News and notes from around the interweb:
- What airline stroller policies really are in the US and abroad.
- An online services alliance in Asia is taking on Amazon Prime using the same marketing principles. (HT: David H.)
- New York Times profile of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick contains some interesting anecdotes like a 2015 meeting where he was scolded by Apple’s Tim Cook.
- Panhandling in China has gone high tech (HT: Marginal Revolution)
Beggars in Jinan in China’s eastern province of Shandong use QR codes, the technology used by Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.’s [NYSE:BABA] Alipay and Tencent Holdings Ltd.’s [HKG:0700] WeChat Wallet, in hopes of getting money transferred to them by passersby with smartphones.
One panhandler in Jinan’s Wangfu Chizi held a basket with a QR code on it, China.org.cn report, citing accounts from internet users.
…Residents living in areas frequented by tourists, such as Qushuiting Street and Wangfu Chizi, said that some local beggars use WeChat — and some even have a POS (point of sale) machine.
- Great uses of Choice Privileges points
- 20% bonus transferring hotel points to Virgin Australia Velocity
- NBC political analyst Mark Halperin complained on twitter about having to sit next to an emotional support animal in a bow tie on a Delta flight. (HT: Paul H.)
- How a plane’s wing generates lift (HT: Hans Mast)