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Uber settles lawsuits to keep drivers as independent contractors in California and Massachusetts

Uber has reached a landmark settlement in two class action lawsuits that will see it pay as much as $100 million to the drivers represented in the cases, but will allow it to keep categorizing them as independent contractors, rather than employees. As part of the settlement, Uber will also give …

Transportation
Terrorism

Noble Audio Kaiser 10 review

Noble Audio is only a few years old, but it already has a committed following and a strong reputation that puts it alongside Ultimate Ears, JH Audio, and Westone as a maker of high-quality IEMs. Each of these companies has products nudging close to and past the $1,000 mark — and basic market …

Audiophile

30 companies are now making self-driving cars

There are now 30 companies involved in the development of autonomous vehicles, according to research from analyst firm CB Insights.<p>The companies were identified using CB Insights' investment, acquisition, and partnership data.<p>Apple, Google, and Uber are among the tech heavyweights looking to cash …

Autonomous Cars

200 years after Darwin, this is how the iconic Galapagos finches are still evolving

When Darwin watched his famous finches flit about the craggy cliffs and lush forests of the Galapagos, he observed that something essential was at work in this remote part of the Pacific — some force of nature that, over the course of millennia, pushed each type of bird to become perfectly suited …

Biology

ISS beams down 4K footage of Earth shot with the RED Epic Dragon

We get to see the Earth in high definition every day with our high-def eyes, it’s true, but we’re limited to a certain ground-level point of view. Not so much the astronauts aboard the International Space Station. And they’ve just sent down a batch of stunning 4K footage of the Earth taken with …

Space Exploration

YouTube To Add Live-Streaming 360 Video, Starting At Coachella

YouTube is rolling out support for immersive, real-time video that anyone can view and — with the right camera — broadcast.<p>Later this week, YouTube will broadcast select live performances from the second weekend of the Indio, California, music festival Coachella. It's not the first time — in fact, …

North Africa

Bear hugs, beer, advice: Tech and non-tech mourn passing of Bill Campbell

Memories.<p>Bear hugs. Beer. Friday happy hour at the Old Pro. Advice. More bear hugs.<p>That’s just some of the ways that Silicon Valley and many others chose to remember Bill Campbell, the man who was nicknamed “Coach” and advised some of tech’s biggest players, including Apple’s Steve Jobs, Larry Page …

Silicon Valley

Bill Campbell, go-to advisor for Silicon Valley’s brightest, receives loving tributes after his passing

There’s an old saying in football: It isn’t the hours you put in but what you put in the hours.<p>Apparently, Bill Campbell — a widely revered former Columbia University football coach who went on to run Intuit for four years in the 1990s and only retired as its chairman in January — put something …

Silicon Valley

100th Pulitzer prizes announced

The 100th annual Pulitzer Prizes were handed out on Monday, bringing honors to the AP for a series that freed thousands of slaves, a Washington Post database that tracked the number of deadly police shootings in the U.S., and a hip hop Broadway musical about Alexander Hamilton.<p>The AP won the gold …

Journalism

How Shark Tank Star Chris Sacca Missed His Chance to Invest in Snapchat

In a revealing interview, the venture capitalist offers advice to Jack Dorsey and puts Silicon Valley “poseurs” on notice.<p>You could say <b>Chris Sacca</b> has a knack for finding, and latching on to, the next big thing before it blows up. His funds held more Twitter shares than anyone else when the company …