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....Jet-propelled sky taxi tested in Germany. Uber plans to test on-demand flying cars network by 2020. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
Sunday 14th of May 2017 10:33:46 AM
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. Drivers and couriers for companies like Uber and Deliveroo need full worker rights and not "bogus" self-employment status, MPs have said. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
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. Uber is a transport firm that requires a licence to operate, a senior member of European Union's top court has said. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
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....In the new supplier agreement, Deliveroo specifies that freelance couriers can work for other businesses and do not have to wear Deliveroo-branded clothing. The company has also shortened its contracts to four pages after the Work and Pensions Committee labelled those offered by Deliveroo and others such as Uber to be "unintelligible". ... [Read full article on BBC ]
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....”. The union won a similar case against Uber last year, resulting in a ruling that the ride-hailing service should pay the minimum wage and grant drivers holiday pay and other benefits. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Wednesday 3rd of May 2017 12:06:14 PM
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. Uber has been told to return thousands of "pilfered" files to Alphabet's Waymo self-driving car division. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
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....That’s not much in the context of more than 1bn cars worldwide, but represents rapid progress from a standing start just a few years ago. In the US, the race pits traditional auto firms such as Ford and General Motors against technology-focused newcomers, such as Uber and Google, through its Waymo spinoff company. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Monday 22nd of May 2017 11:28:37 AM
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. Uber could be forced to adhere to local licensing laws in European cities, after a top legal adviser to Europe’s highest court said the US ride-hailing app should be regulated as a transport company. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Thursday 11th of May 2017 02:10:45 PM
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....Earlier this month, Just Eat noted that the CMA intended to begin an in-depth investigation and said it was "committed to demonstrating to the CMA that the market is, and will remain, competitive following completion of the proposed transaction". The home delivery sector is a hotbed of competition, with Uber and Deliveroo also active in the sector. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
Friday 19th of May 2017 06:54:56 AM
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.... Given concerns about the rising number of workers classed as self-employed contractors with no access to sick benefit or holiday pay, it wants the default status for people in the gig economy to be “worker” rather than “self-employed”. In an inquiry now curtailed by Theresa May calling a snap election, the committee questioned companies including Uber, Amazon, Hermes and Deliveroo that use self-employed workers widely. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Sunday 30th of April 2017 11:01:13 PM
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. Samsung is stepping up its plans for self-driving cars to rival former Google project Waymo, Uber and Apple, bringing the key players from the battle for smartphone dominance to the brave new world of autonomous vehicles. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Tuesday 2nd of May 2017 10:05:10 AM
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....US ride hailing business Lyft has formed a partnership with the Google owner's self-driving car unit Waymo to help develop self-driving vehicles. Lyft is Uber's biggest rival in the US. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
Monday 15th of May 2017 08:23:51 AM
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. Ride-sharing firm Uber is facing a criminal investigation by the US government. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
Friday 5th of May 2017 08:51:04 AM
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. Uber’s licence to operate in London has been renewed but only for a period of four months, as transport authorities continue to deliberate whether to grant it a five-year licence. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Friday 26th of May 2017 05:21:36 PM
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.... Commercial revenues were slightly higher, while matchday income edged lower. Two global sponsorship deals were signed during the quarter, with ride-hailing service Uber and Singapore firm Aladdin Street. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
Tuesday 16th of May 2017 11:46:12 AM
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.... People are working flat out in the gig economy but still struggling to make ends meet. The labour market has, for want of a better word, been Uberised. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Wednesday 17th of May 2017 10:28:10 AM
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....“Following its initial investigation into the merger, the Competition and Markets Authority has found that the companies are close competitors because of the similarity of their service and their broad geographical coverage,” the regulator said in a statement. The CMA said more recent entrants into the takeaway delivery market, such as Deliveroo, UberEats and Amazon Restaurants, represented less direct competition in the takeaway food markets as they targeted different types of restaurant, primarily dine-in ones without their own delivery services in fewer areas. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Wednesday 10th of May 2017 07:38:30 AM
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. The mother of car hire company Uber's co-founder Travis Kalanick has died in a boating accident in California. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
Saturday 27th of May 2017 10:55:51 PM
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. Uber has come under further pressure in London after a union threatened legal action if the capital’s transport authority renews the taxi app’s licence without guaranteeing more rights for drivers. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....Other major gig economy employers who together rely on tens of thousands of workers who do not benefit from sick pay, holiday pay and the right to a minimum wage are fighting similar claims that self-employed workers should have employment rights. Uber, the US taxi app company that has 40,000 drivers in the UK, will this September appeal against an employment tribunal verdict that some of them should be classed as workers. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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. A group of minicab drivers, many employed by Uber, have joined black-cab drivers and unions in calling for improved workers’ rights to be a condition of Uber being able to renew its London licence later this month. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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Uber CEO Kalanick's mother dies in boat accident image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Saturday 27th of May 2017 10:55:51 PM
. The mother of car hire company Uber's co-founder Travis Kalanick has died in a boating accident in California. ...
