Dara Kerr, CNET

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Recent articles by Dara:

Coronavirus relief: $2 trillion package gives benefits to gig workers

Independent contractors for companies like Uber, Lyft and Instacart are now eligible for unemployment benefits. → Read More

Uber CEO to Trump: Include gig workers in coronavirus relief package

Changing course, the ride-hailing company is now saying independent contractors should get some of the benefits that employees have. → Read More

Uber, Lyft drivers demand more protection from coronavirus

Thousands of drivers sign a petition telling the ride-hailing companies to better safeguard them from the deadly disease. → Read More

Uber, Lyft suspend shared rides to limit coronavirus spread

After drivers called for a moratorium on the carpool feature, the ride-hailing companies announce they'll temporarily disable the feature in the US and Canada. → Read More

Uber drivers are losing their jobs over fake DUI complaints

Uber and Lyft have rules to keep riders safe from drunk and reckless driving. Customers may be abusing them to get free rides. → Read More

Uber's self-driving cars to cruise San Francisco streets once again

They're in full autonomous mode, but come with safety operators and will only drive during daylight hours. The caution comes after a fatal self-driving crash in Arizona in 2018. → Read More

Uber's former self-driving car leader ordered to pay Google $179 million

Anthony Levandowski, the alleged architect behind the infamous Waymo v. Uber self-driving car trade secrets lawsuit, continues to deal with the fallout of his reported actions. → Read More

Uber, Lyft issue coronavirus warnings, but some drivers feel left in the lurch

Many drivers have tackled the issue by spraying Lysol between rides, wearing masks and constructing plastic barriers around their seats. → Read More

Uber, Lyft, DoorDash's gig worker ballot initiative heads to voters in November

The initiative, which aims to exempt the companies from California's gig worker law, has gathered 1 million signatures. → Read More

Uber app redesign adds real-time language translation for riders and drivers

The ride-hailing company says this will be useful to drivers whose first language isn't English and for riders traveling abroad. → Read More

Instacart may have misclassified workers under gig law, judge says

This is the first court decision since California's new gig worker law went into effect and it could lead the way to enforcing the law. → Read More

Uber drivers worry new safety tool will tempt riders to retaliate and nitpick

Passengers can complain about "harsh braking," "inappropriate remarks" and other elements of their rides. Drivers worry the system may lead to fraudulent claims. → Read More

Google reportedly under investigation for alleged discrimination against pregnant employee

A federal agency is said to be looking at whether the tech giant mishandled discrimination complaints. → Read More

Bezos' $10B climate fund won't make up for Amazon's damage, activists say

Based on Amazon's environmental track record, some activists say the CEO's philanthropy is "hypocritical." → Read More

Lyft's fourth-quarter earnings show $1 billion in revenue

The ride-hailing company beats analysts' estimates for the end of 2019. → Read More

Uber, Postmates dealt blow as California judge denies AB 5 injunction

The two gig companies still have to answer to the state of California as their lawsuit against it plays out. → Read More

Uber's fourth-quarter earnings show losses, but they're slowing

Being kicked out of London and releasing data on the number of sexual assaults that happen during its rides didn't appear to hinder the ride-hailing company. → Read More

Uber temporarily shutters 240 accounts in Mexico because of coronavirus

Mexico City's health department tells Uber that two of its drivers may have been exposed to the virus. → Read More

Bird designs new scooter to fend off vandals

The Bird Two comes with anti-theft encryption, mostly hidden brake cables and an anti-tipping kickstand. → Read More

Lyft lays off 90 employees after it 'evaluated its resources'

The ride-hailing company is tightening its belt. → Read More