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In an attempt to limit harassment of its users, Twitter is changing the rules for what you are allowed to tweet. Here’s what you need to know: Abusive behavior, once part of an “abuse and spam” section, has now been devoted the largest section of the rules. It states, “We do not...
If you call 911 or get pulled over by police in Dallas next year, you may get a follow-up phone call similar to those after an auto shop visit. These customer-service questions, however, will be a little more philosophical. They will focus not only on how the officer treated you...
Donald Trump’s ad begins with a shot of President Obama and Hillary Clinton. Then comes a U.S. battleship launching a cruise-missile strike. From there it moves swiftly through an explosive montage: The suspects in the recent California terrorist attack. Shadowy figures racing...
The future of popular vehicle-for-hire services Uber and Lyft in Austin was up in the air early Friday morning after the city council voted 9-2 in favor of an ordinance aimed at regulating the firms more like traditional taxi companies. After nearly five hours of debate, the...
Kyle was absorbed in a videogame on his cellphone, so I asked his mom, “How long has Kyle had a stomach ache?” Mom said, “I’m thinking it’s been about two days.” Then Kyle replied, “Shut up, mom. You don’t know what you’re talking about.” And he gave a snorty laugh, without...
Uber, a prominent ride-sharing service, has urged Austin-area supporters to tell Austin City Council members not to limit how it does business in part, it says, because drunken-driving accidents declined after such services started locally. "Ridesharing is moving Austin forward...
If you see a man walking down a Dallas street with a handgun on his hip next year, how will you know whether to call 911? Dallas city officials on Wednesday sought to clarify that issue ahead of Jan. 1, when the state’s new open carry law takes effect. Officials released a video...
Looks like your driveway could be the Next Big Thing in what the kids call the “sharing economy.” And please understand that when the kids say “sharing” they mean “renting.” Meet ParXit , a service and app that went live in recent days. The concept is simple. Parking’s a big...
Employers want workers to know what’s in their genes. A handful of firms are offering employees free or subsidized tests for genetic markers associated with metabolism, weight gain and overeating, while companies such as Visa Inc., Slack Technologies Inc., Instacart Inc...