Sharing Economy:

Unpaid government workers turn to gig platforms like Fiverr for help

A veteran American diplomat is currently doing two very different jobs. The first is the one she’s trained for and has held for many years: Analyzing the complex political affairs of a strategically important country for the U.S. State Department. The other is reviewing cosmetic products.

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  • Fast Company
  • Date:01/14/2019

New York’s new wage law for Uber drivers is a lesson for cities around the world

New York City has set a minimum wage for Uber and Lyft drivers—the first for ride-hail drivers in the US.

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  • Date:01/02/2019

Electric bike-sharing company Lime launches in UK

The Uber-backed electric scooter and bike-sharing company Lime has launched its first UK operation with dockless e-bikes in Milton Keynes. The Californian transportation company, which launched in early 2017 but is already valued at $1.1bn

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  • Date:11/29/2018

Lime launches its first car-sharing service in Seattle

It's true: after a long time focusing on scooters, Lime is ready to delve into four-wheeled transportation. The startup is launching a car-sharing service, LimePod, that will be available in Seattle as of this week.

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  • Date:11/20/2018

Airbnb is donating $5 million toward helping the homeless in San Francisco

Airbnb is making its biggest donation yet in its hometown — $5 million — toward helping address the homelessness crisis in San Francisco. The announcement comes at a time when politicians and social justice organizations are increasingly calling upon tech companies to give more to the city where they created their wealth.

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  • Date:11/15/2018

French car-pool app Blablacar branching into bus lines

French car ride-sharing app Blablacar said on Monday it had offered to buy Ouibus, a bus operator owned by state rail firm SNCF, in the first major departure from its digital business model toward building a broader transport company. Blablacar did not disclose financial terms but said it had also raised 101 million euros ($114 million) in funding from investors including SNCF, which will become a shareholder.

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  • Date:11/13/2018

Uber is going to triple its Uber Eats staff across Europe, Africa, and the Middle East

The company has said it plans to add an additional 600 Uber Eats staff across Europe, Africa, and the Middle East in an attempt to better take on rival food delivery services such as Just Eat and Deliveroo, reports Bloomberg.  A tripling of its staff would mean that Uber will employ 900 people in its Uber Eats division–up from 300 today.

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  • Date:11/08/2018

This researcher rode 5,000 miles with Uber to understand the gig economy

If you’re a frequent passenger of Lyft or Uber, there’s a good chance you’ve met your fair share of drivers. But probably not as many as Alex Rosenblat, an ethnographer and researcher at Data & Society, a nonprofit in New York that studies the social and cultural issues created by new technology.

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  • Date:11/05/2018

Uber introduces an Amazon Prime-style monthly subscription service

Uber has a new plan to lock customers into its transportation ecosystem while also expanding the list of services it offers ahead of an expected public offering in 2019. It’s called Ride Pass, and it’s Uber’s attempt at an Amazon Prime-style subscription service.

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  • Date:11/01/2018

Lime offers free bike and scooter rentals on Election Day

If you're looking for a way to the polls this Election Day, you can snag a free ride via bike or scooter from Lime. The company is offering free trips on its fleet of shared bicycles, e-bikes, and occasionally abused electric scooters on Tuesday, November 6th.

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  • Date:10/29/2018
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