The end of February marks the close of a small chapter in the story of American transportation: the shutdown of the North American operations of Share Now, the most prominent car-sharing business in the U.S. The service existed in various forms for about a decade, leaving its cars—many of them go-kart-esque vehicles covered in loud advertising for its Car2Go brand—parked in the streets of 14 U.S. cities. Customers used smartphone applications to find and unlock them, renting them for the afternoon or just to drive across town. Share Now purported to offer an alternative to personal car ownership—a striking proposition given that its owners, the European automakers Daimler AG and BMW AG, sell luxury automobiles.Share Now isn’t the only one struggling. A handful of deep-pocketed investors made big bets that the end was near for the deep-seated affection Americans have for their cars. Lyft Inc. and Uber Technologies Inc., which have pushed the taxi alternative … [Read more...] about Even a mobility revolution can’t crack American car culture
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By most metrics, Indian diaspora around the world counts among the most materially successful immigrant ethnic groups. In many host countries, they are among the most educated and prosperous diasporas. Together, they are the single biggest remittance group — sending $80 billion home in 2018 alone. With shared cultural memories of Indian parenting, habits and rituals and a broad spectrum of shared values, the members of this group have thrived around the world, making their mark in diverse pursuits. The biggest stars of the diaspora are well-known back home — Vinod Khosla, Sundar Pichai, Indra Nooyi, Satya Nadella, Rajat Gupta, Deepak Chopra, the banker Anshu Jain, business executive Nikesh Arora, the late astronaut Kalpana Chawla and Sunita Williams, among others. But new stars are being created all the time. And their success deserves to be more widely appreciated. Who are the up and coming stars of the Indian diaspora around the world? ET Magazine has picked 14 names … [Read more...] about Meet a new generation of rising stars of the Indian diaspora making a mark in diverse fields around the world
When a vendor has a product it wants to sell on Amazon but doesn't want or can't afford to tool up two manufacturing lines (one for retail and one for Amazon), it builds the retail product, complete with all the extra packaging. It ships the retail packaged product to stores, but instead of shipping that same product directly to Amazon, it ships it to a repackaging center. There, workers remove the display-oriented retail packaging and re-box the product for Amazon sales. Of course, all that removed packaging is now waste as well. … [Read more...] about Banish billions of boxes? How Amazon’s 100,000 electric trucks could eliminate the need for cartons
Grannik spoke at length about the harm that had resulted from Schneider’s “extremely dangerous” conduct. But the suffering that Grannik focused on was not that of Lauren but, rather, of Schneider himself. “This gentleman destroyed his life. That’s what he did. He had an American dream kind of life and he decided to destroy it,” said Grannik in court, explaining that as a result of the case, Schneider had lost his job as an air traffic controller, and that amounted to “basically life punishment.” … [Read more...] about He Held Her Down, Choked Her, And Masturbated Onto Her. The Law Said It Wasn’t Sexual Assault.
As we walk along, he shows no sign of reported double-hip-replacement- surgery – no limp, no cane, no apparent discomfort. His brown eyes are alert, and his wit is quick – looking back, it’s nearly impossible to square his affect with posthumous rumors of an opioid addiction. He claims not to feel the passage of time, and says mortality doesn’t enter his thoughts: “I don’t think about ‘gone.'” To the contrary, he is immersed in the moment, invested in a creative future that he believes will be long and bright. The pause between albums seems to have been healthy for him, as is the youthful, enthusiastic, near-worshipful presence of the 3rdEyeGirl members. For the first time in years, he’s been opening up Paisley Park to local fans for spontaneous events. There’s talk of staging one of these shows on the night of my visit, though it evaporates with no notice. … [Read more...] about A Final Visit With Prince: Rolling Stone’s Lost Cover Story