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Daily Crunch: Trump bans transactions with ByteDance and Tencent

Trump escalates his campaign against Chinese tech companies, Facebook extends work from home until the middle of 2021 and Netflix adds support for Hindi. Here’s your Daily Crunch for August 7, 2020. The big story: Trump signs orders banning US business with TikTok owner ByteDance and Tencent’s WeChat Both orders will take effect in 45 days, but its specific impact is unclear since Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross will apparently not identify what transactions are covered until then. This c...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Lyft, India, US, Tech, Policy, Netflix, United States, Commerce, Tencent, Donald Trump, Intel Capital, Trump, Don, U S District Court


Human Capital: Uber and Lyft’s ongoing battle with the law and a brief history of diversity at Snap

Welcome back to Human Capital (formerly known as Tech at Work) that looks at all-things labor in tech. This week presented Uber and Lyft with a fresh labor lawsuit as a judge heard arguments from Uber, Lyft and lawyers on behalf of the people of California in a separate suit brought forth by California’s attorney general. Meanwhile, Snap recently released its first-ever diversity and inclusion report — something the company had been holding off on doing for years.  Below, we’ll explore the nua...
Tags: Google, TC, Lyft, Uber, California, San Francisco, Tech, Diversity, Evan Spiegel, Bob Marley, Human Capital, Snap, SPIEGEL, O'Connor, Los Angeles San Diego, Uber and Lyft


Drivers on BlaBlaCar, a rideshare rival to Uber and Lyft, delivered groceries to those in need during COVID-19. It highlights the cultural chasm between it and its gig-economy competitors.

French rideshare app BlaBlaCar, like its rivals Uber and Lyft, saw its business plummet during the coronavirus lockdown. A group of drivers, with the company's support, created BlaBlaHelp, a volunteer mutual-aid network that dropped off essential items to people in need. 20,000 people registered within 72 hours. The move highlights the cultural chasm that has emerged between BlaBlaCar and its gig economy rivals. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. A month into the coronavirus ...
Tags: Lyft, Europe, France, Trends, Paris, Madrid, Blablacar, Nicolas Brusson, New York University, Lucia, Axelle, Clair, BlaBlaHelp, Franck O Clair, Uber Perhaps


Drivers on French ride-sharing app BlaBlaCar volunteered to deliver medicine during the pandemic. It highlights the cultural chasm between it and its gig-economy rivals Uber and Lyft.

The French ride-sharing app BlaBlaCar, like its rivals Uber and Lyft, saw its business plummet during the coronavirus lockdown. A group of drivers, with the company's support, created BlaBlaHelp, a volunteer mutual-aid network that dropped off essential items to people in need. Twenty thousand people registered within 72 hours. The move highlights the cultural chasm that has emerged between BlaBlaCar and its gig-economy rivals. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. A month into ...
Tags: Lyft, Europe, France, Trends, Paris, Madrid, Blablacar, Nicolas Brusson, New York University, Lucia, Axelle, Clair, BlaBlaHelp, Franck O Clair, Uber Perhaps, BlaBlaCar Helper


Drivers on French rideshare app BlaBlaCar volunteered to deliver medicine during COVID-19. It highlights the cultural chasm between it and its gig-economy rivals, Uber and Lyft.

French rideshare app BlaBlaCar, like its rivals Uber and Lyft, saw its business plummet during the coronavirus lockdown. A group of drivers, with the company's support, created BlaBlaHelp, a volunteer mutual-aid network that dropped off essential items to people in need. 20,000 people registered within 72 hours. The move highlights the cultural chasm that has emerged between BlaBlaCar and its gig economy rivals. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. A month into the coronavirus ...
Tags: Lyft, Europe, France, Trends, Paris, Madrid, Blablacar, Nicolas Brusson, New York University, Lucia, Axelle, Clair, BlaBlaHelp, Franck O Clair, Uber Perhaps


Has coronavirus killed the mass transit boom?

