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San Francisco Passes a Law to Rein In Shared Electric Scooters

It’s not the only discombobulated city struggling to divide precious space.
Source: Wired

Aston Martin to revive legendary Superleggera badge for new DBS – Roadshow

In an attempt to pay homage to the great Astons of old, the new top-rung sports car from Gaydon will be called the DBS Superleggera.
Source: CNET

IRS gives taxpayers one-day extension after payment site crashes – CNET

IRS direct payment website was down most of tax day. Now The IRS says taxpayers get an extra day to file and make a payment.
Source: CNET

WhatsApp photo of fingerprints helps catch drug dealers in UK – CNET

The convictions are believed to be the first in Wales based on fingerprints taken from a cell phone photo.
Source: CNET

Coinbase gears up to jump through regulatory hoops with new CFO and other big hires

The Coinbase hiring spree continues. In the last week and a half, the company has picked up a new CTO, a new VP of communications, a global head of inclusion and now a new CFO. In a blog post today, the company announced the addition of Alesia Haas, who joins the team from New York-based alternative asset management firm Oz Management. Previously she held roles with Merrill Lynch and General Electric.

“I’m incredibly excited to have Alesia join Coinbase as our new CFO. She brings deep financial services experience to our growing company,” Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong said of the hire.

“As a fintech company, finance is core to everything that we do. We plan to continue bringing the best and brightest from both finance and technology companies to help create an open financial system for the world.”

Coinbase’s other very recent hires:

But that’s not all for Coinbase’s recent staff-up. The company also recently brought on board: Emilie Choi, Vice President of Corporate and Business Development; Tina Bhatnagar, Vice President of Operations and Technology; and Eric Scro, Vice President of Finance. In a blog post, the company noted that it was “working quickly to expand our executive team” during the current period of extreme growth. While it’s certain that the company is undergoing some major growth, it’s also girding for potential regulation.

Earlier in April, Coinbase reportedly approached the SEC about the possibility of registering as a licensed brokerage firm and electronic trading venue. Such a move would allow Coinbase to invite into its elite ranks coins currently under scrutiny for looking like securities. If that comes to pass, the company could see a major expansion beyond the four coins (Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin) that trade on the platform now, particularly a move toward bringing ERC20 tokens into the fold as the company signaled it would in late March.

Disclosure: The author holds a small position in some cryptocurrencies. Regrettably, it is not enough for a Lambo.


Source: TechCrunch

Thanks to today’s outage, the goobers at the IRS are giving people another day to file their taxes

All of the procrastinating Pollys and Peters who waited til the last minute to file their taxes can breathe a sigh of relief. Thanks to today’s outage of direct payment systems at the Internal Revenue Service, folks are getting another day to get those taxes in.

The IRS is now saying that people can submit taxes through the end of the day on Wednesday, April 18, 2018.

“This is the busiest tax day of the year, and the IRS apologizes for the inconvenience this system issue caused for taxpayers,” said Acting IRS Commissioner David Kautter. “The IRS appreciates everyone’s patience during this period. The extra time will help taxpayers affected by this situation.”

Here’s the IRS statement:

The Internal Revenue Service announced today that it is providing taxpayers an additional day to file and pay their taxes following system issues that surfaced early on the April 17 tax deadline. Individuals and businesses with a filing or payment due date of April 17 will now have until midnight on Wednesday, April 18. Taxpayers do not need to do anything to receive this extra time.

The IRS encountered system issues Tuesday morning. Throughout the system outage, taxpayers were still able to file their tax returns electronically through their software providers and Free File. Taxpayers using paper to file and pay their taxes at the deadline were not affected by the system issue.

“This is the busiest tax day of the year, and the IRS apologizes for the inconvenience this system issue caused for taxpayers,” said Acting IRS Commissioner David Kautter. “The IRS appreciates everyone’s patience during this period. The extra time will help taxpayers affected by this situation.”

The IRS advised taxpayers to continue to file their taxes as normal Tuesday evening – whether electronically or on paper. Automatic six-month extensions are available to taxpayers who need additional time to file can visit https://www.irs.gov/forms-pubs/extension-of-time-to-file-your-tax-return.

While death and taxes may be life’s only certainties, the deadlines (at last for taxes) have become less certain thanks to buggy software.

As we reported earlier, the IRS doesn’t think anything nefarious was behind today’s outage of the site that specifically handles pay transfers from checking or savings accounts. 


Source: TechCrunch

Jordan Peele turns Obama into foul-mouthed fake-news PSA – CNET

Jordan Peele and Buzzfeed sound the alarm on fake video news with an obscenity-laced announcement that looks like it comes from Barack Obama.
Source: CNET

Google AIY kits let you make your own smart gadget video – CNET

Build your own AI gadget with Google’s Vision Kit, a programmable camera to track faces and objects with artificial intelligence.
Source: CNET

ZTE said to be meeting with Google over US export ban

Yesterday was a rough one for ZTE. A year after pleading guilty to violating sanctions with Iran and North Korea, the U.S. Department of Commerce brought the hammer down and announced a seven-year export restriction on goods sporting U.S. components.

That applies to more than a quarter of the components used in the company’s telecom equipment and mobile devices, according to estimates, including some big names like Qualcomm. The list may well also include Google licenses, a core part of the company’s Android handsets. According to a Bloomberg unnamed source, ZTE is evaluating its mobile operating system options as its lawyers meet with Google officials.

Many of the internal components can be replaced by non-U.S. companies. ZTE can likely lean more heavily on fellow Chinese manufacturers to provide more of the product’s internals, but it’s hard to see precisely where it goes from here with regard to an operating system. There’s an extremely small smattering of alternatives open to the company, but none are great. Each would essentially involve the company working to build things, including app selections, from the ground up — and likely play a much more central role in the OS’s development.

As for Google’s role in all of this, ZTE certainly isn’t make or break for Android’s fortunes. Still, it’s a pretty sizable presence. As of late last year, it commanded 12.2 percent of U.S. market share, putting it in fourth place behind Apple, Samsung and LG. It’s certainly in Google’s best interest to maintain as many prominent hardware partners as possible — though, not if it comes with the added risk of upsetting the DOC in the process.


Source: TechCrunch

Epson shrinks its cartridge-free ink, but it’ll still last you two years

The latest Epson WorkForce Pro uses a smaller design and smaller ink tanks — but the ET-8700 still ships with enough ink to last the average small business two years. The all-in-one printer uses Epson’s cartridge-free ink design.

The post Epson shrinks its cartridge-free ink, but it’ll still last you two years appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

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