Uber Loses Case Against Driver. Will they be Employees? Will it Matter in a Few Years?

An unwritten rule of the “sharing economy” is that no one’s an employee. Employees mean taking out taxes, paying for worker’s comp, insurance and benefits that are all so last century, bro. The darling of that sharing economy, Uber, lost a fight against the California Utilities Commission in a court in its home turf of San Francisco. The commission found that Barbara Ann Berwick was, … Continue reading Uber Loses Case Against Driver. Will they be Employees? Will it Matter in a Few Years?

Who Blocks the Blockers? A Mad Man

In another life, Ben Barokas would have been the sort of smoking, drinking advertising man that sells slide machines on the back of nostalgia and popsicles by referencing Catholic imagery. But in the 21st century, Barokas wants to deliver ads to your computer screen. His problem isn’t punchy prose of teaching the world to sing — his problem is your ad blocker. Barokas solution? Sourcepoint, … Continue reading Who Blocks the Blockers? A Mad Man

Perhaps there is a god — AT&T Fined $100 Million

AT&T, the mobile phone carrier with a logo that — unapologetically and appropriately — looks like the Death Star, was fined $100 million for throttling its customers with unlimited data without properly notifying them. The unlimited data tier is a thing of the past and was announced in 2007 when Steve Jobs  unveiled the original iPhone. AT&T’s network was not up early adopters actually using … Continue reading Perhaps there is a god — AT&T Fined $100 Million

Hulu Plus is Dead. Long Live Hulu

Hulu Plus, the pay side of the TV VOD service, will now just be known as Hulu. Hulu, without the Plus, is currently the name of its free service. However, Hulu’s rebranding doesn’t mean it’s abandoning its subscription model. There are currently 9 million paying subscribers and are a significant part of its business. The elimination of Hulu Plus is meant to, according to Variety, … Continue reading Hulu Plus is Dead. Long Live Hulu

LastPass Prompting Users to Change Passwords Due to Hack

With the recent federal government hack, online security’s taken center stage. At some romproint, someone may have suggested to you that a password manager is a good idea. However, LastPass, one of the most popular password managers, revealed that it is investigating “suspicious activity”. To be clear, this doesn’t mean that passwords were stolen — LastPass encrypts its users’ logins and passwords. But what was … Continue reading LastPass Prompting Users to Change Passwords Due to Hack

Leap on the Rocks? San Francisco Private Transportation Startup Selling 3 Buses

Private buses are all the rage, or everything that’s wrong, with San Francisco…depending on who you ask. Though they stop at city bus stops, the company-owned buses are not for everyone — they’re for employees of Google, Apple and other well-heeled Silicon Valley tech companies. While the plush, wifi equipped people movers caused an outcry, others saw an opportunity to provide the a bus service … Continue reading Leap on the Rocks? San Francisco Private Transportation Startup Selling 3 Buses

PayPal’s New TOS May be Drawing Government Scrutiny

PayPal, the online payment provider you love to hate, recently drew the ire of consumers and consumer groups with new language added to its terms of service. The new TOS would allow PayPal to contact users for polls and “offers and promotions” — telemarketing calls, in short. The company would be able to use the phone numbers it has on file as well as phone numbers … Continue reading PayPal’s New TOS May be Drawing Government Scrutiny

Twitter Wants to be Your New Messaging App

In a post on its developer blog, Twitter announced it’s doing away with its 140 character limit on direct messages. The change will take place in July. The change in policy is speculated to be prompted by increasing competition from Facebook, which beefed up its own messaging capabilities. Twitter’s added changes to its DM functionality by allowing group messaging as well as allowing any user to … Continue reading Twitter Wants to be Your New Messaging App

Apple Manufacturer Foxconn Looks to Open Shop in India

If you’re big into Apple products, you’ve seen this on pretty much everything you own: “Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in China.” But if Foxconn, one of Apple’s major manufacturing contractors, has its way, your next iPhone, iPad or MacBook could read, “Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in India.” Foxconn used to manufacture Nokia phones in India until the company’s mobile division was … Continue reading Apple Manufacturer Foxconn Looks to Open Shop in India

New iOS Developer Guidelines Point to Ad Blockers on Apple’s iPhones and iPads

Apple’s unveiled the possibility that ad blockers would be coming to mobile Safari, iOS’ browser, keeping with their WWDC keynote theme of advocating for consumer privacy. While ad-blockers are now fixtures on the browsers of power users, they’re not as widely used on mobile device — and until this year’s WWDC, they were unheard of on iPhones and iPad that weren’t jail broken. The new … Continue reading New iOS Developer Guidelines Point to Ad Blockers on Apple’s iPhones and iPads