For most of the last 30 years, California saw a mass transit boom stretching from San Diego to Los Angeles to the San Francisco Bay. Both light and heavy rail joined existing bus systems, providing new options for commuters and local residents to get around. Mass transit also took off as a planning concept. Cities that approve construction of new apartment and office buildings near rail stops often forego requirements for developers to provide parking. Even when they do demand parking spaces, it...
Tags: Lyft, Uber, California, Opinion, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, Mta, San Diego, Santa Clara, Ucla, Bart, Mts, Bay Area Rapid Transit, Thomas Elias


Nonprofits offer teachable moments for economic recovery during COVID-19

“Disruption” and “disruptive technologies” have become popular terms in recent years to describe the application of new models to long-established business methods.  Think Uber and Lyft and the rise of the ride-sharing culture, Airbnb and the vacation rental marketplace, or how e-commerce turned brick-and-mortar retailing into rubble. Ironically, it is the COVID-19 pandemic that has left business and industry reeling across entire sectors and altered the definition of disruption once again. In r...
Tags: Lyft, California, Opinion, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Foundation, The Foundation, Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles, Guest Commentary, Dan Rothblatt


Dockless scooter, bike companies get 3-month reprieve from stricter regulations in LA

Los Angeles’ cavalcade of dockless scooters and bikes will avoid stricter requirements, including new fees and a requirement for locks, at least until the end of the year while the Los Angeles Department of Transportation irons out several key regulations for the fledgling industry. The Los Angeles City Council’s transportation committee technically approved a series of proposed regulations by the LADOT this week, but it delayed the rollout until Dec. 31 and sent the toughest rules back to the d...
Tags: Transportation, Lyft, News, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, North America, Council, Los Angeles City Council, Spin, Lime, Metro, Valley, LA County, San Fernando Valley


Judge says Uber, Lyft preliminary injunction ruling to come in ‘a matter of days’

California Superior Court Judge Ethan P. Schulman heard arguments from Uber and Lyft, as well as lawyers representing the people of California, regarding the request for a preliminary injunction that seeks to force Uber and Lyft to immediately reclassify their drivers as employees. Schulman did not make a ruling today but said we could all likely expect one to come within a matter of days, rather than weeks. In the hearing, Schulman expressed how hard it is to determine the impact of a pre...
Tags: Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Abc, California, San Francisco, Tech, Oakland, Gig Economy, Superior Court, AB, Goldberg, Uber Lyft, Los Angeles San Diego, Xavier Becerra, Schulman


Uber's CEO took a shot at labor groups, accusing them of being driven by 'politics' in the massive fight over drivers' employment status (UBER, LYFT)

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi slammed labor groups that oppose the company's stance on drivers' employment status, accusing them of being motivated by "politics." During a call with investors Thursday, Khosrowshahi said groups on Uber's side of the issue, conversely, "actually are taking into account the wants and needs of drivers." Uber and other gig economy companies are engaged in a massive legal and political battle, most notably in California, over whether their drivers are employees or inde...
Tags: Lyft, Uber, Labor, California, Trends, Barclays, San Diego, Instacart, Irs, Los Angeles San Francisco, AB, Dara, Ramos, Uber Lyft, Dara Khosrowshahi, Khosrowshahi


California Labor Commissioner Sues Uber And Lyft For Alleged Wage Theft

(CNN) — Uber and Lyft are facing a new round of legal pressure in their home state of California over how they classify their workers. California’s Labor Commissioner’s Office said Wednesday that it filed lawsuits against the two companies for allegedly committing wage theft by misclassifying their on-demand workers as independent contractors instead of employees. Under a new California law, which went into effect on January 1 and is known as Assembly Bill 5 or AB-5, companies must prove workers...
Tags: Lyft, Uber, Business, California, California News, Cnn, Instacart, Wood, AB, California Labor, Consumer, Uber Lyft, Xavier Becerra, Davis White, Julie Wood, CNN Uber


Uber is set to reveal how badly the coronavirus hurt its business in the 2nd quarter. Here's what to expect from its pivot to food delivery. (UBER)