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Spotify hopes going public will cement streaming as music's future image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 27th of May 2017 10:00:25 AM
....If approved, the Swedish streaming service could go public later this year, marking the first tech listing since the disappointing launch of Snap Inc, which lost $2bn in value after releasing disappointing results earlier this month. If the IPO is successful, other hot startups, such as Airbnb and Uber, could follow swiftly in Spotify’s wake. ...
Uber's London licence renewed for only four months image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 26th of May 2017 05:21:36 PM
. Uber’s licence to operate in London has been renewed but only for a period of four months, as transport authorities continue to deliberate whether to grant it a five-year licence. ...
Ford names Jim Hackett as new CEO in push to build self-driving cars image
....That’s not much in the context of more than 1bn cars worldwide, but represents rapid progress from a standing start just a few years ago. In the US, the race pits traditional auto firms such as Ford and General Motors against technology-focused newcomers, such as Uber and Google, through its Waymo spinoff company. ...
Just Eat and Hungryhouse merger faces competition probe image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 19th of May 2017 06:54:56 AM
....Earlier this month, Just Eat noted that the CMA intended to begin an in-depth investigation and said it was "committed to demonstrating to the CMA that the market is, and will remain, competitive following completion of the proposed transaction". The home delivery sector is a hotbed of competition, with Uber and Deliveroo also active in the sector. ...
Unemployment is at its lowest since 1975, so why do people feel worse off? | Larry Elliott image
.... People are working flat out in the gig economy but still struggling to make ends meet. The labour market has, for want of a better word, been Uberised. ...
Uber faces legal threat from union over London licence image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 16th of May 2017 04:27:11 PM
. Uber has come under further pressure in London after a union threatened legal action if the capital’s transport authority renews the taxi app’s licence without guaranteeing more rights for drivers. ...
Manchester United reports £3.8m loss but revenue rises image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 16th of May 2017 11:46:12 AM
.... Commercial revenues were slightly higher, while matchday income edged lower. Two global sponsorship deals were signed during the quarter, with ride-hailing service Uber and Singapore firm Aladdin Street. ...
Uber must return 'pilfered' Waymo files image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 15th of May 2017 07:27:22 PM
. Uber has been told to return thousands of "pilfered" files to Alphabet's Waymo self-driving car division. ...
Lyft strikes self-driving deal with Google's Waymo image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 15th of May 2017 08:23:51 AM
....US ride hailing business Lyft has formed a partnership with the Google owner's self-driving car unit Waymo to help develop self-driving vehicles. Lyft is Uber's biggest rival in the US. ...
Toyota 'backs flying car project' in Japan image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 14th of May 2017 10:33:46 AM
....Jet-propelled sky taxi tested in Germany. Uber plans to test on-demand flying cars network by 2020. ...
Royal Mail firm launches review after admitting it denied courier benefits image
....Other major gig economy employers who together rely on tens of thousands of workers who do not benefit from sick pay, holiday pay and the right to a minimum wage are fighting similar claims that self-employed workers should have employment rights. Uber, the US taxi app company that has 40,000 drivers in the UK, will this September appeal against an employment tribunal verdict that some of them should be classed as workers. ...
