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Daily Crunch: Uber and Lyft defeated again in court

A California court weighs in as Prop. 22 looms, Google removes popular apps over data collection practices and the Senate subpoenas Jack Dorsey and Mark Zuckerberg. This is your Daily Crunch for October 23, 2020. The big story: Uber and Lyft defeated again in court A California appeals court ruled that yes, a new state law applies to Uber and Lyft drivers, meaning that they must be classified as employees, rather than independent contractors. The judge ruled that contrary to the rideshare ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Lyft, Uber, Mark Zuckerberg, New York Post, California, France, Senate, Tech, Policy, Jack Dorsey, Huawei, Phil Libin, Dorsey, Zuckerberg


CA appeals court upholds ruling that Uber and Lyft must classify drivers as employees

Uber and Lyft must classify their drivers as employees, an appellate court ruled yesterday evening. However, the decision will be stayed for 30 days after the court issues the remittitur, which has not happened yet. That means depending on how ballot measure Proposition 22 goes, this case may not end up being the deciding factor in how Lyft and Uber classify their drivers in California. Throughout the case, Uber and Lyft have argued that reclassifying their drivers as employees would cause...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Labor, California, San Francisco, Tech, AB, Los Angeles San Diego, Xavier Becerra, Schulman, California Superior Court, Julie Wood, Gig workers, AB 5


California Rules Uber/Lyft Must Reclassify Drivers

A California appeals court unanimously ruled against ride-hailing giants Uber and Lyft on Thursday, mandating that they would indeed need to reclassify drivers operating within the state as employees. The duo have been pushing against Assembly Bill 5, which seeks to reclassify contracted, gig-economy workers as fully fledged employees entitled to all the associated benefits, […] The post California Rules Uber/Lyft Must Reclassify Drivers appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Lyft, Uber, Apps, California, Autos, Tech Industry, Gig Economy, Ride-sharing, News Blog, Ride-hailing, Assembly Bill, Hot Legal Action, Driving Jobs, Assembly Bill 5, Ab5, Prop 22


Uber and Lyft Lose Big In California Appeals Court

As Uber and Lyft blast millions of dollars and countless dishonest voter guides behind their looming ballot measure, a California appeals court has affirmed that the companies have to follow the very state labor law their ballot measure is design to repeal. Read more...
Tags: Lyft, Uber, Science, California, Prop 22, Lyft Lose Big In California Appeals Court


Uber And Lyft Drivers Are Employees, California Court Says

SAN FRANCISCO (AP/CBS13) — A California appeals court on Thursday upheld an order requiring Uber and Lyft to treat their California drivers as employees instead of independent contractors, less than two weeks before voters will be asked to exempt the ride-hailing giants from the state’s gig economy law. The decision won’t have any immediate impact because it doesn’t take effect for at least 30 days, well after the Nov. 3 vote on Proposition 22. “Today’s decision comes on the same day that the fe...
Tags: Lyft, Uber, Business, Politics, News, California, California News, San Francisco, Ap, Consumer, Xavier Becerra, Lyft Drivers Are Employees California Court Says, Prop 22 Lyft


A California appeals court unanimously upheld a ruling that Uber and Lyft must reclassify their drivers as employees under the state's gig work law

Drivers in California sued Uber and Lyft, claiming the companies owe them $630 million in back wages. Mario Tama/Getty Images A California appeals court on Thursday unanimously upheld a lower court ruling requiring Uber and Lyft to reclassify their drivers as employees under the state's gig work law, AB-5. The ruling doesn't kick in immediately, however, leaving in place an emergency stay issued in August until likely after the election. Uber and Lyft have sought to avoid being forced to c...
Tags: Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Politics, Supreme Court, California, San Francisco, Trends, Markets, Lawsuits, Court of appeal, Rideshare, Naacp, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Bernie Sanders, Gig Economy


Uber drivers are suing the company over 'threatening' messages urging them to vote for California's Prop. 22