Uber will report its second-quarter earnings on Thursday afternoon.  The company saw its core ride-hailing business hobbled by the coronavirus pandemic in the spring and going into summer, and said a worst-case scenario for the year could see requests sink up to 80%.  To make up the difference, Uber has aggressively invested in food delivery, including a deal to buy Postmates. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Uber on Wednesday will release its second-quarter financial data,...
Tags: Lyft, Uber, Hong Kong, Europe, California, US, Trends, Bank Of America, United States, Postmates, Doordash, Dara Khosrowshahi, Khosrowshahi


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Thursday. Sign up here to get this email in your inbox every morning. Twitter temporarily blocked the Trump campaign from tweeting after it shared a video of the president spreading COVID-19 misinformation. The campaign tweeted a video of Trump falsely claiming to Fox News that children are "almost immune" from the disease. Facebook removed a Trump post containing the same video because it violated the company's policies banning "harmfu...
Tags: Facebook, Lyft, Twitter, UK, California, US, Trends, Cambridge, Brazil, Fox News, Cnbc, Alexa, Trump, State, Amazon Alexa, Germany France


Uber and Lyft face new lawsuit from CA Labor Commissioner

Uber and Lyft are both facing another lawsuit from the office of the California Labor Commissioner alleging wage theft. Filed today, the suits argue both Uber and Lyft are misclassifying their drivers as independent contractors and aim to enforce the labor practices set forth by AB 5. “The Uber and Lyft business model rests on the misclassification of drivers as independent contractors,” California Labor Commissioner Lilia García-Brower said in a statement. “This leaves workers without pro...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Abc, Sacramento, Tech, Gig Economy, AB, California Labor, Uber Lyft, Transport Workers Union, Dynamex, John Samuelsen, California Labor Commissioner, Superior Court of Los


Uber and Lyft just got hit with another lawsuit in California over claims the companies are skirting the state's gig worker law (UBER, LYFT)

California's labor commissioner announced Wednesday that her office is suing Uber and Lyft, claiming the companies are stealing wages from drivers by "willfully misclassifying" them as contractors instead of employees. The suit alleges that Uber and Lyft have failed to pay drivers minimum wage, sick pay, unemployment, and other benefits guaranteed to employees under state law. AB-5, California's hotly debated gig economy law, created stricter requirements for companies seeking to designate wor...
Tags: Lyft, Uber, New York, California, Trends, San Diego, Seattle, Business Insider, Los Angeles San Francisco, AB, California s Public Utilities Commission, Rideshare Drivers United, Lilia Garcia Brower, Garcia Brower, Lyft Massachusetts


30 PPP Fraud Prosecutions So Far, and Counting

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans have aided more than 5 million small business owners, providing a much needed lifeline during the Coronavirus outbreak crisis. The overwhelming majority of business owners are legitimate and will use the money as intended to retain employees and stay operational. But the PPP program has attracted a few rotten apples. And you won’t believe how rotten they are. To date, the Justice Department has filed 30 PPP fraud cases. Defendants are charged with bilking...
Tags: Amazon, Lyft, Florida, Texas, Matthew Mcconaughey, Microsoft, Congress, California, Washington, Virginia, Massachusetts, Sales, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Tesla, Walmart


Datafold is solving the chaos of data engineering

It seemed so simple. A small schema issue in a database was wrecking a feature in the app, increasing latency and degrading the user experience. The resident data engineer pops in a fix to amend the schema, and everything seems fine — for now. Unbeknownst to them, that small fix completely clobbered all the dashboards used by the company’s leadership. Finance is down, ops is pissed, and the CEO — well, they don’t even know whether the company is online. For data engineers, it’s not just a recurr...
Tags: Startups, Lyft, Enterprise, Tech, Data Science, Yc, Data Engineering, Datafold Datafold, Datafold, Gleb Mezhanskiy, Mezhanskiy


What should PBOT do with old Biketown bikes?

