California Judge Orders Uber and Lyft to Convert Their Drivers Into Employees Right Now

A California judge ruled today that Uber and Lyft must immediately convert their drivers into employees. The injunction will be delayed for 10 days, during which time the gig companies will likely appeal the decision. But the ruling delivers a heavy blow to the independent contractor model on which the gig economy is built.  In May, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra sued Uber and Lyft to stop the misclassification of drivers as independent contractors instead of employees. He was joined by city attorneys in San Diego, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. In June, the group sought a preliminary injunction, asking a judge to force the companies to employ drivers immediately if it seemed likely they’d prove misclassification. Judge Ethan Schulman’s …

How Omnivore is making agritech startup funding cool

Making agritech startup funding cool One of India’s first sector-specific VC funds, Omnivore has backed 24 agritech startups so far, including Stellapps, DeHaat, and Intello Labs.   Digitising kirana stores amid COVID-19 Prem Kumar, founder of SnapBizz Retail tech startup SnappBizz uses technology to connect mom-and-pop stores and FMCG companies, and has signed up over 10,000 kiranas. Controlling wheelchairs with the mind Nexstem founders: Siddhant Dangi (left) and Deepansh Goyal Robotics startup Nexstem predicts users’ thoughts to create mind-controlled wheelchairs, prostheses, and communication systems. Product to simplify household chores Hyper Lychee at India Tech Park at CES 2020 Product technology startup Hyper Lychee has launched a Kickstarter campaign for Skadu, an electric scrubber for cleaning surfaces. Using AI to predict customer …

North Carolina Hit With Biggest Earthquake In A Century

A 5.1-magnitude earthquake struck North Carolina on Sunday morning in what seismologists are describing as the most powerful one to hit the state in more than a century. Centered in Sparta, North Carolina, on the Virginia border, people felt the quake throughout the western portion of the state, as well as in Charlotte. No damage was reported, according to The Associated Press. “This would be the biggest quake in NC since the 5.1 in 1916 near Asheville,” tweeted Brad Panovich, chief meteorologist for NBC Charlotte. In 1916, a 5.2-magnitude quake hit Skyland right outside of Asheville, according to the National Weather Service. This would be the biggest quake in NC since the 5.1 in 1916 near Asheville. — Brad Panovich (@wxbrad) …

Zoe Kravitz Rips Hulu’s Lack Of Diversity After ‘High Fidelity’ Cancelation

After Hulu canceled her show “High Fidelity” – a remake of the 2000 John Cusack fan-favorite based on Nick Hornby’s novel – actress Zoe Kravitz (daughter of Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet) ripped the streaming platform for its lack of diversity, especially shows starring women of color. Upon the show’s cancelation, actress Tessa Thompson (“Thor: Ragnarok”) expressed her dismay, prompting Kravitz to issue a backhanded swipe at the streaming platform. “i wanna give a shout out to my #highfidelity family. thank you for all the love and heart you put into this show. i’m in awe of all of you. and thank you to everyone who watched, loved and supported us,” wrote Kravitz wrote in her farewell address. “I will …