Uber said in December it developed important new features for California-based drivers, and this Washington Post article implies that those features could portend a broader shift in which Uber also gives more freedom to drivers elsewhere. What’s good for Uber drivers may be bad for Uber’s business in this case. Here’s what happened: In response to a new California “gig economy” law aimed at...
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Welcome back,Amid all the hype for generative artificial intelligence, some venture capitalists have refused to join the fray. These young companies need so much capital and so much computing resources, the VC skeptics say, that they’ll have little chance of competing against Google, Amazon and other big tech companies that may soon have similar products.Our recent reporting this week was a...
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