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Germany increases electric car charging points 27 percent in 2016

Germany increases electric car charging points 27 percent in 2016 FILE PHOTO – A battery charger sign for electric cars is painted on the ground of a parking ground near the soccer stadium in Wolfsburg, Germany, in this April 6, 2016 file photo. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach/File Photo The number of electric car charging points for public use in Germany rose by 27 percent last year, including hundreds more fast-charging units, amid efforts to boost the technology across Europe. Germany now has 7,407 charging points, electricity industry group BDEW said on Friday. Of those added last year, 292 units were fast...

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Food startup Eatsa sued for not making kiosks accessible to blind

Food startup Eatsa sued for not making kiosks accessible to blind FILE PHOTO: Customers order meals on tablets and pick up food from cubbies at Eatsa, a restaurant in the financial district of San Francisco, California, U.S., September 28, 2016. REUTERS/Peter Henderson Fast food startup Eatsa is being sued by disability rights advocates for not including accessibility features for the blind. Best electric shaver Eatsa lets customers order from tablets and pick up their food minutes later from cubicles, eliminating the need for front-of-the-restaurant staff. The suit claims that although the technology to make touchscreens and self-service food...

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YouTube’s bid to grab TV dollars imperiled by advertiser revolt

YouTube's bid to grab TV dollars imperiled by advertiser revolt FILE PHOTO: YouTube unveils their new paid subscription service at the YouTube Space LA in Playa Del Rey, Los Angeles, California, United States October 21, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson By Julia Love, Jessica Toonkel and Tim Baysinger The decision by a handful of high-profile consumer brands to pull advertising from Google’s YouTube over offensive content could threaten the site’s long-term strategy of stealing ad dollars from television, analysts and ad industry professionals said Thursday. The immediate financial impact of the controversy is likely to be limited, in part because a...

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Twitter explores premium version after 11 years as a free service

Twitter explores premium version after 11 years as a free service FILE PHOTO: The Twitter logo is displayed on a screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, U.S., September 28, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo By David Ingram| SAN FRANCISCO Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) is considering whether to build a premium version of its popular Tweetdeck interface aimed at professionals, the company said on Thursday, raising the possibility that it could collect subscription fees from some users for the first time. Like most other social media companies, Twitter since its founding 11 years...

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Uber stalls India leasing scheme as driver incomes drop: sources

Uber stalls India leasing scheme as driver incomes drop: sources By Aditi Shah| NEW DELHI Global ride-hailing firm Uber Technologies is rethinking its car leasing strategy in India, its second-biggest market, as drivers have returned dozens of leased cars early after the company cut incentives, people familiar with the matter told Reuters. instagram for pc windowsUber had planned to buy 15,000 new cars last year and lease them out in a bid to attract more drivers – a strategy it has used in other markets – but it suspended the scheme for a while in December after leasing just a third of that total. After burning through millions of dollars over three years in a battle for market share with local rival Ola, backed by Japan’s Softbank, Uber has cut the incentives it gives to drivers and raised the fares it charges passengers. The incentives – from free smartphones to cash bonuses worth as much as double a day’s fares – meant drivers could earn as much as 120,000 rupees ($1,838) a month. Those incentive payments have been pared back, in some cases to as little as 10 percent of fare income. Ride fares have risen to 1.5 rupees per minute of travel from 1 rupee. The incentives and, to an extent, the leasing scheme aimed at drivers without their own cars, boosted Uber’s driver numbers, helping it rapidly...

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