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Uber and Lyft Drivers Talk About Getting Ripped Off

After a monumental political battle, California passed AB5, a law that will make it much harder for gig economy companies to classify their workers as “independent contractors.” Now, the same political battle is coming to New York. That means it’s a perfect time to hear from Uber and Lyft drivers, in their own words.

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The New World War I Movie 1917 Was Edited to Be One Continuous Shot That Plays in Real-Time

1917, an upcoming World War I film, already looked good. But after watching a short behind-the-scenes video on the making of the movie, I have to say I’m really excited about this one. Not only does the camerawork look stunning, the entire movie is going to be one continuous shot cut together to make the film play in…

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Start a New Union For Tech Workers. Please.

Yesterday, a group of Google contract employees in Pittsburgh voted to unionize. Their move is one more small step forwards in a relentless wave of labor activism in the tech world. You know what’s missing here? A TECH WORKERS UNION.

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How Do I Stream My Android Phone to an Older TV?

You should never feel limited to the small screen on the tiny phone in your pocket—or gargantuan phone, depending on your preference for “plus” devices. It’s pretty easy to push whatever you’re looking at on your phone at to a larger screen, like your living-room television. At least, it should be.

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Uber and Lyft Are Recruiting Their Own Drivers to Lobby Against Drivers’ Rights

“Gig economy” tech companies that rely on armies of “independent contractors” are panicked at a bill being considered in California that could force them to classify their workers as actual employees. Now, they’re busily enlisting their own workers to lobby against… improving the lives of their own workers. Read the…

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Charlie Jane Anders and Annalee Newitz on Creating Worlds, and How to Tell If You’re in an Alternate Timeline

Readers of io9 are no doubt very aware that since leaving the site, co-founders Charlie Jane Anders and Annalee Newitz have gone on to write their own award-winning works of fiction. But how do science fiction and fantasy bloggers move to writing science fiction themselves? At a recent talk in London, England, the duo…

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Leaked Emails Show How White Nationalists Have Infiltrated Conservative Media

Conservative institutions in the Donald Trump era have often sought to portray themselves as shocked and appalled by the so-called “alt-right.” White nationalists have also engaged in their own efforts to differentiate themselves from the neoconservatives who dominated the GOP for decades. But neither narrative is…

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Fear, Tears, and Summer Camp: One 11-Year-Old’s Quest to See Terminator 2: Judgement Day

Today is August 29, a very important day in the lore of Terminator. August 29, 1997 was originally Judgement Day, the day Skynet became self-aware and launched nuclear weapons, basically ending the world. The event marked the beginning of a timeline when machines ruled the world and started sending Terminators back in…

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Climate Activists Plan to Shutdown Heathrow Airport by Flying Toy Drones

Heathrow is one of the world’s busiest airports. And that’s an exactly why climate activists plan to shut it down by flying drones next month.

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8 Fantasy Films From the 1980s to Fuel Your Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Obsession

If The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, which hits Netflix on Friday, has you in the mood to watch more 1980s fantasy movies about unlikely heroes—preferably with puppets—we’ve got you covered. And if you finish your Dark Crystal binge and want more in the same vein…well, this same list still applies.

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