Uber suspends operations in Nevada after ruling

Uber suspends operations in Nevada after ruling

Uber suspended operations in Nevada late Wednesday, after a Washoe County District Court judge granted the state’s request for a court order blocking the ride-sharing service. The judge said Uber’s refusal to comply with state laws regulating commercial motor carriers and passenger transportation services could put the public’s safety at risk.

Nevada’s attorney general filed a lawsuit last month arguing that the Internet application matching riders with drivers using personal cars for a fee infringes on the franchise rights of taxi companies and cabdrivers serving fare-paying passengers under state oversight. Washoe District Judge Scott Freeman granted the state’s request for a preliminary injunction pending a future trial.

See also: Sorry, Travis, but I’m boycotting Uber

Freeman’s Tuesday ruling came after Nevada Department of Business and Industry Director Bruce Breslow and Freeman himself praised the Uber application. Breslow said he has used it multiple times in other cities where it’s regulated.

“There’s no question it’s a wonderful product,” Freeman said. “But I’m charged with following the law — the law currently in existence … I’m not going to risk the safety of the public.”

The Delaware-based Uber maintains it is a technology company, not a transportation-services company subject to Nevada regulations that apply to taxis or commercial motor carriers. The state is trying “to compel a legal round peg into a square hole,” said Don Campbell, a Las Vegas lawyer representing Uber.

Uber spokesperson Eva Behrend said in a statement following Freeman’s ruling that the company will “continue to work with regulators and state leaders as we evaluate this development,” according to Bloomberg.

“We remain committed to working with Nevada’s leaders to create a permanent regulatory framework that affords Nevadans the flexibility and innovation offered by Uber,” she said, Reuters reported. Behrend added that a shutdown of Uber would cost Nevada nearly 1,000 jobs.

The news comes after a few tough weeks for Uber, when news surfaced that executive Emil Michael wanted to hire “opposition researchers” to dig up dirt on journalists who were critical of the company. It was also criticized for reportedly tracking a journalist without permission.

However, all of that didn’t seem to faze investors in Uber, which is reportedly close to raising a new round of funding that would bring its valuation to $40 billion.

Additional reporting by The Associated Press

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Uber suspends operations in Nevada after ruling

Uber suspends operations in Nevada after ruling

Uber suspended operations in Nevada late Wednesday, after a Washoe County District Court judge granted the state’s request for a court order blocking the ride-sharing service. The judge said Uber’s refusal to comply with state laws regulating commercial motor carriers and passenger transportation services could put the public’s safety at risk.

Nevada’s attorney general filed a lawsuit last month arguing that the Internet application matching riders with drivers using personal cars for a fee infringes on the franchise rights of taxi companies and cabdrivers serving fare-paying passengers under state oversight. Washoe District Judge Scott Freeman granted the state’s request for a preliminary injunction pending a future trial.

See also: Sorry, Travis, but I’m boycotting Uber

Freeman’s Tuesday ruling came after Nevada Department of Business and Industry Director Bruce Breslow and Freeman himself praised the Uber application. Breslow said he has used it multiple times in other cities where it’s regulated.

“There’s no question it’s a wonderful product,” Freeman said. “But I’m charged with following the law — the law currently in existence … I’m not going to risk the safety of the public.”

The Delaware-based Uber maintains it is a technology company, not a transportation-services company subject to Nevada regulations that apply to taxis or commercial motor carriers. The state is trying “to compel a legal round peg into a square hole,” said Don Campbell, a Las Vegas lawyer representing Uber.

Uber spokesperson Eva Behrend said in a statement following Freeman’s ruling that the company will “continue to work with regulators and state leaders as we evaluate this development,” according to Bloomberg.

“We remain committed to working with Nevada’s leaders to create a permanent regulatory framework that affords Nevadans the flexibility and innovation offered by Uber,” she said, Reuters reported. Behrend added that a shutdown of Uber would cost Nevada nearly 1,000 jobs.

The news comes after a few tough weeks for Uber, when news surfaced that executive Emil Michael wanted to hire “opposition researchers” to dig up dirt on journalists who were critical of the company. It was also criticized for reportedly tracking a journalist without permission.

