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The explosive (and inclusive) potential of NFTs in the creative world – TechCrunch

The explosive (and inclusive) potential of NFTs in the creative world – TechCrunch

having a very large moment. Just last month, a piece of digital art by Beeple sold for $6.6 million on online art marketplace Meanwhile, Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda recently sold clips of a song . Over on Dapper Labs’ NBA Top Shot, more than 200,000 people recently waited hours for the chance to buy one of just 10,631 packs of digital NBA moments.Those marketplaces, along with others, are where people go to buy digital assets, or, non-fungible tokens (NFTs) that live on the blockchain. This whole world of NFTs is super new to me (I’ve only been using Top Shot for a couple of weeks now) so I...

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Amazon warehouse workers to begin historic vote to unionize – TechCrunch

Amazon warehouse workers to begin historic vote to unionize – TechCrunch

On Friday, the National Labor Relations Board rejected Amazon’s attempt to delay a union vote set to begin on Monday, February 8. For many, the online giant’s bid was seen as a stalling tactic, including a motion to demand votes take place in-person — a clear health risk, as the COVID-19 virus still poses a major threat in the United States and globally.“Once again workers have won another fight in their effort to win a union voice,” Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union President Stuart Appelbaum said in a statement regarding the NLRB’s decision. “’s blatant disregard for the health...

Feb 7
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Google to pay $2.59 million to settle allegations of discrimination – TechCrunch

Google to pay $2.59 million to settle allegations of discrimination – TechCrunch

to pay $2.59 million to more than 5,500 current employees and former job applicants as part of a settlement with the U.S. Department of Labor over allegations of systemic discrimination as it relates to compensation and hiring. Google has also agreed to reserve $250,000 a year for the next five years to address any potential pay equity adjustments that may come up. That brings Google’s total financial commitment to $3.8 million — a drop in the bucket for the company, whose parent company Alphabet has a market cap of $1.28 trillion.comes after the DOL’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance...

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Zero, a plastic-free grocery-delivery startup, to launch in LA – TechCrunch

Zero, a plastic-free grocery-delivery startup, to launch in LA – TechCrunch

Plastic-free grocery-delivery startup is gearing up to launch in Los Angeles on February 10, after solely operating in the San Francisco Bay Area. Zero works directly with suppliers to sell food and other household items in jars, boxes and other types of sustainable packaging, and offers next-day delivery.Zero works with both big-name brands like Sightglass Coffee, Annie’s and Newman’s Own, as well as emerging vendors that are focused on sustainability, like .Zero members pay $25 per month to access discounted prices on food along with free deliveries. Zero is also available without a...

Jan 26
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Google faces complaint from NLRB alleging surveillance of employees and other labor violations – TechCrunch

Google faces complaint from NLRB alleging surveillance of employees and other labor violations – TechCrunch

The National Labor Relations Board today issued a complaint against after investigating the firing of several employees last November. The complaint alleges Google violated parts of the National Labor Relations Act by surveilling employees, and generally interfered with, restrained and coerced employees in the exercise of their rights guaranteed by .The NLRB also alleges Google discouraged “its employees from forming, joining, assisting a union or engaging in other protected, concerted activities,” the complaint states.“This complaint makes clear that workers have the right to speak to...

Dec 3
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Uber Eats faces discrimination allegations over free delivery from Black-owned restaurants – TechCrunch

Uber Eats faces discrimination allegations over free delivery from Black-owned restaurants – TechCrunch

says it has received more than 8,500 demands for arbitration as a result of it .made this change in June, following racial justice protests around the police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man. Uber Eats said it wanted to make it easier for customers to support Black-owned businesses in the U.S. and Canada. , the restaurant must be a small or medium-sized business and, therefore, not part of a franchise.In one of these claims, viewed by TechCrunch, a customer alleges Uber Eats violates the Unruh civil Rights Act by “charging discriminatory delivery fees based on race (of the...

Oct 30
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Uber Proposes Policy That Would Pay Drivers a Minimum Wage of $21 Per Hour While on a Trip

Uber Proposes Policy That Would Pay Drivers a Minimum Wage of $21 Per Hour While on a Trip

On the heels of a driver-led protest outside Uber’s San Francisco headquarters, where drivers showed their support for gig worker protections legislation (via Assembly Bill 5) and demanded a union, Uber is circulating a petition urging people to “protect ridesharing in California.” In the petition, Uber advocates for a policy that would offer drivers a minimum of $21 per hour while on a trip,* paid time off, sick leave and compensation if they are injured while driving, as well as a collective voice and “the ability to influence decisions about their work.” Uber has also created a new...

August 30, 2019
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Uber lays off 435 people across engineering and product teams

Uber lays off 435 people across engineering and product teams

Uber has laid off 435 employees across its product and engineering teams, the company announced today. Combined, the layoffs represent about 8% of the organization, with 170 people leaving the product team and 265 people leaving the engineering team. The layoffs had no effect on Eats, which is one of Uber’s top-performing products, and Freight, according to a source familiar with the situation. Meanwhile, the company is lifting the hiring freeze on the product and engineering teams that has been in effect since early August, according to the source. “Our hope with these changes is to...

September 11, 2019
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