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. Uber has pulled its self-driving cars from the roads after an accident which left one of the vehicles on its side. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
Sunday 26th of March 2017 07:01:36 AM
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....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. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....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. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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. 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. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
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....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. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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. Uber has suspended its fleet of self-driving cars while it investigates a crash in Arizona involving one of its vehicles. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....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. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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. 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. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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. A woman who was attacked with a knife in an Uber car is suing the ride-sharing company. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
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.... 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. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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. 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. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Tuesday 28th of March 2017 01:36:28 PM
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. 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. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Thursday 6th of April 2017 06:01:33 AM
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....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. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
Tuesday 28th of March 2017 02:30:31 PM
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.... Countless people in the financial sector, for example, apply great ingenuity and effort to amass “rent” on their wealth. Even the big innovations of our age – businesses like Facebook and Uber – are interested mainly in expanding the rentier economy. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Thursday 30th of March 2017 01:26:11 PM
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.... 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. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Monday 27th of March 2017 04:37:56 PM
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. 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. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Friday 14th of April 2017 07:00:27 AM
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.... 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. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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. The crash of an Uber Volvo in Tempe, Arizona has dragged a regulatory spotlight back onto self-driving cars. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....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. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... 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. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... 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. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Friday 31st of March 2017 01:53:07 PM
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....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. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....”. 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. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....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. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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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. ...
Budget 2017: Is G4S trying to bury its results on Wednesday? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 5th of March 2017 12:01:28 AM
....It is calling a series of witnesses on Tuesday for a session looking at protections for gig-economy and agency workers, which will also address tax reporting and the role of trade unions. No doubt this will upset someone at charming firms such as Deliveroo and Uber, which are either glorified courier/minicab services or disruptive technologies, depending on your susceptibility to corporate jargon. ...
Uber uses 'secret program' Greyball to hide from regulators image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Saturday 4th of March 2017 10:53:15 AM
. Uber has been using a secret program to prevent undercover regulators from shutting down the taxi-hailing service in cities around the world. ...
Sick DPD couriers face £150 charge if unable to find cover image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 3rd of March 2017 07:39:12 PM
....For other companies that use large self-employed workforces, the question of whether they are genuinely being self-employed is being tested through the courts. This week the ride-hailing app Uber was granted the right to appeal against an employment tribunal ruling that its drivers were not self-employed, but were workers. ...
Every time we take an Uber we’re spreading its social poison | Laurie Penny image
....There are very few things that $5bn can’t buy, but one of them is manners. This week video emerged of Travis Kalanick, the CEO and founder of ride-share app Uber, patronising and swearing at one of his own drivers, who complained that harsh company policies had forced him into bankruptcy. ...
Uber loses legal test case over language image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 3rd of March 2017 12:31:56 PM
. Uber has lost its attempt to prevent its drivers being forced to take English language tests. ...
Uber loses court case to block English-language written test in London image
. Drivers applying for a minicab licence in London will have to pass a written English exam, including a 120-word essay, after Uber lost a high court battle with the capital’s transport authority. ...
UK's appetite for gourmet takeaway fuels restaurant delivery boom image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 3rd of March 2017 07:01:39 AM
....6bn last year, a 6% increase on 2015 and 50% more than in 2008. NPD noted that even pubs were part of the home-delivery revolution by partnering with brands such as Deliveroo, Just Eat, Hungry House and UberEats. ...
The smaller the better? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 3rd of March 2017 12:08:53 AM
....Founder Aaron Levie says the product - which doesn't require users to install or download any software - was " inadvertently very disruptive to the traditional technology companies". "Whether [you're] Uber, Airbnb, Spotify or Netflix - those same lessons apply. ...
Snapchat goes public at $29bn and makes co-founders tech billionaires image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 2nd of March 2017 04:27:48 PM
....1bn. The move gave a measure of comfort to investors who are expecting Snapchat’s sale to push a new generation of successful tech firms, including Uber and Airbnb, to list publicly. ...
Dear Travis... image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 1st of March 2017 06:02:53 PM
....". On Monday night, Travis Kalanick, Uber's boss, was obliged to grovel over his behaviour towards his driver. ...
Uber v TfL: court hears written English test will cost 33,000 drivers their jobs image
. A plan to force London minicab drivers to pass written English tests would put nearly a third of them out of business, the ride-hailing app Uber has argued. ...
Uber executive resigns after failing to disclose prior sexual harassment claim image
. The top engineering executive at Uber has resigned, adding to the company’s turmoil a week after the company found itself in an unrelated sexual harassment firestorm. ...
When will Britons get a pay rise? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 26th of February 2017 03:05:50 PM
.... Alongside the office worker who hopes to be a manager someday, there are the gig economy workers developing apps, possibly earning very little in the hope of a stellar payout in the future. There are the Deliveroo and Uber drivers and the care workers stuck on the minimum wage. ...
Snapchat IPO: Evan Spiegel tries to sell investors on his top product – himself image
....6% of voting shares. The rest of the voting shares are owned by Benchmark, the Silicon Valley investor that counts Uber and Twitter among its other wins, which owns 12. ...
On your bike: the best and the worst of city cycle schemes image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 25th of February 2017 07:00:05 AM
....Some have back-pedalled: Seattle will shut its Pronto scheme in March, a victim of hills, rain, budget cuts and the city’s mandatory helmet law, while in Spain cash-strapped local authorities have put the brakes on half of the country’s 130 schemes. And just as city dwellers have got used to the sight of rows of docking stations – often jammed-full or empty – the Chinese are promising a ride-anywhere, anytime Uber-style revolution that will make docking stations a thing of the past – and possibly kick-start an explosion of bike usage. ...
