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Tim Fernholz covers state, business and society for Quartz.
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Federal Judge Greenlights Class-Action Suit by Uber Drivers Seeking Full Employment

September 1, 2015 A federal judge has ruled that Uber drivers in California can sue the mobile car service provider as a group for denying them the full benefits of employment. The company considers the drivers who use its platform to be independent contractors. But four drivers who brought this suit say thatthey...

The Statistics Show Donald Trump is Wrong On Immigrants

August 25, 2015 Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump says he wants to stop immigration into the US in order to increase American wages. The only problem? Immigration already raises American wages. Trump’s decision to seize immigration as the major issue of his campaign has been a key factor in his rise to prominence;...

The Management Tool Amazon Employees Despise Might Be Coming to Your Organization

August 18, 2015 Who doesn’t enjoy a good round of brutal criticism? A lot of former Amazon employees, apparently. In a deep dive into the corporate culture fostered at internet mega-retailer Amazon by founder Jeff Bezos, the New York Times reports on a piece of management software that is particularly controversial among the...

Amazon's Despised Management Tool Could Be Coming to Your Office

August 17, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Who doesn’t enjoy a good round of brutal criticism? A lot of former Amazon employees, apparently. In a deep dive into the corporate culture fostered at internet mega-retailer Amazon by founder Jeff Bezos, the New York Times reports on a piece of management software that is particularly controversial among the...

Google Earth Is Helping Syrians Call In US Air Strikes

August 11, 2015 Google—or the many products and services now under the holding company Alphabet—provides the connecting tissue between U.S. forces and Kurdish militias fighting against ISIS in war-torn Syria. New York Times reporter Rukmini Callimachi writes from the battlefield that fighters are using Android-powered Samsung tablets and Google Earth to track their...

SpaceX Is Picking Up the Pieces of Their Rocket Business After a Weekend Explosion

June 29, 2015 After a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket came apart on a flight to re-supply the International Space Station, the company’s technical staff is scrambling to review 3,000 different telemetry feeds for information to explain what went wrong. The actual scale of the loss—beyond the $60 million rocket and four tons of...

A SpaceX Rocket Exploded on a Mission to the International Space Station

June 29, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket bringing supplies and scientific cargo the International Space Station came apart just minutes after launch today. The cause of the failure, which appeared to come as the rockets’ two stages were about to separate, is still unknown. The company says it is assembling a...

Elon Musk Has Launched a Competition to Build Pods for His Futuristic Hyperloop

June 15, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Elon Musk’s SpaceX will build a test track for the Hyperloop, the solar-powered pneumatic mass-transit system he hopes will replace high-speed rail as a regional people-mover, shooting pods full passengers through long tubes to their destinations, according to documents (pdf) obtained by Quartz. As Musk has hinted, SpaceX will create...

SpaceX Has Broken the Monopoly on US National Security Launches

May 27, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The US Air Force announced today that it certified SpaceX to launch national security payloads, from spy satellites to mystery drones, ending the monopoly held by the Boeing-Lockheed Martin joint venture, United Launch Alliance (ULA). The move is another milestone in the development of SpaceX from start-up to a legitimate...

SpaceX Gets Approval for National Security Launches

May 27, 2015 The Air Force announced this week that it certified SpaceX to launch national security payloads, from spy satellites to mystery drones, ending the monopoly held by the Boeing-Lockheed Martin joint venture, United Launch Alliance (ULA). The move is another milestone in the development of SpaceX from start-up to a legitimate...