Monday, January 18, 2021

Aarian Marshall

Google’s New Union Is Already Addressing Political Issues

The Alphabet Workers Union isn’t seeking better pay and benefits. It wants to influence the company’s policies on social and other issues. On January 4, a group of workers at Google parent company Alphabet said they had formed a union...

The Year of Driving Less—but More Dangerously

Total traffic deaths fell during pandemic lockdowns. But fatalities per mile traveled rose, due to faster driving, fewer cops, and more drug use. In theory, bringing society to a screeching halt should curtail traffic deaths. No one’s going to bars...

Uber and Lyft’s Gig Work Law Could Expand Beyond California

The companies are backing proposals in other states that would give workers the ability to form unions—but still consider them contractors, not employees. In November, gig companies including Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, and Instacart helped pass California’s Proposition 22, effectively writing...

Chuck Yeager’s 1947 Flight Inspired Our Supersonic Ambitions

Yeager was the prototype of the American hero, a decorated fighter pilot immortalized in Tom Wolfe’s The Right Stuff. He died Monday at age 97. Legendary test pilot Chuck Yeager—the first man to break the sound barrier and live to...

Uber Gives Up on the Self-Driving Dream

The ride-hail giant invested more than $1 billion in autonomous vehicles. Now it’s selling the unit to Aurora, which makes self-driving tech. In 2015, then Uber CEO Travis Kalanick pulled off a bold talent raid when he poached some 40...

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By Joey RouletteWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Billionaire Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit aims to reach space for the first time on Sunday by launching a rocket...