Rideshare driver Teresa Mercado raises her fist in support as app based gig workers held a driving demonstration with 60-70 vehicles blocking Spring Street in front of Los Angeles City Hall urging voters to vote no on Proposition 22 on Oct. 8, 2020. Al Seib/Los Angeles Times/Getty Images A group of Uber drivers say the company's messaging in favor of California's Proposition 22 is breaking the law.  In their lawsuit filed Thursday, they say the "threatening" and "coercive" messages break a...
Tags: Transportation, Uber, News, California, La, San Francisco, Trends, AG, Valdez, Los Angeles City Hall, Dara Khosrowshahi, George Warner, Ride-hailing, Tech Insider, Khosrowshahi, Graham Rapier


Uber drivers sue company alleging coercive Prop 22 advertising

Uber is facing a class-action lawsuit over Proposition 22 that alleges the company is illegally coercing its drivers to support the ballot measure that seeks to keep workers classified as independent contractors. The suit was brought forth by two Uber drivers, Benjamin Valdez and Hector Castellanos, as well as two California nonprofit organizations, Worksafe and Chinese Progressive Association. “Let’s be absolutely clear,” David Lowe, an attorney for the plaintiffs, said in a statement. “Uber’s ...
Tags: TC, Uber, Labor, California, Tech, New York Times, California Labor, David Lowe, Uber Lyft Instacart, Worksafe, Matt Kallman, Gig workers, Kate Conger, Hector Castellanos, Prop 22, Benjamin Valdez


Mixtape Podcast: Proposition 22 and the labor divide

California’s Proposition 22 is the most funded and perhaps one of the most contentious ballot measures in the state’s history. To date, the Yes on 22 side has put north of $185 million into the initiative. The proposition, funded by Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, Instacart and Postmates, would ensure workers remain independent contractors. A Prop 22 defeat would reconfigure fully how gig working companies classify their workers. On the first episode of Season 3 of Mixtape, we talked to two gig workers, o...
Tags: Lyft, Uber, California, Tech, Walmart, Starbucks, Bain, Palm Springs, Megan, Mead, Tsay, Vanessa Bain, Doug Mead, Shin pei Tsay Uber


Lyft will soon let riders pay for rides with Venmo

Lyft riders will soon have the option for paying and splitting fares using Venmo, the company said in a blog posting this morning. Venmo joins Lyft’s other payment methods of PayPal, credit cards, debit cards, Lyft Cash and more. To enable the payment method, users need to authorize Venmo in the Lyft app. Lyft says this feature is rolling out this month and will be available across its network in the coming weeks. This feature comes to Lyft several years after first hitting Uber in 2018....
Tags: TC, Lyft, Uber, Tech, Paypal, Venmo, Uber and Lyft, Lyft app Lyft, Venmo Prop


Prop 22 has courted the endorsement of California's NAACP president — and Uber and Lyft have paid her consulting firm $85,000 to boost the controversial measure

Latasha Houston, a Lyft driver of three years, attends a demonstration urging voters to vote no on Prop 22 in Los Angeles on Oct. 8, 2020. Al Seib/Los Angeles Times/Getty Images The California NAACP chapter has publicly endorsed Uber and Lyft's controversial Prop 22 ballot measure, and public records show that its president's consulting firm took payment for helping the measure's campaign get the word out. According to public records, Uber and Lyft's Yes on Prop 22 campaign has paid Alice ...
Tags: Transportation, Facebook, Lyft, Uber, California, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Naacp, Cnet, Gig Economy, Huffman, Prospect, Uber Lyft, California State Legislature, California Hawaii


Prop 22 opponents say Yes on 22 should not be able to mail flyers as nonprofit

Opponents of California’s Proposition 22, the measure that seeks to continue classifying rideshare drivers and delivery workers as independent contractors, filed a complaint this morning with the United States Postal Service. The No on 22 campaign alleges the Yes side is not eligible for a nonprofit postal status and is asking USPS to revoke its permit. It’s much cheaper to send campaign mailers as a nonprofit organization. For example, sending between 1 – 200.000 small mailers to every door nor...
Tags: TC, Lyft, Uber, Labor, California, Tech, Usps, Postal Service, Republican, Irs, United States Postal Service, Mike Roth, Uber Lyft, Uber Lyft Instacart, Louis DeJoy, Prop 22