However, all of that didn’t seem to faze investors in Uber, which is reportedly close to raising a new round of funding that would bring its valuation to $40 billion.

Additional reporting by The Associated Press

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Tacori Diamond Rings Designer Announces Free Ringtone Giveaway

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LOS ANGLES, CA, Jun 22 (MARKET WIRE) —

Tacori, the legendary fine jewelry designer known for exquisite platinum

rings and diamond rings, is pleased to announce that the wildly popular

musical composition featured in its Checkmate TV commercial, “Ooh la, mi

cha cha cha,” is now available as a free Tacori ringtone.

The 30 second song, “Ooh la, mi cha cha cha,” was created as an exclusive

composition for Tacori as a backdrop to their iconic Checkmate

commercial, currently airing nationwide. Written and composed by Sandy

Chila, award-winning vocalist Michelle Harding brings the playful “Ooh

la, mi cha cha cha” song to life in the memorable “Checkmate” spot which

features sculpted ebony and bone chess pieces acting as a striking visual

metaphor for the passion of conquest.

After a large and very positive response to the song featured in this

commercial, Tacori is pleased to announce that “Ooh la, mi cha cha cha,”

which can be heard from their homepage Tacori.com, will be available as a

free ringtone. Those who are interested will be able to download the

ringtone for a limited time from the Tacori blog.

“We featured this song in our television ad and immediately received an

overwhelming amount of positive feedback,” said Paul Tacorian of Tacori.

“Instead of charging customers for it, we have decided to give it away

for free as a way of saying thank you to the community for supporting

Tacori.”

The commercial is dedicated to the exceptional Dantela Collection of

diamond engagement rings. The name Dantela means “lace” in Romanian, and

is a reference to the beautifully delicate designs in the one-of-a-kind

collection of wedding rings in which diamonds bloom the center stone and

provide intricate appeal.

To download the “Ooh la, mi cha cha cha” ringtone, visit

http://www.tacori.com/news/2010/06/download-the-tacori-checkmate-ringtone/.

To read more on this topic, visit:

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-cha-cha/.

About Tacori:

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silhouette design and for being an innovator in the design, creation and

marketing of fine jewelry for over four decades. Spanning four decades,

Tacori designs have fused classic elegance with modern inspiration,

creating some of the world’s most highly regarded and exquisitely

beautiful diamond rings, diamond engagement rings, wedding rings, men’s

wedding bands, diamond earrings, diamond bracelets and diamond necklaces.

Contact:

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An App to Control the Other Person’s Ringtone

It’s an app that, almost everyone I’ve told about it responds in the same way, by asking, “Is that really allowed? Because seems like it kinda shouldn’t be.”

The app is called Shuv and what it allows you to do, when you call someone, you choose how their phone is going to ring. You can choose a sound, a song, or even record your own sound. This of course just lends itself to helping you create some seriously awkward situations, especially if you choose something from the gross category.

You can also choose a photo to pop up on the receiver’s phone to accompany your ring.  Developers say this is all to help users set the tone of the conversation before the conversation even begins. Shuv is a free app for iPhones and Android devices. In order for this to work though, both you and the person you’re calling must have the app.

Watch the video for a bonus look at another app, called Find the Line.

RetroFolio Launches Innovative Ringtone Production and Delivery Tool

MIAMI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nov. 18, 2004–

 

Groundbreaking Technology Protects Digital Assets While Accelerating Time to Market and Maximizing Revenues from Consumer Ringtone Sales

 

Retro Ringtones LLC, a leading ringtone content provider, today announced the release of RetroFolio 1.0(TM), the first-ever Web-based ringtone management toolset for music producers, copyright owners and mobile operators. This custom toolset streamlines the ringtone production and delivery process by providing asset management, file validation, WAP publishing and an efficient B2B distribution mechanism.

RetroFolio is a Web-based tool enabling collaboration between all those involved in the ringtone supply chain. Individual users or entire teams can build a complete database and archive for every existing ringtone filetype, including monophonic, polyphonic, ‘truetone’, and MP3 or WAV preview files. Production teams can keep content and data centralized, restricting or sharing access between different organizations.

