Electric cars: a long way to go | Letters

https://ift.tt/2vmh491John Armitt and Odd A Jakobsen respond to Adam Vaughan’s piece about electric cars

Adam Vaughn’s experience of driving an electric vehicle (One Man and his Tesla, 27 July) demonstrates the real need we have for a truly national, visible network in this country if drivers are to confidently switch from petrol or diesel, which is a key recommendation of the UK’s first-ever National Infrastructure Assessment.

We also make a key recommendation that government should place a requirement on local councils to work with charge point providers to allocate 5% of their parking spaces to electric vehicles by 2020, and 20% by 2025, which may be converted to electric vehicle charge points.

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Entertaining the telephone operator | Brief letters

https://ift.tt/2Kf5EJB badges | Phone eavesdropping | 2CVs | Drying the washing | Stockpiling food

On finding out that our Guide captain’s husband was a test pilot, I learned to fly a plane sitting on her floor, taught by her husband – and I passed! I never lost my love of aircraft. I wonder if they still have an aircraft badge (Letters, 30 July)?
Sheena Thompson
Chesterton, Oxfordshire

• In the 1960s when I called my girlfriend from a callbox (Letters, 30 July) we could chat for hours without extra charges as long as we kept the subject “interesting”, but when it got down to “how’s your mother?” the operator would come on to ask for further money.
Ken Ducker
Yorkley, Gloucestershire

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Lexus LC 500: ‘It ticks every box on the guilty-pleasure list’ | Martin Love


This mighty new coupé is a real head-turner, has a lavish interior and a real firecracker of an engine… just don’t lose the key

Lexus LC 500
Price £76,595
0-62mph 4.7 seconds
Top speed 155mph
MPG 24.6
CO2 263g/km

Ever since Alan Partridge proudly confessed, in a haze of Lynx deodorant, that he drove a “Japanese Mercedes”, Lexus has been keen to distance itself from the land of golfing slacks and risqué jokes. And no car has helped its cause more than its latest model – the LC 500.

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One man and his Tesla: an electric car’s journey from Brighton to Edinburgh


Erratic charging support led to some anxious moments on a long-distance run in a Model S

“Oh, I rarely use those,” said Manoj Varathodiyil, gesturing at a pair of public electric car chargers at a West Midlands service station.

Instead, the GP has plugged his car into a “supercharger”, one of a network built by US electric carmaker Tesla, exclusively for the use of the firm’s customers.

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The panic over Facebook’s stock is absurd. It’s simply too big to fail


Despite some critics’ glee at the latest earnings report, the planet’s most powerful business remains unstoppable

Imagine running a business that generated $13.2bn in revenue in one quarter – a 42% increase over the same quarter a year before. And imagine that it reported a 31% jump in profits over the same quarter last year.

Now watch as many allegedly smart people dump your stock because they think the future of your company looks bleak. We live in stupid times. Only dupes pay attention to one-day moves in any stock, or even whole sectors. I can guarantee you no one inside Facebook is panicking. No one on its board of directors is worried or is demanding a shift in course or Mark Zuckerberg’s resignation. If anything, institutional investors are getting ready to buy Facebook at a bargain.

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Amazon posts record $2.5bn profit fueled by ad and cloud businesses


Shares climb following results that were twice what analysts expected, as revenue grows 39% to $53bn

Amazon posted a record profit of $2.5bn in the second quarter of 2018, thanks to strong performance by the retail giant’s non-retail divisions – advertising and cloud-computing, the company announced Thursday,

The favorable profit results, which were double analyst expectations, buoyed tech investors a day after weak growth saw Facebook’s market value plunged by $119bn, the single greatest one-day loss in US history.

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Does Facebook’s plummeting stock spell disaster for the social network?


The company lost $118bn in market value after news of slowed growth and rising costs. But is it more than a blip?

Facebook’s stock price took a 20% tumble this week after the company’s latest quarterly earnings revealed stagnating user growth in key markets and rising costs associated with tackling misinformation, election interference and privacy issues.

More than $118bn was wiped of the company’s market value and Mark Zuckerberg’s fortune took a hit of $16bn, after the company announced its financial results for the second quarter of 2018, the company’s first full quarter since the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke.

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Amazon face recognition falsely matches 28 lawmakers with mugshots, ACLU says


Test of Rekognition software links members of Congress to arrest photos and finds people of color misidentified disproportionately

Amazon’s facial recognition technology falsely identified 28 members of Congress as people who have been arrested for crimes, according to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

The ACLU of Northern California’s test of Amazon’s controversial Rekognition software also found that people of color were disproportionately misidentified in a mugshot database, raising new concerns about racial bias and the potential for abuse by law enforcement.

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Over $118bn wiped off Facebook’s market cap after growth shock


Three million European users abandon platform after Cambridge Analytica breach revealed

More than $109bn (£83bn) has been wiped off Facebook’s market value, including a $14.5bn hit to the fortune of founder Mark Zuckerberg after the company warned investors that user growth had slowed in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data leak scandal.

Facebook’s shares collapsed by 18% on Thursday when the stock market opened in New York, a day after the Silicon Valley company revealed that 3 million users in Europe have abandoned the social network since the Observer revealed the Cambridge Analytica breach of 87m Facebook profiles and the introduction of strict European Union data protection legislation.

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