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  • Now you see it, now you don't. Just over a month after car-hailing service Uber launched support for taxi service in New York City, the company is pulling out, CEO Travis Kalanick confirmed to CNET in an e-mailed statement today. All mention of taxi service in New York City has also been removed from the company's Web site.

  • Host Mina Kim talks with Dan Kammen, director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory at UC Berkeley.

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    An Israeli inventor has come up with a way to make a bicycle almost entirely out of cardboard — and so inexpensively that he thinks retailers would only need to charge about $20 for one.

  • ...Do we really need bike paths? Do we really need to spend above the highway trust fund? NextGen's not really in trouble, is it? It's as if the pencil pushers want to freeze every road, bridge, runway, and railway in place until they are ready to handle them. Compared to the fiscal cliff or the debt ceiling, the need isn't immediate. So infrastructure simmers on the back burner while policymakers put out the bigger fires.

    National Journal
  • ...Last month, FHA loosened a restriction that forbade government-backed loans from supporting condominium projects that contained more than 25 percent commercial space. New rules will allow credit to flow to projects with up to 35 percent commercial space — or 50 percent in certain cases where the developer applies for an exemption.

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    Seventeen blocks of Shattuck Avenue, normally one of Berkeley’s most traffic-clogged streets, were filled with an estimated 30,000 to 40,000 people walking, biking and skating for the debut of Sunday Streets Berkeleythis weekend.

    SF Streetsblog
  • The BART Board of Directors voted today to authorize the development of a Sister Transit Agency affiliation with Shanghai Metro, the subway system in Shanghai, China. Such an affiliation will help bolster relationships and benefit both urban rapid transit systems and their customers by the mutual sharing of ideas, challenges, and experiences.

    Mass Transit
  • The shaming of helmet-less bikers continues in Boston this month, with this new PSA from the Boston Public Health Commission. It seems oddly out of sync with the BPHC's other helmet campaigns, which are pretty silly.

    Atlantic Cities
  •  Airport security needs to undergo a radical overhaul or else passengers will become further disgruntled, lines will grow and terminals will be overwhelmed, airline executives said Tuesday at a global aviation conference.

    USA Today
  • A123 Systems Inc, a lithium-ion battery maker that received a $249 million grant from the U.S. government, filed for bankruptcy protection on Tuesday.

    New York Times