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Violent clashes in Hong Kong continued… A rally on the 20th weekend of protests turned chaotic, as protesters and police faced off amid tear gas and firebombs. Police sprayed demonstrators with a noxious blue liquid, also hitting a mosque, the Hong Kong Free Press reports.

Video: Hong Kong police accused of targeting mosque with water cannon blue dye as communities conduct clean-up | Hong Kong Free Press HKFP

My architect friend, the vice president at AIA Hong Kong, has worked on a redevelopment project, which includes refining the street pavements. The protesters peeled off those bricks to use them as a weapon. His project was destroyed.

The number of tourists dropped by over 40% comparing to the same

My architect friend, the vice president at AIA Hong Kong, has worked on a redevelopment project, which includes refining the street pavements. The protesters peeled off those bricks to use them as a weapon. His project was destroyed.

The number of tourists dropped by over 40% comparing to the same month last year, which consists of 5% of GDP. For China, Hong Kong is not as economically significant as in the past, and maybe hoping Hong Kong to shrink its presence slowly. Unlike Tiananmen, the government cannot act violently because people monitor and share the information well, but people are also monitored well in China that this Chaos won't be spread to the ​mainland anyways.

…and rallies spurred Lebanon to adopt reforms. The prime minister and coalition partners agreed to implement measures to deal with the country’s economic crisis, the BBC reports, after protests that erupted, in part, over a plan to tax WhatsApp calls.

Lebanon's mass revolt against corruption and poverty continues

This Guardian take on Lebanon protests isn’t the strongest out there, starting with the implication that a WhatsApp tax sent Lebanese on to the streets. It is also baffling that in a country where women are largely fearless, vocal and heard (there is a viral meme of a woman protester kicking an armed

This Guardian take on Lebanon protests isn’t the strongest out there, starting with the implication that a WhatsApp tax sent Lebanese on to the streets. It is also baffling that in a country where women are largely fearless, vocal and heard (there is a viral meme of a woman protester kicking an armed government bodyguard in the groin), this reporter only managed to give voice to one woman, anonymously. Is the Guardian’s photo choice of Lebanese women posing - as if in beauty contest - a fair reflection of what’s happening on the ground? I ask not as a Middle East expert (b/c I’m not), rather, as a journalist who called Beirut home for more than a few years. Quartz - here’s a better option for #LebanonProtests 101: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/10/18/lebanons-protests-wildfires-tell-same-grim-story/

India's coal addiction

India is shifting to renewables. More than half the country’s energy comes from burning coal, but that’s slowly changing. Exclusively for Quartz members, our new field guide explores how India might shed its coal habit, and offer valuable insights to countries facing similar disruptive climate, economic, and technological issues. ✦

The world can learn from India trying to deal with its coal addiction

Akshat Rathi's deep dives into energy are some of my favorite stories on qz.com. Check out his State of Play covering India's coal usage, and the unique challenges it faces as it tries to switch to renewables.

India’s biggest motivations to keep burning coal boil down to:

1. Large domestic coal reserves with very little gas or oil

2. Decades of coal hegemony in the national energy mix (by now there’s lots of cash tied up in coal-fired power plants, the train system is mostly dependent on revenue from coal

India’s biggest motivations to keep burning coal boil down to:

1. Large domestic coal reserves with very little gas or oil

2. Decades of coal hegemony in the national energy mix (by now there’s lots of cash tied up in coal-fired power plants, the train system is mostly dependent on revenue from coal transport, etc.)

One crucial statistic is that an average resident here uses up only 1/10th of the electricity consumed by an average American (India has among the lowest per capita emissions). The Indian government justifies coal as a necessity to improve energy access to millions of poor citizens—but they are also the worst-hit due to pollution and land rights disputes that come with coal mining and coal-fired stations.

Double trouble

Digital India... where allowed

Kashmiris are adapting to life without internet. India’s government enforced a draconian communications blackout almost 80 days ago, but residents in the disputed territory are managing. They’re using landlines, delivering messages via scooters, and getting satellite TV.

How Kashmiris are adapting to everyday life without the internet

This situation is utterly extraordinary. Nearly three months without internet, and only limited cellphone availability, as a blunt, likely counterproductive crowd control measure in a disputed, mostly Muslim region that’s a huge problem for the Hindu nationalist central government. A problem that the

This situation is utterly extraordinary. Nearly three months without internet, and only limited cellphone availability, as a blunt, likely counterproductive crowd control measure in a disputed, mostly Muslim region that’s a huge problem for the Hindu nationalist central government. A problem that the prime minister and other key figures are, seemingly, neither equipped nor willing to solve in a sensitive, nuanced manner. How long can the leaders of the world’s biggest democracy keep this up?

