This multimillion dollar CA ballot measure could decide the future of gig work

Sam Harnett:

Absolutely. So, you know, this the issue that’s playing out in California over where, how to classify these drivers is playing out in every other state in the country and actually global and different in different countries around the world. So everyone is looking to California to see what’s going to happen.

Now, the thing is that the way the propositions were written is that it only applies to people working on platforms, doing delivery or transportation companies like Uber, Lyft, also Postmates, DoorDash.

So it’s limited in who it’s targeting now. But if you create this precedent of having a basic third option between employee and contractor, this kind of contractor, and we didn’t explain this, but the proposition would give them contractor status with slightly improved benefits, slightly better wages, some health supplements, some insurance to drive a certain amount of hours. So the point is,

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How Cannibalism in the Womb May Have Made Megalodon a Titanic Terror | Science

There’s never been a bigger carnivorous shark than Otodus megalodon. At a maximum body size of 50 feet long, this ancient mako relative was the largest shark ever to chomp its way through the seas. No other shark species, even among its close relatives, grew quite so large. But how did megalodon become so exceptional?

A new study, published today in Historical Biology by DePaul University paleontologist Kenshu Shimada and colleagues, suggests that cannibalism in utero may have helped set up the rise of the largest meat-eating shark of all time. The researchers suggest that a biological connection existed between having large, hungry babies, a metabolism that ran warm and increases in size—with the appetites of baby sharks driving their mothers to eat more and get bigger, which led the babies to get bigger themselves.

Shimada and colleagues focused on the size of existing lamniform sharks, using measurements of

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Texas Attorney General Is Accused by Top Aides of Abusing His Office

“The complaint filed against Attorney General Paxton was done to impede an ongoing investigation into criminal wrongdoing by public officials including employees of this office,” the statement said. “Making false claims is a very serious matter and we plan to investigate this to the fullest extent of the law.”

Mr. Paxton, one of the state’s highest-profile elected officials, casts himself as a conservative warrior. He appears often on Fox News and boasts of close ties to the president. Texas is leading the latest major challenge to the Affordable Care Act to reach the Supreme Court. In recent weeks, he has pushed to stop a county clerk from sending out unsolicited ballots, as he raised concerns about election fraud, and has challenged various coronavirus restrictions local governments have imposed.

The complaint is the latest turbulence affecting the Republican Party in Texas, which has a monopoly on statewide offices and controls both

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India’s new paper Covid-19 test could be a ‘game changer’

The new Feluda test uses a gene-editing technology to detect the virus
The new Feluda test uses a gene-editing technology to detect the virus

A team of scientists in India has developed an inexpensive paper-based test for coronavirus that could give fast results similar to a pregnancy test.

The test, named after a famous Indian fictional detective, is based on a gene-editing technology called Crispr. Scientists estimate that the kit – called Feluda – would return results in under an hour and cost 500 rupees (about $6.75; £5.25).

Feluda will be made by a leading Indian conglomerate, Tata, and could be the world’s first paper-based Covid-19 test available in the market.

“This is a simple, precise, reliable, scalable and frugal test,” Professor K Vijay Raghavan, principal scientific adviser to the Indian government, told the BBC.

Researchers at the Delhi-based Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB), where Feluda was developed, as well as private labs, tried out the test on samples from

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Why Shares of 2U, Inc. Fell 18.2% in September

What happened

Shares of 2U, Inc. (NASDAQ:TWOU) fell 18.6% in the month of September, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence. The online education provider cooled off after the stock had run up over the first eight months of the year, like much of the technology sector. 2U did recently sell shares to the public, but that was back in August after a strong second quarter earnings report.

Additionally, the company may have suffered from some guilt-by-association after another online education rival came under scrutiny by a short-seller.

A college-aged woman take an online class  on her laptop.

Image source: Getty Images.

So what

In the second week of September, online education rival K12 (NYSE:LRN) fell after the Miami-Dade schools district cut ties with K12 after trying it out. Short-selling firm Safkhet Capital applauded the decision and called K12 an “education vulture.”

The heightened scrutiny of K12 might have affected how investors view the risk of other companies in

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New OPPO smartphone with three rear cameras spotted on FCC

New OPPO smartphone with three rear cameras spotted on FCC

04 Oct 2020: New OPPO smartphone with three rear cameras spotted on FCC

A new handset, by Chinese smartphone maker OPPO, codenamed CPH2185 has been spotted on the FCC database. As per the listing, it will run on ColorOS 7.2 and pack a 4,100mAh battery.

The device will share its design with the Realme Narzo 20, featuring a triple camera setup and a fingerprint reader on the rear.

Here are more details.

Design and display: OPPO CPH2185: At a glance

The OPPO CPH2185 should have an edge-to-edge screen with a waterdrop-shaped notch, and a significant bottom bezel. On the rear, there will be a triple camera setup, and a physical fingerprint reader, for secure authentication of biometric data.

The smartphone might sport a 6.5-inch HD+ (720×1600 pixels) LCD screen with an aspect ratio of 20:9.

Fact: For the shutterbugs

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Exide’s latest bid to avoid additional liability for poisoning L.A. County communities

For decades, the negligent operators of Exide Technologies, a battery recycling facility, emitted lead, arsenic and other toxic contaminants into people’s homes, communities and the environment.



a close up of clouds in the sky: In 2015, Exide Technologies agreed to close this Vernon recycling plant permanently. But cleanup goes on. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)


© (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
In 2015, Exide Technologies agreed to close this Vernon recycling plant permanently. But cleanup goes on. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

Hundreds of millions of dollars, much of it fronted by taxpayers, has been spent on cleanup so far, and the extent of the toxic devastation caused by the company still isn’t fully known. Yet Exide is asking for — and may well receive — permission to walk away from all future liability.

Ever since the contamination was discovered, Exide has worked to evade its full responsibility to Californians. The company failed to comply with environmental regulations, then largely escaped liability for its actions by hiding behind a 2015 non-prosecution agreement

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Surgeons find that shifting to virtual visits could be a way to improve patient-centered care, satisfy busy patients — ScienceDaily

Surgical patients who participate in virtual follow-up visits after their operations spend a similar amount of time with surgical team members as those who meet face-to-face. Moreover, these patients benefit by spending less time waiting at and traveling to the clinic for in-person appointments, according to research findings presented at the virtual American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress 2020.

“I think it’s really valuable for patients to understand that, in the virtual space scenario, they are still going to get quality time with their surgical team,” said lead study author Caroline Reinke, MD, FACS, associate professor of surgery at Atrium Health in Charlotte, N.C. “A virtual appointment does not shorten that time, and there is still an ability to answer questions, connect, and address ongoing medical care.”

Due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and the widespread adoption of technology, many surgical patients are being offered virtual appointments in

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Caltech, other colleges drop SAT and ACT from admissions decisions

But Caltech won’t even consider those tests in the selection of its next two entering classes. It is in the vanguard of a small but growing movement to eliminate the ACT and SAT from admission decisions. The immense educational disruptions of the novel coronavirus pandemic, especially shortages of seats at testing centers, have fueled the development.

Others experimenting with this approach include the University of California at Berkeley and some other UC campuses, Reed College in Oregon, the California State University System and Washington State University. Catholic University, in D.C., said this year it will omit test scores in admissions from now on.

These schools are taking a more radical stance than the “test-optional” movement, which allows applicants to choose whether to send scores. Instead, these schools are declaring themselves “test-blind” or “test-free.”

Nikki Kahealani Chun, director of undergraduate admissions for Caltech, said the 2,200-student school in Pasadena has never

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