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Google Maps will now show you where to rent the nearest Lime scooter or bike in your city

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Finding a Lime scooter or bike in your city is now as easy as opening up Google Maps. Google said on Thursday that it's teaming up with the scooter and bike service to include them as transportation options in the app. Now, if you're close to your destination but it's still too far to walk, Google will give you the option to rent a Lime scooter or bike nearby. Finding a Lime scooter or bike in your city is now as easy as opening up Google Maps. The new feature is rolling out to day in 13 cities, including Los Angeles, Austin, Auckland, New Zealand and Brisbane, Australia, among others.


New Zealand official brands Facebook 'morally bankrupt'

The Japan Times

CANBERRA - New Zealand's official privacy watchdog described Facebook as "morally bankrupt" and suggested his country follow neighboring Australia's lead by making laws that could jail executives over streamed violence such as the Christchurch mosque shootings. Privacy Commissioner John Edwards has been critical of Facebook's response to a gunman using the platform to livestream some of the slaughter of 50 worshippers and the wounding of 50 more at two mosques on March 15. Edwards made his comments Monday after Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg recently rejected calls to introduce a delay in his livestreaming service Facebook Live, saying it would interfere with the interactivity of livestreaming. They are morally bankrupt pathological liars who enable genocide (Myanmar), facilitate foreign undermining of democratic institutions," Edwards posted on Twitter. Facebook has been criticized for not doing enough to police hate speech in Myanmar, where a government campaign against minority Rohingya Muslims has been described by the U.N. as ethnic cleansing.


Spark NZ launches IoT network across New Zealand

ZDNet

New Zealand mobile telecommunications company Spark NZ has announced the launch of its Internet of Things (IoT) network, which is currently available in "60 percent of the places New Zealanders live and work." The LoRaWAN IoT network has been switched on in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Hamilton, Tauranga, Rotorua, Palmerston North, Shannon, Blenheim, Nelson, and Dunedin. It will additionally provide coverage by June 2018 to Queenstown, Whangarei, Pukekohe, Gisborne, Napier, Taupo, New Plymouth, Whanganui, Timaru, Hastings, and Invercargill, with the latter two to go live within weeks. The network consists of gateways and antennas installed atop Spark NZ's 4G cell sites, with the telco using Actility's ThingPark Wireless platform, Kerlink's gateways, and Kordia to build and maintain the network. Spark NZ said it will enable business and local governments to deploy sensors across infrastructure including vehicles, machinery, rubbish bins, car parks, and livestock, with the telco saying it would cost around AU$1.79 per cow to connect each month to track location and body temperature.


Australia To Criminalize Failure To Remove Violent Content From Internet Platforms

NPR Technology

Australian Attorney General Christian Porter (left) and Minister for Communications Mitch Fifield hold a press conference in Canberra. Australia's parliament has passed legislation punishing Internet platforms for failing to remove violent audio and video. Australian Attorney General Christian Porter (left) and Minister for Communications Mitch Fifield hold a press conference in Canberra. Australia's parliament has passed legislation punishing Internet platforms for failing to remove violent audio and video. Australia's parliament has passed new legislation to criminalize Internet platforms for failing to remove violent videos and audio, after an Australian gunman livestreamed himself shooting worshippers in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.


How do some of the biggest startups stay on top of international teams?

Mashable

For many startups from countries like Australia and New Zealand, the relatively small size of the local market pushes them to go global, and quickly. That mindset means learning how to manage offices in multiple countries, time zones and languages -- something that requires some quick adaption. SEE ALSO: Online gaming may boost school scores. Laura Cardinal, global general manager at the accounting software company Xero, handles a team of 150 product developers, engineers and product managers across Melbourne, Australia and Wellington, New Zealand. She said learning to work with teams in multiple locations was a significant learning curve.