Approximately 53 million Americans—1 in 3 workers—are considered freelancers, according to this 2014 report by independent research firm Edelman Berland. The so-called “gig” economy has garnered a lot of international attention. Even presidential candidates are commenting on it as an issue for the 2016 election.
“Many Americans are making extra money renting out a spare room, designing a website … even driving their own car. This on demand or so called ‘gig’ economy is creating exciting opportunities and unleashing innovation, but it’s also raising hard questions about workplace protections and what a good job will look like in the future,” [...]
Much of the argument in favor of Uber, when not indulging in disgusting tirades against people earning tips as part of their living, has to do with the ease of use that Uber provides by comparison to taxi companies.
The user is not required to talk to anyone on the phone, can pay easily by credit card (which is also the case in major cities like New York City), and has at their fingertips more information about the ride. When it will be arriving, how much it will cost, and so forth. And don’t forget, Uber doesn’t like drivers earning tips, a point of unresolved contention. Uber has not been received as some savior for economical transportation in major cities. In [...]
Ridesharing companies Uber and Lyft saw huge demand increases in Portland between May and August, KGW reports, while taxi service slowed, according to a report released by the city of Portland.
Ride service behemoth Uber is currently using its legal resources to focus on researching an internet address that could lead to locating the hacker behind its major data breach earlier this year. According to Reuters’ sources, that internet address traces back to the technology chief at its main rival, Lyft.
When Uber publicly revealed a data breach of its database that contained the personal information of some 50,000 customers a full year after it had occurred, few thought things would get more murky and dramatic.
Six months later, sources close to the subsequent investigation have told Reuters that the IP address belonging to the hacker behind the [...]