Deliveroo overhauls controversial courier contracts image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 11th of May 2017 06:19:40 PM
....In the new supplier agreement, Deliveroo specifies that freelance couriers can work for other businesses and do not have to wear Deliveroo-branded clothing. The company has also shortened its contracts to four pages after the Work and Pensions Committee labelled those offered by Deliveroo and others such as Uber to be "unintelligible". ...
New Uber blow as European legal adviser says service should be licensed like taxis image
. Uber could be forced to adhere to local licensing laws in European cities, after a top legal adviser to Europe’s highest court said the US ride-hailing app should be regulated as a transport company. ...
European court aide rules Uber is a transport company image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 11th of May 2017 11:05:00 AM
. Uber is a transport firm that requires a licence to operate, a senior member of European Union's top court has said. ...
Just Eat faces competition inquiry over Hungryhouse takeover image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 10th of May 2017 07:38:30 AM
....“Following its initial investigation into the merger, the Competition and Markets Authority has found that the companies are close competitors because of the similarity of their service and their broad geographical coverage,” the regulator said in a statement. The CMA said more recent entrants into the takeaway delivery market, such as Deliveroo, UberEats and Amazon Restaurants, represented less direct competition in the takeaway food markets as they targeted different types of restaurant, primarily dine-in ones without their own delivery services in fewer areas. ...
Uber should lose its licence if it doesn't improve workers' rights, say drivers image
. A group of minicab drivers, many employed by Uber, have joined black-cab drivers and unions in calling for improved workers’ rights to be a condition of Uber being able to renew its London licence later this month. ...
Uber faces criminal probe in US over 'greyball' code image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 5th of May 2017 08:51:04 AM
. Ride-sharing firm Uber is facing a criminal investigation by the US government. ...
HMRC steps up inquiry into employment status of Hermes couriers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 3rd of May 2017 12:06:14 PM
....”. The union won a similar case against Uber last year, resulting in a ruling that the ride-hailing service should pay the minimum wage and grant drivers holiday pay and other benefits. ...
Samsung self-driving cars take fight to Apple, Uber and Google's Waymo image
. Samsung is stepping up its plans for self-driving cars to rival former Google project Waymo, Uber and Apple, bringing the key players from the battle for smartphone dominance to the brave new world of autonomous vehicles. ...
May Day report by MPs damns growing UK gig economy image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 30th of April 2017 11:01:13 PM
.... Given concerns about the rising number of workers classed as self-employed contractors with no access to sick benefit or holiday pay, it wants the default status for people in the gig economy to be “worker” rather than “self-employed”. In an inquiry now curtailed by Theresa May calling a snap election, the committee questioned companies including Uber, Amazon, Hermes and Deliveroo that use self-employed workers widely. ...
MPs call for end to 'bogus' self-employment image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 30th of April 2017 11:00:07 PM
. Drivers and couriers for companies like Uber and Deliveroo need full worker rights and not "bogus" self-employment status, MPs have said. ...
Uber to offer UK drivers sickness cover in return for £2-a-week fee image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 27th of April 2017 12:51:55 PM
. Uber is to start offering its minicab drivers sickness cover in exchange for a £2 per week fee, in its latest bid to head off criticism over working conditions for its 40,000 drivers in the UK. ...
Job opportunities image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of April 2017 11:12:43 PM
....As the rush hour reaches its peak, traffic grinds to a halt and a chorus of car horns rises from the increasingly irate drivers. "This is the soundtrack of Cairo," says Tino Waked, general manager of Uber in Egypt, above the din. ...
Uber's booming Egyptian market image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of April 2017 11:12:22 PM
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The Guardian view on Apple-Uber affair: reasons to tame Silicon Valley | Editorial image
. The taxi-hailing company Uber brings into very sharp focus the question of whether corporations can be said to have a moral character. ...
Uber plans to test on-demand flying cars network by 2020 image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of April 2017 06:28:42 AM
. Uber has unveiled plans to partner with plane manufacturers to develop and test a network of flying cars by 2020. ...