“The business of creating and selling ringtone files is often hampered by complex logistical problems for record labels, producers and mobile operators. This causes delays in bringing ringtones to market, and sometimes leads to files that fail or crash the user’s mobile phone,” said Thomas Dolby Robertson, founder and President of Retro. “To meet this market challenge, we have created a next-generation software toolset that gives ringtone creators and distributors a collaborative environment to manage, deploy and protect their digital assets.”

RetroFolio automatically analyzes each file and validates it against a matrix of current handsets and networks specifications. This matrix maps 51 ringtone formats to an astonishing 224 handsets, flagging any likely incompatibilities. Metadata (e.g., title, artist, MIDI polyphony, MCPS TuneCode, vendor ID, etc.) is stored together with multiple versions and formats for each ringtone. Ringtones can be sent direct from RetroFolio to a given mobile phone number, or even ‘staged’ as a private, hierarchical WAP site for testing and approval. Exported libraries conform to a target carrier’s data schema, handset list and network requirements.

“Retro identifies and addresses a key bottleneck facing this $3 billion industry,” said Adam Zawel, director, Wireless/Mobile Enterprise & Commerce Strategies group at Yankee Group. “RetroFolio provides a toolset for the industry by offering third parties a way to standardize ringtone metadata and file formats, potentially enabling a faster route to market.”

Top carriers can see clear benefits to RetroFolio. “Creating the innumerable formats to a wide range of specifications is a massive headache to composers and IP content holders,” said Jonathan Jowitt, head of enhanced multimedia development at Orange UK. “Retro has a deep understanding of the workflow and processes involved and RetroFolio offers a unified view, enabling content to be delivered with guarantees of quality and compliance.”

“As the mobile distribution partner for top labels like Domino, Sanctuary and V2 Records, we work with many producers to assemble ringtones for current Top 40 hits, and it is vital that we meet tight deadlines,” said Daryn Wober, International Licensing Director of Pocket Technology Ltd. “We believe RetroFolio offers a great collaborative solution for all the players in the chain.”

A 45-day free trial account is available by special arrangement. Please visit the Retro Ringtones booth at Mobile MusiCon 2004 for a complete demonstration. For full pricing, features and availability, please contact sales@retrofolio.com.

About Retro Ringtones LLC

Retro Ringtones LLC was founded in 2002 by musician Thomas Dolby Robertson — original co-developer of the Beatnik polyphonic software synthesizer technology now used by Nokia, Motorola, Samsung and others — and Till Toenshoff, formerly Head of Technical Co-operations at handy.de, the mobile content division of Bertelsmann GmbH. Retro has developed a suite of server tools to streamline the ringtone and production delivery process. The tools were road-tested while Retro assembled thousands of ringtones from multiple producers, and delivered unique content libraries to customers all over Europe. These customers include Orange, Vodafone, O2, WES and Buongiorno. RetroFolio(TM) 1.0 is the heart of this powerful web-based tools suite, and is now being offered for the first time as a custom service to third parties.

For more information, please refer to www.retrofolio.com or www.retroringtones.com.

The Note: Ring Tone – ABC News

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Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton hears the phone ringing, and it’s the sound of her last best shot at capturing the Democratic nomination.

“It’s 3 am, and your children are safe and asleep,” says her closing ad for Ohio and Texas. “Who do you want answering the phone?”

Yowsers. It’s about as subtle as a blunt-instrument-of-a-message can be. And it worked for Walter Mondale and Lyndon Johnson, as George Stephanopoulos pointed out on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Friday: “This is the nuclear option. It’s either going to work or it’s going to blow back,” he said. (It’s Roy Spence, trying to recreate his Mondale magic.)

The $35 million raised by Clinton this month just might buy her another four or five days of loyalty from her supporters, and it surely will get her latest message (among many others) in the necessary circulation in Ohio and Texas.

It also would purchase about two-thirds of Sen. Barack Obama’s fundraising month. And that message is getting old for Camp Clinton. (Some well-funded Obama pushback — the ad featuring retired Gen. Merrill A. McPeak, praising Obama as the right candidate on foreign policy, is coming back into circulation.)

