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Technology Fuels New Police Cruiser

To the untrained eye, it looks like almost any other New York Police Department cruiser combing the city’s streets — but this squad car has just as much brains as it does brawn.

Electric-Vehicle Owners Get Charged Up Over Charging-Station Manners

Most people wouldn’t walk by a car at the fuel tank and pull out the nozzle. But electric-vehicle owners unplug other cars when they need a charge, leading some to call for more established etiquette.
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With Anki, Toy Cars Cruise Into the New Age of Robotics

Every so often a new tech product comes along that is just plain fun. Anki is one of those.
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Ford Deal Signals New Push for Common Car Apps

Ford Motor Co., seeking to forge a common way for mobile phone applications to work with its and other auto makers’ digital systems, on Monday purchased a small Michigan software company for less than $10 million.

Where Used Warehouse Lots Came From

It’s sort of like cars. We’ll very quickly incorporate what we learned this fall from the 2013 buildings and launch the 2014 model.

Dave Clark, Amazon’s vice president of worldwide operations and customer service, on opening new warehouses quickly

Steve Jobs Was Right. Tablets Are Cars. PCs Are Trucks.

Here’s a prediction worth noting: Tablets will outship laptops for the first time this year.
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TrueCar CEO: Disrupting the Car-Buying Process Nearly Drove It Out of Business (Video)

It may sound impossible, but TrueCar’s founder and CEO, Scott Painter, says he knows what it’s like to drive prices too low.
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eBay’s Mobile Momentum: 100M App Downloads, 100M Items Listed

While many other companies are fretting over how they will make money from mobile, eBay is projecting that 16 percent of its revenue will come from phones this year, double last year’s total.
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NYC Has TLC for Uber

This makes New York a worse off place. People are more likely to get stranded in outerboroughs and taxi drivers will have a harder time making minimum wage. This looks like a regularity regime resisting change, but without the regulations to back it.

— Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, reacting to a statement by the Taxi and Limousine Commission in New York City that it “has NOT authorized any electronic hailing or payment applications (‘apps’) for use in New York City taxicabs,” making it illegal for Uber to operate there

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Verizon Bets on Connected Car

Verizon Communications Inc. agreed to buy Hughes Telematics Inc., a provider of wireless-enabled services to cars, for $612 million in cash as the telecom heavyweight aims to broaden the way people use its network.