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The Downside to Lower Labor Costs in the Sharing Economy

Maureen Conway | Posted 09.08.2014 | Business
Maureen Conway

In this country, we believe in the value of work. The American ideal is that if you work hard and save then you should be able to pay your bills and take care of yourself and your family. In other words, you should not be poor.

Startups Like Uber and Airbnb Will Continue To Disrupt Jobs. Here's What We Can Do About It

Wingham Rowan | Posted 09.05.2014 | World
Wingham Rowan

The platform, called CEDAH (Central Database of Available Hours), allows anyone to list precise times when they, or a resource they own, is available for hire.

NYC App Offers $10 Flat-Rate Rides For The REST Of 2014

The Huffington Post | Suzy Strutner | Posted 09.05.2014 | Travel

This is kind of -- scratch that, TOTALLY -- awesome. New "black car" app Gett is offering unlimited rides throughout Manhattan for a measly $10 dur...

What It's Really Like Working For Uber

Melanie Curtin | Posted 09.04.2014 | Business
Melanie Curtin

Let me tell you what it's really like working for Uber.

Mobility Math: More Folks Renting = Fewer Mortgages = Lower Deficit and Lower Unemployment

Terry Connelly | Posted 09.03.2014 | Business
Terry Connelly

Indeed, it has long been U.S. government policy to encourage home buying among young adults, especially by providing favorable tax subsidies for homebuyers in the form of the famous mortgage interest deduction.

Uber and the Zero Marginal Cost Revolution

Jeremy Rifkin | Posted 09.03.2014 | Technology
Jeremy Rifkin

We are entering a world partially beyond markets where we are learning how to live together in an increasingly interdependent global Collaborative Commons. Germany and other governments around the world will need to create the appropriate legal framework to allow the sharing economy to grow.

Uber's Latest Cutthroat Business Tactic Might Actually Help Workers

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 08.27.2014 | Technology

Uber has been at the center of many scandals, giving people plenty of reasons to be mad at it. But its latest scandal might be a reason to praise it. ...

David Plouffe Gets Hired By Uber; Is It the Rand Paulization of Barack Obama's Campaign Brain?

Adam Hanft | Posted 08.27.2014 | Politics
Adam Hanft

If Plouffe's move is a canary in a generational cage, it could be that the Millennials will be far harder for our conventional business and political structures to handle than anyone has fully realized.

Journalism Uber Alles

Michael Rosenblum | Posted 08.26.2014 | Media
Michael Rosenblum

If you take a look at the most successful companies that are purely derivative of the web (as opposed to old companies that have been jammed into the web), you get an interesting (and very valuable) list.

Think the Sharing Economy Is Hot Now? This Will Turn the Temp up to Scorching

Jaleh Bisharat | Posted 08.26.2014 | Business
Jaleh Bisharat

You know the sharing economy has arrived in full bloom when Airbnb and Uber are mentioned as breathlessly -- and with as much controversy -- as Face...

Uber Just Sneaked Into Your Airport Routine

The Huffington Post | Suzy Strutner | Posted 08.23.2014 | Travel

Uber just found a way to curb the guilt of asking friends for a late-night airport pickup -- and also a way to make us loyal to their company until th...

3 Reasons Why It Sucks to Be the CEO Of Uber

Gene Marks | Posted 08.25.2014 | Business
Gene Marks

Kalanick's battles with regulatory authorities, competitors and haters around the world are epic. Don't believe me? Just go ahead and search for news about "Uber."

Week to Week News Quiz for 8/22/14

John Zipperer | Posted 08.22.2014 | San Francisco
John Zipperer

If you're reluctant to take the ALS ice bucket challenge, then take the Week to Week news quiz challenge and stay dry while you test your news savvy. ...

9 Things a Millennial Will Never Admit

Danny Rubin | Posted 08.21.2014 | College
Danny Rubin

Millennials are constantly wary of being "called out" in person or online.

Uber Hires Ex-Obama Adviser To Take On The 'Taxi Industry Cartel'

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics

David Plouffe, one of the key players in President Barack Obama's 2008 campaign, is headed to on-demand car service Uber to help with the startup's po...

The Fare-ness of Uber, Airbnb, and the Sharing Economy

Sheila Raju | Posted 08.18.2014 | Technology
Sheila Raju

The long standing dominance of taxi unions and hotels around the world have led to expensive fares and limited options. These are only two of the many arenas that are ripe for innovation.

Sharing Economy Leaders Will Be the New "Demons," as Airbnb and Uber Leapfrog Over Traditional Hotels and Taxis

Bill Shireman | Posted 08.15.2014 | Business
Bill Shireman

The sharing economy sector - where people with average holdings use their homes, cars, skills, and tools to make a living and pay their bills - passed a major milestone in 2014: it generated its first billionaires - the founders of room-sharing site Airbnb.

How the FCC Can Save Net Neutrality and Still Ruin the Internet

Mike Montgomery | Posted 08.15.2014 | Technology
Mike Montgomery

I'm pro-net neutrality, but anti-1934-style strangulation. Where does that leave me? According to the approaches under consideration, I may soon be a man without a country. Good thing the Internet, at least for now, doesn't require a passport.

Nathan's Latest Stunt Involves Pregnant Women And Cabs

The Huffington Post | Katla McGlynn | Posted 08.12.2014 | Comedy

Nathan Fielder has no shortage of bizarre ideas on how to improve business, but only this one counts on a child being born in the process. In a pre...

The Sharing Economy at a Crossroads

Kyle Hutzler | Posted 07.31.2014 | Business
Kyle Hutzler

Zipcar and Airbnb demonstrate the power of the sharing economy, which has taken off with the simple promise of liberating people from the hassles and costs of ownership and overpriced commercial services.

New Illinois Taxi Industry PAC Flexes Muscle in Uber Battle

David Ormsby | Posted 07.25.2014 | Chicago
David Ormsby

The taxi industry feels secure that it can hold its veto-proof majority in the event that Governor Pat Quinn vetoes in the coming days or weeks legislation, HB 4075, that regulates rideshare firms.

Google and the German Angst

Markus Ziener | Posted 09.16.2014 | Business
Markus Ziener

The other day the German minister of justice, Heiko Maas, was asked in an interview how often he is using Google to crawl the Internet. His answer: "Everyday and in an exorbitant manner. Therefore, unfortunately, I am part of the problem."

Uber Driver Takes Passengers On Terrifying Car Chase

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 07.10.2014 | Technology

When Ryan Simonetti got into an Uber taxi he had no idea his car ride would turn out to be, as he describes, like an "episode of 'Cops.'" On Tuesda...

Uber Will Stop Charging Ridiculous Prices During Emergencies

The Huffington Post | Inae Oh | Posted 07.09.2014 | Technology

Uber has struck a deal with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to restrict its use of surge pricing during emergency situations like natural ...

Why Uber Is Un-American

William J. Kelly | Posted 09.05.2014 | Chicago
William J. Kelly

Last month, Mayor Rahm Emanuel introduced a Chicago ordinance that magically created a new category of "transportation network provider," in order to legalize UberX's previously illegal taxi services.