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The Los Angeles transportation department and Remix, a startup that provides planning tools to cities, have inked a partnership with scooter and bike companies Lime and Spin as part of its push for a mobility data standard.

Driving the news: Earlier this year, Los Angeles announced it wants to create a data standard for transportation modes like shared bikes and scooters. The standard, dubbed the “mobility data specification,” aims to make it easier for cities use the companies’ data to monitor activity, enforce rule violations, and communicate needs such as a lack of vehicles in a particular area.

Remix’s new tools for monitoring and managing bike and scooter services aims to help cities see where exactly the vehicles are, and what that means for public transit, access for residents, and so on.

  • Bird, a scooter startup that’s not part of this partnership, recently unveiled its own dashboard for cities with data about its vehicles.
  • While Los Angeles will be the first city where this data standard is deployed, officials hope other cities adopt it too. Remix says it plans to continue working with Spin and Lime in other cities as well.

The bottom line: As cities embrace (or begrudgingly accept) new transportation options like electric scooters, they’re seeking more control compared to when they had when ride-hailing companies rolled out years ago, and this time they want data.

Go deeper: Still smarting from Uber, cities wise up about scooter data

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12 mins ago - Health

COVID cases and deaths keep falling

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Data: N.Y. Times; Cartogram: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

America’s coronavirus outbreak is rapidly improving as the Delta wave recedes, and vaccines for kids — which could become available within weeks — will help the situation improve even further.

By the numbers: Nationwide, the U.S. is now averaging about 79,000 new cases per day — a 22% drop over the past two weeks.

4 hours ago - Health

India crosses 1 billion COVID vaccinations milestone

A health worker inoculates a COVID-19 vaccine dose to a man wearing a face mask of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Beawar, India, in September. Photo: Sumit Saraswat/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Thursday that the country's health workers have now administered more than 1 billion COVID-19 vaccines doses.

Of note: While this is a significant milestone for the country of 1.4 billion, which has been devastated by the coronavirus, only about 30% of the eligible population has been fully vaccinated against the virus, per AP. Roughly 75% has received at least one dose.

Trump says he plans to launch new social media network in 2022

Photo: Chris Delmas/AFP via Getty Images

Former President Trump on Wednesday announced plans to launch a social media network called "Truth Social," and that it would go public via a SPAC.

Why it matters: Most ex-presidents are focused on their legacies, by creating presidential libraries or engaging in philanthropic endeavors. Trump, however, remains consumed by social media.