As we enter what may be the twilight of the Clinton era in Democratic politics, Clinton, D-N.Y., is stuck in uncomfortably familiar territory. Despite the distinctly sharper message, for all the loyalty and dedication of her supporters (and raising $35 million this month despite the February blues is real cause for celebration for Terry McAuliffe and company), a nomination may be slipping away here: By the same measures the Clinton team is citing, supporters of Obama, D-Ill., are fired up and ready to go — and then some.

Clinton found the fundraising surge “heartwarming,” she said on the trail, but even McAuliffe’s enthusiasm has to be curbed by this: Obama is expected to top $50 million when February’s receipts are counted, ABC’s David Chalian reports. (Ponder that figure — 29 days, $50 million.)

Her frustration is palpable — and understandable. Her core message about Obama isn’t changing, but it isn’t getting — or, at least, hasn’t gotten — through. “I think the best description actually is in Barack’s own book,” Clinton told ABC’s Cynthia McFadden in a “Nightline” interview Thursday, “where he said that he is a blank screen and people of widely different views project what they want to hear.”

“He just hasn’t been around long enough,” Clinton continued. And she learns the downside of an inevitable candidacy: When you’re knocked from your perch, nobody forgets that once were the frontrunner: “I’m still being treated like that — in terms of people coming after me.”

“Every so often I just wish that it were a little more of an even playing field, but, you know, I play on whatever field is out there,” Clinton said.

How much sympathy would a lawsuit earn her? The Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Jay Root: “The Texas Democratic Party is warning that its March 4 caucuses could be delayed or disrupted after aides to White House hopeful Hillary Clinton raised the specter of an ‘imminent’ lawsuit over its complicated delegate selection process. . . . Democratic sources said representatives from each campaign had made it clear they are keeping all their options open but that the Clinton campaign in particular had warned of an impending lawsuit.”

Slacker® Radio Delivers More Customizable User Music Options On Verizon Wireless – Yahoo Finance

The new service allows Verizon users to customize their phone with music from an immense library of songs and unique, hand-crafted Slacker radio stations. Slacker Radio Tones is available now for all Verizon customers for $2.00 per month. Slacker Radio Tones now gives Verizon customers the ability to draw from Slackers massive library of content to pick the perfect songs and stations to add a unique personal touch to their phones, said Duncan Orrell-Jones, CEO, Slacker Radio. Whether you identify mom with her favorite song or a best friend with Pharrells Happy, Verizon customers now have a massive library of Slacker content and music they can use to add a touch of personality to their phones and delight callers. Slacker Radios expert DJs hand-craft hundreds of customizable stations, and now with Slacker Radio Tones,in addition to their own customized stations or favorite songs, Verizon Wireless customers can select any of these stations as their preferred Ringback Tone.Slacker Radio is also the first and only app through which subscribers can stream music as well as select Ringback Tones and Ringtones at the same time, exclusive to Verizon Wireless customers. A Verizon customer only has to register with Slacker Radio to begin using Slacker Tones; a full subscription to Slacker Radio is not required to use the Slacker Radio Tones service. Slacker Radio Tones ($2.00/month) Unlimited access to Ringback Tones Unlimited Ringtone downloads Ability to set up to 25 personalized Ringback Tones Ability to assign Ringback Tones and Ringtones to specific contacts To sign up for Slacker Radio Tones, please visit slacker.com.
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EU: Ringtone Web Sites Rip Off Consumers

Eight out of 10 Web sites selling mobile phone ring tones and graphics are tricking consumers with hidden fees or false advertising for free products, the EU said Thursday.

The EU’s consumer affairs commissioner, Meglena Kuneva, said a Europe-wide investigation showed up shoddy sales practices such as hiding the true cost of downloads or not telling customers they are signing up for a subscription.

“It’s clear that consumers have been ripped off,” she said.

She said she is telling national governments to go after crooked traders.

Ring tones — usually aimed at teenagers — make up almost a third of mobile content in Europe, racking up euro691 million (US$1.1 billion) in sales last year, the EU said.

With 495 million handsets, there is just over one mobile phone per person across the 27-nation bloc.

The European Commission checked some 500 Web sites, finding that 80 percent broke consumer advertising rules. It took action after receiving complaints from shoppers unhappy at being forced into subscriptions or extra charges.

“To be safe buying these services, check the fine print every time and make sure you are not signing up for more than you bargained for,” Kuneva warned consumers.

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