What does the business world make of Trump 100 days in? The jury is still out image
.... When Trump came out in support of Bill O’Reilly, Fox News’s fallen idol, O’Reilly still lost his job. Already some business leaders, even those with terrible reputations (that’s you Uber’s Travis Kalanick) have dropped out of Trump’s business advisory council, lest their proximity be read as approval. ...
Driverless pods plot new course to overtake humans image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 25th of April 2017 07:01:47 AM
.... Thorny questions of prohibition may be dodged in favour of, for example, licensing fast lanes for connected, self-driving cars, or creating urban zones where shared, autonomous, electric vehicles of some description become the only mode of transport, reshaping mass public transport. In the meantime, young people’s appetite to drive or own cars is expected to fade, with the likes of Uber and carpooling already making the motor industry revise how it will sell its vehicles in years to come. ...
Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble: why ultra-low mortgage rates are dangerous | Jonn Elledge image
. If you’ve ever made the mistake of trying to debate generational inequality with a baby boomer – by pointing out, say, that they benefited from cheap housing, generous welfare and free university places, before voting consistently for governments that have denied those things to their children, all the while calling millennials lazy and entitled in an infuriatingly faux-indulgent way, as if their kids’ requests that their salaries bear some sort of relation to their actual living costs makes them the sort of spoiled divas who’d call a gold-plated Uber to take them to the lavatory . ...
Uber broke Apple’s iOS privacy rules and Tim Cook wasn't happy about it image
. Uber broke Apple’s privacy rules in its iOS app in an effort to catch Chinese fraudsters, resulting in chief executive Travis Kalanick being hauled in to Cupertino for a personal dressing down from Tim Cook, it has been revealed. ...
Electric flying car that takes off vertically could be future of transport image
....Terrafugia, based outside the US city of Boston and founded 11 years ago by MIT graduates, aims to build a mass-market flying car, while the US-Israeli firm Joby Aviation has said it is working on a four-seater drone. Google, Tesla and Uber have also reportedly shown interest in the new technology. ...
The gig economy 'slashies' risk burnout image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 18th of April 2017 06:00:21 AM
. In a world of Uber and Deliveroo, the gig economy is thriving – it is estimated 1. ...
Here’s how to civilise Uber, and make the other ‘death stars’ work for us too | Deborah Orr image
....Likewise, pretty much everyone who has seen Star Wars remembers the Death Star, the sinister ball of military technology developed to destroy uncooperative planets. The crisis PR expert Jeremy Robinson-Leon remarked the other day that the minicab company Uber “has cultivated this reputation as the death star. ...
Hell of a ride: even a PR powerhouse couldn't get Uber on track image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 14th of April 2017 07:00:27 AM
. When Rachel Whetstone left Google two years ago to replace David Plouffe, a former Barack Obama official, as policy and communications vice-president at Uber, it seemed like a promising Silicon Valley role. ...
Rachel Whetstone: from Tory power broker to Silicon Valley PR guru image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 13th of April 2017 03:02:53 PM
....”. Whetstone left Google to join Uber in 2015, shortly after writing an acerbic blogpost addressed to the media tycoon Rupert Murdoch, taking issue with criticism of Google in the Wall Street Journal, part of his news empire. ...
Uber allegedly used secret program to undermine rival Lyft image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 13th of April 2017 12:10:45 PM
. A secret Uber program internally dubbed “Hell” allegedly spied on arch-rival Lyft to determine which drivers were working double shifts for both companies, letting the cab-hire app steer more work towards them in an attempt to deprive its competitor of workers. ...
How Uber conquers a city in seven steps image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 12th of April 2017 03:19:57 PM
....The tides are turning for the poster child of the gig economy. Uber’s “disruptive” approach has up until now attracted investors like flies, leading to its valuation snowballing to $69bn. ...
Uber's head of communications quits scandal-hit cab app image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 12th of April 2017 08:49:11 AM
. Uber’s head of public policy and communications, Rachel Whetstone, has quit the troubled cab-hire app less that two years after it poached her from Google. ...
