A unicorn apart: Among private tech firms, Airbnb has pursued a distinct strategy | The Economist

UNTIL recently “Uber envy” afflicted many top executives at Airbnb, a platform for booking overnight stays in other people’s homes. So admits a big investor in the firm. The two companies often raised money at the same time, and the ride-hailing giant reliably received more cash and closer attention.

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Uber uses artificial intelligence to figure out your personal price hike | ZDNet

Uber has admitted using artificial intelligence to charge customers based on what they are likely to be willing to pay. The ride-hailing service says that the new system is based on AI and algorithms which estimate fare rates that groups of customers will be willing to pay depending on destination, time of day, and location.

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One Year After Fleeing Austin, Uber and Lyft Prepare a Fresh Invasion

IT HAS BEEN a year since Uber and Lyft pulled out of Austin, after residentsvoted to maintain strict regulations the ridehailing companies refused to abide, including fingerprinting of drivers.

Uber and Lyft had fought hard for more permissive rules, spending $8 million on the campaign (nearly seven times the previous record for a municipal election in the city).

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High in the sky: Small flying “cars” come a bit closer to reality | The Economist

YOU may smile, but it will come,” said Henry Ford in 1940, predicting the arrival of a machine that was part-automobile and part-aeroplane. For decades flying cars have obsessed technologists but eluded their mastery. Finally there is reason to believe. Several firms have offered hope that flying people in small pods for short trips might become a reality in the next decade.

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