Consequential court cases

US businesses urge the Supreme Court to protect Dreamers. As hundreds of thousands of immigrants wait for the court to decide their fate in a case next month, Apple and other companies earning “trillions annually” argued that Dreamers are vital to their work.

Apple and US businesses earning “trillions annually” urge SCOTUS to protect Dreamers

The US Supreme Court is going to piss off some powerful people when it decides the fate of Dreamers, undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children and now contribute to society. Whether it'll be the US president, who wants to rescind immigration protections for them, or Apple chief Tim Cook

The US Supreme Court is going to piss off some powerful people when it decides the fate of Dreamers, undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children and now contribute to society. Whether it'll be the US president, who wants to rescind immigration protections for them, or Apple chief Tim Cook, who argues Dreamers are vital to innovation and the economy, is unclear. What's certain is that the justices will hear arguments on this controversial matter shortly.

A US Supreme Court case could unravel consumer protections. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau faces a legal challenge from conservatives, bankers, and its own Trump-appointed leadership that might undo its work since its creation in 2010.

A new Supreme Court case could unravel financial protections for US consumers

Last week, SCOTUS agreed to hear a case challenging the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's leadership structure. That might not sound too compelling but the matter could unravel nearly a decade of work done by the agency created to protect Americans from predatory bankers and lenders.

Millions

Last week, SCOTUS agreed to hear a case challenging the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's leadership structure. That might not sound too compelling but the matter could unravel nearly a decade of work done by the agency created to protect Americans from predatory bankers and lenders.

Millions of people have been helped and billions of dollars collected by the agency but, under the Trump administration, the CFPB is now arguing against itself in the Supreme Court, siding with challengers who were being investigated by the bureau.

Africa online

It will take $100 billion to get broadband to all Africans by 2030. To bring an additional 1.1 billion people online, investors, industry, and government will need to expand city infrastructure and create satellite networks to reach rural areas.

It will take $100 billion spent over the next decade to get broadband to all Africans by 2030

The reality is this venture is a not all African Nations have the GDP that would entice private investment. Plain and simple.

The most important issue here to solve is how those companies offering the access are going to develop both standard and capabilities of this broadband for an entire continent.

Africa has struggled through centuries: defending from outsiders and preserving its own way of life, linked undeniably to

The most important issue here to solve is how those companies offering the access are going to develop both standard and capabilities of this broadband for an entire continent.

Africa has struggled through centuries: defending from outsiders and preserving its own way of life, linked undeniably to our roots as humanity. As societies all connected between devices, services and data, our responsibilities should prevent the massive digital recollection of personal information from more than 1 billion people living in the place on Earth where our ancestors made the first footprint of what we are now as a specie.

We all want to reach out to the place where life were spotted several years ago., but we need to create safety conditions for all who gets online everyday. Let’s not repeat the flawed models already happening in here, Latin America.

The future of travel

The world's longest flight has landed. The 19-and-a-half-hour ride took passengers, including one exhausted Bloomberg reporter, 10,100 miles (16,200 kilometers) from New York to Sydney.

I Just Took the World's First 20-Hour Flight. Here's What It Did to Me

Longest flight I’ve ever done was Hong Kong to NYC on Cathay. Great airline with wonderful staff in my limited experience. After 10 hours a certain “we’re all in this together” camaraderie developed. I’d jump at a 20 hr flight.

It's an interesting idea but ultimately, I think it may take a toll on people.. People don't have patience and I did a 15 hr non stop flight and even that was brutal. I think Qantas needs to test a flight like this out with regular people to see if this is doable.

Sign. Me. Up!

Although this flight--with all its media and research fanfare--isn't that far off the longest flight currently in operation. It's only 40 minutes longer than the 19-hour ones today.

As the article says, it requires an immense amount of discipline to do this kind of a flight well. May not suit older travellers or young families. I’m also thinking of a recent news article about the potential reintroduction of Concorde-speed flights between London and New York. Taking that speed to

As the article says, it requires an immense amount of discipline to do this kind of a flight well. May not suit older travellers or young families. I’m also thinking of a recent news article about the potential reintroduction of Concorde-speed flights between London and New York. Taking that speed to reduce the length of New York to Sydney is a different project altogether I guess.

At the president's houses

Donald Trump decided not to host the G7 summit at his hotel. The president blamed his reversal on "Media & Democrat Crazed and Irrational Hostility," but ethics experts say his decision not to award himself a major contract is "a bow to reality."