Uber's CEO says it will have to double prices in some cities if California voters reject its bid to avoid classifying its drivers as employees

Rideshare driver Jesus Ibarra stands on his car in support as app based gig workers held a driving demonstration with 60-70 vehicles blocking Spring Street in front of Los Angeles City Hall urging voters to vote no on Proposition 22, a November ballot measure that would classify app-based drivers as independent contractors and not employees or agents, providing them with an exemption from Californias AB 5. The action is part of a call for stronger workers rights organized by the Mobile Workers...
Tags: Transportation, Uber, News, California, La, US, San Francisco, Trends, Switzerland, Geneva, West Coast, Wall Street Journal, Southern California, California Los Angeles, Los Angeles City Hall, Dara Khosrowshahi


California gig workers hit hard during coronavirus pandemic, says UCLA study

LOS ANGELES — A UCLA study published Monday found that 80% of gig workers cannot meet household expenses and nearly half received no personal protective equipment from gig companies during the pandemic, worsening conditions for an already struggling segment of the workforce. The crisis points to a need for structural change in the industry, according to the report, a collaboration between the UCLA Labor Center, a unit of the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, and SEIU United Healthc...
Tags: Lyft, Uber, Business, Jobs, News, California, California News, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, SEIU, Ucla, Southern California, Macy, Uber Lyft


Proposition 22: Exempts App-Based Transportation And Delivery Company From Providing Employee Benefits To Certain Drivers

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Tags: Lyft, Uber, Elections, California, Legislature, Uber and Lyft, Door Dash, Proposition 22, General Election 2020 - California's Propositions


Uber is Hiring Hundreds of Engineers in India To Cut Costs

Uber said it is working to hire 225 engineers in India, strengthening its tech team in the key overseas market months after it eliminated thousands of jobs globally. From a report: The move comes as several high-profile engineers have left Uber India in recent months to join Google and Amazon, among other tech giants. A senior engineer who recently left Uber told TechCrunch that many of his peers had lost confidence in Uber's future prospects in the country. [...] In July, news outlet The Inform...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Uber, India, Tech, Uber India, Dara Khosrowshahi, Khosrowshahi


Uber on the Hunt For Strategic Alternatives for Uber Elevate

Uber is seeking strategic alternatives for its Uber Elevate business, including strategic partnerships or a partial sale, Axios reported Friday, citing multiple sources. From the report: This reflects Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi's obsession with achieving profitability, as evidenced by partial sales of Uber's money-losing freight and self-driving units. Uber Elevate's goal is to develop a network of self-driving taxis, with its website suggesting a launch year of 2023. Read more of this s...
Tags: Uber, Tech, Dara Khosrowshahi


Insider Transportation: United's not worried about cash burn, Uber's self-driving troubles, a breakdown of Tesla salaries, and more

"But if you're just focused on minimizing today's cash burn, you end up with a myopic short-term focus," United CEO Scott Kirby told investors. Thomas Pallini/Business Insider Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic began its implacable spread across the United States this spring and decimated demand for air travel, the country's airlines have been racing to cut costs. With minimal revenue coming in, they made a bevy of moves to slow their rates of cash burn: delaying capital expenditures,...
Tags: Transportation, Uber, Elon Musk, San Francisco, Trends, General Motors, Tesla, Aer Lingus, Cruise, United States, Arizona, Delta, Toyota, Self-driving Cars, Airlines, United


