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Appeals court backs ruling that Uber, Lyft should treat drivers as employees

Uber and Lyft lost in court in Thursday, as the First Appellate District court in San Francisco affirmed a preliminary injunction placed against the companies last month. That ruling said there’s “overwhelming likelihood” the two companies are misclassifying their drivers as contractors instead of employees under the state’s AB5 law. However, for the time being …

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Hulu’s live TV service loses Sinclair-owned regional Fox Sports networks

NurPhoto via Getty Images Hulu is dropping Sinclair-owned regional sports networks, including a slew of Fox Sports-branded channels, from the Hulu + Live TV plan. It told customers in an email (via Variety) that the plan will no longer include those channels as of Friday. “We were unable to reach an agreement with Sinclair Broadcast …

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Twitter is encouraging US users to vote early

Robert Galbraith / Reuters Twitter is encouraging US users to vote early and is showing them how to do so, the company announced. Starting today, everyone with a US Twitter account will see a home timeline prompt encouraging them to vote early, along with information from the nonpartisan organization BallotReady. It will also prompt users …

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Feds blame Russia, Iran for election misinformation and threatening emails

Rep. John Ratcliffe, (R-TX), testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee nomination hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May. 5, 2020. Pool via Getty Images At a press conference on Wednesday evening, Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe told reporters that two foreign actors, Iran and Russia, have been identified as taking actions to interfere …

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Porsche bakes Apple Podcasts and Apple Music lyrics into its Taycan EV

Porsche Porsche Taycan owners can stream Apple Podcasts without having to connect their iPhone over CarPlay. The automaker says it’s the first native integration of the Podcasts app into any car. If you link your Apple ID to your Taycan, you can continue listening to podcasts where you left off on other devices. The app …

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Dropbox’s family plan offers a shared 2TB for $17 per month

Maskot via Getty Images Dropbox is giving families and groups of friends the option to team up and get Plus perks for less than the price of two accounts. The service’s Family plan is now available for $17 a month and gives up to six users access to one interface and all the features a …

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Facebook is testing a Nextdoor-like ‘Neighborhoods’ feature in Canada

Beck Diefenbach / Reuters Facebook is testing a feature called Neighborhoods that would allow users to join community-based groups, much as you can with Nextdoor. Screenshots spotted by social media consultant Matt Navarra show the product being used in Calgary (also using the Canadian spelling “neighbourhoods”), giving users the opportunity to enter a profile including …

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GMC’s 1000HP Hummer EV is an ‘all-electric supertruck’

During a livestream Tuesday coinciding with the start of the first game of the World Series, GMC executives took to a virtual stage and unveiled the first new Hummer model in more than a decade and the first ever to sport an electric power plant. Plus, it’s… now a truck? Behold the 2021 Hummer EV …

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Ford will use its Escape SUV to power a self-driving car service

Ford With the unveiling of its latest autonomous test vehicle, Ford believes it’s one step closer to offering a commercial self-driving car service (via NBC News). In a new Medium post, the automaker detailed its fourth-generation autonomous test vehicle, claiming in the process that it includes all the technologies the company needs for commercialization.   “With …

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