Uber’s CEO pushes again in opposition to a possible reclassification of drivers, a former COO sues Pinterest and Microsoft reveals particulars in regards to the Surface Duo. This is your Daily Crunch for August 12, 2020.
The massive story: Uber CEO says CA shutdown might be obligatory
Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi appeared on MSNBC as we speak and claimed that if a current California court docket ruling reclassifying drivers as full-time workers shouldn’t be overturned, the corporate may need to droop providers in that state for a number of months.
“It’s laborious to imagine we’ll be capable to swap our mannequin to full-time employment rapidly,” Khosrowshahi stated.
In a current New York Times op-ed, the chief govt argued that making drivers full-time workers would make issues worse for each drivers and riders. Instead, he advocated for different legislative options like requiring gig financial system firms to create advantages funds for his or her staff.
The tech giants
Former COO sues Pinterest, accusing it of gender discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination — Françoise Brougher, who says she was abruptly fired from the corporate in April, is suing the corporate to carry it “accountable for discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful termination in violation of the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), and the Labor Code.”
Microsoft’s dual-screen Surface Duo arrives September 10 for $1,399 — Microsoft’s dual-screen cellular system took an vital step nearer to actuality, with a launch date and worth.
Square’s Cash App exams new characteristic permitting customers to borrow as much as $200 — You’ll be anticipated to pay the mortgage again in 4 weeks, together with a flat price of 5%.
Startups, funding and enterprise capital
Court dismisses Genius lawsuit over lyrics-scraping by Google — The lawsuit, filed in December, accused Google of violating Genius’s phrases of use and unjustly enriching itself by scraping lyrics on the positioning to be displayed on searches for songs.
Gong raises one other $200M on $2.2B valuation — Gong CEO Amit Bendov says his firm is making an attempt to create a class he described as “income intelligence.”
Personal coaching classes come to ClassPass — These private coaching classes will likely be digital and observe the identical UX circulation as ClassPass’s lately launched digital courses.
Advice and evaluation from Extra Crunch
Does illustrate the ability of meme tradition in fundraising? — The cryptic effort was a press release on how FOMO and hype tradition dominate enterprise capital dialog.
Dear Sophie: How can we sponsor H-1B transfers and extensions? — A startup asks about job candidates who must get their H-1B visas renewed.
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Sarah Cooper, identified for her impressions of Donald Trump on TikTok, simply landed a Netflix deal — Titled “Sarah Cooper: Everything’s Fine,” the manufacturing will likely be directed by Natasha Lyonne and govt produced by the Maya Rudolph.
Save with group reductions to TC Sessions: Mobility 2020 — If you’re tech-obsessed about the way forward for shifting individuals, merchandise and packages around the globe, you do not need to overlook TC Sessions: Mobility 2020 on October 6-7.
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