Don’t be a dinosaur image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 24th of February 2017 12:37:05 AM
....The bad news is the constant and rapid advances in technology mean that, rather than leaving education behind at 18 or 21, you are likely to have to keep going back to school again and again throughout your lifetime to keep up. The same kind of technology developments which have seen online giant Amazon shake up the High Street and cab hailing app Uber make life a lot harder for traditional taxi firms, will also revolutionise the way we study and work, say those in the industry. ...
Searching for Genghis image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 24th of February 2017 12:30:54 AM
....And there are plenty of business applications, too. For example, DigitalGlobe's images are helping car-sharing service Uber find the best pick-up and drop-off locations for its drivers, telecoms companies site their wireless antennae more efficiently, and countries like Nigeria improve its maps. ...
A London penthouse for £60,000 per week, plus the Isa offering 12% returns image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 23rd of February 2017 03:20:00 PM
....Hotpoint tells tumble dryer owners: unplug faulty machines due to fire risk. Amazon, Deliveroo and Uber ‘still viable’ with no gig economy workers. ...
Amazon, Deliveroo and Uber 'still viable' with no gig economy workers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of February 2017 02:32:09 PM
. Amazon, Deliveroo and Uber have admitted their businesses would remain viable if they were no longer allowed to rely on self-employed workers who do not receive sick pay, pensions or a guaranteed minimum wage. ...
Paris, Frankfurt, Vilnius: how EU cities are vying for London's bankers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 21st of February 2017 06:00:11 PM
....Appealingly low-tax Luxembourg, home to 143 banks with assets of some €800bn and the EU headquarters of companies such as Skype and Paypal, bills itself as “the only country that still loves bankers” and has also reported strong interest from international financial services firms exploring post-Brexit options. Also in the race is Amsterdam, home to the EU offices of Uber, Tesla and Netflix as well as one of the world’s largest data transport hubs. ...
Tax barrister plans to take Uber to court over alleged £20m black hole image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 21st of February 2017 03:00:09 PM
. A leading tax lawyer is planning to challenge Uber in the courts over what he alleges could be a £20m-a-year black hole in its tax payments in the UK. ...
Uber hires Eric Holder to investigate sexual harassment allegations image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 21st of February 2017 03:06:50 AM
. Uber has hired the former US attorney general Eric Holder to investigate allegations of sexual harassment after an engineer went public with claims that she repeatedly faced sexism and discrimination at the ride-sharing company. ...
Uber launches 'urgent investigation' into sexual harassment claims image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 20th of February 2017 01:36:50 AM
. A former Uber engineer has come forward with allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination, claiming that management repeatedly dismissed her complaints, protected a repeat offender and threatened to fire her for raising concerns. ...
We all have the ‘right to disconnect’ – but only some of us can afford it | Evgeny Morozov image
....On closer examination, though, it’s not evident that this right has much teeth even as a weapon against abuse by employers, as its applicability to the so-called gig economy seems uncertain. It’s true that, in theory, the joy of working as an independent contractor, be it as a driver for Uber or as a courier for Deliveroo, is the freedom and autonomy that such platforms afford: hours are flexible and can be adjusted depending on preferences and schedule. ...
Uber exploiting loophole to 'spread tentacles' across UK, union says image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 17th of February 2017 05:55:20 PM
. Uber has been accused of exploiting a legal loophole that allows its drivers to operate in UK towns and cities where they don’t have a licence, leaving local authorities powerless to regulate them. ...
Driverless trucks: economic tsunami may swallow one of most common US jobs image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 16th of February 2017 12:00:02 PM
. In April 2016, Uber announced the acquisition of Otto, a San Francisco-based startup that has developed a kit that can turn any big rig into a self-driving truck. ...
Workers' feelings of powerlessness fuelling anger, says jobs tsar image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 13th of February 2017 05:14:03 PM
....Margot James, the employment minister, said Taylor’s review was “hugely important in helping us understand whether employment rights need to change to keep up with the various new ways people can work”. In October the taxi-app company Uber lost a landmark employment tribunal case brought by drivers who demanded to be treated as workers with rights to the minimum wage and sick pay rather than as self-employed contractors. ...
£1.74 an hour: Jinn couriers complain over low earnings image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 13th of February 2017 03:51:19 PM
.... A Guardian investigation into Hermes, whose 10,000 “lifestyle couriers” deliver parcels for retailers including Next and John Lewis, found workers earning less than £6 an hour. Minicab drivers on the Uber platform have repeatedly complained that their earnings fall below the minimum wage once Uber’s 20% cut and car expenses are deducted. ...
Pay-as-you-go car insurance – perfect for the low-mileage driver? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 11th of February 2017 07:00:09 AM
....Cuvva’s founder, Freddy Macnamara, says he came up with the idea of paying for car insurance by the hour while discussing lending his car to a friend. “I could order an Uber or a Deliveroo to my house, but I couldn’t buy insurance for a short period quickly,” he says. ...
Pimlico Plumbers loses appeal against self-employed status image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 10th of February 2017 12:12:29 PM
....The firm argued Smith was an “independent contractor” rather than a worker or employee. Smith’s solicitor, Jacqueline McGuigan, said the ruling held wider implications for gig economy firms such as Deliveroo or Uber, both of which are embroiled in rows over employment status. ...

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