The Senate health care plan is a disaster for gig economy workers

July 16, 2017

RIP health care.Image: GOMBERT/EPA/REX/Shutterstock The gig economy owes a lot to Obamacare. In the wake of the financial crisis, as smartphones were just becoming the norm, millions of Americans were out of work. Then, Uber hit the market one year before Obamacare was passed, and suddenly, the gig economy seemed feasible. Startups could launch without providing costly healthcare, and their workersexcuse me, independent contractorsdidnt have to worry about going broke…

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MashTalk: What is Uber’s future without Travis Kalanick?

June 25, 2017

After this week, Uber is forever changed. Co-founder Travis Kalanick was forced to resign as CEO after pressure from investors over recent scandals. Those scandals? Where to begin: There are the allegations of sexual harassment and HR incompetence from Susan Fowler Rigetti. There’s the ongoing lawsuit from Alphabet’s Waymo that alleges Uber benefited from intellectual property that the now-fired head of self-driving may have stolen. There’s the Greyball program that…

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Travis Kalanick apologists sound a lot like Donald Trump supporters

June 24, 2017

Mandatory Credit: Photo by AP/REX/Shutterstock (8875114h) President Donald Trump is greeted by supporters during a rally, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa Trump, Cedar Rapids, USA – 21 Jun 2017 Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock They might not be perfect, but they’re winners. In 2017, it’s a common refrain. For example: It’s how Donald Trump supporters justify supporting Donald Trump. And it’s also how Travis Kalanick supporters still justify supporting Travis Kalanick. Let’s be clear:…

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Uber board member resigns after making ridiculous, sexist joke

June 14, 2017

Image: ERIC RISBERG/AP/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK Update, Tuesday June 13, 6:30 pm PST: An Uber board member who made a misogynistic remark in a meeting to address the company’s systemic sexual harassment resigned late Tuesday, an Uber spokesperson confirmed. David Bonderman reportedly caused a stunned silence at an all-hands meeting earlier in the day when he joked that a company board with more than one woman means “it’s more likely that there will…

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Uber driver who took Bills player on 500-mile trip thought he just wanted to get some wings

June 10, 2017

Buffalo Bills cornerback Shareece Wright took a $632 Uber from Chicago to Buffalo for practice this week. Why might an Uber driver consent to such a lengthy trip, you ask? Well, he just thought Wright wanted to eat some Buffalo wings. Driver Hadi Abdollahian, who spoke with the Washington Poston Wednesday, says that after he elected to pick up Wright on the Uber app, Wright called him to discuss their…

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Tesla reportedly treats factory workers like many successful start-ups: Like afterthoughts

May 19, 2017

Tesla employees work on a Model S car in the Tesla factory in Fremont, California.Image: Jeff Chiu/AP/REX/Shutterstock Silicon Valley companies are often built around making the world more efficient, but engineering efficiency has a human cost many of them either didn’t see coming or would like to forget. Tesla, it seems, is no different. SEE ALSO: Elon Musk says we’re only 2 years from being able to nap in self-driving…

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