Yamaha's newest e-bike hits 28 mph, but it'll cost you

Yamaha’s latest bicycle will give riders a speedy electric boost.

The Civante is a Class 3 electric-power assist bicycle, the company announced Wednesday, that’s arriving at U.S. bike shops later this summer with a $3,399 price tag. It’s Yamaha’s first Class 3 e-bike, which means you can legally ride up to 28 mph on the road and the electric assist only kicks in when you, the rider, is pedaling — not just pushing a button. 

Class 1 e-bikes, like the ones you can rent with Lyft, are a slower version of the Yamaha Civante, capped at 20 mph with assisted pedaling. Class 2 bikes have a throttle so you can ride without pedaling and just push down on a button on the handle to go faster, similar to the way you ride a rental electric scooter from Lime or Bird. New York’s brand-new e-bike (and e-scooter) laws from June changed up these three classifications, so it’s not clear if the Civante would be considered a Class 3 bike there. But it is clear you have to wear a helmet no matter where or what you’re riding. Read more…

More about Electric Vehicles, E Bike, Tech, and Transportation

Twitter is building a 'subscription platform,' and paying for tweets might be a thing

“This site is free” is a common refrain on Twitter. Meant to be read in the tone of sarcastic disbelief, it’s often brought out to highlight the absurdity of a situation that someone has, typically, stumbled ass-first into online — on full display for all Twitter users to witness in real time, free of charge. 

However, if a job listing on Twitter’s job board is any indication, that last part might be going the way of 140-character limits. According to the posting for a senior full-stack software engineer, first listed “10 days ago,” the social media company is building a possibly paid subscription service.  Read more…

More about Twitter, Social Media, Tech, and Social Media Companies