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    1. Denver's dockless scooters cause rules confusion, injuries

      Denver's dockless scooters cause rules confusion, injuries

      City officials say they’re researching state and local laws, looking for a way to legalize the use of scooters in bike lanes. State law places toy vehicles alongside “skis, toboggans, coasting sleds (and) skates,” and bans them from the road. “In the meantime, we’re asking riders to watch their speed on the sidewalk and yield to pedestrians at all times,” wrote Nancy Kuhn, a spokeswoman for Denver Public Works.

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    2. New Colorado initiative looks to pair tech ingenuity with transit innovations

      New Colorado initiative looks to pair tech ingenuity with transit innovations

      Colorado Department of Transportation leaders, in conjunction with both public- and private-sector partners, are launching an ambitious effort to work with startups and entrepreneurs to tap into the technology that is changing the way that people move about and work to integrate it with existing roads, transit and other forms of mobility to make the state a leader in getting people seamlessly from place to place. The “MobilityNEXT” initiative, announced Friday at the annual CDOT Summit in Denver, comes at a critical time for Colorado. State transportation officials have pinpointed a $9 billion infrastructure backlog over the next 10 years ...

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    3. Uber doesn't have to treat drivers as employees, court finds

      Uber doesn't have to treat drivers as employees, court finds

      Uber counted a win Tuesday in the ongoing battle between gig economy services and workers seeking to be treated as employees, as a federal appeals court unraveled the class-action status of a lawsuit that has seen several twists and turns for five years. Three judges on the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals found that the 240,000 drivers in O’Connor v. Uber Technologies Inc. et al., instead may take their claims, one by one, to private arbitration, as their original contracts with Uber demand…

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    4. Second National Cyber Symposium kicks off Oct. 8

      Second National Cyber Symposium kicks off Oct. 8

      The 2018 National Cyber Symposium kicks off at The Broadmoor hotel Oct. 8, focusing on “the best ways to handle cybersecurity in a constantly changing world — from corporate concerns to global threats.” Hosted by the National Cybersecurity Center, the two-day symposium will include sessions on corporate cybersecurity, managing risk, executive oversight, cryptocurrency, blockchain technology, cyber compliance, state and federal defense strategies, global threats and workforce development.

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    5. Airbnb proposes new perk for hosts: A stake in the company

      Airbnb proposes new perk for hosts: A stake in the company

      Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky has long said the decade-old company would be nothing without its hosts. Now, the home-sharing giant is looking to offer them a stake in the fast-growing company. Airbnb Inc. sent a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission asking it to revise rules that govern shareholder eligibility. The request was in response to a SEC inquiry over the summer about the potential to offer equity to contract workers.

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    6. UCAR signs agreement to continue managing NCAR

      UCAR signs agreement to continue managing NCAR

      The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research has signed an agreement with the National Science Foundation to continue management of the National Center for Atmospheric Research for five years. The agreement is up to $630 million, depending on the availability of funds. “NCAR is among the nation’s greatest scientific success stories,” William Easterling, the head of the NSF Directorate for Geosciences, said in a prepared statement.

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    7. Here's how many scooters and e-bikes are cruising in Denver, and how many more are in store

      Here's how many scooters and e-bikes are cruising in Denver, and how many more are in store

      This has been Denver's summer of the scooter, and the city's sidewalks are about to see hundreds more as its residents trade in their iced coffees for pumpkin spice lattes. Companies that make dockless electric scooters and bicycles have come a long way since June, when Denver Public Works was confiscating them from sidewalks.

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    8. Colorado to provide another cycle of work training grants

      Colorado to provide another cycle of work training grants

      The Department of Labor and Employment has begun the fourth stage of recruiting grant applicants for the Skilled Worker Outreach, Recruitment and Key Training Act, more commonly known as the WORK Act. The WORK Act Grant was established in 2015 after lawmakers recognized that a four-year college program was not for everyone. The grant promotes skills-training with hands-on instruction in the workplace, including apprenticeships, internships and on-the-job training.

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    9. Questions remain for technology sellers and service providers in the wake of the Wayfair decision

      Questions remain for technology sellers and service providers in the wake of the Wayfair decision

      For more than 50 years, vendors have controlled their sales tax compliance burden by limiting their activities in market states. But following the U.S. Supreme Court’s (the court’s) South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. ruling (Wayfair), which overturned the physical presence standard, interstate vendors are subject to tax laws in each state where they sell goods or services. This means vendors need to consider sales tax compliance requirements as soon as they begin making significant sales in another…

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    10. Technology could transform transportation to the Vail Valley, and fairly soon | VailDaily.com

      Technology could transform transportation to the Vail Valley, and fairly soon | VailDaily.com

      The Colorado Department of Transportation doesn't have much money to pay for big ideas. But big ideas are still bubbling at the state agency. The Vail Town Council on Tuesday, Sept. 4, heard a presentation from Peter Kozinski, a one-man department for the department's RoadX Program. That program is designed to envision how technology can improve the state's transportation system.

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    11. CU Boulder sponsored research sets record

      CU Boulder sponsored research sets record

      Sponsored research funding at the University of Colorado Boulder reached a record-breaking $511.1 million in the 2017-2018 fiscal year, topping the $507.9 million recorded the prior year. Numbers for the 2017-2018 fiscal year are preliminary, with final numbers expected later this year. The CU system as a whole also saw record levels of research funding, bringing in $1.053 billion in 2017-18.

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