Liam O’Connor, hired to help build Lyft’s bike and scooter business, has left after 7 months

The emerging business of offering bikes and scooters on demand has not always been very smooth, and today comes one of the latest bumps: TechCrunch has learned and confirmed that Liam O’Connor, an executive hired to help transportation company Lyft build its bike and scooter operations, has left after seven months with the newly-public company.

The change comes some two weeks after Lyft had to pull thousands of e-bikes off the roads in New York, San Francisco and Washington, DC due to faulty brakes. Lyft says that the move is not due to this, but to O’Connor deciding to take a job “close to his heart.”

“Yes, he’s taking on a new role that is close to his heart where he will be spending much of his time out of the country, and will remain a close advisor to Lyft,” a spokesperson said in a statement. “We’ve elevated an internal candidate who has been an outstanding product leader for the past two years and we’re excited to continue the progress we’ve made with Lyft [...]  read more

2019 Kentucky Derby live stream: how to watch today’s race from anywhere

All eyes are on Churchill Downs today – it’s time for the 2019 Kentucky Derby. This year marks the 145th annual Run for the Roses, widely known as the most bet-upon horse racing event in the calendar.

But betting is no fun unless you’re watching along (or, to be fair, winning) and we’re going to tell you how you can get a 2019 Kentucky Derby live stream of all this year’s action, wherever you are in the world. The winning part we’ll leave to you to sort.

Kentucky Derby – where and when?
Beaming in from the Churchill Downs race course in Louisville, Kentucky, the Derby is going to be shown on NBC if you live in the US. 

The undercard is well underway with the 2019 Kentucky Derbyitself set to take place at 6.50pm ET / 3.50pm PT (11.50pm BST).

This year sees the prize purse increase from the usual $2 million to a staggering $3 million. The grade I stakes races is for just 20 three-year-old thoroughbreds who will run the one and a quarter mile course – one that’s been there since 1875.

The highest qualifying point holder is Tacitus and jockey Jose Ortiz with 150 points, in second is Omaha Beach ridden by Mike E. [...]  read more

Original Content podcast: The battle of opinions over ‘Game of Thrones’ and the Battle of Winterfell

This post and podcast contain spoilers for “Game of Thrones” and  “Avengers: Endgame.”

“The Long Night,” the much-anticipated “Game of Thrones” episode where the living and the dead meet in a desperate, epic battle, wasn’t entirely embraced by the show’s fans. Instead, many have complained about the episode’s (literal) darkness, while others were disappointed by the apparent disappearance of the show’s old ruthlessness.

But your hosts at the Original Content podcast (joined this week by our original co-host Darrell Etherington) were pretty happy with the episode, as revealed in an appropriately super-sized discussion.

Yes, the darkness was an issue, but the creative team used that darkness to eerily beautiful effect. On the right screen, everything in the episode was a grand and terrifying spectacle. And while we quibbled with some of the storytelling choices, we also screamed with surprise at the episode’s ending.

The other big question is what the [...]  read more

Putin Will Put Russia Behind an Internet Curtain

The week began with dragon’s breath. After a major breach in its firewall, a scrappy security team in the north engaged in an epic battle to rid its system of an infected payload that kept growing bigger and bigger, spewing frozen ice flames across all critical infrastructure. Yes, I’m talking about Game of Thrones, folks, and yes, we asked an officer in the Army National Guard to do a tactical analysis of the battle of Winterfell, and yes, it’s wonderful and you should read it.

In the real world, a mysterious hacker groups is on a supply chain hijacking spree. Though hacktivism is on the rise, the days of Anonymous-like groups making a real difference are over. The US Air Force has decided to embed airmen at Carnegie Mellon University as part of its new Science and Technology Strategy. And security researchers all agree that Right to Repair is as much a security issue as a matter of personal freedom.

The week ended with president Donald Trump on the phone with Russian [...]  read more

Mother’s Day flowers: the best online delivery services

Mother’s Day is just around the corner (May 12 to be exact) and if you’re still searching for the perfect gift for mom, then placing an online order for flowers is always a fantastic option. You can order a gorgeous bouquet in minutes from a variety of online retailers such as Pro Flowers, 1-800-Flowers, Teleflora and more. 

Most online retailers are offering promotions on mother’s day floral arrangements that are guaranteed to ship in time for Mother’s Day weekend. Whether she likes roses, hydrangeas, tulips or wildflowers – all of the retailers we listed offer a wide arrangement of bouquets that meet all needs and budgets.

We’ve listed all of the delivery fees and schedules below, so you know the cut-off dates for the standard delivery fee. If you do decide to procrastinate, fear not. Some online flower delivery services offer same-day delivery but will charge a premium fee. We’ve also listed current promotions so you can find the best deal [...]  read more

Hitting the Books: Ever wonder how audio sampling works?

The Discrete Charm of the Machine: Why the World Became Digitalby Ken Steiglitz We’re living the audiophile dream! Our phones can hold a year’s worth of music and stream more songs than anyone could listen to in a lifetime. But none of that would be possible without the efforts of one Harry Nyquist, an engineer …

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