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Start-up Bird backs down in electric scooter legal row

Start-up Bird backs down in electric scooter legal row

Technology
A scooter firm has apologised after issuing a journalist with legal threats over a blogpost about its scooters.Start-up Bird offers electric scooters in around 40 US cities, which are hired via an app.Bird accused Cory Doctorow of copyright infringement for linking to a forum about a device which enables abandoned scooters, bought at auction, to be fitted with a new motherboard.This means they can then be used without the Bird app.Mr Doctorow's blogpost, published on the website Boing Boing, was about the number of Bird scooters that are being abandoned or badly parked, then removed by local authorities and legitimately sold.It described a $ 30 (£23) motherboard which replaces the scooters' existing hardware but does not alter either the hardware or...
Arsenal transfer news: Laurent Koscielny turned down chance to join Thierry Henry at Monaco

Arsenal transfer news: Laurent Koscielny turned down chance to join Thierry Henry at Monaco

Sports
STAYING PUT The defender has only recently returned from a long spell out with an Achilles injury Laurent Koscielny turned down the chance to join Monaco, opting to stay with Arsenal at least until the end of the season. The defender only returned to action in the Europa League win over Qarabag in December, having not played since rupturing his Achilles in the same competition in May 2018 against Atletico Madrid. Koscielny turned down a move to Monaco His injury curse struck again when he was forced to pull out of the FA Cup win against Blackpool last Saturday after picking up a back problem in the warm-up. According to Le10 Sport, Monaco manager Thierry Henry was interested in bringing his former team-mate to the Stade Louis II this month, b...
Six children killed after bus rolls down gorge

Six children killed after bus rolls down gorge

World
Six schoolchildren have been killed and 12 others hurt in a bus crash in northern India. The driver also died when the vehicle skidded off a hilly road and rolled down a gorge in Himachal Pradesh state on Saturday.Three of the children, aged between five and 14, died at the scene, as did the driver.The three other victims lost their lives later in hospital. An investigation is under way into what caused the accident.The children were students at a school in a remote area of the mountainous state. More from India In September, 55 people were killed when a bus carrying pilgrims from a Hindu temple in the hills of south India plunged off a road.Around 150,000 people die every year on India's roads, often because of reckless driving, badly maintained roads and...