Tech in the Post-Pandemic World

Assessing its future, both the bad and the good.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doordash-mobile-app, #e-commerce, #google-inc, #innovation, #instacart, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #rna-ribonucleic-acid, #shopping-and-retail, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Why Do British Uber Drivers Deserve Better Benefits?

Gig work doesn’t have to be a race to the bottom.

#doordash-mobile-app, #employee-fringe-benefits, #labor-and-jobs, #lyft-inc, #supreme-court-of-the-united-kingdom, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries

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‘Stupid’ DoorDash Deliveries Get Pennsylvania Prosecutor Demoted

The district attorney for Bucks County, Pa., said Gregg Shore, a high-ranking prosecutor, had been making food deliveries during work hours for the county. “I don’t know why he did this,” he said.

#bucks-county-pa, #delivery-services, #doordash-mobile-app, #gregg-shore, #matt-weintraub

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‘My Turn to Get Robbed’: Delivery Workers Are Targets in the Pandemic

Armed robbers are targeting delivery workers in New York, stealing the expensive electric bikes that are the key to their livelihood.

#bicycles-and-bicycling, #city-council-nyc, #delivery-services, #doordash-mobile-app, #grubhub-inc, #rivera-carlina, #wages-and-salaries

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You’ve Heard of Ghost Kitchens. Meet the Ghost Franchises.

Virtual food brands, often driven by real celebrities, are rapidly spreading across the country. Do they help or hurt independent restaurants?

#delivery-services, #doordash-mobile-app, #e-commerce, #fast-food-industry, #franchises, #grubhub-inc, #mobile-applications, #mrbeast-burger-mobile-app, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #restaurants, #virtual-dining-concepts-llc

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San Francisco Rallied to Find a DoorDash Driver’s Missing Children

Spurred on by social media, residents searched the streets after Jeffrey Fang’s children were taken in a carjacking. The police ultimately found them, unharmed, across town.

#carjacking, #doordash-mobile-app, #fang-jeffrey-1982, #missing-persons, #san-francisco-calif, #social-media

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Super Bowl Means Snacking, Even Without Parties

The likes of Frito-Lay and food delivery services are expecting a busy Sunday, as more viewers stay home rather than gather in large groups.

#buffalo-wild-wings, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doordash-mobile-app, #frito-lay-inc, #parties-social, #pepsico-inc, #snack-foods, #super-bowl

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Biden Should Help Protect Uber and Lyft Drivers

The Biden administration has an opportunity to restore basic labor protections to the people who deliver our groceries and drive for Uber and Lyft.

#albertsons-inc, #car-services-and-livery-cabs, #doordash-mobile-app, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #labor-department-us, #lyft-inc, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries

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Market Edges Toward Euphoria, Despite Pandemic’s Toll

Investors of all stripes piled into stocks this year, creating levels of froth reminiscent of the dot-com boom. Analysts say there’s room to go higher, but some worry about a bubble.

#airbnb, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doordash-mobile-app, #etsy-inc, #federal-reserve-system, #initial-public-offerings, #palantir-technologies, #robinhood-financial-llc, #standardpoors-500-stock-index, #stimulus-economic, #stocks-and-bonds

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Airbnb Prices I.P.O. at $68 a Share

The move, which is the second time the home-rental company raised its offering price, would value Airbnb for as much as $42 billion.

#airbnb, #doordash-mobile-app, #initial-public-offerings, #venture-capital

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DoorDash Stock Soars After Initial Public Offering

The delivery company’s shares started trading at $182 each, 78 percent above its initial public offering price of $102, in a sign of investor appetite.

#airbnb, #computers-and-the-internet, #delivery-services, #doordash-mobile-app, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #initial-public-offerings, #restaurants, #start-ups, #venture-capital

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Apps Are Helping to Gut the Restaurant Industry

High fees are cutting already thin margins to the bone.

#coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #delivery-services, #doordash-mobile-app, #postmates-inc, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #restaurants, #uber-eats

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‘This Is Insanity’: Start-Ups End Year in a Deal Frenzy

Investors are tripping over one another to give hot start-ups money. DoorDash and Airbnb are going public. The good times are baaack.

#airbnb, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doordash-mobile-app, #initial-public-offerings, #start-ups, #stocks-and-bonds, #venture-capital

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Food Delivery Apps Are Booming. Their Workers Are Often Struggling.

Delivery drivers have been essential to feeding New York, while boosting sales for companies like DoorDash and Uber. But they say work conditions have gotten worse.

#bicycles-and-bicycling, #cornell-university, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #delivery-services, #doordash-mobile-app, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #grubhub-inc, #labor-and-jobs, #mobile-applications, #new-york-city, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #uber-eats, #wages-and-salaries

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DoorDash Reveals I.P.O. Filing

The company’s performance renewed questions about whether “gig economy” businesses can turn a profit.

