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Uber argues its drivers aren’t ‘core’ to its business

Uber argues its drivers aren’t ‘core’ to its business

Uber won’t be reclassifying its drivers from independent contractors to employees in light of a new bill that passed in California, largely because the bill doesn’t specifically require them to do so, the company’s chief legal official argued Tuesday. “Contrary to some of the rhetoric we’ve heard, AB5 does not automatically reclassify any ride-share drivers…
Uber has surveyed some drivers on small loans, suggesting financial products are coming

Uber has surveyed some drivers on small loans, suggesting financial products are coming

Back in June Uber went on a hiring spree in New York, hiring at least 100 fintech-oriented tech workers to ostensibly look at creating products to increase loyalty and engagement among users and drivers, including things like banking. Cue a flurry of speculation. It now looks like Uber is taking baby-steps towards building such a…
Hundreds of Uber and Lyft drivers rally in San Francisco for employee protections

Hundreds of Uber and Lyft drivers rally in San Francisco for employee protections

Hundreds of Uber and Lyft drivers rallied in San Francisco on Tuesday in support of a state bill that would make it more difficult for companies to classify workers as independent contractors. The rally, which convened outside Uber’s headquarters on Market Street, was organized by a group called Gig Workers Rising, which is partly supported…
Uber and Lyft drivers are not letting up on the fight for AB-5 and a union

Uber and Lyft drivers are not letting up on the fight for AB-5 and...

A number Uber and Lyft drivers are protesting outside of Uber’s San Francisco headquarters to demand the passage of Assembly Bill 5 and the right to unionize. “What do we want? AB-5! When do we want it? Now!” That was one of the phrases drivers chanted outside of Uber’s HQ this afternoon. This is part…
How Many Uber and Lyft Drivers Are in Recalled Cars?

How Many Uber and Lyft Drivers Are in Recalled Cars?

The average car includes some 30,000 parts, and that leaves a lot of room for things to go wrong. Seatbacks that fold unexpectedly in 20 BMWs. Overpromising fuel gauges on 21,915 Alfa Romeos. Possible loss of steering in 595 Toyota minivans. And that’s just from this week’s batch of recalls issued by the National Highway…
Uber and Lyft drivers demand better pay, workplace protections and driver-led unions

Uber and Lyft drivers demand better pay, workplace protections and driver-led unions

As Assembly Bill 5 makes its way through the California state legislature, Uber and Lyft drivers are voicing their demands for better pay, basic workplace protections and the right to organize through unions. Tomorrow, Lyft and Uber drivers will convene outside Uber’s San Francisco headquarters to make their voices heard. As established in Dynamex Operations…
ICE mined driver’s license photos for facial recognition

ICE mined driver’s license photos for facial recognition

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement are using facial recognition software to trawl through millions of driver’s license photos provided by 21 states to search and find suspects. News broke over the weekend that the FBI and immigration officials access images — often without obtaining a search warrant or court order — in order to identify…
Some Uber and Lyft drivers say they were misled into petitioning against their own worker rights

Some Uber and Lyft drivers say they were misled into petitioning against their own...

Uber and Lyft have been aggressively campaigning against a proposed law in California, AB5, that would upend their business models if it compelled them and other gig economy companies to reclassify their independent contract workers as employees. Now, some drivers in California have told Recode they’ve been confused and misled by the emails and in-app…
City Observatory – Why are US drivers killing so many pedestrians?

City Observatory – Why are US drivers killing so many pedestrians?

US drivers are killing 50 percent more pedestrians, European drivers are killing a third fewer If anything else–a disease, terrorists, gun-wielding crazies–killed as many Americans as cars do, we’d regard it as a national emergency. Especially if the death rat had grown by 50 percent in less than a decade.  But as new data from…
Drivers may overestimate Tesla Autopilot because of its name, study suggests

Drivers may overestimate Tesla Autopilot because of its name, study suggests

IIHS asked 2,000 drivers to answer questions about Autopilot (Tesla), Traffic Jam Assist (Audi and Acura), Super Cruise (Cadillac), Driving Assistant Plus (BMW) and ProPilot Assist (Nissan). They found that 48 percent of the participants thought it would be fine to take their hands off the wheel in a Tesla, whereas only 33 percent thought…

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iPhone 11 Pro Max paced behind Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ speed...

We saw Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy Note 10+ beat the iPhone XS Max last month in a speed test. However, that wasn’t shocking since the XS Max is a year older. But today PhoneBuff has run a speed test with the iPhone 11 Pro Max and the Galaxy Note 10+ has beat out…

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