If you think Biden’s administration would rein in big tech, think again | John Naughton | Opinion- Tempemail

Before the US presidential election I wondered aloud if Mark Zuckerberg had concluded that the re-election of Trump might be better for Facebook than a Biden victory. There were several reasons for thinking this. One was the strange way Zuckerberg appeared to be sucking up to Trump: at least one Continue Reading

Diary of a Lyft driver during Covid: ‘He says he’s not wearing a mask to ride in a car’ | Life and style

It is Sunday afternoon, and Jimmy is dancing a slow drunkard’s shuffle in the general direction of my car. His hand-eye coordination is severely compromised. He’s also not wearing a face mask. I am the Lyft driver sent here to collect him from the Hillsboro Bar and Grill in Hillsboro, Continue Reading

The racist business model behind Uber and Lyft | Erica Smiley | Opinion

Uber and Lyft want you to know they aren’t racist. It’s why Uber put up billboards all over the west coast saying “If you tolerate racism, delete Uber.” It’s why Lyft is running ads featuring Maya Angelou’s “Lift up your eyes” poem over clips of Black passengers enjoying their service. Continue Reading

She was a farmworker. Her grandson is a Lyft driver. A fight for workers’ rights unites them | California

More than 40 years ago, Maria Cardona laid her livelihood on the line to demand change in the hot central California fields where she picked grapes and other produce for $1.75 per hour. Cardona, now 80 years old, was tired of how farmworkers like her were treated – the low Continue Reading

Why Uber and Lyft are taking a page out of Big Tobacco’s playbook in labor law battle | Veena Dubal | Opinion

Uber and Lyft are waging a scorched-earth regulatory battle to avoid providing basic benefits to their drivers, now considered essential workers, in their largest US market: California. In response to a lawsuit by the California attorney general, Xavier Becerra, a judge found the companies’ drivers to be employees and ordered Continue Reading

Judge grants Uber and Lyft temporary stay, averting shutdown of California services | Lyft

A California judge has granted Uber and Lyft a temporary stay, heading off a shutdown by the two platforms at the last minute in an ongoing case that would require the ride-hailing giants to classify drivers as employees. Lyft and Uber have been awaiting a landmark decision from a court Continue Reading

California Uber and Lyft drivers brace for shutdown over worker classification | Business

Uber and Lyft drivers are bracing for a shutdown in California, one of the rideshare companies’ largest markets. For drivers it is a bittersweet moment. One that couldn’t come at a worse time and yet holds the promise of a better future. The coronavirus pandemic has hit so-called gig economy Continue Reading

Uber and Lyft must classify drivers as employees, judge rules, in blow to gig economy | Uber

A California judge has issued a preliminary injunction that would block Uber and Lyft from classifying their drivers as independent contractors rather than employees. The move on Monday came in response to a May lawsuit filed by the state of California against the companies, which alleged they are misclassifying their Continue Reading

Uber, Lyft and Airbnb cut thousands of jobs as pandemic batters Silicon Valley | Silicon Valley

The economic fallout from the coronavirus has come to Silicon Valley, with major tech firms announcing layoffs in recent weeks. On Wednesday, Uber became the latest company to announce cuts, revealing in a filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission that it will lay off 3,700 workers – roughly 14% Continue Reading

Uber drivers are being forced to choose between risking Covid-19 or starvation | Veena Dubal and Meredith Whittaker | Technology

For the last week, Ahmed, a driver for Uber and Lyft, has faced a heartbreaking choice: starvation or sickness. Ahmed has four kids, ages 11, eight, five and three. He lives with them, his wife and his elderly parents in San Francisco. He provides his family’s sole source of income, Continue Reading