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Ottawa, the city fun forgot, tops on infidelity website

Canada's prim capital is suddenly focussed more on the state of people's affairs than the affairs of the state.

New York mayor calls for ‘pause’ in Uber’s growth

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said he wants to put brakes on Uber’s growth “as quickly as possible,” amid an increasingly heated feud with the online ride-booking service.

Lines go silent in Finnish town of Salo as Microsoft shuts Nokia phone unit

When US software giant Microsoft bought Nokia's struggling mobile phone business last year, the inhabitants of Salo – a town of 54,000 in southern Finland – thought the move would revive the local economy.

Spain's tourism magnet Catalonia to tax Airbnb rentals

Users of popular room-rental services such as Airbnb will pay a new tax on their stays in Spain's Catalonia region under regulations that will affect tourist hotspots such as Barcelona.

Brazil agency to offer pro-competition view on any Uber lawsuits

Brazil's antitrust watchdog Cade has offered to weigh in on court challenges to laws banning ride-sharing service Uber, arguing for the advantages of increased competition, the agency's top official said.

Canadian judge rejects request for injunction against Uber

An Ontario court rejected the city of Toronto's request for an injunction to halt Uber's operations in Canada's largest city.

Foursquare's Swarm revives old mayorship gaming feature

Foursquare offshoot Swarm, a real-time check-in service that allows users to see where their friends are, has re-introduced the popular Mayorship feature to the delight of early fans.

Philippines tests health app for remote islands

The Philippines is testing an app that will speed up delivery of health services to hundreds of remote island communities, the science department said.

From Delhi to Port Moresby, cities take baby steps to make women feel safer

Going out for dinner and not sure which area would be safer at night for a woman travelling on her own? Want to track your daughter to ensure she gets back from college safely?

Google launches company to tackle city life woes

Google unveiled a company devoted to making a thriving business out of solving big-city problems such as overpriced housing and traffic-snarled streets.