Paris Gets Uber’s Motorcycle Ride-Hailing Service

Another Way to Get Around Paris is a wonderful city and you’ll see plenty of two-wheeled machines buzzing about. Now some of those will be Uber riders. The company recently expanded its ride-hailing service to Paris.  The service is already operating in Asian countries such as Indonesia, Thailand, and India. The company has seen success in those markets so it makes sense for it to seek out new markets in different countries around the world. The service is quite simple. You hail a ride just lik...
Tags: Uber, India, Motorcycles, Paris, Indonesia Thailand, Motorcycle News, UberMOTO, Paris Le Repaire Des Motards


Uber's self-driving-car business has fallen behind Waymo and Cruise — here's why the ride-hail giant might give up on ATG

Uber ATG has struggled to live up to its potential. Uber Uber's self-driving-car division, ATG, has failed to live up to its promise since its 2015 founding. The unit has suffered from infighting, legal issues, and a deadly crash. Insiders, investors, and experts are skeptical about ATG's prospects. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. To former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, mastering self-driving-car technology was a matter of life or death for the ride-hailing firm."If we are ...
Tags: Transportation, Uber, Cars, Trends, Travis Kalanick, Kalanick, Business Insider, Carnegie Mellon, ATG, Dara Khosrowshahi, Mark Matousek, Tech Insider, Waymo, Advanced Technologies Group ATG, Uber ATG, Sam Abuelsamid


Temporal raises $18.75M for its microservices orchestration platform

Temporal, a Seattle-based startup that is building an open-source, stateful microservices orchestration platform, today announced that it has raised an $18.75 million Series A round led by Sequoia Ventures. Existing investors Addition Ventures and Amplify Partners also joined, together with new investor Madrona Venture Group. With this, the company has now raised a total of $25.5 million. Founded by Maxim Fateev (CEO) and Samar Abbas (CTO), who created the open-source Cadence orchestration en...
Tags: Uber, Enterprise, Developer, Cloud Computing, Tech, Ceo, Service, Snapchat, Seattle, Cto, Madrona Venture Group, Snap, Microservices, Cloud Infrastructure, Amplify Partners, Snap Inc


Prop 22 explained: how California voters could upend the gig economy

Voters in the state will decide whether Uber, Lyft and other companies should classify gig workers as employees * She was a farmworker. Her grandson is a Lyft driver. A fight for workers’ rights unites themIt’s not often that the fate of an industry hangs in the balance during an election, but that is exactly what’s happening in California this November.Proposition 22, a proposal on the state ballot, is the result of a years-long battle between gig economy heavyweights like Uber, Lyft and Insta...
Tags: Lyft, Uber, News, California, Fresno, Joe Biden, Silicon Valley, Naacp, Instacart, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Uber Lyft, San Luis Obispo Tribune, Los Angeles Times the New York Times, The Service Employees International Union, Geoff Vetter


Uber is hiring hundreds of engineers in India to cut costs

Uber said on Thursday it is working to hire 225 engineers in India, strengthening its tech team in the key overseas market months after it eliminated thousands of jobs globally. The ride-hailing firm, which competes with Ola in India, said today it has hired Manikandan Thangarathnam, who spent nearly 13 years as a director of engineering at Amazon, to lead the company’s rider and platform engineering teams in Bangalore. (Last month, Uber announced it would hire 140 engineers in India. Toda...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Uber, Asia, India, Tech, Uber India, Ola, Dara Khosrowshahi, Khosrowshahi, SoftBank Vision Fund, Rajeev Misra, Jayaram, Thuan Pham Uber, Ola in India, Jayaram Valliyur


Menlo Ventures just closed its fifteenth early-stage fund with $500 million

Menlo Ventures, the 44-year-old venture firm with offices in Menlo Park and San Francisco, is taking the wraps of its fifteenth early-stage fund today, a vehicle it closed with $500 million in capital commitments. It’s the same amount that Menlo announced last year for a growth-stage fund, the second in the firm’s history. We talked with managing director Venky Ganesan earlier this week about the new fund. It will not, notably, include longtime Menlo managing director Mark Siegel, who joined the...
Tags: TC, Uber, Softbank, San Francisco, Tech, Venture Capital, Roku, Washington State, IVP, Menlo Ventures, Mark Siegel, Bill Gurley, Menlo Park, Gilead Sciences, Yap, Netscape


