Lyft Concierge, its ride-booking service for businesses, opens to all

 Lyft today announced it’s expanding its Concierge program – the service that allows organizations to schedule rides for other people – to more business customers. First announced in 2016, the service was originally designed to help patients get to medical appointments, particularly in areas where they may not have a car of their own, like ...

Hawaii’s emergency alert interface looks straight out of the ’90s

 No one who’s used a long-running government website expects such things to be fancy — just functional. But there’s a limit to what can be tolerated, and I believe we’ve reached it with Hawaii’s emergency alert system, which is so dated that it would be hilarious if it hadn’t just caused a statewide panic. Geocities ...

Gurney’s first F1 teammate, Tony Brooks, pays tribute to his friend

Brooks had two Formula 1 seasons under his belt when he signed with Ferrari for 1959, a year in which he would finish second in the World Championship. He was soon joined by F1 rookie Gurney, who had won the 12 Hours of Sebring for the Italian marque in March. Team owner Enzo Ferrari was so ...

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Why Kubica's F1 racing return was put on hold

It all started with a harmless conversation. Williams was evaluating its driver options for 2018 and Robert Kubica wanted to find out whether he still had the ability to drive a Formula 1 car at a high level, after sustaining life-threatening injuries in a rally crash back in ’11.Renault started the evaluation, then Williams chose ...

Toro Rosso set for aero department reshuffle after key exit

Gilhome joined the Faenza-based outfit in July 2013, having previously also worked as principal aerodynamicist at Mercedes and group leader of aerodynamics at BMW Sauber.The Australian worked closely with technical director James Key in developing the team’s recent contenders, and had been focused for several months on the Honda-powered STR13.The reasons for his departure have ...

F1 to present vision of future to race promoters

Since completing its takeover of 1 in January last year, Liberty Media has held discussions with all the stakeholders and conducted its own research as part of plans to reshape the championship.It will now present its findings and plans for the future during an eight-hour conference on Wednesday.F1 chairman Chase Carey, commercial chief Sean Bratches ...

Ripple turns investor as execs lead $25M round for storage and rental startup Omni

 Earlier this month, I wrote that crypto companies are going to become investors in 2018. I didn’t quite imagine that happening as quickly as mid-January, but here we are. Ripple, the fintech startup behind the controversial XRP token that’s worth over $50 billion, has its first investment after it backed U.S.-based storage startup Omni via ...

Instacart acquires Toronto-based Unata

 Instacart has today announced the acquisition of Unata, a Toronto-based company that offers a platform for both grocers and consumers to interact digitally. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Unata’s product, unlike Instacart’s, is a white-label grocery platform, letting grocers anywhere create apps and websites for consumers to order products, complete with coupons,… ...

Comcast partners with AWS as it struggles to fight cord-cutting disruption

 Cloud providers love to brag about their customer wins and Amazon got a big one today when it announced that Comcast had chosen AWS as its preferred cloud provider. What does that mean exactly? Presumably Comcast is going to put the majority of its cloud workloads on AWS. In a time when Comcast is fighting ...