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Uber wields new weapon in fight with London: diplomacy

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In past skirmishes with local regulators, Uber’s playbook under co-founder and now-ousted CEO Travis Kalanick was simple: fight.

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Uber chief quits Donald Trump business council amid boycott calls

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Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has quit President Donald Trump‘s council of business leaders, according to an internal memo obtained by The Associated Press. Kalanick wrote to his employees that he’d spoken with Trump on Thursday to “let him know that I would not be able to participate on his economic council. Joining the group was not meant to be an endorsement of the president or his agenda but unfortunately it has been misinterpreted to be exactly that.” His departure came…

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Fla. court says Uber drivers are independent contractors, not employees

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A Florida appellate court has ruled that a former Uber driver isn’t entitled to unemployment benefits because he was an independent contractor, not an employee. A unanimous three-judge panel of the 3rd District Court of Appeal in Miami ruled Wednesday for the Department of Economic Opportunity, the state’s jobs agency, against Darrin E. McGillis. The ruling is another win for the San Francisco-based ridebooking service, which is fighting a multi-state legal battle not to be considered an employer so it…

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel named Time’s Person of the Year

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been named Time magazine’s Person of the Year, praised for her leadership on everything from Syrian refugees to the Greek debt crisis. “Leaders are tested only when people don’t want to follow,” Time editor Nancy Gibbs said in a statement issued Wednesday. “For asking more of her country than most politicians would dare, for standing firm against tyranny as well as expedience and for providing steadfast moral leadership in a world where it is in…

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Unmasked, Stephen Colbert debuts tonight hosting ‘Late Show’

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Stephen Colbert is about to turn a corner in his career: onto Broadway at 54th Street. Having split from cheeky Comedy Central a few blocks away, he will now hold court at old-guard CBS. He will inherit the theater, time slot and series title (though with an added “The”) owned for 22 years by David Letterman. Little wonder that Colbert’s disciples — his erstwhile Colbert Nation — wait anxiously to see what “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” will be…

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Mitch Perry Report for 7.16.15 — Jeb Bush goes to Uber

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Jeb Bush is in San Francisco today, where he plans on hailing an Uber to show his support for the ride-sharing company. His appearance comes a day after California regulators required the company to pay a $7.3 million fine and hand over required information about safety and accessibility — or be shut down in their home state. The California Public Utilities Commission, which regulates taxis and shuttle companies, asked Uber, Lyft and Sidecar to report the number of customers requesting rides in vehicles that can…

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