The new age of Ayn Rand: how she won over Trump and Silicon Valley image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 10th of April 2017 05:49:09 PM
.... Rand, the magazine suggested, might just be “the most influential figure in the industry”. When the CEO of Uber, Travis Kalanick, had to choose an avatar for his Twitter account in 2015, he opted for the cover of The Fountainhead. ...
My week as an Uber courier: my bike got stolen, but I kept my five-star rating image
.... The twentysomething hands me two books and asks for them to be delivered to his friend’s place 11 minutes away in the West Village. I am at Nicholas’s beck and call – and anyone else’s, if they have a smartphone – as an Uber courier. ...
Self-driving cars will only work when we accept autonomy is a myth image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 7th of April 2017 08:00:05 AM
. The crash of an Uber Volvo in Tempe, Arizona has dragged a regulatory spotlight back onto self-driving cars. ...
Uber contract 'gibberish', says MP investigating gig economy image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 6th of April 2017 06:01:33 AM
. A committee of MPs has lambasted Uber’s contracts with drivers as “gibberish” and “almost unintelligible” as the company attempts to ensure its drivers remain self-employed. ...
Deliveroo's verbal gymnastics show commonsense not on the menu image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 5th of April 2017 06:29:05 PM
....The legal challenges to this arrangement will keep coming, as they should. Deliveroo, like Uber, may own some whizzy technology that enables supply and demand to be matched efficiently, but its other competitive advantage seems to be a grubby form of arbitrage between the letter of the law and its spirit. ...
Deliveroo accused of 'creating vocabulary' to avoid calling couriers employees image
....In a six-page document seen by the Guardian, Deliveroo says its couriers, who deliver takeaways, should always be referred to as “independent suppliers” – self-employed workers with few employment rights – rather than as employees, workers, staff or team members. The business models of gig-economy companies such as Deliveroo and taxi app Uber are based on using thousands of self-employed contractors rather than employees – a move that saves them millions of pounds in holiday pay, sick pay and tax. ...
Uber sued by car-share stab victim image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 5th of April 2017 04:30:42 PM
. A woman who was attacked with a knife in an Uber car is suing the ride-sharing company. ...
Rise of robotics will upend laws and lead to human job quotas, study says image
....0’ involves the integration of the physical and software in production and the service sector. Amazon, Uber, Facebook, ‘smart factories’ and 3D printing, its says, are among current pioneers. ...
Congested, polluted and with car jobs at risk, Stuttgart reaches a crossroads image
.... All the social, technological and political trends point to a rapid demise of the polluting internal combustion engine, the coming of electric cars and the end to German car dominance. In the wake of “Dieselgate”, when VW was found to have cheated emission figures, and the arrival on the car scene of digital companies such as Uber, Tesla and Google, all jockeying to introduce driverless and electric cars, the sedate German industry is waking up to the fact that it may be left behind by the US and China and that if it does nothing its cars could soon seem like antisocial relics. ...
The UK must not let this Brexit crisis go to waste. Nor must the EU image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 31st of March 2017 01:53:07 PM
.... But so is a lack of economic dynamism. Consider the companies that have emerged from nowhere to have a big impact since the single market came into being in 1993: Google, Facebook, ebay, Amazon, Uber. ...
Hammond was right to raise tax for self-employed, inquiry to say image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 29th of March 2017 01:13:37 PM
....He also said jobseekers would not be penalised for turning down work on self-employed terms, as he warned potential gig economy workers to “have their eyes open” when signing up with companies asking for cash commitments in exchange for jobs. Hinds’ comments revealed the government’s concern over aspects of the boom in self-employed working, a trend that has come to the public’s attention largely because of the growth in companies using self-employed workers, such as the minicab app firm Uber, courier companies Hermes, DPD and UK Mail and takeaway delivery company Deliveroo. ...
China's Tencent buys 5% stake in Tesla image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 28th of March 2017 02:30:31 PM
....Tencent is no stranger to putting money into US companies. Recent investments have included Snapchat-owner Snap and US Uber-rival Lyft - both of which have tech at their heart. ...
