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Nearly 100 Lyft drivers sue, complaining of illegally being paid too little

Ars Technica » Law & Disorder - 4 hours 14 min ago

Enlarge / Sticker for Lyft on the back of a Lyft ride sharing vehicle in the Silicon Valley town of Santa Clara, California, August 17, 2017. (credit: Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images)

Several dozen Lyft drivers across California have filed a new labor lawsuit against the ride-hailing company, arguing—like many before them—that they are being inadequately paid.

According to the lawsuit, Abdeljabbar et al. v. Lyft, which was filed in federal court in San Francisco on Wednesday, drivers are being paid “less than $8 per hour.” That’s far less than the California minimum wage of $11 per hour, and even further behind the minimum in some other Golden State cities, which mandate even higher pay.

A substantial portion of the drivers' lawsuit is based on a May 2018 decision by the California Supreme Court known as Dynamex.

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14 Gifts for People Who Are Perpetually Cold

Wired Top Stories - 4 hours 34 min ago
From smart coffee mugs to a weighted blanket, these smart gifts will make your loved ones feel warm and fuzzy—inside and out.

Verizon cuts 10,000 jobs and admits its Yahoo/AOL division is a failure

Ars Technica » Law & Disorder - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 22:24

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | Spencer Platt)

Verizon is parting ways with 10,400 employees in "a voluntary separation program," despite the Trump administration providing a tax cut and various deregulatory changes that were supposed to increase investment in jobs and broadband networks. The cuts represent nearly seven percent of Verizon's workforce and were announced along with a $4.6 billion charge related to struggles in Verizon's Yahoo/AOL business division.

Verizon described the voluntary buyouts as well as ongoing Yahoo/AOL failures in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing on Tuesday. The buyouts affect "US-based management employees" in multiple business segments, not just Yahoo and AOL.

Here's what Verizon says about its Yahoo/AOL problem:

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Ohio Congressman: We can fund border wall with “WallCoin”

Ars Technica » Law & Disorder - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 22:03

Enlarge / Rep. Warren Davidson (R-Ohio) wants Americans, Mexicans, or just about anyone else to be able to donate cash to build a wall. And he thinks a "WallCoin" could help do that. (credit: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call via Getty Images)

As President Donald Trump threatened to allow a government shutdown if Congress did not provide funding for his proposed wall along the Mexican border, a Republican congressman from Ohio offered up alternative routes to getting the wall built: through Internet crowdfunding or through an initial coin offering.

During an interview with NPR's Morning Edition on December 12, Rep. Warren Davidson said that he had offered what he referred to as a "modest proposal" in the form of his "Buy a Brick, Build a Wall Act." The bill, which he submitted on November 30, would authorize the Secretary of the Treasury to accept monetary gifts from anyone "on the condition that it be used to plan, design, construct, or maintain a barrier along the international border between the United States and Mexico." The funds would go into an account called the "Border Wall Trust Fund," and a public website would be set up to process donations electronically.

Rep. Davidson told NPR's Steve Inskeep that the donations could come from anyone and be gathered in a number of ways."You could do it with this sort of, like, crowdfunding site," Davidson explained. "Or you could do it with blockchain—you could have Wall Coins."

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Wix Launches 20-Product CRM Suite for SMBs

E-Commerce Times - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 20:43
Wix has launched Ascend, a CRM suite consisting of tools for site promotion, cross-channel customer interaction management, intuitive search engine optimization, content creation for social media channels, lead capture, and the ability to respond to queries automatically. Its chat-centric interface allows real-time interactions with customers. Ascend incorporates some existing Wix offerings: Chat, a Members Area, Automations, Email Marketing and Forms. All interactions with a customer are routed into a single in-box.

Oracle and the JEDI Contract

E-Commerce Times - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 17:55
Oracle has filed a suit in federal court over the $10 billion Pentagon JEDI contract to be awarded to a single vendor. Oracle claims that the single-vendor award is unfair and illegal, a claim it first filed with the GAO, or Government Accountability Office. The suit followed the GAO's denial of Oracle's claim. My first instinct was to call this legislative entrepreneurship. It's easier and less costly to bring a lawsuit and try to engage your congressional representatives than it is to do the hard work of research and development on products that people want to buy.

T-Mobile lied to the FCC about its 4G coverage, small carriers say

Ars Technica » Law & Disorder - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 17:45

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T-Mobile lied to the Federal Communications Commission about the extent of its 4G LTE coverage, according to a trade group that represents rural wireless providers.

T-Mobile claimed—under penalty of perjury—to have coverage in areas where it hadn't yet installed 4G equipment, the Rural Wireless Association (RWA) said in an FCC filing Monday. The same group previously reported to the FCC that Verizon lied about its 4G coverage, leading to the FCC starting an investigation and announcing that at least one carrier exaggerated its 4G coverage.

Inaccurate coverage maps could make it difficult for rural carriers to get money from the Mobility Fund, a government fund intended to build networks in unserved areas. The FCC last year required Verizon and other carriers to file maps and data indicating their current 4G LTE coverage with speeds of at least 5Mbps. Carriers must provide "a certification, under penalty of perjury, by a qualified engineer that the propagation maps and model details reflect the filer's coverage as of the generation date of the map in accordance with all other parameters," the FCC order said.

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Postmates' Quest to Build the Delivery Robot of the Future

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 15:00
The company has spent the past two years stealthily learning how to design and build its own delivery robots, coming soon to a city near you.

Gift Ideas for the Neat Freak: Coasters, Desk Organizers, Slippers

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 14:00
From coasters and slippers to elegant lifestyle accoutrements, this collection of beautiful objects will keep their home looking perfect.

Testing the 5G waters

New Electronics Technology Articles - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 13:56
Since the introduction of 2G, there has been a rising demand for data. 5G has been hailed the answer to the ever-growing pressure on network capacity as the demand for better and quicker devices continues to increase and we start to see more ‘things’ become connected.

NASA solar spacecraft snaps first image from inside sun's atmosphere - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 23:50
The Parker Solar Probe zips down the sun's boulevard and asks, "Are you ready for your close-up?"

Aquaman review: Oceanic DC superhero epic will float your boat - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 23:38
Splash meets Game of Thrones in this thoroughly entertaining slice of submersible superheroics.

Cadillac XT6 SUV coming to Detroit Auto Show - Roadshow

CNET News - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 23:36
The XT6 will slot between the midsize XT5 and fullsize Escalade in Cadillac's SUV lineup.

Kanye West made the biggest password blunder of 2018 - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 23:35
The Pentagon, Nutella and Texas didn't do much better.

Apple's HomePod is back to its Black Friday price of $250 at B&H - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 23:13
That's $100 off the retail price you'd pay at the Apple Store.

Last gasp: Net neutrality activists scramble for votes in Congress - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 23:06
As time gets short to force action in the House, pressure mounts on telecom-backed Democrats.

Star Wars: The Mandalorian with Pedro Pascal -- plot, possible spoilers - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 23:03
Everything we know about the first live-action Star Wars series starring Pedro Pascal as we await the Disney+ streaming service.

Virgin Galactic could beat SpaceX to major milestone Thursday - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 22:35
Neither Elon Musk's company nor Blue Origin have done it just yet, and it's a long time coming for Richard Branson's space tourism venture.

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