Transport for London has refused Uber’s request for a new licence, saying the app is not “fit and proper” to operate in the city. The decision raises the prospect that the ride-hailing service will be banned from the capital. It is not the first time the company has hit a roadblock of this kind on its path to global dominance. Here are some other countries and cities that have banned Uber over the past three years.
A British cyber security firm has raised $26m (£19m) to develop its technology that scans the internet for threats to businesses. Digital Shadows, founded in 2011, analyses the hidden part of the internet known as the dark web for criminal activity that could threaten its clients. The investment has been led by Octopus Ventures, which has previously backed British tech firms like Zoopla and SwiftKey, the keyboard app sold to Microsoft last year.
Amazon is reportedly working on a pair of smart glasses that work with its Alexa voice assistant. The glasses could let wearers summon Alexa - best known for featuring on Amazon's Echo speakers - at any time to answer questions and conduct tasks such as ordering a taxi. Amazon's smart assistant will sit within a regular spectacles frame that has a bone-conduction audio system, according to the Financial Times.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".