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Monthly Archives: June 2019

In a Texas border town, a church on the edge and wildlife at risk

Published May 9, 2018 on CNET News
Some South Texans say they’d rather live with constant surveillance by Border Patrol than a physical barrier.

At Texas border, tech can’t keep pace with immigrant influx

Published April 12, 2019 on CNET News
Drones, cameras and sensors are being used to monitor what many call a desperate situation at the southern border. More tech may not help.

Trump wants a border wall. Texas may want a smarter alternative

Published March 20, 2019 on CNET News
President Trump says a physical wall needs to be the main line of defense in the south. But a visit to several border towns in Texas shows that isn’t necessarily the case.

Electric scooters are now disrupting wrists, elbows and heads

Published November 28, 2018 on CNET News
Injured scooter riders are flooding US emergency rooms. Accident rates could be as high as 1,000 per month.

In the Amazon rainforest, this tribe may just save the whole world

Published November 2, 2018 on CNET News
The Surui in Brazil are fending off illegal ranchers, gold miners and loggers. Their weapons: boots on the ground, satellite images and smartphones.

Techies, taxes and homelessness converge in battle over San Francisco’s Prop. C

Published October 25, 2018 on CNET News
Salesforce has thrown in nearly $5 million to support a ballot measure that aims to help the homeless. Lyft and Twitter’s CEO have contributed $225,000 to defeat it.

Con artists are fleecing Uber drivers

Published June 28, 2018 on CNET News
And the ride-hailing company knows all about it.

The mad, twisted tale of the electric scooter craze

Published May 30, 2018 on CNET News
For Bird, Lime and Spin: Betrayal, clipped brake cables and chop shops. And that’s just in San Francisco.

Uber and Facebook ads aim to counter ‘avalanche of smear’

Published May 18, 2018 on CNET News
The message in their TV apology ads: We promise to do better.

Uber arbitration move helps sexual assault victims, but goes only so far

Published May 17, 2018 on CNET News
In an about-face, Uber shows it’s #TimesUp for forced arbitration that kept claims out of court. Still, class-action suits are off-limits.

Airbnb is freaking out over NYC’s report on rising rents

Published May 7, 2018 on CNET News
The tit for tat between the home-rental site and the city’s comptroller rages.

Uber’s U-turn: How the new CEO is cleaning house after scandals and lawsuits

Published April 27, 2018 on CNET News
Dara Khosrowshahi isn’t your typical tech bro. Uber insiders say that may be just what the ride-hailing service needs.

Electric scooters are invading. Bird’s CEO leads the charge

Published April 24, 2018 on CNET News
Travis VanderZanden says scooters should ease traffic and be fun. But lawmakers from Santa Monica to San Francisco say they’re a public nuisance.

Was Uber’s driverless car crash avoidable? Experts say yes

Published March 23, 2018 on CNET News
After watching a dashboard video of the fatal collision, some autonomous-vehicle analysts say the car’s sensors should’ve detected the pedestrian.

Drivers lose out in gig economy

Published February 14, 2018 on CNET News
The first case to go to trial over classifying gig-economy workers ends in favor of Grubhub. It won’t be the last word.

Four days, $245 million: How Waymo v. Uber came to an end

Published February 9, 2018 on CNET News
A surprise settlement ends the case before it reached the jury. Here’s an inside look into how it went down.

Uber has a tip limit? That’s news to drivers

Published February 2, 2018 on CNET News
If you want to leave a generous tip for your Uber driver, you may have to use cash because the ride-hailing app has a ceiling. Lyft has tipping limits, too.

Uber tries to ‘rebuild the love’ with drivers. Can it work?

Published December 21, 2017 on CNET News
The ride-hailing company is bleeding drivers and has spent the last six months trying to make things better. Drivers say they still want more.

Drones, sun — and a strong will — elevate Rwanda’s health care

Published September 18, 2017 on CNET News
Infamous for its genocide, Rwanda is using every means it can to make itself Africa’s health care leader. It hasn’t been easy.

Where land mines kill and maim, Princess Diana’s mission lives on

Published August 25, 2017 on CNET News
Twenty years ago, Diana walked the minefields of Angola. Today Google Earth, drones and brave Angolans are still working to clear the mines.

Being an Uber driver in South Africa can be lethal

Published August 4, 2017 on CNET News
After clashes between taxi and Uber drivers, some of which turned deadly, the ride-hailing company hires a security force called Hi-Risk. It may not be enough.

Uber and Lyft messed with Texas — and won

Published June 20, 2017 on CNET News
The rival companies banded together and spent millions of dollars on political campaigns and state lobbying to get the ride-hailing law they wanted.

At Uber, dinner is being served earlier now

Published June 13, 2017 on CNET News
Former AG Eric Holder’s recommendations for the company include earlier catered dinners, no romantic trysts with bosses, and rules around alcohol and drugs.

Egg freezing, so hot right now

Published May 22, 2017 on CNET News
Facebook started the trend. Now more than a dozen tech firms offer benefits that pay for female staff to put their eggs on ice.

Tech companies’ newest cause celebre? Boycott Breitbart

Published February 3, 2017 on CNET News
Ride-hailing company Lyft joins HP, T-Mobile, Lenovo, Autodesk and others in pulling its ads from the far-right news site. But some companies remain.

Uber’s robot cars move in, and the homeless must move along

Published December 22, 2016 on CNET News
Security guards working at Uber’s San Francisco facility for self-driving cars dismantle a nearby tent city, according to homeless people who were displaced.

Meet Impossible Foods’ lab-grown veggie burger. It bleeds

Published October 12, 2016 on CNET News
Slap an Impossible Foods’ burger on a grill, and it pops, sizzles and smokes like a typical hamburger. But there’s nothing typical about it.