The old bikes still have plenty of life in them. (Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) “We’ll start gathering information to find the best use for the old, pedal-only bikes in a way that reflects our environmental and community values.” — Dylan Rivera, PBOT When the City of Portland Biketown 2.0 next month, the 1,000 bikes that were part of the original launch in 2016 will be cast aside. The Portland Bureau of Transportation says the analog, pedal-only bikes are “out of date” and “ver...
Tags: Lyft, New York, Nike, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, City Council, North America, Portland Bureau of Transportation, Biketown, Portland Bike Share, Jonathan Maus, PBOT, Kaminer, Kiel Johnson


The Station: ADA turns 30, Panasonic’s new battery tech and delivery (data) woes

The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every Saturday in your inbox. Hello and welcome back to The Station, a newsletter dedicated to all the present and future ways people and packages move from Point A to Point B. Before we get into all the mobility news and analysis of the week I wanted to flag an upcoming event that might be of interest to the budding entrepreneurs out there. TC Disrupt, that BIG annual...
Tags: Travel, TC, Transportation, Lyft, Elon Musk, New York, Indonesia, Washington, China, Germany, Berlin, Singapore, New York City, San Francisco, Tesla, Walmart


Lyft is expanding car rentals across the US as the coronavirus hobbles its core rides business (LYFT)

Lyft is expanding its car-rental option to the entire US, the company said Thursday.  The coronavirus pandemic hobbled Lyft's core taxi business, and its losses are expected to triple in the second quarter. The expansion is possible via a partnership with Sixt, a German rental company that's aggressively expanding in the US despite a recession.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. With the pandemic ruthlessly weakening Lyft's core rides business and showing no signs of slowing...
Tags: Lyft, New York, California, Germany, US, Trends, North America, Wall Street Journal, Ayrton Senna, Sixt, JFK International Airport, Cal Lankton Lyft, Alexander Sixt


Lyft expands its rental business with Sixt partnership

Lyft continues to expand beyond its core ride-hailing business into bikes, scooters, transit and now rental cars. The company said Thursday that it’s taking Lyft Rentals, a pilot program that launched in December, and expanding it through a partnership with Sixt. Lyft Rentals initially gave folks in Los Angeles and San Francisco the ability to rent vehicles through its app, which might be traditionally used to hail a ride or grab a shared scooter. The pilot was successful enough to warrant an...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Lyft, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tech, Customers, Automotive, Hertz, Car Rental, Sixt, Seattle Lyft, Las Vegas Miami, United States Lyft, Lyft Rentals, Sixt Lyft Rentals


A VC at a firm that invested in Uber and Snap explains why highlighting your customers is the key to getting his attention with a cold email pitch

The best way to catch a VC's attention with a cold email is to demonstrate that reputable companies are interested in your product, according to Aaron Jacobson, a partner at New Enterprise Associates. "Get customers to buy into your solution before you even build anything," Jacobson told Business Insider. Jacobson said founders too often do the opposite, creating a product first and assuming they'll find the demand later. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Even when the stake...
Tags: Amazon, Lyft, Elon Musk, Trends, Deloitte, New Enterprise Associates, Blackrock, Loi, Jacobson, Lucid Motors, Aaron Jacobson


A YouTuber whose Tesla channel has over 30 million views says 2 key signs show you're ready to quit your day job and make videos full time

Before you quit your job to make YouTube videos full time, you should string together a few months where you earn enough money doing it to meet your financial needs, Ben Sullins, who runs a YouTube channel about Tesla and electric vehicles, said. And you should be able to hit that goal without having to make videos at an unsustainable pace, Sullins said. Sullins has over 200,000 subscribers, and his videos have received more than 38 million views. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more sto...
Tags: Lyft, Elon Musk, Microsoft, Youtube, Trends, Tesla, Austin, Silicon Valley, Pluralsight, Don, Nikola, Ben Sullins, Sullins, Meet Austin


Six things venture capitalists are looking for in your pitch

Founders pitch venture capitalists at every available chance, which is why most of them quickly develop the skills required to identify whether someone is offering them an opportunity or wasting their time. At TechCrunch Early Stage, I chatted with NFX Managing Partner James Currier about how founders can find the right investors and what they need to show to win an investment. Currier has been on both sides of the deal table and founded several startups before devoting himself to early-st...
Tags: Iphone, Startups, TC, Lyft, Entrepreneurship, Funding, Tech, Economy, Fundraising, Venture Capital, Private Equity, Houzz, James Currier, Startup Pitch, Currier, Corporate Finance