“A bow to reality”: Trump reverses decision to host G7 at his own resort

Lived in FL and know about the summer there. I highly doubt the G7 Summit would pause for the world leaders to take a dip in the pool. It is pure self dealing and Trump knew it.

The other crazy side note to this is that the Trump location recently had issues. It was reported in the news on MSNBC. The

Lived in FL and know about the summer there. I highly doubt the G7 Summit would pause for the world leaders to take a dip in the pool. It is pure self dealing and Trump knew it.

The other crazy side note to this is that the Trump location recently had issues. It was reported in the news on MSNBC. The location had sanitation issues with food and other things. In knowing this, why would he choose there and Mick Mulvaney was out there stating “It was truly the best place we could find”.

Having lived in South Florida, I can attest that it's not the best place to go in June. That is the start of the angry season in the region, when the sun gets so hot it makes you mad just to walk outside. So Trump's claims that his Miami resort would made a great place for the G7 summit of world economic

Having lived in South Florida, I can attest that it's not the best place to go in June. That is the start of the angry season in the region, when the sun gets so hot it makes you mad just to walk outside. So Trump's claims that his Miami resort would made a great place for the G7 summit of world economic leaders is totally unsupportable, even putting aside the critical issue of presidential self-dealing. And it seems that even Trump must bow to reality sometimes, which is why he is nixing the decision to offer his resort as the locale for the summit. The world's leaders will no doubt be pleased not to have to travel to the heat just to appease this US president.

The best respite from politics is at the White House. On tours of the executive residence, talk of trees and turnips trumps talk of impeachment.

The best respite from politics is at the White House

It was dark and cold when I set out by bike for the White House yesterday hoping to secure a spot in the garden tour. By 7 AM there was a line. By 7:20 it was wrapping around Constitutional Avenue. But after a long, chilly wait, the sun rose and the secret service let garden tourists in and it was surprisingly

It was dark and cold when I set out by bike for the White House yesterday hoping to secure a spot in the garden tour. By 7 AM there was a line. By 7:20 it was wrapping around Constitutional Avenue. But after a long, chilly wait, the sun rose and the secret service let garden tourists in and it was surprisingly fun being allowed to wander the grounds of the White House with other commoners. Honestly, I was impressed with how pleasant the event was—even Melania Trump's brochure was mild and polite and showed none of the usual Trump bluster, just sweet talk of trees and government.

Hope to see you later!

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Tesla says robotaxis coming to U.S. roads next year, slams rivals' use of Lidar

Tesla says robotaxis coming to U.S. roads next year, slams rivals' use of Lidar

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  • There is a reason GM and Bugatti are not in the same markets... Build for scale is very different from building for performance - the differentiation strategies and core competencies are fundamentally different.

    Daimler figured out how to bridge that gap without sacrificing independence... But others

    There is a reason GM and Bugatti are not in the same markets... Build for scale is very different from building for performance - the differentiation strategies and core competencies are fundamentally different.

    Daimler figured out how to bridge that gap without sacrificing independence... But others (like Maybach, Bugatti, Jaguar, Lamborghini) became units of bigger volume car makers...

    Maybe Elon is just buying time with producing cars, and Tesla is really in the battery and chip business looking to supply other volume car makers - but first, electrics need to cross a tipping point in the market.

  • This is not the first time Musk has made the promise that all Tesla cars will be fully autonomous within a year or so. It won't be the last time. (He is also famous for missing deadlines.)

    He's probably right that the technology will get there soon (within years) but he is likely wrong that regulations

    This is not the first time Musk has made the promise that all Tesla cars will be fully autonomous within a year or so. It won't be the last time. (He is also famous for missing deadlines.)

    He's probably right that the technology will get there soon (within years) but he is likely wrong that regulations will make it possible for such cars to ply roads.

    What he is definitely right about is that, when both those things happen, the world will start to change in big ways. We'll all be better for it.

  • Tesla continues to do what they do well - push the boundaries super aggressively serving as a catalyst for accelerated change in the auto industry. They get it brilliantly right sometimes but most of the time late. Hey I am fine with waiting a bit if it's worthwhile and it shakes up an industry that needs lots of shaking!

  • The event was not well received by investors because nothing new was announced and the stock was down 4%. People are getting a little weary of hearing that self driving cars are coming next year (for real this time!). Meanwhile short interest on TSLA is now 20%, up from 14% in February as bearish sentiment

    The event was not well received by investors because nothing new was announced and the stock was down 4%. People are getting a little weary of hearing that self driving cars are coming next year (for real this time!). Meanwhile short interest on TSLA is now 20%, up from 14% in February as bearish sentiment on the stock increases. Earnings on Wednesday will provide new color on sales and inventory trends.