#company-reports, #delivery-services, #doordash-mobile-app, #food, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #initial-public-offerings, #restaurants, #venture-capital, #xu-tony

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Prop 22 in California Is a Bad D

A voter-approved measure strips them of basic protections enjoyed by employees in other businesses.

#automobiles, #california, #doordash-mobile-app, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #instacart, #labor-and-jobs, #lyft-inc, #referendums, #uber-technologies-inc

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Why California’s Prop 22 Puts Our Labor Laws in Danger

The gig companies wrote new labor laws that are almost impossible to change.

#doordash-mobile-app, #employee-fringe-benefits, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #lyft-inc, #postmates-inc, #referendums, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries

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Uber and Lyft Drivers in California Will Remain Independent

The victory of Proposition 22, the most expensive initiative in the state’s history, could help gig companies remake labor laws throughout the country.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #delivery-services, #doordash-mobile-app, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #gonzalez-lorena-1971, #herrera-dennis-j, #law-and-legislation, #lyft-inc, #proposition-22, #referendums, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries

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It’s a Ballot Fight for Survival for Gig Companies Like Uber

A group that also includes Lyft and DoorDash has spent nearly $200 million to support a California proposition that could save them from a new labor law.

#california, #car-services-and-livery-cabs, #doordash-mobile-app, #employee-fringe-benefits, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #instacart, #khosrowshahi-dara, #labor-and-jobs, #lyft-inc, #mobile-applications, #political-advertising, #postmates-inc, #uber-technologies-inc, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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California, Reject Prop 22

Gig workers deserve the dignity of fair compensation.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #doordash-mobile-app, #employee-fringe-benefits, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #khosrowshahi-dara, #labor-and-jobs, #lyft-inc, #paid-time-off, #uber-eats, #wages-and-salaries

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A Local Alternative to the Big Delivery Apps, in Los Angeles

Modeled after food delivery services in Seoul, a tiny Koreatown business keeps neighborhood restaurants running through the pandemic.

#delivery-services, #doordash-mobile-app, #grubhub-inc, #jung-vivian, #korean-food-cuisine, #korean-americans, #los-angeles-calif, #mobile-applications, #postmates-inc, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #restaurants, #runningman-delivery-friends-inc, #uber-eats

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NJ Flood Dragged Her Into a Tunnel. Miraculously, She Survived.

“I’m going to die here, I don’t want to keep trying,” recalled Nathalia Bruno, a food deliverer in New Jersey. “But then I saw a flash of light.”

#automobiles, #bruno-nathalia, #clifton-nj, #delivery-services, #doordash-mobile-app, #floods, #passaic-nj, #passaic-river-nj, #rain

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Uber Rides Cost More? OK

Many gig-based business models help customers take advantage of workers. Let’s stop giving tech companies a free ride.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #doordash-mobile-app, #employee-fringe-benefits, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #herrera-dennis-j, #instacart, #labor-and-jobs, #law-and-legislation, #lyft-inc, #minimum-wage, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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Just Eat Takeaway to Acquire Grubhub for $7.3 Billion

The Dutch food delivery company beat out Uber to buy Grubhub, whose chief executive will oversee operations in North America.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #delivery-services, #doordash-mobile-app, #groen-jitse, #grubhub-inc, #just-eat-takeaway-com, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #uber-eats, #uber-technologies-inc

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As Diners Flock to Delivery Apps, Restaurants Fear for Their Future

While the apps say they are saving them in the pandemic, many restaurateurs say the opposite.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #delivery-services, #doordash-mobile-app, #favor-delivery-neighborfavor-inc, #grubhub-inc, #maloney-matt-m-1975, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #restaurants, #shutdowns-institutional, #uber-eats

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Jesus, the Beatles and … Masa Son?

The SoftBank chief made some eye-opening arguments to justify his company’s poor investment performance.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #delivery-services, #doordash-mobile-app, #grubhub-inc, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #mnuchin-steven-t, #powell-jerome-h, #softbank-corporation, #son-masayoshi, #ubereats, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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This Food Delivery Worker Won’t Let Coronavirus Get in Her Way

D’Shea Grant’s deliveries take longer than they used to. Her customers are on edge. The pandemic has made everything more complicated. But she keeps at it anyway.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #delivery-services, #doordash-mobile-app, #food

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The Delivery Workers Who Risk Their Health to Bring You Food

Demand for home delivery is rising, and New Yorkers barricaded in their homes are leaning more and more on a largely immigrant work force.

#amazon-com-inc, #bicycles-and-bicycling, #caviar-munch-on-me-inc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #delivery-services, #doordash-mobile-app, #food, #instacart, #labor-and-jobs, #new-york-city, #restaurants, #rodriguez-ydanis, #uber-eats

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Pandemic Erodes Gig Economy Work

Gig companies promoted their flexible hours as an economic lifeline for workers. In the coronavirus outbreak, it has been anything but.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #corporate-social-responsibility, #delivery-services, #doordash-mobile-app, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #just-eat-plc, #lyft-inc, #mobile-applications, #paid-time-off, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries

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