Liz Gannes

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Los Angeles Arrives Fashionably Late to Banning Ride Apps

Los Angeles yesterday sent cease-and-desist letters to taxi alternatives Uber, Lyft and SideCar, citing their lack of permits and licenses to run commercial transportation services. Though the state of California had previously cleared the companies, L.A.’s taxicab administrator threatened to arrest drivers and impound their vehicles. As has become tradition, a petition protesting the ban has acquired thousands of signatures.

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik