrade experience, so we’ll roll out Windows 10 in phases to help manage the demand,” said Myerson. On July 29, Windows 10 will start rolling out to members of the Windows Insider program. The company confirmed that it will start notifying the reserved systems in waves. Explaining this to be an attempt to ensure consumers have the “best upgrade experience”, Myerson says Microsoft will update the upgrade process based on how the rollout is progressing.

“Starting on July 29, we will start rolling out Windows 10 to our Windows Insiders. From there, we will start notifying reserved systems in waves, slowly scaling up after July 29th. Each day of the roll-out, we will listen, learn and update the experience for all Windows 10 users,” Myerson explained.

If any user has reserved a copy of Window 10, Microsoft will notify the user once the compatibility is checked and the new OS has been downloaded on the system. In case the system is not ready to upgrade to Windows 10, Microsoft will provide details to the user about the upgrade experience.

Myerson also revealed that Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Home versions will be available to download on July 29 for users who reserved a copy alongside members of Windows Insiders program. Businesses who booked Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education will have to wait a little more, as it will start rolling out on August 1 for them.

“Volume licensing customers will be able to download Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education on Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) starting on August 1,” notes Myerson.

He also revealed that around 5 million Windows Insiders program members are testing the new OS ahead of its full-fledged rollout.

Microsoft will be handing over the builds of Windows 10 to its OEM partners soon. The Redmond giant will then distribute builds of Windows 10 to retailers across the world soon after. The company advises users to check for sticker for assurance that OEM partners have tested the device with Windows 10.

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Yahoo said on Thursday that it is testing letting Google put its online search skills to work at some of its online properties.
The pioneering Silicon Valley Internet firm was looking at whether having a mix of players handling search results or search ad placement at its websites would benefit Yahoo and its users.

“As we work to create the absolute best experiences for Yahoo users, from time to time, we run small tests with a variety of partners including search providers,” a Yahoo spokesperson said, noting that Google was among those search firms.

“There is nothing further to share at this time.”

Microsoft and Yahoo updated their search partnership in April to allow more flexibility in searches and end Yahoo’s exclusive sales force role with advertisers.

The search partnership between Microsoft and Yahoo took effect in 2010 and was supposed to last 10 years, but Yahoo had the option of exiting it midway if certain revenue conditions were not met. Yahoo’s chief executive, Marissa Mayer, had repeatedly signaled that she was dissatisfied.

According to eMarketer projections, Microsoft and Yahoo combined will own 6.5 percent of the $81.59 billion (roughly Rs. 5,17,424 crores) search market globally in 2015.

Google, the search leader, was expected to take a 54.5 percent of the global market this year, the research firm said.

A significant alliance between Yahoo and Google on search could draw the attention of antitrust regulators at home and abroad, given the powerful position Google holds in that arena.

“Yahoo is currently testing search results and ads from a number of partners, including Google as one of their options,” Google said in response to an AFP inquiry.

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During a wide-ranging online question-and-answer session on his Facebook page Tuesday, Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg described the company’s plans to use lasers from drones and satellites to provide Internet connectivity under its Internet.org initiative to communities that don’t live near existing wireless networks.
On Wednesday, the Facebook CEO further described the initiative in a post on his page, saying the firm’s Connectivity Lab is developing a laser communications system that would boost speeds of data transmission over long distances. “Normally you wouldn’t be able to see the actual beams, but for this demonstration we made them visible. This is just one connectivity project we’re working on, but I was excited to share this with you,” Zuckerberg said.

In the Q&A session, Zuckerberg also said he figures there could be a formula that explains how people think. Zuckerberg told famed physicist Stephen Hawking he would like to find that equation. “I’m most interested in questions about people,” Zuckerberg said in a written chat forum response to Hawking asking what big questions in science he would like to know the answers to.

Zuckerberg responded with a list that included how the brain works and immortality.

“I’m also curious about whether there is a fundamental mathematical law underlying human social relationships that governs the balance of who and what we all care about,” Zuckerberg added.

“I bet there is.”

Hollywood powerhouse and fitness champion Arnold Schwarzenegger weighed in with a question about Zuckerberg’s exercise routine.

“You’ve got to be one of the busiest guys on the planet, and younger generations can probably relate to you more than they can the Pope – so tell me how you find time to train and what is your regimen like?” the one-time California governor asked Zuckerberg.

Zuckerberg said he works out at least three times weekly, usually in the mornings.

He added that he takes his dog running whenever he can “which has the added bonus of being hilarious because that is basically like seeing a mop run.”

The online question-and-answer session drew so many visitors that it stumbled technically, going offline for a few minutes due to what Facebook diagnosed to be “an overload of likes.”

When asked his take on happiness, Zuckerberg said it was doing things that he believes in with people he loves.

“I think lots of people confuse happiness with fun,” Zuckerberg said.

“I don’t believe it is possible to have fun every day. But I do believe it is possible to do something meaningful that helps people every day.”

While sharing thoughts on the future of Facebook, Zuckerberg said that immersive experiences such as virtual reality will become mainstream and that people will eventually able to share what they are sensing or feeling.

“One day, I believe we’ll be able to send full rich thoughts to each other directly using technology,” Zuckerberg said.

“You’ll just be able to think of something and your friends will immediately be able to experience it too if you’d like.”

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Soon after the launch of Apple Music, unreleased colours of the iPod touch, nano, and shuffle were spotted on the new iTunes 12.2 client – tipping an imminent release soon.
Spotted first by a MacRumors reader, an image showing iPod touch, nano, and shuffle in colours not currently available in the market was seen while setting up or restoring an iPod in the new iTunes 12.2 client.

The new colours reported to be seen on the iTunes include Dark Blue (iPod touch), Gold/ Beige (iPod nano), and Bright Pink (iPod Shuffle). Considering that Apple has not given its iPod lineup any refresh in recent times, we can expect the new colours to be soon available to purchase.

Further cementing the speculation is the Calendar app on iPod touch’s screen in the image showing a Tuesday 14 date, which coincidentally could be July 14. The models also don’t appear to sport a wrist strap attachment.

The last refresh Apple made to its iPod touch was in June last year, when the company launched a refreshed 16GB version of the iPod touch while also slashing prices for the 32GB and 64GB models.

We’d like to remind readers however, that until Apple confirms new colours of its iPod touch, nano, and shuffle, the above details will have to be taken with a pinch of salt.

Soon after Apple Music was launched, several users reported about a glitch that caused the deletion of songs and playlists from the iTunes library. The problems seem to occur only when users turned on iCloud Music Library (a feature introduced in iTunes 12.2 and iOS 8.4) with Apple Music, an option meant to provide features like offline caching. Other users reported problems like the substitution of bad artwork and metadata, apart from the replacement of files with DRM-protected ones.

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