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'The Inventor' and the Permanence of Transmedia Schadenfreude

With so many ways to consume stories, consumers are increasingly using them all in order to wring every possible microdrop of schadenfreude out of the most enduring story of all: hubris.
Source: Wired

NASA: A massive meteor exploded over Earth, but almost no one noticed – CNET

The fireball flew across the Bering Sea in December.
Source: CNET

Lyft’s driver wage lawsuit in NYC continues

As Lyft gears up to list its stock on the NASDAQ, the transportation company is facing ongoing litigation regarding driver wages in New York City. Today, a judge denied Lyft’s motion for an injunction blocking the recent ruling that sets a minimum wage for drivers. Still, the judge said she’ll think it over and file a written ruling in the next 30 days. This comes shortly after a number of drivers protested Lyft’s lawsuit against the city of New York earlier this morning.

“We are pleased the judge denied Lyft’s motion to block the wage protection rules for now and we hope she will uphold the city’s rules in her written decision.” Independent Drivers Guild member and Lyft driver Tina Raveneau said in a statement. “Eighty thousand New Yorkers serve as professional drivers for apps like Lyft and we deserve the protection and the dignity of a livable minimum wage. It is like a punch in the gut to us, the drivers who helped build this company, that Lyft stood in court suing to block higher wages at the same time as they moved toward an IPO at a $23 billion valuation. We are finally making more than we have in years thanks to the new pay rules, but Lyft wants to bring it back to the way it was before, poverty wages.”

Lyft filed the lawsuit earlier this year, arguing the new rules give an advantage to Uber, will reduce driver earnings and exacerbate congestion. At the time, Lyft said its suit was “not directed at the law passed by New York City Council, but rather at the TLC’s complex formula for implementation.” Lyft is a proponent of a weekly pay standard but argues the TLC’s approach does not take into account things like drivers who use multiple apps and fluctuating demand.

“We support the New York City Council’s minimum earnings goal, but oppose the TLC’s specific rules because they actually hurt earning opportunities for drivers, and provide advantages to certain companies over others,” Lyft spokesperson Campbell Matthews said in a statement. “We appreciated the opportunity to make our case in court today, and look forward to the judge’s forthcoming ruling.”

The suit came after the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission in December approved new rules to offer a minimum hourly wage of $17.22 (after expenses) to drivers who work for ride-hailing companies like Uber, Lyft, Via and Juno. The two-year-long campaign for minimum wage was spearheaded by The Independent Drivers Guild, a labor organization that advocates for drivers. The rules require companies to pay drivers according to a formula based on mileage, time and utilization rate (average percentage of time drivers have passengers in their cars),

Lyft has recently said that it is committed to increasing the earnings of drivers and supports the NYC council’s minimum earnings goal. But it filed the lawsuit, Lyft said in a recent blog post, “to correct the flawed implementation of the law by NYC’s Taxi & Limousine Commission.”

These rules legally went into effect in February. Since then, Lyft says there has been a negative impact on driver earnings. That’s because, Lyft says, the cost for passengers increased 24 percent, which led to rides dropping 26 percent and driver earnings dropping 15 percent. Lyft had to then take “action to stabilize the market largely through the use of passenger discounts. We won’t do this forever, but knew it was important for both the driver community and Lyft while the lawsuit progressed.”


Source: TechCrunch

Facial recognition: Apple, Amazon, Google and the race for your face – CNET

Facial recognition technology is both innovative and worrisome. Here’s how it works and what you need to know.
Source: CNET

It's down to the final four of our massive Women of the Marvel universe bracket – CNET

To celebrate International Women’s Month and the opening of Captain Marvel, we’ve put together the best bracket since March Madness itself: Heroes vs. Villains!
Source: CNET

The best Bose QuietComfort 35 wireless headphone deal just got better: $259 – CNET

The top-rated Series II almost never dips below $299.
Source: CNET

The Volkswagen Coachbuilt Beetle Class at the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance shows spicy variety – Roadshow

Seven cars built on the same Beetle platform present a beautiful celebration of differences.
Source: CNET

The best torrent clients

Looking for the best torrent clients to help you share all of that wonderful legal content you own? Here’s a list of our favorite torrent clients, all packed with great features while dodging malware and adverts.

The post The best torrent clients appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Apple iPad Air 2019 and iPad Mini 2019: Price, Specs, Release Date

Apple’s newest additions to its tablet line include a refreshed 10.5-inch iPad Air and a long-awaited update to the 7.9-inch iPad Mini. Also today, the 10.5-inch iPad Pro is no more.
Source: Wired

Intel and Facebook team up to give Cooper Lake an artificial intelligence boost

Intel’s upcoming Cooper Lake microarchitecture will be getting a boost when it comes to artificial intelligence processes, thanks to a partnership with Facebook. The results are CPUs that are able to work faster.

The post Intel and Facebook team up to give Cooper Lake an artificial intelligence boost appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

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