Square Feet: Building a Connected City From the Ground Up

Supported by Business Day Building a Connected City From the Ground Up Photo A rendering of the development Union Point, a “smart city” planned for Weymouth, Mass. Credit Elkus Manfredi Architects WEYMOUTH, Mass. — Kyle Corkum imagines a “smart city” with futuristic amenities like driverless shuttle services, heated sidewalks and a super-resilient energy grid that keeps humming through the harshest of storms.
As chief executive of LStar Ventures, a developer of planned communities, he has a chance to build the neighborhood of his dreams from the ground up on the site of a long-shuttered naval air station in this town just 12 miles south of Boston’s booming technology hub.
LStar, based in Raleigh, N.C., has enlisted General Electric as its partner. Because they are starting from scratch, Mr. Corkum said, the companies can embed smart technology into the energy, water, lighting and transportation systems that will serve the community.
The project comes at a time when the tech indust..

Alex Jones and Infowars Sued for Defamation After Misidentifying Parkland Gunman

Supported by Media Alex Jones and Infowars Sued for Defamation After Misidentifying Parkland Gunman Photo A Massachusetts man sued Alex Jones and his conspiracy theory website Infowars, saying they falsely identified him as the gunman at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Credit Ilana Panich-Linsman for The New York Times Shortly after a gunman entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida in February and killed 17 people, the conspiracy theory website Infowars claimed it had a photo of the attacker wearing “communist garb.” It showed a young man with a clenched fist in a red shirt emblazoned with a hammer and sickle and images of Joseph Stalin, Vladimir Lenin and Karl Marx.
But that man was not Nikolas Cruz, who was arrested two miles from the Parkland, Fla., school on Feb. 14 and later confessed to the shooting, the police said. The man in the red shirt was Marcel Fontaine, who lives 1,200 miles away in Massachusetts and has never visited Florida.

Spotify sees big Wall Street debut amid tech sector turmoil

Streaming service handily beats Wall Street reference price
Swedish streaming giant Spotify debuted on Wall Street with a bang, offering a bright spot amid dark times for technology stocks.
The company’s shares surged more than 25 per cent above the Wall Street Stock Exchange’s reference price of $132 (£94) to $165.90 (£118) a share. That translated into a $29.5bn (£21bn) valuation for a company now trading under the ticker symbol SPOT.
Rather than opting for an initial public offering, Spotify engaged in what’s known as a direct offering, which is not underwritten by banks. Founder Daniel Ek noted in a blog post ahead of the offering that existing shareholders have already been able to buy and sell stocks.
Read more Spotify has done the right thing by cutting out Wall Street banks Spotify expects revenue to grow as it gears up for public listing Spotify releases feature that could change how you listen to music “Normally, companies ring bells”, Mr Ek said. “Normally, companies ..

Gender pay gap deadline: Companies must report figures by tomorrow or face 'unlimited fines'

Many firms have already revealed startling differences between what they pay men and women, while around a fifth have yet to report with one day to go
The true scale of the gender pay gap at the UK’s largest companies will be revealed this week as the deadline for reporting arrives at midnight on Wednesday.
Any firms with over 250 employees who do not comply by midnight tomorrow face stiff penalties. The Equality and Human Rights Commission says it will initially contact employers informally at first if they have not published by the deadline, but businesses could ultimately face “unlimited fines and convictions”.
Many firms have already revealed startling differences between what they pay men and women; far higher than the UK average of 18.4 per cent, which is equivalent to women earning 81.6p for every £1 paid to a man.
Read more Ryanair reveals 67% gender pay gap Ryanair revealed a 67 per cent gender pay gap on Tuesday, a figure it said was due to the fact that a large majori..