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Vaping May Hamper the Lungs' Ability to Fend off Infections

A study in mice finds that inhaling the vapor from an e-cigarette—no nicotine needed—raised their odds of dying after exposure to the flu virus.
Source: Wired

The best monitors of IFA 2019

Need a new monitor? These newly announced monitors that promise bright screens, color accurate displays, and responsive performance are some of the best we’ve encountered and seen in Berlin from the IFA 2019 tech show.
Source: Digital trends

With the Taycan, Porsche Launches Into the Electric Future

The German automaker’s new all-electric sports sedan has the specs and techs to make even petrol-chugging gearheads drool.
Source: Wired

Here’s every angle of the Porsche Taycan Turbo S in pictures

Four years ago, Porsche showed off a concept that would mark a turning point — in investment, R&D and product trajectory — for the German automaker. The reaction to the Mission E, as it was called then, prompted Porsche AG to push forward with a plan to not only develop one electric car, but commit billions of dollars toward electrification.

On Wednesday, in a debut held in three countries simultaneously, the world finally got to see the first fruits of its strategy.

TechCrunch was in Niagara Falls for the splashy reveal. We have all the details of the two Taycan models introduced Wednesday, including the pricing, power and performance stats. And, of course, we have a side-by-side comparison of the Taycan versus a Tesla Model S. We even provided a timeline (along with photos) of Porsche’s development  of the Taycan.

Now here are more photos of the Taycan Turbo S onstage in Canada.

 


Source: TechCrunch

Lyft faces sexual assault lawsuit

Fourteen women today filed a lawsuit against Lyft alleging the company has not addressed complaints pertaining to sexual assault, including rape. The suit, filed today in the Superior Court of San Francisco, seeks special, general and punitive damages, among other types of relief.

In one case, a woman describes a Lyft driver who ended the ride more than one mile away from her house, locked the doors, told her, “I love you” and took her phone, the suit claims. It goes on to describe how he eventually pulled over the car so he could climb into the back seat, the suit alleges. That’s when he “grabbed her face to forcefully kiss her, at which time she slapped him, breaking a finger; then eventually driving her to a beach – where he raped her.”

Calling it a “sexual predator crisis,” the lawsuit claims Lyft has known of sexual assaults since 2015 and has had an “appallingly inadequate” response. Specifically, the lawsuit claims Lyft continues to let “culpable drivers who have complaints of rape and sexual assaults lodged against them” continue driving for Lyft.

“What the victims describe is terrifying and has no place in the Lyft community,” Lyft Head of Trust & Safety Mary Winfield said in a statement to TechCrunch. “One in six women will face some form of sexual violence in their lives — behavior that’s unacceptable for our society and on our platform. As a platform committed to providing safe transportation, we hold ourselves to a higher standard by designing products and policies to keep out bad actors, make riders and drivers feel safe, and react quickly if and when an incident does occur. Our commitment is stronger than ever, as we dedicate more resources in our continued effort to ensure our riders and drivers have the safest possible experience.”

The suit alleges Lyft also does not cooperate with the police when a driver sexually assaults a passenger nor does it require any sexual harassment training of its drivers. Additionally, Lyft allowed drivers accused of rape to continue driving for the service, the suit alleges.

To help address and ideally eliminate sexual assaults, the lawsuit recommends Lyft adopt a zero-tolerance policy for improper conduct, add a surveillance camera to the app that can record audio and video of all rides and require drivers to have it on at all times, adopt a policy for the mandatory reporting of sexual assault, as well as take other steps to increase safety.

Competitor Uber has also faced a number of sexual assault and abuse lawsuits. Between 2014-2018, CNN found 103 Uber drivers who had been accused of sexual assault or abuse of passengers.

Over the years, both companies have taken steps to ramp up their respective safety procedures. In April, Uber launched a campus safety initiative while Lyft implemented continuous background checks and enhanced its identity verification process for drivers. Uber, however, implemented continuous background checks about a full year before Lyft. Unlike Uber, Lyft lacks an easy way for riders to call 911 within the app. In May 2018, Uber added an in-app 911 calling feature.


Source: TechCrunch

What to Look for in CNN's 'Climate Crisis' Town Hall Tonight

Over the course of seven hours, 10 candidates will describe their climate policies. Here are the words and issues to watch for in their answers.
Source: Wired

Hulu will adapt Margaret Atwood’s sequel to ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

MGM and Hulu announced today that they will be adapting “The Testaments,” Margaret Atwood’s sequel to her novel “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

The series has been key in establishing Hulu’s reputation as a home for original content. It was the first streaming original to win an Emmy for Best Drama, and was recently renewed for a fourth season.

The novel, meanwhile, was published back in 1985. The show followed its blueprint during its first season, telling the story of a woman named June (played by Elisabeth Moss), trapped in a dystopian, patriarchal society called Gilead.

Then, without additional source material to draw on, the show’s creative team came up with their own plot for seasons two and three. It sounds like Atwood’s sequel (scheduled for publication on September 10) avoids covering the same ground by jumping 15 years into the future.

It’s not clear whether “The Testaments” will become a spin-off series on Hulu, or if story elements will simply be incorporated into later seasons of “The Handmaid’s Tale.” The official announcement only says the studios are talking to series showrunner Bruce Miller about “how the upcoming novel can become an important extension to the immensely popular award-winning series ‘The Handmaid’s Tale.’ ”

“Margaret Atwood is one of the visionary storytellers of her generation,” said Hulu’s senior vice president of originals Craig Erwich in a statement. “From her award-winning poetry, short-stories and novels, Margaret has continually pushed boundaries and broken barriers to bring innovative stories to life.”


Source: TechCrunch

YouTube Removes More Videos, but Still Misses a Lot of Hate

YouTube said a new policy and better technology helped it remove five times as many videos for violating its hate speech rules. But extremists can beat the system.
Source: Wired

This Samsung Chromebook Pro 2-in-1 laptop sees a hefty $141 discount on Amazon

The Samsung Chromebook Pro possesses the simple charms of a tablet and the wider functionality of a laptop. Get it for $141 less on Amazon.
Source: Digital trends

The best cloud storage options to support your small business

Your business needs competent and adequate cloud storage for backing up files and for supporting collaborative efforts. Here are the best cloud storage options out there for small businesses.
Source: Digital trends

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