Uber to shut down Denmark operation over new taxi laws image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 28th of March 2017 01:36:28 PM
. Uber will shut down its operation in Denmark next month following the introduction of new taxi laws, the company has said, marking the latest European setback for the US ride-booking service. ...
Uber set to pull out of Denmark image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 28th of March 2017 01:01:41 PM
. Cab hire firm Uber will withdraw from Denmark in April because of new taxi laws that require drivers to have fare meters and seat sensors. ...
Deliveroo riders plan legal action over employment rights image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 27th of March 2017 04:37:56 PM
.... In the latest challenge to employment conditions in the gig economy, they are seeking compensation for not receiving holiday pay and for being paid wages below the legal minimum for employees. The Deliveroo move follows successful employment tribunal cases brought by cycle couriers at CitySprint and Excel and drivers for taxi app Uber. ...
Uber suspends fleet of self-driving cars following Arizona crash image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 26th of March 2017 11:29:44 AM
. Uber has suspended its fleet of self-driving cars while it investigates a crash in Arizona involving one of its vehicles. ...
Uber suspends self-driving cars after Arizona crash image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 26th of March 2017 07:01:36 AM
. Uber has pulled its self-driving cars from the roads after an accident which left one of the vehicles on its side. ...
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Second cycle courier wins holiday pay at gig economy tribunal image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 24th of March 2017 12:56:13 PM
....The Boxer case, which Excel did not contest – the firm is in liquidation and was taken over by CitySprint last year – adds to pressure on courier companies to change their way of working. Boxer’s case is the latest in a string of tribunals against gig economy employers including the taxi hailing service Uber, and the second of four relating to couriers’ employment status backed by the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB). ...
Cycle courier wins holiday pay battle image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 24th of March 2017 12:17:29 PM
....What is the 'gig' economy?. Drivers and campaigners hail Uber ruling . ...
From smugglers to supermarkets: the 'informal economy' touches us all image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 24th of March 2017 11:13:18 AM
.... Informal employment is on the rise, globally and in the UK. In the age of zero-hour contracts, Uber and TaskRabbit, we are witnessing an informalisation of working conditions for many employees, as the formal economy also wants a slice of the informal pie. ...
What everyone assumes about rights in the gig economy is wrong | Jason Moyer-Lee image
....But the justification from employers when called out on their failure to provide employment rights always comes down to the same thing: these workers want flexibility and their model provides this. For example, following the tribunal ruling stating that Uber drivers were not independent contractors, Jo Bertram, the company’s regional manager in the UK, said: “The overwhelming majority of drivers who use the Uber app want to keep the freedom and flexibility of being able to drive when and where they want. ...
Uber president quits firm saying its values are 'inconsistent' with his image
. Uber president Jeff Jones left the taxi-hailing firm after just six months in the job because working at Uber was incompatible with his values, he said. ...
PM backs plans to overhaul workers' rights to reflect gig ecomomy image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 20th of March 2017 12:25:37 AM
....The question has led to a number of high-profile court cases in recent months. In October, Uber lost a landmark employment tribunal case brought by drivers, who said the stringent conditions placed on their work by the taxi hailing app company meant they were not self-employed, but employees who were entitled to minimum wage and sick pay. ...
'Out of control' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 20th of March 2017 12:02:11 AM
....So she decided to quit her government job and launch Enabled Employment, a recruitment consultancy that helps people with a disability find paid work. Today, the Canberra-based company helps thousands of people find work at more than 400 businesses in Australia, including accountancy giant PricewaterhouseCoopers, taxi hire service Uber, and even the Australian Defence Force. ...
Uber faces further turmoil as company president Jeff Jones quits image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 19th of March 2017 11:27:43 PM
. Taxi hailing app Uber has been thrust deeper into turmoil with the departure of company president Jeff Jones, a marketing expert hired to help bolster its reputation. ...
A ‘jobs miracle’ that leaves millions worse off | Observer editorial image
....Moreover, there is a small but growing group of low-paid workers who face deepening insecurity as they are denied access to basic employment rights. There has been much focus on the new gig economy: digital platforms such as Uber and Deliveroo that allow supposedly self-employed workers to sell services. ...
