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Proposed rules for self-driving cars draw heavy criticism from industry leaders

Hopes that California would emerge as the global center for what eventually could be a multitrillion-dollar industry — self-driving vehicles — have taken a step back. New proposed rules unveiled this month by the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles drew sharp complaints

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Sacramento seeks central taxi regulations

  The latest battle in California’s ongoing legislative and regulatory war over ridesharing services has shifted to new ground, as livery supporters rallied to pass a new bill concentrating decision-making in state hands. Although car companies based in San Francisco would be spared

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Organized labor circles Uber and Lyft in CA

  Labor groups have sought out relationships with Uber drivers, whom the company recently settled with, but has yet to classify as employees. “A day after Uber announced a $100 million settlement with some drivers in California and Massachusetts,  the Teamsters announced plans

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CPUC slaps Uber with big fine

To play in California, Uber must pay. “The California Public Utilities Commission agreed last Thursday with a judge’s recommendation to fine Uber $7.6 million for failing to meet data reporting requirements in 2014,” the Los Angeles Times reported. “Uber will appeal the

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Report: Wealthy tech firms create few jobs

Two years ago, a report from Oxford University’s Martin Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology made waves in the United States with its prediction that 47 percent of the 700 largest U.S. job categories could disappear in coming decades

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CA Judge hands Uber fresh challenge

A San Francisco lawsuit pushing to make Uber drivers employees has gathered steam dramatically, thanks to a new ruling that the case against the dominant rideshare company can proceed as a class action. A big issue The hotly-anticipated decision by

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Uber expands CA access despite fines

For ride-booking services such as Uber and Lyft, California’s roller-coaster ride has only just begun, with recent developments underscoring high demand among the public and high levels of discomfort among public officials. As regulators have cracked down in some places —

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Bill would ban sex offenders from driving for Uber, Lyft

The next time you grab a ride with Uber or Lyft, a California lawmaker wants to make sure a registered sex offender isn’t behind the wheel — something the ride-hailing companies say they already go the extra-mile to prevent. Sen.

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CA Uber ruling prompts sharp, varied reaction

The ruling of the California Labor Commission last week that an Uber driver is an employee of the company — not a contractor — prompted national and international reaction from economists and other close observers of the growing “sharing” economy.

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CA Uber driver ruled employee

Navigating the choppy regulatory waters of America’s 50 states just became more difficult for Uber. The fast-growing startup that has roiled the taxi and livery industry was dealt an adverse ruling by the California Labor Commissioner’s Office. As the New York Times

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