Author: M. Ní Sídach

Berkeley becomes first U.S. city to ban natural gas in new buildings

The ordinance, introduced by Councilwoman Kate Harrison, goes into effect Jan. 1, 2020 and phases out the use of natural gas by requiring all new buildings to have electric infrastructure.

After its passage, Harrison thanked the community and her colleagues “for making Berkeley the first city in California and the United States to prohibit natural gas infrastructure in new buildings.”

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Wired: Architecture Professor Explains Why Malls Are Dying

It is fascinating how scholars gloss over how “Suburbs” as we once knew them were unselfconsciously branded as an escape to safety for Urban White families, with malls serving as a metaphor of town center, a few even incorporating those words into their name or tagline.

Now that minorities have invaded suburbia, Whites have moved further into previously rural and or natural settings or returned to reinvent urbanity in a new wave gentrification.

Privacy-first browsers look to take the shine off Google’s Chrome

By David Ingram

Before Google, Facebook and Amazon, tech dominance was known by a single name: Microsoft.

And no product was more dominant than Microsoft’s web browser, Internet Explorer. The company’s browser was the gateway to the internet for about 95 percent of users in the early 2000s, which helped land Microsoft at the center of a major government effort to break up the company.

Almost two decades later, Google’s Chrome now reigns as the biggest browser on the block, and the company is facing challenges similar to Microsoft’s from competitors, as well as government scrutiny.

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