Massachusetts to tax ride-hailing apps, give the money to taxis

(Reuters) - Massachusetts is the preparation of a 5-cent fee per ride on ride-derived applications such as Uber and Lyft raise and spend the money ...

 

Massachusetts to tax ride-hailing apps, give the money to taxis

(Reuters) – Massachusetts is the preparation of a 5-cent fee per ride on ride-derived applications such as Uber and Lyft raise and spend the money on the traditional taxi Bedryf, a subsidy that appeared the first of its kind to be in the United States.

Republican Governor Charlie Baker drew the nickel fee into law this month as part of a radical package of legislation for the industry.

Ride services are not enthusiastic about the fee.

“I do not think we should be in the business of subsidizing potential competitors,” says Kirill Evdakov, to the CEO of firm, a ride service starting in Boston last year and work Austin, Texas.

Some taxi owners wanted the law to continue, perhaps banning the run-up competitors, unless they do taxis to requirements, such as regular vehicle inspection by the police.

“They’ve been violating the laws on the books, which we have been following for many years,” Larry Meister, manager of Independent Taxi Operator’s Association says the Boston area’s.

The law imposes a 20-cent fee considered, with 5 cents for taxis, 10 cents goes towns and villages and the final 5 cents what a state transport fund.

The fee can raise millions of dollars annually because Lyft and Uber has only a combined 2.5 million journeys per month in Massachusetts.

The law says the money will help taxi companies to take “new technologies and advanced services, security and operational capabilities” and to support workforce development.

Regulations for how the fee will be collected and a plan for how it will always pay to be prepared, says Mark Sternman, a spokesman for the National Mass Development Agency, which manages the money.

riders and drivers will not look at the amount because the law bars companies raise their. Instead, companies themselves will pay the state, although Evdakov said that will be transferred to riders or drivers somehow.

The authorities are struggling worldwide with how to regulate and tax-ride came. Seattle has a law that allows managers to successfully unionize. In Taiwan, uber struggling a tax bill of up to $ 6400000.

Despite the cost, ride services appeared to accept compensation in exchange for other provisions in Massachusetts. For example, the law does not prohibit pick them up at the airport or convention center Boston, but there will be special rules for the sites.

Lyft is satisfied with the law, even though it is not perfect, does spokesman Adrian Durbin.

provocation readers how to spend the 5-cent fee, a column in the Boston Globe offered ideas such as hospitality, education, aansporingsbonusse and help could buy as taxi owners ‘flagship’ vehicles such as a 1940 Checker or a Porsche .

Meister said can get the money to improve a smartphone app association began using, or for other important needs.

“We are certain infrastructural changes are needed,” he said.

The 5-cent fee will be collected by the end of 2021. Then the taxi subsidy will disappear and 20 cents will be split by placing and state for five years. The entire amount will go to the end of 2026.

(Reporting by David Ingram in New York, Editing by Phil Berlowitz)

Russian court turns down appeal from Google in anti-monopoly case

 

Russian court turns down appeal from Google in anti-monopoly case

Moscow (Reuters) – A Russian court yesterday rejected an appeal against Google in an anti-monopoly case preinstalled apps on mobile devices with the Android operating system, reported Interfax news agency

Earlier, Russia’s anti-monopoly watchdog FAS imposed 438000000 rubles ($ 6.83 million) fine on Google after ruling that the company has violated Russian anti-monopoly rules.

(Reporting by Alexander Wen, writing by Denis Pinchuk)

U.S. Democrat Pelosi gets ‘obscene and sick’ calls after hack

 

U.S. Democrat Pelosi gets 'obscene and sick' calls after hack

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The US House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said Saturday his is awash with “obscene and sick” calls and text messages to a hacker linked to Russia posted personal contact information online for her and hundreds of other Democratic lawmakers and followers .

Pelosi a letter to colleagues warning them to take precautions and said that she changed her phone number to a hacker known as “Guccifer 2.0” placed to the personal mobile phone numbers and email addresses on Friday.

posted appeared received information in the electronic breaking the Democratic Congress Campaign Committee, the fundraising and campaign arm of Democrats in the House of Representatives.

Other Democratic campaign groups, including the Democratic National Committee, also targeted by the cyber attack, made public late last month.

“on a personal note, I was in the air flying from Florida to California then broke the news. Upon landing, I have numerous mostly obscene and sick calls, voice mails and receive text messages,” Pelosi has her colleagues, encouraging them to keep their cell phones and incoming SMS-messages away from their family and children.

“It’s a sad state of affairs, not only for us, but more importantly for our country,” said Pelosi, who earlier in the week Russia to blame for the cyber attack and called it ‘a’ electronic Watergate “similar to the 1972 break-in at Democratic Party headquarters, which eventually brought down Republican President Richard Nixon.

John Ramsey House chief information security officer, has a memorandum to lawmakers and followers whom information is publicly encourage their passwords for all changes to their accounts and to consider changing their non-house e-mail addresses.

