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Engine warning light appears on Uber's $100m driver settlement

Uber's $100m settlement with thousands of its drivers has spun around, mounted the curb and is careering back toward a California courthouse. Following the filing of objections [PDF] from drivers who take issue with terms of the settlement that they say only favors Uber and plaintiff lead attorney Shannon Liss-Riordan, the …
Shaun Nichols, 4 Jun 2016
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The Schmidt's hit by the fan: Alphabet investor sues Google bigwigs over EU antitrust ruckus

An Alphabet shareholder is suing company executives – including exec chairman Eric Schmidt, CEO Larry Page, and president Sergey Brin – for their roles in Google's EU antitrust case. Robert Jessup has filed suit [PDF] in a California state court against more than three dozen people, including the Google cofounders and long- …
Shaun Nichols, 26 May 2016
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Six weeks later, Verizon customers still bemoaning Frontier flubs

More than a month after promising to smooth over migration issues, ISP Frontier Communications is still being criticized for spotty service to former Verizon customers. Frontier took over Verizon FiOS service in California, Florida, and Texas on April 1, and suffered almost immediate problems with connections in all three …
Shaun Nichols, 16 May 2016

Engineer uses binary on voting bumpf to flag up Cali election flaws

In the race for one of California's two Senate seats, one candidate has hit on a novel way to draw attention to himself and his platform: binary. The official voter information guide, delivered to all homes across the state, includes details of all of the 34 candidates standing, most including a paragraph of introductory text …
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East Coast: Verizon on the hook for landline hikes. West Coast: AT&T denies hooking $100m for 10Mbps broadband

AT&T and Verizon are taking heat on opposite sides of the US over their networks. In California, AT&T is said to be pursuing a deal that would pay the telecom giant $100m to hook virtually the entire state up to "broadband" internet. California Assembly Bill 2130 will allow the state to fund the expansion of broadband networks …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Mar 2016
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California methane well leak filled a Rose Bowl a day

We're delighted to report that Phys.org has adopted the "Rose Bowl" standard for quantifying improbably large amounts of gas. In this report on the Aliso Canyon gas well blow-out which spewed vast quantities of methane into the Californian atmosphere, before finally being capped on 11 February, the website explains that at the …
Lester Haines, 26 Feb 2016

Human cost of California gas well leak revealed

The BBC has published an entertaining analysis of the emissions of a blown-out natural gas well near Los Angeles, which is releasing so much methane that LA county supervisor Mike Antonovich was moved over the weekend to describe the disaster as "a mini-Chernobyl". For those of us wondering just how much is "so much", Auntie …
Lester Haines, 12 Jan 2016
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Judge adds new army to Uber driver suit

A US judge has issued a ruling that will expand the pool of drivers who can take part in a class action lawsuit against dial-a-ride giant Uber. Judge Edward Chen of the Northern California US District Court said that an agreement Uber had signed with drivers from 2014 to 2015 containing an opt-out clause in the class action …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Dec 2015
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Verizon, the final Frontier: Landlines, TV, ISP biz to explore strange new worlds

US telco Frontier Communications has cleared its final hurdle towards a $10.54bn deal that will see it take over Verizon's landline phone, TV, and ISP business in California, Texas, and Florida. Frontier said it has gained approval for the deal from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), adding the final piece to …
Shaun Nichols, 4 Dec 2015
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Cops must get a warrant before raiding phones, email, etc (in California)

California has passed a law requiring police to obtain a warrant before searching phones, tablets, and other electronic devices, and accounts in cloud services, too. This even includes Stingray devices, which are cellphone masts that officers set up to track and monitor people by their mobiles. Governor Jerry Brown on …
Shaun Nichols, 9 Oct 2015
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Happy birthday to you, the ruling was true, no charge for this headline, 'coz the copyright's screwed

Good news: you can now sing Happy Birthday without fear of someone demanding you get your checkbook out. A US judge has overturned a copyright claim to Happy Birthday, declaring the seminal number is not owned by a group that includes Warner/Chappell Music, which has been collecting royalties for the song's performances. The …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Sep 2015
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DRIVERLESS cars: Apple ups the ante with meeting in California

The “is Apple building a car?” rumour mill has received added grist with the news that Apple execs have been meeting Californian legislators responsible for self-driving cars. The Apple car project is believed to be called “Project Titan”. The Guardian reports that Apple’s legal eagle Mike Maletic had an hour long meeting …
Simon Rockman, 21 Sep 2015
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Anti-peeping-tom drone law nixed in California

A law proposed in California that would have banned drones from flying below 350ft over private property without permission has been vetoed by the state's governor. Gov Jerry Brown reckoned the rule would "could expose the occasional hobbyist and the FAA-approved commercial user alike to burdensome litigation." In other words …
Chris Williams, 11 Sep 2015

Super Cali grabs its big stick, beats Uber 'cos it's odious

Add California's Employment Development Department (EDD) to the list of groups that think Uber drivers are employees and not independent contractors, as the ride-sharer suggests. The EDD has issued a ruling [PDF] that a former Uber driver met the criteria for an employee and was therefore able to collect unemployment benefits …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Sep 2015
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Judge flips class-action switch on Uber drivers' lawsuit against cab biz

A California judge has granted class-action status to a suit filed on behalf of Uber drivers. Judge Edward M Chen said the state's roughly 160,000 drivers from UberX, Uber Black, and Uber SUV services can sue the dial-a-ride broker taking a portion of tips. Three drivers had filed suit against Uber on behalf of drivers for …
Shaun Nichols, 2 Sep 2015
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Disaster-gawping cam drones to be blasted out of the sky in California

California politicians want emergency services to knock interfering drones out of the sky without fear of repercussion – after a gang of flying gizmos got in the way of firefighters tackling a terrifying blaze. Last Friday, a forest fire roared across Interstate 15 near Cajon Pass in southern California, forcing motorists to …
Iain Thomson, 22 Jul 2015
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Americans find fantastic new use for drones – interfering with firefighting

A blaze in southern California, which has already destroyed several cars and homes, has added another tool to its arsenal of dangers: bystanders' drones. NBC LA reports that drones taking footage of the blaze prevented the state's firefighting air units from getting involved in the firefighting effort, due to fears of …
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Uber to drivers: You make a ton of dosh for us – but that doesn't make you employees

Uber is arguing in court that 160,000 drivers who offer people rides for money via the upstart's app are not actually its employees. The taxi-booking software startup told the California Northern District Court that its smartphone app was only a "lead generation" tool, and that drivers who operate on Uber are more akin to …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Jul 2015

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