New York must pay Uber and Lyft drivers unemployment benefits after an 'inexcusable delay,' a federal judge ruled (UBER, LYFT)

A federal judge in New York ruled Tuesday that the state must quickly pay unemployment benefits to Uber and Lyft drivers, earlier reported by The New York Times. Drivers and an advocacy group sued the state, saying it was taking too long to pay drivers, and Tuesday's ruling requires the state to clear its backlog within 45 days as the case proceeds in court. Drivers have struggled to receive unemployment during the pandemic and have blamed Uber and Lyft for failing to provide earnings data to ...
Tags: Lyft, Uber, New York, California, Massachusetts, Trends, New York Times, Hall, Uber Lyft, Uber and Lyft, New York Taxi Workers Alliance, LaShann DeArcy Hall, New York Times Drivers, NYDOL, New York Department of Labor


California's Air Pollution Police Consider Forcing Uber and Lyft to Go Electric

California’s Air Resources Board submitted an ambitious proposal in recent days that would put a cap on emissions from vehicles being used for rideshare apps like Uber and Lyft, Wired reports. And while these companies have an infamously tumultuous history with labor regulators in their home state, they seem…Read more...
Tags: Lyft, Uber, Science, California, Air Pollution, Rideshare, Air Resources Board, Uber Drivers, Rideshares


A Google employee posted an anonymous survey about about whether working from home was affecting mental health, and two-thirds of the nearly 10,000 respondents said yes (GOOG, AAPL, CRM, MSFT)

This month a Google employee posted a poll on the social network Blind asking employees if remote work was hurting their mental health. More than 9,700 employees of different companies responded, with two-thirds saying they were feeling stressed by working from home.  The companies where the most employees feel remote work is hurting their mental health are Yelp, Facebook, PayPal, and Yahoo. The companies where the fewest employees feel remote work stress are Snapchat, Workday, and T-Mobile. ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Lyft, Microsoft, Yahoo, Stanford, Boston, Trends, Starbucks, Siemens, Hulu, Aurora, Vodaphone, Raytheon


A Google employee posted an anonymous survey asking whether working from home was hurting workers' mental health, and two-thirds of the nearly 10,000 respondents said yes (GOOG, AAPL, CRM, MSFT)

This month a Google employee posted a poll on the social network Blind asking employees if remote work was hurting their mental health. More than 9,700 employees of different companies responded, with two-thirds saying they were feeling stressed by working from home.  The companies where the most employees feel remote work is hurting their mental health are Yelp, Facebook, PayPal, and Yahoo. The companies where the fewest employees feel remote work stress are Snapchat, Workday, and T-Mobile. ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Lyft, Microsoft, Yahoo, Stanford, Boston, Trends, Starbucks, Ufc, Siemens, Hulu, Aurora, Vodaphone


A YouTuber whose Tesla channel has over 30 million views says 2 key signs show you're ready to quit your job and make videos full time

Before you quit your job to make YouTube videos full time, you should string together a few months where you earn enough money doing it to meet your financial needs, Ben Sullins, who runs a YouTube channel about Tesla and electric vehicles, said. And you should be able to hit that goal without having to make videos at an unsustainable pace, Sullins said. Sullins has over 200,000 subscribers, and his videos have received more than 38 million views. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more sto...
Tags: Lyft, Elon Musk, Microsoft, Youtube, Trends, Tesla, Austin, Silicon Valley, Pluralsight, Don, Nikola, Ben Sullins, Sullins, Meet Austin


A YouTuber whose Tesla channel has over 30 million views reveals the 2 key signs that you're ready to quit your job and make videos full-time

Before you quit your job to make YouTube videos full-time, you should string together a few months where you earn enough money doing it to meet your financial needs, said Ben Sullins, who runs a YouTube channel about Tesla and electric vehicles. And you should be able to hit that goal without having to make videos at an unsustainable pace, Sullins said. Sullins has over 200,000 subscribers, and his videos have received more than 38 million views.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more sto...
Tags: Lyft, Elon Musk, Microsoft, Youtube, Trends, Tesla, Austin, Silicon Valley, Pluralsight, Don, Nikola, Ben Sullins, Sullins, Meet Austin