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....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. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
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.... And that slightly cheerier fettle in the forecasts is very different to the public feeling any better off - Read political editor Laura Kuenssberg's full blog. Uber and Deliveroo - the Treasury is on your case. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
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....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. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Thursday 2nd of March 2017 04:27:48 PM
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. 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. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....“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. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Friday 17th of March 2017 07:02:02 AM
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....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. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Tuesday 21st of February 2017 06:00:11 PM
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. David was attending “Uberversity”, the ride-hail company’s three-day orientation for new employees, when he was introduced to “the Uber way”. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Tuesday 7th of March 2017 10:00:39 AM
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....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. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
Monday 20th of March 2017 12:02:11 AM
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. 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. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Monday 20th of March 2017 09:15:56 AM
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....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. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
Friday 24th of February 2017 12:30:54 AM
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. Uber has lost its attempt to prevent its drivers being forced to take English language tests. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
Friday 3rd of March 2017 12:31:56 PM
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. Uber says it will ban a secret software tool from being used to evade undercover regulators. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
Thursday 9th of March 2017 05:21:32 AM
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....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. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Saturday 25th of February 2017 07:00:05 AM
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.... . 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. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
Thursday 9th of March 2017 09:50:42 PM
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. 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. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Monday 6th of March 2017 09:10:37 AM
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....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. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Friday 3rd of March 2017 07:39:12 PM
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....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. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Monday 6th of March 2017 06:17:38 PM
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....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. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
Friday 24th of February 2017 12:37:05 AM
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....". On Monday night, Travis Kalanick, Uber's boss, was obliged to grovel over his behaviour towards his driver. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
Wednesday 1st of March 2017 06:02:53 PM
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....“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. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....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. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Monday 20th of March 2017 12:25:37 AM
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. 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. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Tuesday 21st of February 2017 03:00:09 PM
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....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. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Friday 3rd of March 2017 07:01:39 AM
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. 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. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Tuesday 28th of February 2017 12:06:57 PM
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. 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. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Tuesday 28th of February 2017 01:42:19 AM
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. Over recent months I’ve developed a conflicted relationship with my Uber app. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Sunday 5th of March 2017 12:03:29 AM
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....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. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Tuesday 7th of March 2017 05:19:22 PM
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. 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. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Wednesday 22nd of February 2017 02:32:09 PM
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. 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. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Friday 3rd of March 2017 11:24:37 AM
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....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. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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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. ...
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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. ...
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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. ...
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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. ...
We have the laws for a fairer gig economy, we just need to enforce them image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 7th of February 2017 12:11:25 PM
. What will the recent court cases involving Uber and CitySprint mean for the future of the gig economy in the transport sector?. ...
Uber driver tells MPs: I work 90 hours but still need to claim benefits image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 6th of February 2017 07:56:05 PM
. Uber drivers have told MPs they felt trapped in a job that forced them to work long hours just to cover costs including the purchase of their cars. ...
Apple, Google, Facebook and Microsoft file opposition to Trump's travel ban image
....Almost 100 US technology companies have filed a legal brief opposing President Trump’s ban on migration from seven Muslim-majority countries, arguing that it imposes significant burdens on the industry by preventing it from hiring talented migrants. Among the companies signing the filing, an amicus brief supporting Washington state’s lawsuit against Trump’s order are Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft, as well as smaller firms such as Uber, Reddit, Netflix and Dropbox. ...
Robots 'could replace 250,000 UK public sector workers' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 6th of February 2017 09:10:14 AM
....The report argues that public services should become more flexible by embracing a gig economy where workers support themselves through a variety of flexible jobs acquired through online platforms. In remarks that seem set to infuriate unions, a Reform press release says: “Public services can become the next Uber, using the gig economy to employ locum doctors and supply teachers. ...
Hermes driver among 'incredibly brave' workers to appear before MPs image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 5th of February 2017 05:58:39 PM
....”. Two other Hermes delivery drivers, a Deliveroo bike rider and two Uber drivers will also give evidence on Monday. ...
Uber CEO steps down from Trump advisory council after users boycott image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 3rd of February 2017 07:25:33 AM
. Uber’s CEO, Travis Kalanick, is stepping down from Donald Trump’s economic advisory council following intense criticism and an online boycott of the company over its ties to the new administration, the company confirmed on Thursday. ...
Guarantee minimum wage for gig economy workers, says Frank Field image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 31st of January 2017 03:59:30 PM
. Theresa May should guarantee the minimum wage for self-employed workers for companies such as Uber and Hermes and prevent them from losing work with no notice, the Labour MP Frank Field has said. ...
Brad Stone: ‘We should watch Uber and Airbnb closely’ image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 29th of January 2017 08:00:18 AM
....At the start of the book you note that the dictionary definition of an upstart is either “a newly successful person” or “someone who does not show proper respect to the established way of doing things”…I wanted to frame the defining question of the book for the reader. Are these brilliant entrepreneurs who have built tremendous businesses through sheer creativity and ingenuity? Or are they renegades that grew in large part through contempt for the status quo? There’s an ambivalence that surrounds companies like Uber and Airbnb, and I think this question over their identity – and the dual meanings of the word “upstart” – gets to the heart of it. ...
Pokémon Go and no sign of stopping: Apple’s App Store sales boom image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 28th of January 2017 03:59:04 PM
....7bn deal. While Apple does not make money directly from the likes of Uber, Ladbrokes or HSBC having apps on its phones, it wants to ensure it is integral to businesses’ digital strategies as employees and consumers increasingly go mobile. ...
