By Me Today: Uber’s Controversial ‘Surge Pricing’ in Sydney

Earlier today, I wrote: Uber acted quickly Monday in an attempt to tamp down the latest controversy to hit the company, saying it is offering passengers free rides amid an unfolding siege at a Sydney café after complaints that rates had soared to exorbitant levels. The reversal came just a short time after the ride-sharing […]

Australian author who insulted Thai royal family pardoned

CNN: “Author jailed for insulting Thai king freed” An Australian author imprisoned last month for insulting the king and crown prince of Thailand was on his way home Saturday after receiving a pardon from the king. Harry Nicolaides, 41, was arrested last August over his 2005 book titled “Verisimilitude.” The book includes a paragraph about […]

Australian writer gets three-year prison term for insulting Thai monarchy

AFP: “Australian jailed for three years for insulting Thai king” A Thai court on Monday sentenced an Australian writer to three years in jail after finding him guilty of insulting Thailand’s revered royal family in a novel, a judge said. Harry Nicolaides, 41, had pleaded guilty to the charge earlier on Monday. He has been […]