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How parking app SpotHero is preparing for an era of driverless cars

On-demand parking app SpotHero wants to be ready for the day when autonomous vehicles are ubiquitous. Its strategy: target the human-driven car-sharing fleets today. The Chicago-based company, which has operations in San Francisco, New York, Washington, D.C. and Seattle, has launched a new service dubbed SpotHero for Fleets that targets shared mobility and on-demand services. The service aims to be a one-stop shop for car-sharing and commercial fleets to handle all that goes into ensuring there is access and the right number of designated parking areas on any given day…

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Dasha AI is calling so you dont have to

While you’d be hard-pressed to find any startup not brimming with confidence over the disruptive idea they’re chasing, it’s not often you come across a young company as calmly convinced it’s engineering the future as Dasha AI. The team is building a platform for designing human-like voice interactions to automate business processes. Put simply, it’s using AI to make machine voices a whole lot less robotic. “What we definitely know is this will definitely happen,” says CEO and co-founder Vladislav Chernyshov. “Sooner or later the conversational AI/voice AI will replace…

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Senate Intelligence Committee releases first volume of its investigation into Russian election hacking

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence today released the first volume of its bipartisan investigation into Russia’s attempts to interfere with the 2016 U.S. elections. Helmed by Select Committee Chairman Richard Burr, the Republican from North Carolina, and Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner, who serves as Vice Chairman, the committee’s report Russian Efforts Against Election InfrastructureThrough two and a half years the committee has held 15 open hearings, interviewed over 200 witnesses, and reviewed nearly 400,000 documents, according to a statement and will be publishing other volumes from its investigation…

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WeWork CEO Adam Neumann has reportedly cashed out of over $700 million ahead of its IPO

Adam Neumann, the co-founder and chief executive of the international real estate co-working startup WeWork has reportedly cashed out of more than $700 million from his company ahead of its initial public offering. The size and timing of the payouts, made through a mix of stock sales and loans secured by his equity in the company, is unusual, considering that founders typically wait until after a company holds its public offering to liquidate their holdings. Despite the loans and sales of stock, first reported by The Wall Street Journal, Neumann remains…

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Techstars Detroit announces first class after major refocus

At the beginning of 2019, Techstars Mobility turned into Techstars Detroit. At the time of the announcement, Managing Director Ted Serbinski penned “the word mobility was becoming too limiting. We knew we needed to reach a broader audience of entrepreneurs who may not label themselves as mobility but are great candidates for the program.” I always called it Techstars Detroit anyway. With Techstars Detroit, the program is looking for startups transforming the intersection of the physical and digital worlds that can leverage the strengths of Detroit to succeed. It’s a…

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Mira Sorvino says she was date raped and calls for ‘justice’ for survivors

Oscar winner at forefront of #MeToo movement says she felt ashamed and that incident was somehow her fault The Oscar-winning actor Mira Sorvino has said she is a survivor of date rape, saying she was talking about it publicly to lend her voice to a push for stronger sexual assault laws in New York. Sorvino, who was one of the first women to accuse the film producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment, spoke during a news conference with New Yorks governor, Andrew Cuomo, in support of the push to drop…

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All the old dudes: Nicks and Jackson want more women in rock hall of fame

Musicians encourage women to join them as they are inducted alongside five all-male British bands As they were Fleetwood Mac but became the first woman to join 22 men, including all four Beatles, in being honoured twice. From the stage, she told of her trepidation in first recording a solo album. I know there is somebody out there who will be able to do it, she said. What I am doing is opening up the door for other women. In a four-song set, Don Henley joined Nicks to sing Leather…

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This Kid Refused to Move His Legs So This Guy Just Sat on Them

Photo by da_drought_3 on Twitter Not all heroes wear capes—some wear sunglasses, shawls, and satchels. Take this anonymous hero right here who was riding the New York City subway when he chanced upon a kid taking up THREE seats and refusing to move his legs so others could sit. While others may have muttered and moved on, this guy said: NOT TODAY. And simply sat down on the kid’s legs until he begrudgingly moved over. This NY transit moment was brought to you by Twitter user @da_drought_3 Photo by da_drought_3…

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If Youre Going to New York You Can Rent This Van in Soho on Airbnb

via Meng on Airbnb If you’re visiting the Big Apple anytime soon and you’re: on a shoestring budget, about that van life, or just feeling adventurous—check out this Airbnb listing for a Vintage Custom Van in Soho. At $69 USD a night (plus airbnb service fees) you get: Soho Vintage custom van with cozy sofa-bed and lots of natural light. Perfect for international travelers, backpackers and the #vanlife experience. Pillows and blankets provided. Great location. Perfect for an affordable place to sleep in the best NY neighborhood. Van is for…

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American Troops On Their Way Home from WWII

Official U.S. Navy photo via the New-York Historical Society During World War II, the New York Harbour was an incredibly busy port. According to the New-York Historical Society: “63 million tons of supplies and more than 3 million men shipped out from New York Harbor, and at the height of the war, a ship left every 15 minutes. The Brooklyn Navy Yard doubled its size and employed 70,000 people, including many women; it became the largest shipbuilding facility in the country at the time.” In this unbelievable scene, we see…

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Oscar de la Renta glides into newly relaxed era

Following death of brands founder, Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia are inspiring a move away from classic designs Oscar de la Renta, long the source of gowns for Manhattans benefit-circuit socialite, is in a new era. Following its founder in 2014, Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia who worked with de la Renta for 12 years are now at the helm. On Tuesday at New York fashion week, they showed off their spring/summer 2019 collection. While the weather was foggy, a flower-covered rooftop and acapella soundtrack formed the perfect backdrop to…

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Calvin Klein is all bite in New York with Jaws homage

Raf Simons features red beanie hats, wetsuits and wet hair in spring/summer tribute to Hollywood masterpiece The Jaws theme is one of the most famous in cinema but its fair to say it hasnt had a fashion moment. Until now. On Tuesday evening in New York, it signalled the start along with a floor-to-ceiling projection of the water in the 1975 Spielberg film of the Calvin Klein spring/summer show. The collection, designed by creative director Raf Simons, had references that all fans of the film would pick up. It felt,…

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New York to investigate child sexual abuse claims in Catholic dioceses

All eight Roman Catholic dioceses in the state have been subpoenaed as part of the attorney generals investigation into the churchs handling of sex abuse allegations The New York attorney generals office is set to investigate claims of child sex abuse within the states dioceses of the Catholic church. Attorney general Barbara Underwood announced Thursday that her office has created a hotline for victims to use. All eight Roman Catholic dioceses in the state have been subpoenaed as part of her offices investigation into the churchs handling of sex abuse…

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How Roger Federer and Serena Williams came to see themselves in each other

Ahead of what will be their 18th US Open main draw appearance, Serena Williams and Roger Federer are far more than a warrior and a maestro A few weeks before this years US Open, Roger Federer turned 37. A few weeks after the tournament, Serena Williams will do the same. There is not much more that can be said about these two; the improbability of their now two-decade long reign over tennis has been exhaustively documented, as has the mixture of grace and grit with which theyve served as the…

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