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Lyft Really Did It

Lyft announced Thursday its ceasing operations in California, yanking the rug out from under its riders and drivers in the region.Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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Ubisoft’s #MeToo Reckoning, Two Months Later

At the start of the summer, as the world roiled from multiple crises, something unusual and essential happened in video games. It started with a Tweet, then another, one by one as people—mostly women—began speaking out regarding sexual harassment, abuse and other misconduct at Ubisoft.Read more… Continue Reading at https://kotaku.com

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Uber and Lyft Lose Bid to Keep Exploiting Their Drivers for Just a Little Bit Longer

On Thursday, a California judge denied motions by Uber and Lyft to delay a previous injunction ordering the ridesharing companies to reclassify their contractors as full-time employees. That ruling goes into effect on August 20, to which the companies had requested a 10-day extension in order to attempt an appeal. Read more…

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PlayStation Showcase Game Was ‘Stolen,’ Say Former Developers

A group of developers went public today with serious accusations of overwork and theft against their former employer, the Estonian studio Limestone Games. The claims surfaced shortly after a trailer for Aeon Must Die, the game they say was stolen from them, was shown during today’s State of Play broadcast.Read more… Continue Reading at https://kotaku.com

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Fiat Chrysler Fired A Warning Shot To Its Workers Over Coronavirus Work Stoppages

Most Fiat Chrysler workers have been back in factories for over a month now after being temporarily laid off because of the coronavirus pandemic. And while production has restarted it’s also been temporarily stopped at two separate plants by workers over coronavirus, and FCA is fed up. Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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Hardspace: Shipbreaker Would Be More Relaxing If Not For The Bone-Crushing Space Capitalism

A growing number of games focus on turning monotonous work, like running a border checkpoint or renovating a home, into compelling gameplay. Hardspace: Shipbreaker, the new simulation game from Homeworld 3 developer Blackbird Interactive, fits that description perfectly. It tasks you with stripping spaceships under…Read more… Continue Reading at https://kotaku.com

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Hardspace: Shipbreaker Would Be More Relaxing If Not For The Bone-Crushing Space Capitalism

A growing number of games focus on turning monotonous work, like running a border checkpoint or renovating a home, into compelling gameplay. Hardspace: Shipbreaker, the new simulation game from Homeworld 3 developer Blackbird Interactive, fits that description perfectly. It tasks you with stripping spaceships under…Read more… Continue Reading at https://kotaku.com

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Why Today’s Optimistic Unemployment Report Is Still Not Great News

In contrast to the gloom that has hovered over the economy since the coronavirus pandemic began, the nation’s employment status actually improved in May, according to the jobs report released today. The unemployment rate dropped to 13.3%, and 2.5 million jobs were added to payrolls. That means April’s unemployment…Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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Street Fighter V Costume Design Contest Is Asking For Free Labor

Capcom recently opened a special contest for Street Fighter V, asking fans to submit costume designs for possible inclusion in the fighting game’s final season. On the surface this may seem like a cool way to interact with fans, but the lack of any monetary compensation makes it all too easy to view this contest […]

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Ban Cruises

Some of the most horrifying coronavirus outbreaks have been on vacation cruises. As ships have acted like petri dishes for the disease, hundreds of cruise goers have gotten sick and dozens have died. The industry was forced to shutter amid the pandemic, but touting new health protocols, it’s already planning its big…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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Sick Days: Stories From People Keeping the World Running

This is the first edition of Sick Days, a new series documenting how jobs are changing during the coronavirus pandemic, as told by workers themselves. This week, we hear from a healthcare worker, a small-business owner, an airline worker, and more. If you’d like to submit a story, use this Google form, and read this…Read more… […]

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Things Aren’t Looking Good for Uber in California

California has been the legal beachhead of labor’s fight against gig work platforms, and unsurprisingly, Uber, Postmates, and other similar companies have done everything in their power to challenge having to reclassify their contract workforces as employees. But a ruling today in the state’s Central District Court…Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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Horror Stories From Inside Amazon’s Mechanical Turk

The workers of Mechanical Turk, Amazon’s on-demand micro-task platform, say they have encountered mutilated bodies, graphic videos of botched surgeries, and what appeared to be child pornography. They say they have been asked to transcribe Social Security numbers and other personal data. Sometimes their temporary…Read more… Continue Reading at https://kotaku.com

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