How One Texas City Built A Traffic Ticket Juggernaut

Turbocharged surveillance technology turned Officer Ricky Antoine into an unstoppable policing juggernaut. The city of Port Arthur says his approach to traffic safety saves lives. But some of the city’s poorest residents are paying the price.
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City of Munich Struggling With Basic Linux Functionality

jones_supa writes: Just like the city planned a year ago, Munich is still calling for a switch back to Windows from LiMux, their Ubuntu derivative. The councilors from Munich’s conservative CSU party have called the operating system installed on their laptops “cumbersome to use” and “of very limited use.” The letter from the two senior members of the city’s IT committee (PDF in German) asks the mayor to consider removing the Linux-based OS and to install Windows and Office. “There are no programs for text editing, Skype, Office etc. installed and that prevents normal use,” the letter argues. Another complaint from councilors is that “the lack of user permissions makes them of limited use.” These kind of arguments raise eyebrows, as all that functionality is certainly found on Linux.

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Tel Aviv Has Become a “Beta City” For New Technology

dkatana writes: Hila Oren, founder and CEO of Tel Aviv Global, part of the city government, writes an an Op-Ed for “Cities of the Future” where she details how, based on citizen participation and unpredictability, Tel Aviv has become one of the smartest cities on the planet. She mentions the “DigiTel” program for residents, who use a personalized account with the city to receive special offers, sign up for city services and programs, and report any issues. Being a small city with less than 1/2 million residents, Tel Aviv has become a “beta tester” for new technologies, fueled by their big startup community.

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The World's Biggest City That You've Never Heard Of

For decades, China’s government has tried to limit the size of Beijing, the capital, through draconian residency permits. Now, the government has embarked on an ambitious plan to make Beijing the center of a new supercity of 130 million people, a metropolitan area that would be about six times the size of New York’s.
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Eric Garner Case Is Settled By New York City For $5.9 Million

New York City reached a settlement on Monday with the family of Eric Garner, agreeing to pay $ 5.9 million to resolve the claim over his killing by the police last July on Staten Island, according to a lawyer representing the family.
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