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Copenhagen Lighting the Way to Greener, More Efficient Cities

COPENHAGEN — On a busy road in the center of town here, a string of green lights embedded in the bike path — the “Green Wave” — flashes on, helping cyclists avoid red traffic lights.

On a main artery into the city, truck drivers can see on smartphones when the next light will change. And in a nearby suburb, new LED streetlights brighten only as vehicles approach, dimming once they pass. Continue reading Copenhagen Lighting the Way to Greener, More Efficient Cities

Alibaba’s Singles’ Day sales near $7bn

China’s online retail giant Alibaba says it has seen nearly $7bn (£4.4bn) of sales so far from its annual ‘Singles’ Day’ shopping event.

Seventeen hours in, the firm said sales had already hit $6.96bn, with industry analysts predicting that sales could surpass $8bn this year.

Last year, Alibaba recorded sales of $5.75bn and shipped more than 150 million packages.

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The future of public services in the 21st century

The realities of further fiscal consolidation present us with an opportunity to fundamentally re-shape public service provision.

In the words of Beth Simone Noveck, former aide to Barack Obama: “What business do you know, what other sector of the economy, and especially one as big as the public sector, that doesn’t seek to reinvent its business model on a regular basis?”

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