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Mobility as a Service Market to Grow Rapidly Through 2023 | 2017-08-24 | FenderBender

Future iterations of MaaS should create an integrated system of mobility that is more flexible than the existing transportation network, where supply is aligned with actual demand and where more choices are provided to enable commuters with ways that are easier, faster, cheaper, cleaner, and safer than those currently available. Mobility will shift to a […]

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Uber investor Pishevar takes another shot — this time legal — at Benchmark – Recode

Pishevar has previously sent a letter asking for Benchmark to step down from Uber’s board and also offering to buy a big part of its stake. He alleged in the new missive that the Silicon Valley venture firm is plotting to take over the board, is messing with governance rules and is trying to push […]

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WeWork Confirms Massive $4.4 Billion Investment From SoftBank And Its Vision Fund

WeWork and SoftBank confirmed a combined $4.4 billion investment in the company on Thursday, including $3 billion into WeWork directly, via primary and secondary shares, and $1.4 billion invested into three subsidiaries, WeWork China, WeWork Japan and WeWork Pacific. WeWork did not disclose its valuation after the deal, but a filing for a tranche of […]

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Amazon opens its grocery delivery service to Amazon Business customers | TechCrunch

AmazonFresh’s expansion to support Business customers could boost adoption for Amazon’s grocery delivery subscription offering — a service that operates in an increasingly competitive market, among others like Instacart, Shipt and more. Amazon said in July it had grown its Amazon Business user base to more than 1 million customers across the U.S., meaning businesses […]

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Take a look at Uber’s first pitch deck from 2008 – Recode

Very useful to look at Uber’s first pitch deck in the context of where they have gone and, today, what challenges the company faces as it seeks widespread adoption and profitability. Interestingly, however, the pitch deck does touch briefly on an integral part of Uber’s business model today: UberPool. Uber didn’t roll out its ride-sharing […]

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Uber drivers have made more than $50M in the first month of tipping | Ars Technica

Drivers getting more control of their work is a good thing. The company will also stop penalizing drivers who turn down trips. Previously, when a driver turned down potential trips, it could affect promotions and account standing. Source: Uber drivers have made more than $50M in the first month of tipping | Ars Technica

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Sexual harassment and the sharing economy: the dark side of working for strangers | Business | The Guardian

“We have to talk about this as a problem these platforms have created,” said Mary Anne Franks, a University of Miami law professor who studies online abuse. “[If you’re] going to set up a platform to make it possible for people to instantaneously communicate with people they don’t know … you know full well it’s […]

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Amazon Mechanical Turk Workers Have Had Enough | WIRED

Meanwhile, the Turker workforce has proven particularly difficult to organize: MTurk magnifies the challenges of the gig economy, with its isolated workers spread across the globe and hidden behind usernames, performing minute tasks on a platform operated by a massive, wealthy corporation. MTurk is also one of the least consumer-facing corners of the gig economy—so […]

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The Gig Economy Can Also Satisfy Your Late-Night Cravings | Fisher Phillips – JDSupra

Gig economy partnerships like these continue to thrive as traditional industries realize that the gig economy is a way to stay relevant to the Millennial consumer in our fast-paced technology world. This Taco Bell partnership joins a list of several other gig economy partnerships. Source: The Gig Economy Can Also Satisfy Your Late-Night Cravings | […]

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Statement of Federal Trade Commission’s Acting Director of the Bureau of Competition on the Agency’s Review of Amazon.com, Inc.’s Acquisition of Whole Foods Market Inc. | Federal Trade Commission

Bruce Hoffman, the Acting Director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition, issued this statement on the Commission’s decision not to further pursue an investigation of Amazon.com, Inc.’s acquisition of Whole Foods Market Inc.: “The FTC conducted an investigation of this proposed acquisition to determine whether it substantially lessened competition under Section 7 of […]