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Music industry executives oppose gig worker bill AB5
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Doug Sovern
September 12, 2019 - 9:42 am
The passage of Assembly Bill 5 is attracting national headlines for the impact it could have on companies like Uber and Lyft. But the bill is striking the wrong chord with California’s musicians, who say it could wipe out the state’s independent music scene.
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FILE - In this Sept. 31, 2019, file photo, Fresno State quarterback Jorge Reyna, left, looks to throw a pass as Southern California USC Trojans defensive lineman Christian Rector approaches during an NCAA college football game in Los Angeles. The NCAA’s Board of Governors is urging Gov. Gavin Newsom not to sign a California bill that would allow college athletes to receive money for their names, likenesses or images. In a six-paragraph letter to Newsom, the board said the bill would give California schools an unfair recruiting advantage. As a result, the letter says, the NCAA would declare those schools ineligible for its events. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong, File)
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September 11, 2019 - 6:14 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Athletes at California colleges could hire agents and sign endorsement deals under a bill the state Legislature sent to the governor Wednesday, setting up a potential confrontation with the NCAA that could jeopardize the athletic futures of powerhouse programs like USC,...
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Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, receives congratulations from Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, of Lakewood after her to give new wage and benefit protections at the so-called gig economy companies like Uber and Lyft was approved by the Assembly in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. The bill now goes to the governor, who has said he supports it. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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September 11, 2019 - 6:10 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers confronting the changing definition of work approved sweeping legislation Wednesday designed to give many contract workers new pay and benefit protections, but tech giants Uber and Lyft vowed to keep fighting the changes, possibly by bankrolling an...
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Apple CEO Tim Cook talks about the latest iPhone during an event to announce new products Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, in Cupertino, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
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September 10, 2019 - 4:37 pm
CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Apple is finally taking on Netflix with its own streaming television service and, uncharacteristically for the company, offering it at a bargain price — $5 a month beginning on Nov. 1. Walt Disney Co. is launching its own assault on Netflix the same month, for just $7. It...
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Matt Bigler
Doug Sovern
September 09, 2019 - 1:50 pm
PG&E says it isn't interested in selling its power lines in San Francisco to the city, which is offering the utility $2.5 billion as it lays out its own plan for crawling out of bankruptcy after the devastating wildfires over the last few years.
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FILE - In this May 1, 2019, file photo a man walks past a Google sign outside with a span of the Bay Bridge at rear in San Francisco. A group of states are expected to announce an investigation into Google on Monday, Sept. 9, to investigate whether the tech company has become too big. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
AP News
September 09, 2019 - 12:01 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Fifty U.S. states and territories, led by Texas, announced an investigation into Google's "potential monopolistic behavior." The Monday announcement closely followed one from a separate group of states Friday that disclosed an investigation into Facebook's market dominance. The...
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FILE - In this June 11, 2019 file photo, New York Attorney General Letitia James speaks during a news conference in New York. James says a bipartisan coalition of state attorneys general is investigating Facebook for alleged antitrust issues. James said Friday, Sept. 6, the probe will look into whether Facebook's actions endangered consumer data, reduced the quality of consumers' choices or increased the price of advertising. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
AP News
September 06, 2019 - 12:43 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two groups of states are targeting Facebook and Google in separate antitrust probes, widening the scrutiny of Big Tech beyond sweeping federal and congressional investigations into their market dominance. Facebook and Google are two of the world's largest and most ubiquitous tech...
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Oakland Firefighters Ghost Ship Warehouse
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Megan Goldsby
September 06, 2019 - 10:38 am
The lead counsel in the Ghost Ship warehouse fire civil case is confident of a different outcome than that of the criminal trial.
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A group of women filed a lawsuit against Lyft on Sept. 4, 2019, saying the company bore responsibility for drivers who committed sexual assaults.
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Matt Bigler
September 04, 2019 - 2:00 pm
A group of 14 rape and sexual assault survivors are suing Lyft, accusing the company of failing to keep passengers safe.
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In this photo taken Aug. 28, 2019, a supporter of a measure to limit when companies can label workers as independent contractors drives past the Capitol during a rally in Sacramento, Calif. Uber and Lyft threatened, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, to spend $60 million on a California ballot measure if they can't reach a deal with unions and lawmakers on legislation that would change the rights of gig workers. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
AP News
August 29, 2019 - 4:51 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Uber, Lyft and DoorDash threatened Thursday to spend $90 million on a California ballot measure if they can't reach a deal with unions and lawmakers on legislation that would change the rights of their drivers and other so-called gig workers. "We remain focused on reaching...
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