Lead Edge Capital just closed on $950 million from a whopping 500 investors

Lead Edge Capital, a software-focused venture firm with one office in New York and another in California, was founded just 11 years ago. Yet it’s already managing $3  billion in assets through a process that founder Mitchell Green half-kiddingly refers to as “rinse and repeat.” As he describes its model, Lead Edge raises money from wealthy, networked individuals, then it claws its way into companies, helps them, turns them into valuable references, and when those companies sell or go public, the...
Tags: Startups, TC, Uber, Spotify, New York, California, Ebay, China, Tech, Cisco, Green, Xerox, Alibaba, Venture Capital, Bird, Dell


Uber and Lyft faced tough questions from California judges as they seek to keep classifying drivers as contractors

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi and Lyft CEO Logan Green Laura Buckman/Reuters; Carlo Allegri/Reuters A California appeals court heard arguments on Tuesday from Uber and Lyft as they appeal a recent ruling that would force the companies to reclassify drivers as employees. A lower court determined in August that Uber and Lyft drivers are employees, not contractors, under the state's gig work law, AB-5, but delayed enforcing the ruling while the companies appeal it. Uber, Lyft, and other gig comp...
Tags: Transportation, Lyft, Uber, California, Washington Post, San Francisco, Trends, Markets, Lawsuits, Court of appeal, The New York Times, Rideshare, The Washington Post, Gig Economy, Brown, Sen Bernie Sanders


Caravan of ‘No on Prop. 22’ rideshare drivers to stop in LA

A car caravan of more than 250 rideshare drivers will bring their “No on Prop. 22” message to Los Angeles on Wednesday, alleging the ballot measure would lock workers into sub-minimum wage jobs with little in the way of benefits. The two-day caravan will start in San Diego before moving to L.A., Bakersfield, Fresno and San Francisco. The drivers hope to gather support for their cause as Californians begin voting by mail in the Nov. 3 election. Drivers from across Orange County plan to hold a sim...
Tags: Lyft, Uber, Business, California, La, Senate, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, Healthcare, San Diego, Orange County, Berkeley, Irs, Los Angeles County


Uber Eats in Italy investigated over alleged migrant worker exploitation

Prosecutors allege drivers paid €3 per delivery and suffered degrading work conditionsTen people, including a senior operations manager at Uber in Italy, are under investigation over the alleged exploitation of vulnerable migrant workers by the company’s food-delivery arm, prosecutors have said.According to investigators, the workers were “subjected to degrading work conditions, paid €3 per ride”, and had their tips confiscated. Continue reading...
Tags: Uber, Europe, Business, World news, Migration, Food & drink industry, Italy


What to know about gig worker pay before voting on Prop. 22

By Lauren Hepler | CalMatters How much will your Uber driver get paid if gig companies convince California voters to approve ballot measure Proposition 22? It could be anywhere from $5.64 to $27.58 per hour, depending who you ask. As early voting begins this week, the most expensive state ballot measure in modern history has widened the fault lines in the battle over the future of work. Some app drivers among the many Californians scrambling for income during the pandemic say they’ll vote ye...
Tags: Amazon, Lyft, Uber, Business, New York, Jobs, California, Uncategorized, Sport, Mit, Soccer, San Jose, Seattle, Black Lives Matter, UC Berkeley, Instacart


Google is planning to add new 'hub' offices to provide flexibility for employees, and experts say these networks of satellite offices are the future in Silicon Valley

Amazon's office in Boulder, Colorado. Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images The future of the tech office isn't clustered in Silicon Valley, experts told Business Insider. Instead, tech companies will likely adopt a "hub-and-spoke" model, with satellite offices peppered across the US. In a post-coronavirus era, employees may have a "remote-first" work schedule, and commute to a satellite office when they need to from wherever they live.  Amazon, Apple, and Uber have alre...
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