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Pittsburgh Gets a Tech Makeover

PITTSBURGH — In 2015, Monocle magazine, a favorite read of the global hipsterati, published an enthusiastic report on Lawrenceville, the former blue-collar neighborhood here filled with cafes, hyped restaurants and brick rowhouses being renovated by flippers. Last year, in a much-publicized development, Uber began testing self-driving cars on the streets, putting this city at the forefront of the autonomous-vehicle revolution. Also last year, in a less publicized development, Jean Yang, 30, returned to this city after more than a decade of living in Boston, finding a Pittsburgh she hardly recognized…

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Roxy Jacenko's personal trainer, Ben Lucas, scouted by Apple for tech launch

Steve Jobs 2.0 has been found in Sydney, but instead of technology he’s responsible for Roxy Jacenko’s taut abs. Ben Lucas, personal trainer and co-founder of Sydney’s Flow Athletic, has been scouted by Apple to attend its tech launch in Hollywood next week. Former Cronulla Sharks player and personal trainer, Ben Lucas trains Channel 9 presenter, Emma Freedman at his gym, Flow Athletic in Paddington, Sydney.  Photo: Cole Bennett Despite being more into cardio than coding, his likeness to the Apple co-founder goes further than his penchant for wearing sneakers to work. As just one of…

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Tech boss attacks 'whiners' in angry email

The co-founder of a Silicon Valley investment firm said it is “not my job to make you all feel good” in a long email to staff and investors. Jonathan Teo from Binary Capital was responding to negative press coverage about the firm following allegations of sexual harassment by his co-founder Justin Caldbeck. He added that he was “tired and indignant”, and raged against “whiners” who demanded his attention. Mr Teo has already offered to resign. He did so after Mr Caldbeck left the firm in June, following allegations of sexual…

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Tech Style: ‘Baby Driver’ Stirs Nostalgia for iPods

Last spring, Connor Gressitt, then a senior at New York University, traveled to Mexico with friends. As they cruised down back roads far from any cellular towers, the notion of accessing Spotify through their iPhones became laughable. Mr. Gressitt’s friends were desperate for some kind of soundtrack for their road trip, and they didn’t know what to do. That is, until Mr. Gressitt pulled out an archaic device. “‘I brought my iPod,’” Mr. Gressitt said. A holdout in a generation of music fans who rely on streaming services, Mr. Gressitt…

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Tech Tent: Uber at a crossroads

Stream or download the latest Tech Tent podcast Listen to previous episodes on the BBC website Listen live every Friday at 15:00 GMT on the BBC World Service On the Tech Tent podcast this week, we explore the stunning resignation of Uber chief executive Travis Kalanick. We also hear why Indian IT workers are suffering mass lay-offs – and we ask whether virtual reality could have a more serious purpose beyond games and entertainment. Uber loses its head After last week’s news that Uber founder and chief executive Travis Kalanick…

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