Has the tech bubble peaked? Signs that the startup boom may be fizzling image
....“It used to be that 95% of [investment] rounds were up, now 20% are down,” Tunguz said. Then there are the so-called “decacorns” – unicorn startups valued at tens of billions of dollars – such as Airbnb, Uber and Palantir – which some believe are overvalued, but it’s hard to tell until they go public and are forced to reveal details of their underlying finances. ...
Gig economy companies trying to have their cake and eat it, say workers image
....“This is supported by the data, as just four in 10 gig economy workers, or 38%, say that they feel like their own boss, which raises the question of whether some are entitled to more employment rights,” the report said. The gig economy has become a focus of concern following the commercial success of companies such as Amazon, the ride hailing firm Uber and the delivery service Deliveroo. ...
Self-employed? See if you'll pay more in national insurance image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 11th of March 2017 07:00:28 AM
.... It is expected that the government will produce a paper in the autumn setting out NI changes, which will look “potentially at what new rights could be given to people who are self-employed”. This is likely to follow the publication of a review into modern employment practices which is examining how the “gig economy” and temporary contracts are making work more precarious for millions at companies such as Hermes, Deliveroo and Uber. ...
AirBnB raises $1bn of investment funding image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 9th of March 2017 09:50:42 PM
.... . In total it has raised more than $3bn from investors and it is now the second most valuable start-up in the US after Uber, which is valued at about $70bn. ...
The shameless Tories have betrayed the self-employed – and themselves | John Harris image
.... Since 2005 the number of over-65s who are self-employed has almost doubled. Some of these changes are bound up with the so-called platform capitalism that is creating a whole swath of the economy defined by big firms – Uber, Airbnb, eBay, TaskRabbit, Deliveroo – overseeing the sale of goods and services by individuals. ...
Budget tax rise image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 9th of March 2017 01:40:23 PM
....That is part of a wider review led by Matthew Taylor, the chief executive of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. He is balancing the extra efficiency and lower prices that have resulted from new businesses such as Uber, with the lower tax revenue that results. ...
Uber stops using Greyball 'secret program' to dodge regulators image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 9th of March 2017 05:21:32 AM
. Uber says it will ban a secret software tool from being used to evade undercover regulators. ...
Few will spot the difference in national insurance – at first | Patrick Collinson image
.... In cash terms it will appear pretty negligible in its first year, but within five years it will be raking in an extra £2bn a year for the Treasury. Let’s say you’re an Uber driver making £25,000 a year. ...
Blood couriers launch case challenging self-employed status image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 7th of March 2017 05:19:22 PM
....Also on Tuesday, more than 20 van drivers working for DX, an Aim-listed courier firm which works for Amazon, the US embassy and dozens of other clients, kicked off legal action questioning their self-employed status. The action, which began with an approach to conciliation service Acas, is being taken by law firm Leigh Day on behalf of the GMB union, which previously successfully challenged the self-employed status of Uber drivers. ...
Uber's 'hustle-oriented' culture becomes a black mark on employees' résumés image
. David was attending “Uberversity”, the ride-hail company’s three-day orientation for new employees, when he was introduced to “the Uber way”. ...
Sick Parcelforce couriers can be charged up to £250 if they can't find cover image
....Details of the policy applied by the Royal Mail-owned business emerged days after rival courier company DPD was criticised for charging some drivers who take time off for illness. And it will fuel concerns about precarious working conditions in the “gig economy”, amid a series of disputes about the employment status of people who work for firms such as Uber and Deliveroo. ...
NHS trust may use Uber taxis to transfer non-emergency patients image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 6th of March 2017 09:10:37 AM
. Uber taxis could soon be used to transfer non-emergency patients with illnesses ranging from cancer to dementia back and forth from NHS hospitals in a deal that could play a part in “cracking down” on bedblocking, according to the social care company behind it. ...
Uber is smart, simple and seductive. But should we still be using it? image
. Over recent months I’ve developed a conflicted relationship with my Uber app. ...

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