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Submission + - Finland's Algorithm-Driven Public Bus (vice.com)

Daniel_Stuckey writes: Where's the Uber-like interactivity, the bus that comes to you after a tap on the iPhone?

In Finland, actually. The Kutsuplus is Helsinki's groundbreaking mass transit hybrid program that lets riders choose their own routes, pay for fares on their phones, and summon their own buses. It's a pretty interesting concept. With a ten minute lead time, you summon a Kutsuplus bus to a stop using the official app, just as you'd call a livery cab on Uber. Each minibus in the fleet seats at least nine people, and there's room for baby carriages and bikes.

You can call your own private Kutsuplus, but if you share the ride, you share the costs—it's about half the price of a cab fare, and a dollar or two more expensive than old school bus transit. You can then pick your own stop, also using the app.


Submission + - Laminar Research are suied for use of Google-provided code in Android app (x-plane.com)

Nemo1024 writes: Holding a patent does not mean that you actually did anything. It only means that you claim that you thought of something that you can sue other people for actually doing. I learned this first-hand in September 2012, when I was informed that I and a handful of other developers of Android apps were facing millions of dollars in litigation for using a copy protection technology present in virtually every Android application ever developed. In our Android app (X-Plane), we used the same copy protection Google provides to everyone that is making a game for Android! (That I know of.)

Austin Meyer has decided to fight back and need every help he can get, including signing a petition at the White House to change the paten laws so that they don't stifle innovation as much as they do now. Follow the post link for more details on the petition.

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