Just charge it: CTA to offer smart cards

“In a society addicted to buying on credit, the Chicago Transit Authority is hoping to cash in big time.  A “smart” version of those credit cards and bank debit cards stuffed in your wallet will be accepted for payment of CTA bus and train fares in about a year…The card, which will contain a computer […]

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Election results – Transit wins!

Successful transportation measures (30 in all) voted in by the 2008 elections from around the country have been compiled by the Center for Transportation Excellence.  The Center is also looking for input by transit agencies and/or local advocacy groups to keep them apprised about measures developing for 2009.  Link to the 2008 transportation ballot results

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Privacy laws trip up Google’s expansion in Europe

The New York Times reports that Google has encountered roadblocks in its plans to expand in Europe.  The Street View feature has been particularly problematic. Google is getting caught in a web of privacy laws that threaten its growth and the positive image it has cultivated as a company dedicated to doing good. In Switzerland, […]

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Seventeen mashups for DC citizens

The District of Columbia government announced the winners of its Apps for Democracy contest, which encouraged developers to create useful applications for its citizens. Winning mashups included applications to provide pedestrian and bicycle directions, on-street parking information, and crime statistics. Mashable highlights some of the winners here.

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WiFi on wheels

Columnist Walt Mossberg writes about a new wifi service that provides Internet connectivity for cars and trucks. A small California company, Autonet Mobile, has teamed up with Chrysler and others to sell a service that floods any brand or model of car or truck with Wi-Fi Internet connectivity that can be used by multiple passengers […]

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Government 2.0: Rename me please

Mashable is asking its readers to “Help a Bureaucrat Out” and rename Government 2.0. As someone who works in the government every day, I’d like to see the readers of Mashable put their money where their mouths are, as it were. Many people have commented to me personally, and in general, that the term “Web […]

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Bay Area company brews diesel from sugar cane

“The Bay Area’s latest motor fuel factory looks like a microbrewery run by Ph.D.s.  But the factory, built by Amyris Biotechnologies, doesn’t make beer, at least not most of the time. Instead, the vats and the yeast churn out a clear liquid that mimics diesel fuel. Blend it with some regular diesel, stick it in […]

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SEPTA calls for smart card proposals

“SEPTA has issued its long-awaited call for bids on an ambitious new electronic “smart card” fare-collection system, with plans to award a contract in the spring. The system will replace the tokens, tickets and magnetic-stripe cards that passengers use on buses, subways, trains and trolleys.”   Link to full story in Philadelphia Inquirer.

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Cell phone shopping makes wallets redundant in Japan

“Japanese office worker Satoshi Tada pays for shopping, wins free food and gets store discounts all by waving his cell phone.  The world’s top firms such as Visa Inc and Nokia are still mostly testing phone use for payments, but in Japan, more than 50 million, or about half of all cell phone users, already […]

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