  • I listened in during the entire presentation. And content aside - I much prefer the 'investor day' format to the Apple-style theatrical product reveal. Even if the analysts can be somewhat deferential - an immediate Q+A beats the pants of a million tech bloggers pontificating for 48hrs straight as soon

    I listened in during the entire presentation. And content aside - I much prefer the 'investor day' format to the Apple-style theatrical product reveal. Even if the analysts can be somewhat deferential - an immediate Q+A beats the pants of a million tech bloggers pontificating for 48hrs straight as soon as the curtains go down.

    that being said - how can you believe a thing this guy says anymore.

  • On one hand, it’s hard to take anything they say at face value. On the other hand, if they pull it off, talk about pulling a rabbit out of a hat. A company falling apart reinvents itself in the face of disaster. Good story.

  • The US road system is not ready for driverless cars. US drivers are not ready for driverless cars.

  • Musk is a visionary and a once in a century talent. But what’s the point of making these absurd predictions that never come true? Is the distortion realty still cool to do? We all read how Steve Jobs used such tactics to get things accomplished. But it’s played out by now. It sounds exhausting to work

    Musk is a visionary and a once in a century talent. But what’s the point of making these absurd predictions that never come true? Is the distortion realty still cool to do? We all read how Steve Jobs used such tactics to get things accomplished. But it’s played out by now. It sounds exhausting to work with Musk let alone cover his stock as an analyst. His credibility is shot. And he’s largely been helped by subsidies from the government. It would serve him well to just stay out of the limelight for some time. But I guess that’s what makes Musk who he is...

  • Musk likes to stay in news with bold statements. Have to give him credit for shaking things up though!

  • It’s extraordinary that there is a chance we will have robotaxis before we have a national infrastructure improvement plan.

  • Let's say Elon is full of shit, once more. The chipset claim is, at best, confusing, at worst outright wrong. For starters, companies like Baidu or Huawei have AI specific chipsets. Yes, they aren't unique for autonomous vehicles, but honestly, I'm still to see what edge are they getting beyond a more

    Let's say Elon is full of shit, once more. The chipset claim is, at best, confusing, at worst outright wrong. For starters, companies like Baidu or Huawei have AI specific chipsets. Yes, they aren't unique for autonomous vehicles, but honestly, I'm still to see what edge are they getting beyond a more efficiency in certain scenarios.

    However, as I said, this might be misleading as it might happen that Tesla's vision approach could require more processing than Lidar, therefore both approaches would need different computational resources.

    What's clear to me is that having a slightly faster chip won't be the difference and the edge. Doing cameras and not Lidar might be the edge after all but time will say about that. For now, Tesla's record isn't precisely stellar.

  • I think the technology is not ready yet. Press releases are interesting - but let’s see the technology work.

  • Interesting theories here. I think it is plausible that Tesla is perfectly willing to be in the battery and chip business.

  • Brilliant. Accidents and manufacturing delays are coming...

  • It really is not a problem about his technology strategy. The technology that he and his data science and technology team described are sound. The neural network approach is quite good as a strategy as well. The challenge as Max says is who will ever believe him, unlikely that the SEC will believe him

    It really is not a problem about his technology strategy. The technology that he and his data science and technology team described are sound. The neural network approach is quite good as a strategy as well. The challenge as Max says is who will ever believe him, unlikely that the SEC will believe him. Moreover Wall Street needs to believe him, meeting his kpi, and executing and implementing without ticking off every single regulator in order to value the company.

  • Even with software bugs and glitches, a driverless taxi will likely be much safer than most NYC cab drivers.

  • Another claim another yawn. Investors want results.

  • The pure envy and hatred in the comments here makes me wish for a thumbs down button on this app. It’s so pathetic, but reflective of the all-too-common craving to see others fall from grace. The advancements they’ve made with this new FSD computer are remarkable and I’ve no doubt that Elon will, once

    The pure envy and hatred in the comments here makes me wish for a thumbs down button on this app. It’s so pathetic, but reflective of the all-too-common craving to see others fall from grace. The advancements they’ve made with this new FSD computer are remarkable and I’ve no doubt that Elon will, once again, prove the haters wrong.

  • “A year from now we’ll have over a million cars with full self-driving, software, everything,” Musk predicted. 😂 $TSLA

  • He's just so amusing and he's hit this right...in a transitional time!

  • Love it. Love him. I’m pumped