SFO legalizes Sidecar at the airport

Sidecar is now able to operate legally at SFO, the first of a long list of ridesharing companies that want to be granted that privilege. Sidecar says that this is the first time a California airport has given a permit to a ridesharing company. It’s joining the likes of car sharing service RelayRides, which struck a deal with SFO last November. SF mayor Ed Lee even released a statement on the news, “Companies like Sidecar are creating real jobs for San Franciscans and making easier to get around our City.”

FlightCar launches its Seattle base

FlightCar, the company that lets you make money when you leave town by renting your car out to people at the airport, has opened another branch. Seattle marks FlightCar’s fourth U.S. airport, joining San Francisco, Los Angeles and Boston. “We’re growing 25 percent month over month in customers and revenue,” FlightCar CEO Rujul Zaparde told me. He says now that the company has mastered its new market playbook and raised its $13.5 million secondary series A, it will be expanding to future cities faster.

Can Berlin be a real startup hub without a real airport?

Berlin is making great strides towards becoming a serious home for startups and entrepreneurs in Europe. But while it’s getting support from businesses and even government, the biggest fly in the ointment could be the delayed, embarrassing shambles that is Brandenburg airport.

Coming soon to an airport near you: free iPads

Dread waiting around with nothing to do during a layover or waiting for a delayed flight? Meet the company that’s planning to outfit North American airports with tens of thousands of iPads to use — for free. The first cities will be New York, Minneapolis and Toronto.

Will ‘crazy’ tax leave Berlin unable to compete?

Berlin’s attempt to become one of the world’s premier cities for startup culture is taking a serious blow, with a new airport months behind schedule and a ‘crazy’ compulsory pension contributions scheme that has nascent companies warning that it could prove too much.

Apple quietly updates the AirPort Extreme

It’s updates all around for Apple’s full-sized routers, as the AirPort Extreme joins the Time Capsule with a new model number today. The AirPort Extreme and the Time Capsule both haven’t been updated since early 2009, so refreshed hardware isn’t really a surprise. But what’s changed?

Get more space for your private cloud with new 3TB Time Capsule

Apple unveiled new Time Capsule wireless router / hard drive combo options today, including a 3 TB version that ups the maximum storage available for the device. It’s a sign that despite its move to the cloud, Apple still respects the average Mac users’ local storage needs.

How Apple’s Next AirPort Routers Could Make a Great CDN

There are signs that Apple’s Time Capsule and AirPort Extreme are poised for an updated, based on diminishing stock of the current models. Buzz is that the refresh will provide caching for software updates. But what if it provides media streaming caching, too?