Uber and Lyft ‘likely broke law’ by classifying drivers as contractors, court rules

A California appeals court has ruled there is “overwhelming likelihood” Uber and Lyft violated labor law by misclassifying drivers as contractors rather than employees, aligning with a lower court decision in a huge blow to the ride-hailing firms as they battle to protect their business model.

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Uber and Lyft had previously threatened to shut down their services pending the decision, which would enforce a new labor law known as AB5. The law, which went into effect in January, requires companies to classify drivers as employees and provide them with a minimum wage and benefits.

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The 74-page opinion released on Thursday affirmed an injunction issued by another court in August, which ordered Uber and Lyft to comply with AB5. Labor advocates called Thursday’s ruling “a huge victory for workers” but warned

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Programming languages: JavaScript top for web and cloud development while Python rules data science

JavaScript is leading the programming language pack, with Python following in second and C# falling to fourth place, according to a SlashData report.

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JavaScript has added five million new developer users since 2017, according to a new survey.

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A global survey of 17,000 developers suggests that JavaScript remains the world’s most popular programming language “by a wide margin,” with 12.4 million active users worldwide.

SlashData’s State of the Developer Nation Q3 2020 report includes responses from software developers across 159 countries and assesses both the popularity of various programming languages and where they’re used, based on its own estimate of the 21.3 million active software developers worldwide.

According to the report, nearly five million developers have joined the JavaScript community since 2017, with the programming language dominating in web and cloud applications. Least popular was its use in VR/AR applications, and within data science. However, SlashData found that

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Seven shows MKR, House Rules the door in 2021 programming shakeup

On Wednesday, Seven unveiled its 2021 programming schedule at its annual “upfronts” presentation for advertisers. The broadcaster will bring back Big Brother, Farmer Wants a Wife and SAS: Australia and flesh-out its primetime schedule with family-friendly offerings that include extreme miniature golf series Holey Moley, Nine’s former singing competition The Voice and hit US show Ultimate Tag.

Seven’s head of programming, Angus Ross, said the broadcaster was looking to be “attention grabbing and disruptive” in 2021.

“We’re de-risking the schedule by commissioning proven, powerful formats around the world for our 7.30pm slots,” he said. “We’re not in the programming development game anymore. We’re about proven formats.”

Seven has promised its version of The Voice will be “big, bold and reimagined” with an all-new judging panel. The network has been courting US superstar Mariah Carey.

Mr Warburton said Seven would continue to focus on its sports lineup, which

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Facebook blocks 2.2 million ads for violating election rules

Facebook said Monday it had so far taken down 120,000 posts for violating its “voter interference policies” ahead of the US election.

It had also rejected 2.2 million ads because the organizations behind them had not yet been authorized to run electoral or political ads, a spokesperson told Business Insider. This violates the platform’s rules on ads about social issues, elections, or politics, they said.

Facebook’s vice president of global affairs and communications Nick Clegg told French newspaper Journal du Dimanche on Saturday that Facebook had partnered with 70 specialized media outlets, including five in France, to verify information.

Facebook’s AI moderators had “made it possible to delete billions of posts and fake accounts, even before they are reported by users,” he said, in comments first reported by Agence France Presse.

The news comes amid growing pressure on Facebook to tackle misinformation ahead of the election.

New research published October

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A Conversation With Fender’s Evan Jones On Going 1:1 To Disrupt CX + A No Rules World For Brands As Agents Of Consumer Expression

Marketing is continuing to metamorphize at never before clock speeds to keep pace with real-time shifts in consumer behavior. To succeed today, brands must have a laser focus on improving CX in ways that demonstrate a sharper understanding of their consumers, while also creating experiences that effectively reflect culture and offer opportunity for new types of engagement.

With that in mind, I recently spoke with Evan Jones, CMO of Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (Fender). Evan is a marketer who has spent his career finding innovative ways to intersect culture and commerce. We spoke about everything from the heightened need today for direct interaction with customers to help identify behavioral triggers, to the brand’s upcoming new campaign for its American Professional II Series.

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Rules of Netiquette – Tips for Communicating on the Internet

Netiquette is the short form of writing network etiquette or internet etiquette. Netiquette can simply be defined as the practice of good conduct or the acceptable way of communicating on the internet. It is a set of social conventions that facilitate interaction on the net. This kind of etiquette covers not only ways to maintain civility in online discussions, but also guidelines unique to the use of social media and emails. In a nut shell, netiquette is etiquette for the internet. Netiquette is the practice of good behaviors – being respectful and helpful, being disciplined and not aggressive, and being mindful of the fact that other internet users may not have the same view with you on some issues. This online code of conduct is very important because there is no body language or facial expression to help us understand another person, as there is in face to face meetings.… Read More