Court Rules That California Uber Drivers Could Not Establish ‘Political Coercion’ | Top News

(Reuters) – A California court on Wednesday denied an application for a temporary restraining order by the state’s Uber Technologies Inc

drivers, saying the drivers could not establish the alleged “political coercion” by the ride-hailing company.

The drivers had last week sued Uber over in-app messages regarding an upcoming gig worker ballot measure that the drivers say violates a California law protecting their political rights.

The lawsuit had said that Uber was unlawfully pressuring drivers via the app to support the Nov. 3 company-sponsored ballot measure, known as Proposition 22. Uber had rejected those claims.

“The application for a temporary restraining order is denied”, Richard Ulmer, judge of Superior Court of California for San Francisco County, said in his order.

The request for “extraordinary injunctive relief” is belated, the judge wrote, adding that the drivers could not establish if anyone was punished by Uber for advocating against Prop 22.


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Document Outsourcing Market | ABBYY Solutions Ltd., Accenture Plc, and Canon Inc. to Emerge as Top Contributors

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Technavio has announced its latest market research report titled Global Document Outsourcing Market 2020-2024 (Graphic: Business Wire)

This report provides a detailed analysis of the document outsourcing market by outsourcing services (onsite contracted services, statement printing services, and DPO services) and geography (APAC, Europe, MEA, North America, and South America). Also, the report analyzes the market’s competitive landscape and offers information on several market vendors, including ABBYY Solutions Ltd., Accenture Plc, Canon Inc., HP Inc., Konica Minolta Inc., Levi, Ray & Shoup Inc., Lexmark International Inc., Ricoh Co. Ltd., Toshiba Corp., and Xerox Corp. Need for automated and centralized document management solutions is a key trend in the global document outsourcing market which will lead to significant market growth. The growing complexity of operations and the lack of expertise in document management have compelled organizations

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Economic cost of new EU tech rules could top $100.5 billion, study says

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union’s plan to rein in U.S. tech giants with new rules could cost the 27-country bloc as much as 85 billion euros ($100.5 billion) in economic growth, Brussels-based think tank ECIPE warned.


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Under the proposed rules, Facebook , Alphabet unit Google, Amazon and Apple could be forced to share data and banned from favouring their own services.

In a study sponsored by Google, due to be published this week and seen by Reuters, the European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE) said changing the regulatory approach could have a chilling effect on the EU economy.

“The economic impacts of shifting from ex-post to ex-ante in the online services sector as stipulated by the proposals of the Digital Services Act is to a loss of about

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Software Users Review Enterprise Resource Planning Vendors for Satisfaction, Revealing Top Seven Through SoftwareReviews

Oracle ERP Cloud, Unit4 ERP, Oracle NetSuite ERP, Acumatica Cloud ERP, FinancialForce ERP, Microsoft Dynamics 365 ERP, Sage X3 are named the 2020 Enterprise Resource Planning Emotional Footprint Champions.

SoftwareReviews, a division of world-class IT research and advisory firm Info-Tech Research Group, has published its 2020 Enterprise Resource Planning Emotional Footprint Awards, naming seven vendors as champions. The following vendors are leaders according to the feedback provided by their end users via SoftwareReviews’ comprehensive online survey. Vendors were rated on the relationship with their users based on the customer experience delivered, along with the value provided by the software to the customer organization:

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What makes the SoftwareReviews Emotional Footprint different? Inclusion of aggregated emotional response ratings in the areas of service, negotiation, product impact, conflict resolution, and strategy and innovation. Together they create a powerful

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Top EU Antitrust Investigator Warns Against Break Up of Big Tech Companies

As the European Union increasingly targets big tech companies, top antitrust enforcer Margrethe Vestager has warned against the structural break up of big tech companies (via The Information).

The comments were somewhat surprising, as Vestager has aggressively pursued antitrust investigations against the likes of Apple, Google, and Amazon in recent years. For example, it was Vestager who led the EU’s appeal against a court ruling that overturned its demand that Apple pay 13 billion euros ($14.5 billion) in tax to the Irish government.

