Is the dotcom bubble about to burst (again)?

In Silicon Valley, millions of dollars change hands every day as investors hunt the next big thing – the ‘unicorn’, or billion-dollar tech firm. There are now almost 150, but can they all succeed?
‘We need a presence in Silicon Valley, that’s the way it is’ – meet the TechCrunch startups looking for investment

Have you heard the story about the tip from the shoeshine boy, a Brit called James Pallot asks me on my last day at TechCrunch Disrupt. I have, I say, though later I Google it to get the facts straight.

It’s attributed to Joseph Kennedy, paterfamilias of the Kennedy clan who, in 1929, was getting his shoes shined by a young boy who was also making confident predictions about which stocks would rise. For Kennedy, it was a moment of revelation. He sold his portfolio. Not long afterwards, Wall Street crashed and the world was plunged into the greatest depression ever seen. So a tip from the shoeshine boy is a sign that the bubble is about to burst. That the wave of confidence will finally crash upon the shore. That the jig is up.

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‘Can you hear me now?’ The best celebrity Twitter debuts

Whistleblower Edward Snowden made a barnstorming start on the micro-blogging site, and here are 10 others

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden arrived on Twitter last week. Within half an hour of his @Snowden account launching, he’d beaten the 72,000 followers amassed by the only feed Snowden himself is following – that of the National Security Agency itself. He’s currently on 1.2m and rising, while his first Tweet was, “Can you hear me now?” – a jingle used by US telecoms giant Verizon in television ads. He’s right up there with our top 10 Twitter debuts…

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Uber has challenged the taxi industry and it’s too late to apply the brakes

Transport for London’s belated attempt to regulate the sector is wrongheaded

Uber is not perfect. It is important to make that point before analysing Transport for London’s attempts to curtail its expansion. The taxi app has not done enough to guarantee the safety of its passengers or stop its prices surging when cities face unique events. On a lighter note, its drivers’ obsession with rigidly following their satnavs can be hugely irritating when that means flying over speed bumps and avoiding traffic-free routes that as a local resident you know are quicker.

However, this not an excuse for TfL’s ham-fisted attempt to protect the status quo. The organisation has launched a consultation on plans to overhaul the private-hire car market in London. The proposals include an interval of at least five minutes between booking a car and the start of a journey, a requirement for drivers to pass an English-language test and a map-reading assessment. Taxi firms may also have to operate a landline telephone service and accept bookings up to seven days in advance.

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Can-Am Spyder F3 S: review | Martin Love

Trikes usually call for plenty of denim and a mullet, but the new Can-Am cruiser is set to change all that

Price: £17,199
Engine: 1,330cc
BHP: 115
Top speed: 80mph
Gears: 6-speed auto
Top speed: 110mph
Range: 220 miles

Common sense tells you that if you build a vehicle that’s a weird amalgam of all the worst aspects of a motorbike and marry them with all the inconveniences of a small car, you end up with a useless mongrel. You’ll have an open-sided three-wheeler with no roof, no doors, no windscreen and no seatbelts. You’ll get cold and wet yet you can’t slalom through traffic. You won’t be able to park it in that tight space outside your flat and you can’t fill the boot with a big family shop. What common sense doesn’t tell you is that the Spyder F3 S is about as much fun as you can have on your own, in public and with the lights on. For some reason what makes no sense on paper makes total sense in the flesh.

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