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The biz of Uber, Lyft

21 October 2016 in transport

LyftOver half of US business travellers in the third-quarter of this year used ride-hailing services, marking the first time that such offerings make up a majority of ground transport expenses, according to Certify metrics. Uber and Lyft snagged 52% of road transportation market share in the period, up from 49% in the previous quarter, and from 34% year-on-year.

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Facebook’s connecting flight

21 October 2016 in Innovation

Facebook AquilaWhat’s happening with Aquila, Facebook’s global connectivity play? asks Steve Mullins. The social network’s carbon fibre drone, which boasts an impressive 40-metre wingspan (think Boeing 737), took the air for the first time earlier this year for a 96-minute flight to great excitement, though the long-endurance craft has gone off the radar since and remains very much a Silicon Valley work-in-progress.

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Space for sharing

20 October 2016 in Sharing economy

CoworkingCo-working is transforming business real estate. Initially a trend that emerged along with the start-up phenomenon, co-working has been adopted by an increasing number of organisations. And more than two-thirds of space providers are looking to expand their co-working operations, while almost 80% expect the number of sharing members to increase this year, according to the Global Co-working Survey.

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Fashion heads west for tech

20 October 2016 in technology

ondon tech hubFashion group Yoox Net-a-Porter is planning to unite its UK tech teams in a new innovation hub in West London’s White City Place close to the company’s HQ in the Westfield London shopping centre. The 70,000 square feet of office will boast flexible working spaces and be home to the Yoox Net-a-Porter focus on mobile technology.

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Power to the public

19 October 2016 in -e.showcase

One Public Estate The UK Local Government Association says 159 councils are joining the next phase of the One Public Estate initiative aimed at helping local authorities and public sector bodies utilise existing land and properties with a view to boosting economic growth, regeneration and integrated public services. The core idea behind the project is getting public sector partners to share buildings, reduce running costs and to release surplus and under-used land for development.

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Indian fintech rising

19 October 2016 in Finance

Rise Mumbai Accelerator Barclays-backed Indian fintech programme Rise Mumbai Accelerator is rolling out with its first cohort of 10 start-ups. Onboard the initiative are entrepreneurial outfits from Bangalore (four), Mumbai and Delhi (two each), one based in Chennai and one in Hyderabad. The firms will develop their projects around the likes of predictive lending, Big Data and artificial intelligence for the banking and financial sectors.

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Investors put wheels on transport

18 October 2016 in transport

Self driving trucksInvestors pumped over $6.2 billion into some 150 transportation-related companies around the world in the third-quarter, and that’s more the $6.1 billion invested in the segment during the whole of the previous year. This activity was fuelled by action in the autonomous driving and ride-hailing spaces, as well as the prospect of big acquisitions, with around a dozen companies picking $100 million-plus in venture funding, according to Crunchbase data.

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Brexit? C’est nous

18 October 2016 in -e.showcase

Paros BrexitGermany, in particular Berlin, has been trying to lure firms away from the UK since the Brexit vote, and now the French are taking a tilt at selling the commercial charms of Paris as the British government heads towards European isolation. The Gallic capital’s La Défense business district, home to a raft of financial institutions, is deploying billboard advertising at Heathrow Airport and London’s Eurostar train station featuring an amphibian wearing a tricolour tie and the tagline ‘Tired of the fog? Try the Frogs! Choose Paris La Défense’.

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Onside with Brexit

20 October 2016 in -e.showcase

Sports Interactive has built a Brexit variable into the latest version of its Football Manager video game.

No business for sharing

29 September 2016 in Sharing economy

Business travellers aren’t opting in to the sharing economy, with only little over one-quarter of them using offerings from such as Airbnb, Lyft and Uber

Bloody Booker book goes short

13 September 2016 in Publishing

Historical crime novel His Bloody Project: Documents Relating to the Case of Roderick Macrae by Graeme Macrae Burnet, published by indie house Saraband, has been shortlisted for the Man Booker prize.

Kickstarter heads east

2 September 2016 in Finance

US crowdfunding platform Kickstarter has opened local platforms in Hong Kong and Singapore, with entrepreneurs able to launch projects and raise finance directly in those markets.

Bot goes for gold

15 August 2016 in technology

The Washington Post is using a bot to support its news reporting on the Olympic Games.

The news is mobile

29 July 2016 in

Friday metric: News-content audiences have spiked 66% on mobile over the past three years, with digital newspapers having doubled their audiences across mobile devices.

Tech for culture

26 July 2016 in

The Google Cultural Institute has rolled out the Google Arts & Culture website and app featuring digital versions of the world’s cultural treasures.

3-in-1 for Africa

14 July 2016 in technology

Start-up watch: Italo-Spanish start-up Watly is testing its all-one electricity, clean water, and online services technology in Africa.

Bad, bad Brexit

8 July 2016 in technology

Global IT spending will be flat this year following the UK’s vote for Brexit. “With the UK’s [EU] exit, there will likely be an erosion in business confidence and price increases,” warns Gartner.

Euros on alert

9 June 2016 in

Just ahead of the start of Euro 2016 football tournament, France has launched a mobile app aimed at alerting users to terrorist attacks.