During a debate on the future of internet regulation within the EU, she cautioned that although it would be “doable” to force a breakup of big tech companies under current EU law, it could lead to a range of unintended consequences. Foremost among these, she said, are potentially lengthy court battles between European regulators and the tech companies themselves.

“I don’t think it is something that

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Netflix’s Head Of Global TV Bela Bajaria Restructures U.S. Programming Departments, Resulting In Handful Of Layoffs; Sets Top International Team

A month and a half after being elevated to Head of Global TV at Netflix, Bela Bajaria has reorganized the streamer’s U.S. TV operation with an increased focus on tentpole shows and getting the most from mega overall deals. The realignment also enhances the portfolios of some executives on her international bench.

The U.S. streamlining includes the closing of the Young Adult/Family series department whose duties will be absorbed by the Drama and Comedy teams. The consolidation has led to the departures of fewer than 10 members of the series content team below VP level. Brian Wright, who ran the YA/family group, will now head a new Overall Deals department, while Jinny Howe and Renate Radford will lead the drama team. Meanwhile, Peter Friedlander, who led the Genre & Thrillers subsection of the drama department, will now head a new Spectacle/Event programming department that will be separate from drama

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Top 2 Orlando SEO Marketing Agencies to Hire in 2020

With the world increasingly coming online in the last three decades and the recent COVID-19 pushing for more online presence, there is a dire need for every business to have its online presence. It is not only about being online but also how efficiently you are visible.

Invisible in a Digital World

Consider this: A person has to find a specific business to get a job done and they have no idea which person or organization will do it. How do you get about finding one? The digital age has made the solution easy. People can simply go online and use a search engine like Google.

People have a tendency to go for the top few results. They seldom go beyond the first page of the search engine. Search engines also have their own ranking system, enabling companies who

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Top 5 programming languages for mobile app developers to learn

These languages will help current and new mobile application developers navigate the programming landscape to code apps that are stable, secure, and compatible with modern mobile architectures.

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As I have said previously, I’m no fan of programming or app development. I don’t find myself to be very good at it, but I am truly in awe of what can be accomplished with properly written applications, especially when the applications leverage network and cloud-based technologies to provide enhanced functionality and reporting capability while offering cross-platform support.

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SEE: Top 5 programming languages for mobile app developers to learn (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

There are colleagues of mine who have always shown this ability to tap into a program’s APIs to create helpful dashboards that can be rolled into mobile apps, allowing them to keep tabs of a number of systems or an entire site—all from their smartphones—including integrated

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Top New Games Out On Switch, PS4, Xbox One, And PC This Week — October 25-31, 2020

This is the last episode of New Releases before Halloween, which means it’s time to get spooky as we take a look at the week’s biggest games. If you like traditional horror, you can check out The Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope. Meanwhile, Watch Dogs: Legion offers a dystopian take on near-future London. You can go further into the future with Ghostrunner, or take it back to the ’80s with Cobra Kai: The Karate Kid Saga Continues. Finally, Nintendo Switch owners can get their hands on Pikmin 3 Deluxe.

Ghostrunner — October 27

Available on: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch

Ghostrunner is set in a post-apocalyptic future where you’ll have to scale the ever-changing Dharma Tower. It’s a first-person game, so you’ll be all up in your enemies’ faces as you run along walls, dodge bullets, and slice up bad guys with your cyber katana. The game will be on

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Top programming languages: C reigns supreme but third-ranked Python gains on Java

TIOBE releases its monthly programming languages index to detail fluctuations across the landscape. Its latest index identifies granular changes as well as long-term trends.


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Software quality assurance company, TIOBE, releases its top programming languages index each month to detail shifts in the ever-evolving landscape. TIOBE recently announced its latest updated index for October. TIOBE uses a series of metrics including searches on Amazon, YouTube, Wikipedia, Bing, Google Yahoo, and Baidu to determine the rankings. Overall, the top 10 saw no positional shifts since the September report, although there are granular data fluctuations and long-term changes to note.

SEE: Linux commands for user management (TechRepublic Premium)

Top programming languages: TIOBE October index

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In the latest index, C remains in the top spot with a rating of 16.95% representing a positive 0.77% change over October 2019. C continued its reign at the top from last month when

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