He said the hacker has a spreadsheet loaded with a mixture of house and personal e-mail addresses and mobile phone numbers for “almost every” House Democrats and “a different number of Republicans,” and similar information for hundreds employees.

“Together with the Excel file,” Guccifer 2.0 ‘pictures documents that took the bill and passwords for a variety of subscription services used by the included DCCC. Initial analysis to identify home addresses some members, together with the name of their spouse, marital status, and religion, “said the note.

US intelligence officials have concluded that Guccifer 2.0 is a working individual or group or for the GRU, Russian military intelligence. Russia has denied involvement in the offense.

The potential Russian involvement in the cyber attack has a fiery campaign debate fired, with Democrats accusing the Russians are trying to help Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

But US officials suspect that the operation and another that focuses on the DNC, Democratic presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton were more likely an attempt to e-mail chains seek to classified networks or seeking national security information than to influence the november 8th US elections.

“Russia’s assumption is probable that it does not matter much who wins the election, because Wall Street and other powerful lobbying really run the country,” said one of the officials Saturday, talk like the other to discuss the condition of anonymity to intelligence assessments.

“The old Soviet faith not quite blurred when it comes to foreign policy,” the official said.

(Additional reporting by John Wolcott; Editing by Paul Simao)

Electric car charging station companies issue warning over VW settlement

 

Electric car charging station companies issue warning over VW settlement

San Francisco (Reuters) – Electric vehicle charging companies rely on independent oversight of the $ 2 billion Volkswagen AG is required to invest in a clean car infrastructure, VW says have the power to charge the burgeoning electric car space form not.

The German car maker has accepted the money, $ 1200000000 nationally and $ 800 million in California, includes as part of his punishment for the equipment hundreds of thousands of its diesel vehicles sold in the United States designed to invest in software coupler emissions to cheat tests.

While charging station companies have the money to a potential “game changer,” they are afraid that if the wrong spent, this could hurt competition.

“The agreement should not pick winners and losers, especially considering that this emerging market transition will be defined in no small part 21st century transport,” twenty companies, including blazing point, EV Connect and Electric Vehicle Association char, said said in a letter to the US Department of Justice.

The letter, seen by Reuters yesterday an independent manager is the key to ensure that the program treats all active participants, regardless of business model and technology, reasonable.

VW did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

“The program should be structured to managers benefit in California and across the country, do not allow to go to the establishment of suspects or affect download markets (Zero Emission Vehicles) and fuel equipment and services, “the letter said.

It is said that regulators should reserve some of the resources for a rebate program to employers, apartment owners, workplaces and other device executives who want to install EV charging stations to track.

a shortage of charging stations at workplaces and multi-unit apartment homes are considered a major obstacle to the widespread acceptance of electric vehicles.

VW plan expenditure of US $ 2 billion that has not yet been announced, will be supervised by the California Air Resources Board and the US Environmental Protection Agency.

(Reporting by Rory Carroll; Editing by Tom Brown)

Apple offers big cash rewards for help finding security bugs

 

Apple offers big cash rewards for help finding security bugs

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – Apple Inc said they plan to to offer rewards up to $ 200,000 (a £ 152 433) to researchers critical security to find faults in its products, with dozens of companies that have already payments for assistance uncovered errors offer in their products.

The author of iPhones and iPads provided Reuters with the details of the plan, which some of the greatest treasures which includes, to date, for revealing that Thursday afternoon at the Black Hat cyber security conference in Las Vegas.

The program will initially be limited to about two dozen researchers who Apple will invite to help identify hard-to-bare-safety errors in five specific categories.

The researchers are selected from the group of experts which Apple previously helped identify errors, but does not compensate for that work, the company said.

The most profitable category, which rewards of up to $ 200,000 provides is for bugs in Apple’s “secure boot” firmware for preventing unauthorized programs from launching when an iOS device is operated.

Apple said that the decision to increase the size of the program on the advice of other companies that launched earlier abundance program limited.

These companies have said that if they do it again, they will start by inviting to join a small list of researchers, then gradually open over time, according to Apple.

security analyst Rich Mogull said that limiting participation would save Apple from handling an avalanche of “low-value” bug reports.

“Full open program can certainly manage a large part of the funds,” he said.

Apple declined to say which companies offer advice.

These benefits currently offered by dozens of companies, including AT & amp; amp; T Inc., Facebook Inc., Google, Microsoft Corp., Tesla Motors Inc. and Yahoo Inc.

Microsoft, which distributed $ 1.5 million in gifts to security researchers, since three years ago launched its program also offers a reward for identifying highly specific types of errors. The two biggest payouts was $ 100,000 each.

Not all the abundance program is targeted as the children of Apple and Microsoft.

Facebook, for example, has an open program that offers rewards for a wide range of vulnerabilities. This has paid more than $ 4 million over the past five years, with last year’s average payment of $ 1.780.

In March, Facebook will pay $ 10,000 to a 10-year-old boy in Finland found. One way to remove comments from Instagram user accounts

(Reporting by Jim Finkle; Editing by Andrew Hay)