Running a big city like a tech startup

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    Let’s start with some international news today:


    London gets its own Chief Digital Officer (CDO).

    Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, appoints Theo Blackwell as the capital’s first CDO.

    “The new Chief Digital Officer post is an amazing opportunity to make our capital even more open to innovation, support jobs and investment and make our public services more effective. The pace of change over the next decade requires public services to develop a stronger relationship with the tech sector. Our purpose is to fully harness London’s world-class potential to make our public services faster and more reliable at doing things we expect online, but also adaptable enough to overcome the capital’s most complex challenges.”

    – Theo Blackwell, Chief Digital Officer for London

    North Korea

    From AP: “North Korea fires ballistic missile from its capital Pyongyang that flew over Japan before plunging into the ocean.”


    Reacting to North Korea’s aggressive test, residents in the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido have been told to seek shelter.



    Back home:

    Hurricane Harvey

    U.S. President Donald Trump arrives in Texas to survey Hurricane Harvey’s damage and relief efforts.



    Onto some tech news:


    Instagram introduces the ability to share media in both portrait and landscape formats when sharing galleries (multiple photos and/or videos in one post).

    Previously, only square 1:1 aspect ratio was supported.

    Google Maps

    Google updates Google Maps to include information about parking lots / garages near destinations, and the ability to add them to trips.

    The new feature is available in 25 U.S. cities:

    Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas / Fort Worth, D.C., Denver, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis / St. Paul, New York City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, San Diego, Sacramento, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, and Tampa.

    In this release, information like parking costs and spots available is not yet available, but will likely be added in future updates.



    Answer to today’s brainteaser:

    Why is it against California’s laws for a man living in Oakland to be buried in Mountain View?

    Because the man is still alive!