Hermes facing legal challenge from its self-employed workers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 26th of January 2017 01:26:01 PM
.... It follows a Guardian investigation that found Hermes was paying some of its couriers at levels equivalent to below the “national living wage”. The possible legal proceedings come after a similar claim was brought successfully against app-based taxi company Uber. ...
If Brexit Britain is to survive, Theresa May must get industry right | Matthew d’Ancona image
.... No less important than basic literacy and numeracy is a collective awareness that today’s children will be working in an environment that reflects not just a generational shift but a relentless technological revolution. Twenty years from now, Uber and Amazon Prime will be regarded as the primitive tools of clumsy beginners. ...
Globalisation once made the world go around. Is it about to grind to a halt? image
.... Consumers care more about whether the goods they can order online will be delivered the next day than where they are sourced from. Douglas Flint, chairman of HSBC, cited the example of the taxi app Uber as a disruptive technological change that was here to stay. ...
Twelve things you need to know about driverless cars image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 15th of January 2017 07:30:09 AM
....Instead of today’s car ownership model, we are far more likely to rely on “mobility as a service” by 2030, says Boland. “Imagine an Uber-like service you can summon at the touch of a button, but without a driver. ...
What if Uber kills off public transport rather than cars? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 13th of January 2017 05:00:08 AM
. The perceived wisdom is that Uber has disrupted taxis and that private automobiles are next, but what if we’ve misread what is happening in our cities?. ...
Jetpack to work image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 11th of January 2017 12:11:26 AM
...."Jetpacks will be part of future cities," Peter Coker, vice-president of innovation at KuangChi Science, Martin Aircraft Company's major Chinese shareholder. "I see it as being the Uber of the sky. ...
Cash car image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 10th of January 2017 12:21:21 AM
....Manufacturers clearly understand that personal car ownership is becoming old hat. General Motors tried to buy Uber rival Lyft this summer, but was rebuffed, despite both companies joining forces to develop driverless taxis. ...
CES 2017: Ford sticks to self-driving cars by 2021 pledge image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 6th of January 2017 08:39:41 PM
....Ford insists it will have fully autonomous cars, without steering wheels or brake pedals, on the roads by 2021. The firm plans to use them within an Uber-like ride-sharing service at first before considering putting them on sale. ...
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Courier wins holiday pay in key tribunal ruling on gig economy image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 6th of January 2017 07:39:01 PM
....The latest ruling comes as concerns mount over the growing trend towards self-employed workforces and growing pressure on firms in the gig economy to treat workers more fairly and offer basic employment benefits. The verdict on CitySprint follows an employment tribunal in October which found in favour of drivers for the taxi-hailing firm Uber. ...
Bike courier wins 'gig' economy employment rights case image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 6th of January 2017 06:37:39 PM
....It is the first of four legal challenges being taken against courier companies, which include Addison Lee, Excel and E-Courier. The case follows a similar ruling against the taxi-hailing service Uber in October last year, which found that drivers should be classed as workers rather than self-employed. ...
The Fourth Industrial Revolution review – adapt to new technology or perish image
....). As usual, this high-management style contains much fashionable vacuity (we should avoid “linear thinking”, it says, which is meaningless however you interpret it), and also a weird kind of imagistic brutality – the “gig economy” companies such as Uber or Taskrabbit are “human cloud platforms”, as though the serfs who work for them are euphoric angels playing harps on a bed of cumulonimbus. ...
Working people need fairer share of economic gains, says TUC head image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 30th of December 2016 12:01:17 AM
....Ministers have repeatedly focused on flattering headline measures showing high employment and falling unemployment this year, but the TUC and others have emphasised that a large part of that has been down to a rise in precarious forms of work, including self-employment and people working far fewer hours than they would like. O’Grady wants to see better representation and protection for those workers, including the growing number that are part of the “gig economy” as on-demand services such as Uber and Deliveroo grow. ...
Uber halts California self-driving cars test image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 22nd of December 2016 02:02:32 AM
. Ride-sharing firm Uber has suspended its test of self-driving cars in San Francisco after regulators revoked the registration of the vehicles. ...
Don’t complain about the strikers – they’re only doing what we all should in 2017 | Paul Mason image
....Generally, you are supposed to smile, supposed to exhibit happiness for your seven quid an hour, obey orders without question, to hit meaningless targets or scam them on the instruction of your line manager – and, increasingly, you’re supposed to pretend you are self-employed. You can spend entire days, if you think about it, being served only by people with no actual employment status: the Uber driver, the hairdresser, the physiotherapist. ...
Labour calls for closer scrutiny of tech firms and their algorithms image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 18th of December 2016 06:12:07 PM
....The business models of technology firms are increasingly being challenged by lawmakers. Google’s shopping and advertising services are under investigation by the European commission, while Uber drivers won a landmark case at a London tribunal this autumn to be considered as employees of the ride-hailing app, and therefore entitled to a minimum wage and holiday pay. ...
Telecoms giant to buy stake in cab-hailing firm Careem image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 18th of December 2016 03:21:20 PM
....Saudi Arabia's main phone company, STC, plans to buy a 10% stake in cab-hailing firm Careem. Based in Dubai, Careem is a rival to Uber and has developed a strong presence in the Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan. ...

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