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  1. News - World - TRANSPORT

    Smartphone car service undercuts New York’s yellow taxis

    Posted Jul 09th 2014, 08:29pm by AP

    ... Associated Press in New York Smartphone car service undercuts New York taxis The car-hailing service Uber is taking on New York's taxis, temporarily dropping some of its prices by 20 per cent. The company says its lower-end service is now cheaper than the city's famous yellow taxis. A ride from Grand Central Terminal to the financial district will now cost US$22, down ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1550428/smartphone-car-service-undercuts-new-yorks-yellow-taxis
  2. News - World

    British cabinet kept in the dark over vast spying programmes

    Posted Oct 07th 2013, 11:53am by Guardian News Service

    ... Guardian News Service Former British minister, Chris Huhne, says he was in ‘utter ignorance’ of Prism and Tempora and calls for tighter oversight of security services Ministers ... headquarters, already had remarkable and extensive snooping capabilities. He said this lack of information and accountability showed “the supervisory arrangements for our intelligence services need ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1326335/british-cabinet-kept-dark-over-vast-spying-programmes
  3. News - World

    Be careful what you ‘like’: Facebook users reveal secrets, study shows

    Posted Mar 12th 2013, 12:19pm by Guardian News Service

    ... Guardian News Service Researchers highlight danger of data abuse Facebook users are unwittingly revealing intimate secrets - including their sexual orientation, drug use and political ... and services that respect their privacy Michal Kosinski, lead Cambridge University analyst  Michal Kosinski, one of the academics behind the study, said he believed Facebook users would be “spooked” ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1189145/be-careful-what-you-facebook-users-reveal-secrets-study-shows
  4. News - Hong Kong

    Taxihero – Hong Kong's upcoming taxi-hailing app reverses the business model

    Posted Oct 18th 2013, 09:47am by Anna Healy Fenton

    ... or rush hour, locates a taxi for you, for free, and sends it racing to wherever you are. Well you can try, but they have not signed up enough of Hong Kong’s 18,000 taxis yet.  But it’s happening, ... where you are going via google maps and GPS on your trusty smartphone and hey presto, your personal taxi hero will message you: “Congratulations, you’ve found your taxi!” He or she ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1334349/taxihero-hong-kongs-upcoming-taxi-hailing-app-reverses-business-model
  5. News - Hong Kong - TRANSPORT

    Uber taxis: they may be luxurious, but not everyone's hailing them

    Posted Jul 17th 2014, 05:28pm by DANNY LEE, Jeremy Blum

    ... Danny Lee and Jeremy Blum Complaints about late pick-ups and lost drivers mar launch of Uber's private driver-style service Luxury taxis are not hailed by all Luxury taxi service Uber launched in Hong Kong yesterday to a tepid reception amid complaints about late pick-ups and drivers getting lost. A senior executive of the private driver-style service, which allows users to call ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1555606/luxury-taxi-service-uber-expects-do-huge-business-hong-kong
  6. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    Prisoners being trained as taxi drivers to prepare them for life after release

    Posted Jun 18th 2014, 02:54am by Jessie Lau

    ... inmates who took the Correctional Services Department's new taxi driver training course, during which inmates attended classes for 48 days before taking the test. "I worry about my ... on the outside The taxi driver beams as he opens the door for his passengers, before sliding into the front seat. But he isn't a real taxi driver, and they aren't on the road. The 48-year-old, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1534877/prisoners-drivers-seat-life-outside
  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Are taxis in Discovery Bay the thin end of the wedge for residents?

    Posted Jun 13th 2014, 03:42am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Taxis in DB: thin end of the wedge? The Discovery Bay private development attracted buyers and renters with a green, car-free environment and a 24-hour fast ferry service ... the new services will increase land values. A poll four years ago found that up to 60 per cent of residents opposed letting taxis in. They have reasons for concern that the latest erosion ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1531175/are-taxis-discovery-bay-thin-end-wedge-residents
  8. News - World - TECHNOLOGY

    App-based global taxi service Uber sued over fatal California crash

    Posted Jan 28th 2014, 09:39pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in San Francisco App-based taxi service sued over fatal crash The family of a young girl killed by a driver affiliated with Uber, a fast-growing global app-based taxi service, has ... multiple herniated discs after an Uber driver hit her last year. Uber X is a lower-cost version of the service, with drivers using everyday vehicles, rather than black limousines. Monday's ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1415855/app-based-global-taxi-service-uber-sued-over-fatal-california-crash
  9. News - Hong Kong - TRANSPORT

    Discovery Bay developer wins permission for taxis and coaches

    Posted Jun 07th 2014, 03:44am by CHEUNG CHI-FAI

    ... enclave. Services by urban and Lantau taxis will begin as early as November, with pickup and drop-off confined to the northern part of Discovery Bay near the Auberge Hotel. Coach services aimed ... to Tung Chung and Sunny Bay. HKRI said it would concentrate on the taxi service first. "We will be holding briefing sessions for taxi drivers as they might not be familiar with our ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1527053/discovery-bay-developer-wins-permission-taxis-and-coaches
  10. Business - China Business - TECHNOLOGY

    Beep, beep, Didi Taxi steers towards profit, IPO

    Posted Jun 20th 2014, 10:53am by Kwong Man-ki

    ... Kwong Man-ki in Beijing phoenix.kwong@scmp.com Smartphone app has revolutionised the way mainlanders use taxis, with 100 million passengers and a million drivers registered with service Cashing in on taxi app After months of burning through cash to build market share, Didi Taxi, a Beijing-based taxi-hailing app, has massively grown its user base. The two-year-old mobile software ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/china-business/article/1536736/beep-beep-didi-taxi-steers-towards-profit-ipo

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