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Automakers are ignoring a potential nightmare scenario for electric cars (TSLA, F, GM)

Half a decade ago, electric cars looked as if they were finally going to reverse a century of history and take their rightful place as the transportation choice of the future.

But the financial crisis killed off numerous startups, leaving Tesla as the only major player.

Traditional automakers rolled out their own electric vehicles, but consumers didn't buy them in significant numbers; only 1% of the current global car market has gone electric.

We're now in a second wave of EV enthusiasm as longer-range cars come to market and address the key weakness of the previous generation of vehicles. It is costing automakers billions to develop and produce these cars on the assumption that demand will evolve in the coming years.

This week, Volvo made the bold announcement that it would

The bidding war for troubled Unilad is set to start next week

The bidding war for troubled startup Unilad will likely start next Friday, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

The Manchester-based media company has had to consider a sale after a High Court judge ruled in May that ousted founder Alex Partridge is still entitled to a 33% stake.

Unilad's current management is expected to share the company's latest financials with Partridge and his lawyers next Friday, providing them with a rough idea of how much Unilad is worth at the same time.

An official independent valuation for Unilad will be declared on September 22 but Partridge's lawyer, Stephen Judge, told Business Insider that interested parties would be wise to get their bids in to him from next Friday onwards.

MPs are floating stricter rules for Uber over driver pay and conditions

LONDON — Uber faces yet more political scrutiny in the UK about how it treats its drivers.

On Wednesday, transport minister John Hayes suggested he could make it easier for transport authorities to refuse licenses to Uber if the company didn't meet "minimum conditions" around worker treatment and pay.

Local councils issue licenses to Uber so the company can operate in different cities around the UK.

Hayes was responding to calls from another MP, Labour's Frank Field, to "clarify" what power transport executives have over Uber when granting licenses, during a debate in Parliament.

Field said Uber issued "bogus" contracts that mean drivers are classified as self-employed, rather than full- or part-time workers, depriving them of certain rights. Apart from "getting away with paying appallingly low wages" to some drivers, he added, Uber doesn't "pay its fair share of taxes."

China just built a 250-acre solar farm shaped like a giant panda

Most solar farms align their solar arrays in rows and columns to form a grid.

A new solar power plant in Datong, China, however, decided to have a little fun with its design. China Merchants New Energy Group, one of the country's largest clean energy operators, built a 248-acre solar farm in the shape of a giant panda.

The first phase, which includes one 50-megawatt plant, was completed on June 30, according to PV magazine. The project just began delivering power to a grid in northwestern China, and a second panda is planned for later this year.

Called the Panda Power Plant, it will be able to produce 3.2 billion kilowatt-hours of solar energy in 25 years,

SoundCloud will cut 40% of its staff, as it bleeds money and struggles to remain independent

Streaming service SoundCloud has cut about 40 percent of its staff, in a move that will allow the company to better compete with its larger music streaming rivals, Spotify and Apple Music, Bloomberg reports

SoundCloud informed its staff Thursday that it would be cutting 173 jobs from its team of 420 employees.

In January, SoundCloud said it was at risk of running out of money this year, especially if its subscription service continued to struggle. (The last official numbers we have show SoundCloud losing around $52 million in 2015.)

Microsoft is cutting thousands of jobs (MSFT)

Microsoft is cutting about 10% of its global sales force, the company announced Thursday, confirming earlier reports of a mass layoff.

With around 50,000 people in the Microsoft sales organization, that could mean that up to 5,000 jobs will be cut. CNBC reports that the number is closer to 3,000.


The top 10 beers chosen by beer enthusiasts across the US

One of the most prestigious beer rankings in America has crowned a new champion in a major upset.

For 15 years, Zymurgy Magazine — the official magazine of the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) — has asked the group's tens of thousands of members to cast votes for the best beers in the country. The idea is that Zymurgy readers, as homebrewers, have more refined palates than most and can suss out the winners.

Pliny the Elder, a double IPA from Russian River Brewing Company, held down the top spot for eight straight years — until now. Read on to find out the best beers in America and which IPA dethroned the king.



10. Ballast Point Brewing Co.Sculpin IPA

Amazon Alexa keeps getting smarter (AMZN)
Posted July 6, 2017 0:5 AM
Amazon Alexa keeps getting smarter (AMZN)

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T-Mobile just raised the price of its best ‘unlimited’ data plan — here's what you need to know

It’s now a little more expensive to get the best of T-Mobile.

On Thursday, the mobile carrier raised the price of the “One Plus” add-on to its T-Mobile One “unlimited” data plan.

The add-on, which adds perks like HD video streaming, now costs $10 a month; previously, it cost $5 a month. That comes on top of the $70 a month it costs to get the base One plan on a single line.

The change was first spotted by

Google Maps is making it easier to flag if places are wheelchair-friendly (GOOG)

Whether a building has steps at its entrance or wheelchair-suitable seating is something that most people don't even think about — but that knowledge makes a huge difference to people with access needs as they try and navigate the world.

And Google is now making it much easier for users to flag on Google Maps whether businesses are wheelchair-friendly.

In December 2016, the search giant first added information about the accessibility of locations on its mapping service for the first time, asking "Local Guides" (basically, super-keen Google users) to answer questions about the places they visit.