Posts belonging to Category sharing economy



Major Facebook investors want Mark Zuckerberg out as chairman

Zuckerberg holds absolute control of the board with a majority of the voting power

Major Facebook investors, including public pension funds and state officials, are pushing for Mark Zuckerberg‘s ouster as chairman of the company’s board.

The proposal is largely symbolic, since Zuckerberg holds absolute control of the board. But it comes at a difficult time for Facebook, as security breaches plague the company and spur questions around corporate oversight.

“We need Facebook’s insular boardroom to make a serious commitment to addressing real risks — reputational, regulatory, and the risk to our democracy — that impact the company, its share owners, and ultimately the hard-earned pensions of thousands of New York City workers,” New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer said in a statement to CNBC.

http://www.cnbc.com

Growing the 5G ecosystem

Verizon expands 5G Labs to new locations

Building on the success of its 4G LTE Innovation Centers and its first 5G incubator in New York City at Alley, a membership community for entrepreneurs, Verizon is expanding the program to new locations on the East and West Coasts. Working with a new array of innovators across a variety of verticals, Verizon will further accelerate the development of tomorrow’s 5G use cases and experiences while bringing all the locations under a new brand identity that reflects Verizon’s vision for 5G development.

Verizon’s new 5G Labs – to be located in Washington DC, Palo Alto CA, Waltham MA, and Los Angeles CA – will explore the boundaries of 5G technology, co-create new use applications and hardware, and engage with the community through programming designed to encourage local innovators to rethink what’s possible in a 5G world. The Labs will all be open by the end of 2018. Each Lab will be outfitted with live 5G networks, giving local startups, universities, and technology companies the opportunity to develop, test and refine tomorrow’s 5G solutions.

Stiglitz: US has a major monopoly problem

Economy dominated by large corporations has failed the many and enriched the few

The Nobel Prize winner argues that an economy dominated by large corporations has failed the many and enriched the few. There is much to be concerned about in America today: a growing political and economic divide, slowing growth, decreasing life expectancy, an epidemic of diseases of despair. The unhappiness that is apparent has taken an ugly turn, with an increase in protectionism and nativism. Trump’s diagnosis, which blames outsiders, is wrong, as are the prescriptions that follow. But we have to ask: Is there an underlying problem that can and must be addressed?

There is a widespread sense of powerlessness, both in our economic and political life. We seem no longer to control our own destinies. If we don’t like our Internet company or our cable TV, we either have no place to turn, or the alternative is no better. Monopoly corporations are the primary reason that drug prices in the United States are higher than anywhere else in the world. Whether we like it or not, a company like Equifax can gather data about us, and then blithely take insufficient cybersecurity measures, exposing half the country to the risk of identity fraud, and then charge us for but a partial restoration of the security that we had before a major breach.

U.S. lawmakers grill Facebook, Twitter executives

Technology stocks fall

The Nasdaq fell more than 1 percent on Wednesday, dented by technology stocks after Facebook Inc (FB.O) and Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) executives defended their companies before skeptical U.S. lawmakers. Adding to pressure on technology stocks, the Justice Department later said it would meet with state attorneys general to discuss worries that social media platforms were “intentionally stifling the free exchange of ideas.” Facebook and Twitter were not specifically named.

Twitter shares dropped 6.1 percent. Facebook shares fell 2.3 percent, contributing heavily to both the Nasdaq’s and the S&P 500’s declines. The Dow, however, eked out a slight gain.

62% of America’s Jobs Pay Less Than $20 Per Hour

US has 130 million jobs overall

Almost two-thirds of America’s jobs aren’t paying a cent more than $20 an hour, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). That means 62 percent of the nation’s jobs offer their employees less than $41,600 a year! The BLS report (h/t Horizon Credit Union) notes that the US has 130 million jobs overall.  Of those positions, 18 million pay less than $10 an hour and a startling 63 million pay between $10 and $20. Add it all up and you’ve got 81 million jobs (out of 130 million) paying their workers less than $20. This includes administrative assistants, personal care aides, and retail workers.

Employers that offer a more generous salary, more than $42,000 a year, make up about 38 percent of the nation’s jobs. According to CNN Money, 27 million jobs offer an hourly pay between $20 and $30. That includes plumbers, office supervisors, electricians, and insurance sales agents — all four positions have an hourly pay that hover around $24 an hour, an annual salary of about $50,000.

https://www.madamenoire.com/

Uber is one step closer to a massive investment from SoftBank

Uncertain future for Travis Kalanick

A deal between Uber and SoftBank is nearly done. Today (Oct. 4) Uber announced in a statement it would move forward with a proposed investment from Japanese tech giant SoftBank which could close “in the coming weeks,” and also voted in favor of a number of corporate governance reforms. The decisions bode poorly for Uber founder Travis Kalanick, who has sought to retain his influence over the company after stepping down as CEO in June, and could pave the way for broader changes in Uber’s international operations.

