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Energy firms overcharging customers, says Ofgem - BBC News
Energy companies are "overcharging in many cases" with prices failing to fall in line with dropping wholesale costs, the industry's regulator has said. [...] Dermot Nolan, chief executive of Ofgem, told the BBC that domestic gas and electricity prices should be cheaper "for the vast majority of people". Wholesale energy costs make up nearly half of a domestic bill, and have fallen by about a third in the last 12 to 18 months, he said. Yet, prices had not fallen, he added.
Consumer  Protection  squeezed  middle  class  Wall  Street  profit  maximisation  shareholder  value  shared  economic  interest  utility  utilities  public  utility  Smart  Grid  crony  capitalism  capitalism 
january 2016 by asterisk2a
Should Americans Be Paying More for Water? - YouTube
$4.8 trillion over next 20 years. Americans pay 1 cent per gallon of water.
USA  infrastructure  investment  public  utility  utilities  water  scarcity  water  supply  water  security 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
Title II: Are You Crazy To Hate It? | Beware the Propaganda - YouTube
Previously "The Tek 0161: Intel, IBM, Cisco, Etc. Against Net Neutrality" - 13:54 - Qualcomm, Intel, and others speak out against the Title II net neutrality
Net  Neutrality  USA  Title  II  public  utility  utility  utilities  infrastructure  investment  FCC  Lobbying  lobbyist  lobby  crony  capitalism  Wall  Street  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  business  investment  Career  Politicians  No  Representation  presidency  barackobama 
february 2015 by asterisk2a
Travis Kalanick of Uber - TWiST #180 - YouTube
MVP - minimal viable product, test of thesis; they rented a handful of cars with drivers in SF & build little app, the rest is history. make move to not have drivers but enable people to be drivers with income. Uber - elegance, design, ... this is now a brand, a status symbol. +++ on demand lifestyle, making magic happen via technology - employing STEM people. +++ could, because of supply liquidity, deliver, at premium, food to your door. +++ because of their technology, their platform, they either could licence out their problem solving platform (ie demand prediction - people just opening up the app - math is an operational cornerstone) to air transportation and or goods transportation. +++ Travis Kalanick at Startup School 2012 - >> multi-product company - for different budgets. Operations, Scaling - one problem that needed solving, a Playbook for expanding from one city to the next. Changing how u live, over months. not decades, today's age.
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june 2014 by asterisk2a
Uber Discusses Investment at $12 Billion Valuation -
@Uber in talks w/ large fund managers to raise $500M round @ $12B+ valuation, sources say; possible investors incl BlackRock, General Atlantic, Technology Crossover Ventures, hedge funds; raised $307.5M to date; @howardlindzon predicts IPO in Q4 - Link
Uber  public  utility  utilities  transportation  public  transportation  marketplace  efficiencies  marketplace  plurality  marketplace  marketplace  inefficiencies  growth  round  cash  flow  hunt  for  yield 
may 2014 by asterisk2a
Susan Crawford on Why U.S. Internet Access is Slow, Costly, and Unfair - YouTube
Is Net Neutrality Dead? - ""pressure from ISP and Cable Provider lobby in Washington not to call them a utility"" - - +++ Bill Moyers Essay: As the SEC Door Revolves - v=pqA4RGI5i8A
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
Twitter Acquires Android Lockscreen App Cover, Moves Deeper Into Mobile Services | TechCrunch
[ THE HOME SCREEN on your PHONE is now the SCREEN YOU have to be on. PERIOD. Twitter is trying to get there with this deal and tech&talent acquisition. >> // // glancing on it many times a day just to ... ] “If that changes down the road, we’ll provide another update here,” the founders Todd Jackson, Gordon Luk and Edward Ho note in a blog post announcing the deal. You can read Josh’s review of how Cover works here. Cover is being somewhat cryptic in discussing what it will be working on at Twitter. “Twitter, like Cover, believes in the incredible potential of Android,” they write. “They share our vision that smartphones can be a lot smarter — more useful and more contextual — and together we’re going to make that happen. We’ll be building upon a lot of what makes Cover great, and we’re thrilled to create something even better at Twitter.”
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april 2014 by asterisk2a

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