Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

A Government Official at the Tap of a Button

Testimony from Ashwini Chhabra, Deputy Commissioner of Policy & Planning at NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission, in 2012, on the question of hailing taxicabs with apps like Uber:

“It is not the rightful function of government to protect one segment of an industry from competition from another segment. So long as passengers win and the industry over all wins, our goal to be to encourage innovation and forward movement.”

So it will not surprise you to learn that he is becoming Uber's first head of policy development and community engagement. I'm sure someone told him, in a sing-songy voice "Why reg-u-late when you can inn-o-vate? Also here is a large sack of money, woven from the hair of the world's last unicorn."

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10546842@twitter (#246,712)

Waiting for one of the stranger website corrections you could make, based on the one word copy change I saw from the RSS version I read vs the one now live on this page…

CORRECTION: In some editions on Tuesday earlier versions of this article about a New Yorker's job change referred to "the pubes of of the world's last unicorn" but our fact checkers were unable to verify the exact origin of the unicorn hair, so it's been corrected to more accurately include any hair from the world's last unicorn.

Matt Buchanan (#232,205)

@10546842@twitter Well pubes are just hair

10546842@twitter (#246,712)

@Matt Buchanan In this case, funnier hair. It's why I went to the article to find & tweet that line.

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