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Uber to blame for loss of license in city

An Uber App is displayed on a phone in London, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. London’s transport authority said Friday it won’t renew Uber’s license to operate in the British capital, arguing that it demonstrates a lack of corporate responsibility with implications in public safety and security. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) London’s mayor said Saturday that people angry about the decision by transit authorities to strip Uber of its license to operate in the city should blame the ride-hailing company itself. “I…

The Sun rises in new play about Murdoch’s tabloid revolution

In this Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017 photo, British playwright James Graham poses for a photograph, outside The Duke of York’s Theatre which is currently showing his play ‘Ink’, in London. Rupert Murdoch has power, wealth—and legions of detractors, who say the media mogul’s tabloids and TV stations have fueled crass celebrity culture, phone hacking and fake news. A new play in London explores the roots of his success and his divisiveness. Ink” shows how Murdoch revolutionized British journalism, turning the…

The History of Email

This was adapted from a post which originally appeared on the Eager blog. Eager has now become the new Cloudflare Apps. QWERTYUIOP — Text of the first email ever sent, 1971 The ARPANET (a precursor to the Internet) was created “to help maintain U.S. technological superiority and guard against unforeseen technological advances by potential adversaries,” in other words, to avert the next Sputnik. Its purpose was to allow scientists to share the products of their work and to make it…

A New API Binding: cloudflare-php

Back in May last year, one of my colleagues blogged about the introduction of our Python binding for the Cloudflare API and drew reference to our other bindings in Go and Node. Today we are complimenting this range by introducing a new official binding, this time in PHP. This binding is available via Packagist as cloudflare/sdk, you can install it using Composer simply by running composer require cloudflare/sdk. We have documented various use-cases in our “Cloudflare PHP API Binding” KB…

Amazon signs deal to boost its restaurant delivery service

Amazon wants to deliver more burritos and hamburgers to your doorstep. The e-commerce giant said Friday that it is partnering with online ordering platform Olo, in a deal that could boost the number of restaurant chains on its Amazon Restaurants delivery service. Under the deal, restaurants that use Olo can list their menus on Amazon Restaurants. The restaurants would prepare orders and Amazon would provide a worker to deliver it to the customer. Olo says 200 restaurant chains use its…

Facebook backs off plan for non-voting shares

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, seen in 2016 with his wife Priscilla Chan, says he can fund the couple’s philanthropy with stock sales, and still maintain voting control at Facebook for the next 20 years Facebook on Friday reversed course on a plan to issue a new non-voting class of shares, avoiding a public trial in a suit filed by investors in the huge social network. The plan unveiled last year had been designed to allow founder and chief…

New technique spots warning signs of extreme events

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Many extreme events—from a rogue wave that rises up from calm waters, to an instability inside a gas turbine, to the sudden extinction of a previously hardy wildlife species—seem to occur without warning. It’s often impossible to predict when such bursts of instability will strike, particularly in systems with a complex and ever-changing mix of players and pieces. Now engineers at MIT have devised a framework for identifying key patterns that precede an extreme event. The…

Announcing Version 2.3.0 of our Client Libraries – Square Corner Blog – Medium

If you are familiar with How Square makes its SDKs then you know that one of the best ways to see what’s new in our latest SDK version is looking at the diff in our API specification on github (link). Let’s dive into each change: Orders Support The largest update in this release is support for Orders endpoints. The new Orders endpoints allow you to create itemized transactions online, and are a big improvement in reporting for online sales. You…

Carmakers face billions in European CO2 fines from 2021: study

Bigger cars could mean bigger fines as automakers fail to meet new emissions standards Big-name carmakers including Volkswagen and Fiat Chrysler face fines running into the billions for failure to meet tough new European carbon dioxide emissions limits slated for 2021, a study has found. “Only four out of 11 carmakers are forecast to meet the EU 2021 CO2 emission target, with the rest facing significant fines,” researchers from British firm PA Consulting said in a statement Friday. European…