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Uber, Lyft Spent a Wild Amount, Came Out on Top in California

Proposition 22 passes, so workers can remain independent contactors

(Newser) - There was at least one clear winner on election night: Uber, Lyft, Instacart, and other delivery and ride-share companies, which can stick with classifying their California workers as independent contractors. Voters in the state came out 58% to 42% in favor of Proposition 22, which allows the companies to skirt...

Election Day Have You Stressed, Hungry? Check Out the Freebies

Doughnuts, chicken, and massages are gratis

(Newser) - Once you've voted, head to the gym for a free workout and massage, then reward yourself with a free doughnut. Still waiting around for election results early Wednesday? You can snag a free coffee, too. It's all possible with perks offered by various businesses this Election Day, which...

There's an Ugly Truth Behind the Idea of $100K in Uber Pay

Edward Ongweso Jr. says what Uber ends up paying out is a shadow of that

(Newser) - If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. And in a piece for Vice , Edward Ongweso Jr. applies that lens to the video story of an UberEats driver who is seemingly on track to make $100,000 this year. The story was shared in a sponsored content...

Uber, Lyft Threaten to Stop Service in Calif.

They're not happy about ruling in gig-worker case

(Newser) - Uber and Lyft are threatening to halt service in California over an order requiring them to start treating drivers like employees instead of contractors and provide benefits including sick pay. The order was issued Monday by a San Francisco Superior Court judge who granted a request from California Attorney General...

Uber CEO Calls for 'Third Way' for Gig Workers

He calls for creation of 'benefit funds'

(Newser) - Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi is calling for a rethinking of the "outdated and unfair" labor laws so that gig economy workers like Uber drivers can enjoy benefits as well as flexibility. In a New York Times op-ed, Khosrowshahi calls for the creation of a "third way" to stop...

Ex-Google Exec Gets Prison for Stealing Robocar Secrets

Anthony Levandowski also ordered to pay more than $850K

(Newser) - A former Google engineer has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to stealing trade secrets before joining Uber's effort to build robotic vehicles for its ride-hailing service. The sentence handed down Tuesday by US District Judge William Alsup came more than four months after former...

Reflecting on Pain, Apple Adds to Donations

Other companies announce gifts to battle inequality

(Newser) - Apple will be donating money to combat discrimination, CEO Tim Cook said, but that's just the start. "We have to reexamine our own views and actions in light of a pain that is deeply felt but too often ignored," Cook wrote in a memo to employees after...

'Things Are Going to Look a Little Different,' Uber Says

Drivers, riders will be required to wear masks

(Newser) - Uber is preparing for business to start picking up again—but "things are going to look a little different for both riders and drivers," says CEO Dara Khosrowshahi. The company says drivers and riders will be required to wear masks or other face coverings, and drivers will have...

Uber Might Swallow GrubHub

Merger would create food-delivery market leader

(Newser) - Uber might be preparing to swallow GrubHub in a deal that would create a clear market leader in the burgeoning food-delivery business. Sources tell the Wall Street Journal that Uber, which is focusing on its Uber Eats unit as ride-sharing slumps, approached GrubHub with a takeover offer earlier this year...

Engineer Admits Stealing Self-Driving Car Secrets

Anthony Levandowski worked for Google, then started his own company

(Newser) - An engineer is facing a prison sentence after pleading guilty to one count of stealing trade secrets from Google. Anthony Levandowski, who worked in the self-driving division, admitted to downloading thousands of files to his personal laptop, CNBC reports. One of the files was an update on the self-driving program....

10 Oddest Things Left Behind in an Uber

Not surprising: phones. Maybe a little surprising: a bubble machine

(Newser) - If you've ever left something behind in a cab or an Uber, you'll be able to commiserate with the forgetful folks who've made it onto Uber's 2020 Lost & Found Index . The company released its fourth annual list on Tuesday, detailing some of the most common...

Uber Was Supposed to Ease Traffic. We Got the Opposite

Studies suggest ride-sharing makes congestion worse

(Newser) - In the early days of Uber and Lyft, executives and proponents made bold promises of reducing traffic. "If every car in San Francisco was Ubered, there would be no traffic," then-CEO Travis Kalanick famously said five years ago. The idea was that multiple strangers would be sharing rides...

Couple's 'Nightmare' Uber Driver: 'I Have Never Been That Scared'

With 2 passengers in car, Olufemi S. Olomola is accused of chasing another driver

(Newser) - It wasn't the date John Murray and Tameka Swann expected, or wanted. WTVR and CNN report that the husband and wife from Richmond, Va., were picked up by an Uber around 8pm Monday to take them to dinner, but the night started off with a jolt when someone rear-ended...

Judge Sides With Passenger Over Uber's Fine Print

Philadelphia woman allowed to sue over an accident

(Newser) - Raise your hand if you read through all the fine print of Uber's "terms and conditions" when downloading the app. Somewhere in there is a clause stipulating that you won't sue and must instead settle any dispute through binding arbitration, notes the Philadelphia Inquirer . But a Philly...

Brash Uber Founder: It's 'the Right Moment for Me'

Travis Kalanick is cutting all ties with the company

(Newser) - Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is resigning from the board of directors, severing ties to the ride-hailing company that he co-founded a decade ago and ran until a series of scandals led to his downfall, the AP reports. The departure, announced Tuesday, did not come as a surprise. Kalanick recently...

Uber Will Pay $4.4M to End Sexual Harassment Probe

Female employees could be eligible for payouts

(Newser) - Uber will establish a $4.4 million fund to settle a federal investigation into allegations that the San Francisco company allowed a rampant culture of sexual harassment, the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced Wednesday. The agreement ends an investigation launched in 2017 in which the commission found reasonable cause...

More Than 3K Sexual Assaults Were Reported in 2018: Uber

Passengers and drivers were victims, company says

(Newser) - More than 3,000 sexual assaults were reported during US Uber rides in 2018, the company said in a long-awaited safety report. That figure includes 229 rapes across the company's 1.3 billion rides. Uber noted that drivers and riders were both attacked, and that some assaults occurred between...

'Nefarious' Reason Why Your Uber Driver May Look ... Off

Shared driver accounts are the ride-hailing service's 'dirty little secret,' per 'WSJ'

(Newser) - If you climb into an Uber where the driver doesn't look quite like their pic on the app, you may be unwittingly involved in a shady practice. Uber lost its license to operate in London this week (though CNBC notes it can still offer rides while it's appealing),...

London Just Broke Up With Uber

Company deemed 'not fit and proper'

(Newser) - London's transit authority says it is not renewing Uber’s license to operate in the British capital. Transport for London cited "several breaches that placed passengers and their safety at risk." The company's license expires at midnight Monday. Uber vowed to appeal the decision. The company...

State Says Uber Owes $650M for Misclassifying Workers

Company disputes New Jersey ruling

(Newser) - New Jersey is seeking around $650 million from Uber in taxes and penalties, saying the ride-hailing company misclassified its drivers as independent contractors. The decision is the latest setback for Uber and other companies in the so-called "gig economy" that rely heavily on contract labor to deliver the services...

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