SoftBank, which said in August it’s interested in investing in Uber, hasn’t made public the size of its proposed investment, but a person with knowledge of the deal said that SoftBank, along with other investors, will invest $1.25 billion directly in Uber at a $69 billion valuation, and will also purchase 14% to 17% of outstanding shares from existing investors. The person also added that Uber will go public by 2019, something which Uber’s new CEO hinted at in August.

http://www.qz.com…  Wed.,  04  October 2017

Social Rights for 'gig economy' workers

EU seeks more protection for Uber-style jobs

The European Commission wants more social protection and rights for casual workers, such as those in the “gig economy”, and others with non-standard contracts to try to tackle growing social inequality.

The Commission’s consultation document on these plans, seen by Reuters, is part of a broader reworking of the EU’s economic priorities, after pressure from populist forces that accuse Brussels of having pursued ultra-liberal policies to the detriment of wo

http://www.reuters.comMon.,  25  September 2017

Augmented Reality, The FaceBook's Next Frontier

Mix the physical and digital in whole new ways

At the company’s annual developer conference on Tuesday, CEO Mark Zuckerberg took the wraps off his plans to “mix the physical and digital in whole new ways” using AR, the nascent and potentially revolutionary technology being worked on by Apple, Microsoft, Snap, Magic Leap, and others. Starting Tuesday, Facebook will give developers the ability to build their own AR effects for the Facebook app’s camera. The effects will be relatively basic initially and function similarly to Snapchat’s lenses, which can place puppy dog ears or a flower crown on your face.

But eventually, Facebook plans to use AR through its app’s camera to show things like menu information at a restaurant, virtual steam rising from a real coffee cup, and virtual, 3D art that cascades from a blank wall.

http://www.businessinsider.com…  Wed.,  19 April 2017

Political and financial risks threaten global growth

Will risks and financial vulnerabilities derail the modest recovery?

Global growth is projected to pick up to around 3½ per cent in 2018, from just under 3% in 2016 in our latest Interim Economic Outlook. The forecast modest recovery is supported by fiscal initiatives in major economies and broadly unchanged from the November Economic Outlook. While the pick-up is welcome, it would still leave global growth below the historical average of around 4% for the two decades prior to the crisis. This comes against the background of a five-year period where the global economy has been stuck in a low-growth trap. Consumption, investment, trade and productivity are far from strong and inequality is rising.Productivity gaps between frontier firms and laggard firms have widened, contributing to a growing income gap as wages have stagnated at less productive firms.

http://www.oecdecoscope.com…  Wed,  08 March 2017

LinkedIn/Microsoft deal set up to compete with Facebook and Google

Reid Hoffman says LinkedIn joined Microsoft because it’s harder than ever to compete with Google and Facebook

LinkedIn decided to sell to Microsoft because it couldn’t keep pace with the world’s biggest tech companies when it came to research and development into new technologies, explained cofounder and executive chairman Reid Hoffman on CNBC today.

http://www.cnbc.com  Fri., 08 July, 2016

Uber Turns to Saudi Arabia for $3.5B Cash Infusion

 Uber raises $3.5 BILLION from Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund

Uber has raised $3.5 billion from Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, the US ride-hailing service said on Wednesday, gaining a crucial partner in its expansion into the Middle East. The investment from the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund was part of Uber’s most recent financing round that valued the company at $62.5 billion, Uber said, making it the most highly valued venture capital-backed company in the world.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk … Thu., 02 June 2016.

Toyota investing in ride-hailing company Uber

After GM, Toyota deals with ride-hailing companies

Toyota said Tuesday it is investing in Uber, making it the latest car company to put money in a ride-hailing app. The Japanese company did not say how much the investment is worth. As part of the deal, Uber drivers can lease Toyota vehicles with money earned from their driving.

http://www.cbc.ca … Wed., 25 May 2016.

UBER city

Does Uber hold the key to solving cities’ public transport woes, David Plouffe thinks so.
http://paulwallbank.com/ — Mon, 14 Sep 2015 18:45:05 -0700

Entrepreneurs in China

Just as I was hitting ‘publish’ on the China goes on the tech offensive’ post two days ago, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang was delivering a speech to the World Economic Forum on the nation’s economy. An English translation of Li’s speech is …
http://paulwallbank.com/ — Fri, 11 Sep 2015 16:50:16 -0700

Hilton and the Uber economy

It’s a staple of the rapidly growing “sharing economy” that involves newer businesses that aim to use the Internet to make it easier for people to earn money by sharing property like cars or homes. Businesses like Airbnb, which arranges for …
http://www.columbian.com/ — Sun, 06 Sep 2015 22:18:31 -0700

UBER

It contained operational data for both entities but did not break out financial details of Uber China. It also forecast an initial public offering of Uber Global within 18 to 24 months. Kalanick and people close to the firm have in the past declined to …
http://www.businessinsider.com/moneygame — Thu, 20 Aug 2015 23:20:19 -0700