Are driverless cars better for cities or suburbs?

My vote goes to the suburban life being improved more by autonomous cars and on-demand. Visions of efficient cities driven by autonomous cars that travel narrow streets shouldered by broad sidewalks completely misses the hard part of delivery, curb to door.

When you have to go up to an apartment on a three-flight walk-up or to the 45th floor of a skyscraper, what happens to the autonomous cars? Is everyone going to wait on the curb for deliveries? Someone has to carry things. Perhaps a new generation of bellmen, but that doesn’t appeal to most kids.

In the suburbs and iter-city communities between major urban hubs, autonomous cars could help service delivery that have been common in cities.  It is helpful to remember that today’s typical worker enjoys a private car in many societies only 120 years after private vehicles were the province of the elite. Suburbs have grown up during that same time.

The future lies at the edges, not just the centers of cities.

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World Fintech Landscape

There is a lot of good information here.

As a market intelligence platform that tracks innovation, deal flow and news across the technology industry, VBProfiles found over 1,200 Fintech companies (startups and historical incumbents) which raised over $105

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IAB’s first report on VR/AR surveys the terrain for marketers

The study is a first step toward the organization’s development of guidelines for ads.

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Amazon to Expand Grocery Business With New Convenience Stores

Amazon.com is pushing deeper into the grocery business with plans for convenience stores and curbside pickup locations, aiming to compete more directly with Wal-Mart and other grocery discounters.

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More people are part of the independent workforce than anyone thought

162 million people in the U.S. and EU are independent workers.

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On-demand workforce to include 7.6 million people by 2020, new study says

Neither regulatory battles facing Uber and Airbnb nor mounting pressure on tech startups to convert their independent contractors to employees will slow the rapid-fire growth of the on-demand workforce, according to a new […]

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Nielsen Podcast Measurement Slated for 2017 – News Center | Nielsen

While podcast listening is booming, the lack of third-party podcast metrics based on consumption rather than downloads has kept advertisers from really committing budget to the space. That is set to change as we prepare to launch a syndicated podcast measurement service in 2017.

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Didi, China’s Uber, Navigates Rough Regulatory Road – WSJ

China’s national regulators this summer officially legalized the sector, which had operated in a gray area. Didi’s main rival, Uber, ceded the market after a costly competition in which the companies subsidized rides. Didi added Apple Inc., Foxconn Technology Group and Baidu Inc. this year to its investor list, which already includes Chinese internet majors Tencent Holdings Ltd. and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. In recent months, Didi began reducing subsidies and raising fares.

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FCC Chief: ISPs Need Opt-In Consent To Target Based On Browsing History 10/06/2016

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler wants broadband providers to obtain users’ affirmative consent before using data about their Web-surfing activity and app usage history for ad targeting.

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Bentley Introduces On-Demand Fuel Delivery Service

Bentley has introduced a new concierge service which banishes forecourts for the uber-rich. Read more.

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