Thursday, February 11, 2016

How big a loss is this?
Google Will Further Block Some European Search Results
… The American technology giant will soon remove certain disputed links from all of its domains, including, when people in Europe use its online search engine, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.
The links to be removed are those that people have successfully petitioned Google or a national regulator to have blocked because of privacy concerns.

Uber is that big a threat?
Ford is launching an on-demand bus service in Kansas City
Public transportation in Kansas City is about to get a lot brand-ier. Next month, Ford is teaming up with Bridj, a data-driven pop-up bus company, and the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) to roll out a fleet of shuttle vans that residents can summon with the tap of an app. Ten Ford Transit shuttle buses, manufactured in Kansas City and sporting both Ford and Bridj's logos, will start picking up and dropping off passengers in those KC neighborhoods underserved by existing public transportation.
This is how it will work: Kansas City residents call up the Bridj app (available in iOS and Android), input their location and their destination, and then choose from a list of available prearranged times that one of Ford's shuttles will arrive at a nearby pop-up bus stop. By selecting one of the times, the rider is reserving a seat on that shuttle, each of which can only carry 14 passengers.
… Ford is not the only legacy automaker to dip its toes into ridesharing and public transit. Last month, General Motors announced it was launching a new car-sharing service called Maven in Ann Arbor, Michigan. This spurt of activity is meant to signal that the auto industry does not intend to let Uber, Lyft, and all those millennials trending away from car ownership and toward ride- and car-sharing negatively effect into its bottom line.

Tools & Techniques. Gather your documents.
More than a year ago, I shared to you Genius Scan, a portable scanner app. There is also a similar app called Tiny Scanner which is both available as iOS and Android Apps.
Tiny Scanner is an app that turns your iOS or Android device into a portable scanner by letting you take a photo of a document and saving it as PDF or as images.

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