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Uber, Lyft stocks plunge after Biden official says drivers are employees

Enlarge lechatnoir / Getty Stock in Uber is down more than 6 percent after President Joe Biden’s new labor secretary, Marty Walsh, told Reuters that drivers are employees under US labor law. Stock in Lyft, whose business is more concentrated in the United States, is down 11 percent. DoorDash, which heavily uses contract workers for …

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Gig companies fear a worker shortage, despite a recession

Enlarge Ore Huiying/Bloomberg via Getty Images Unemployment in the US remains stubbornly high at 6.3 percent. Job growth has stalled, with 9.6 million fewer jobs in January than the same month a year earlier. But gig companies say they’re having trouble finding people to drive, pick up, and deliver for them. “I’m worried about one …

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Court says Uber can’t hold users to terms they probably didn’t read

Enlarge David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images The highest state court in Massachusetts has rejected Uber’s efforts to force a blind man’s discrimination claims to be settled in arbitration. In the process, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court raised the bar for technology companies trying to impose one-sided terms of service on users without providing clear …

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Uber defends sexual assault victims’ privacy, gets fined $59 million

Enlarge Westend61 / Getty The California Public Utility Commission has slapped Uber with a $59 million fine for refusing to hand over detailed records about more than 1,200 alleged sexual assaults involving Uber drivers in California between 2017 and 2019. “The CPUC has been insistent in its demands that we release the full names and …

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California fines Uber $59 million for not sharing sexual assault case data

Mike Blake / Reuters Uber has been fined $59 million by California regulators over its refusal to hand over more detailed data from a 2019 report on sexual assault, the Washington Post reports. State regulators have threatened to pull its license if it doesn’t comply with the order and pay the fine. Uber disputed the …

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Uber abandons dreams of self-driving domination, sells self-driving unit

Enlarge / Aurora CEO Chris Urmson in front of an Aurora semi truck. Aurora Aurora, one of the nation’s leading self-driving startups, will become the new owner of Uber’s self-driving division, Aurora announced on Monday. In addition to turning over Uber’s self-driving division, known as the Uber Advanced Technology Group (ATG), Uber will also pump $400 …

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Uber is reportedly ‘in advanced talks’ to sell its flying taxi division

ROBYN BECK via Getty Images Uber is in advanced talks with Joby Aviation to sell its flying taxi division, Axios reports. An Uber spokesperson declined to comment to Engadget on the possible deal for Uber Elevate. However, the sale could be confirmed within the next few weeks. Joby Aviation previously agreed to partner with Uber …

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India’s new ride hailing rules cap driver hours and limit surge pricing

Manish Rajput/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images India is bringing app-based ride hailing services under dedicated regulation for the first time, and it might just set an example for other countries. TechCrunch reports the country has instituted guidelines that set expectations for both drivers and customers. Drivers can’t work more than 12 hours, for example, and …

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Uber’s expanded rewards program offers Apple Music and HBO Max perks

Uber Uber’s rewards program is becoming much more flexible than it was back in 2018. The ride- and food-ordering company has overhauled the program to not only let you redeem more often, but choose from a larger pool of options. To start, you no longer have to wait to earn exactly 500 points to claim …

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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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