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Slate

Instacart shoppers, Amazon delivery drivers, and others are making it possible for other people to engage in self-protective social distancing.


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Tech Crunch

European on-demand food delivery startups are starting to add ‘contactless’ deliveries in response to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.


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The Guardian

Gig companies fought to make workers ineligible for benefits. Now they’re offering paid sick time to prevent the virus from spreading.


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Singapore Business Review

Since 2015, a number of clothing rental services have sprung up in Singapore’s retail scene.


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Singapore is one of the most progressive countries in Asia when it comes to embracing the sharing economy. Singapore Business Review looks at how the country is adopting clothing rentals at a brisk pace.

ABC News

As the novel coronavirus pandemic continues to sweep the country, major businesses — from national retailers to chain restaurants — have been forced to re-evaluate their company policies to help protect hourly workers.


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Financial Times ($)

Demand is only half the picture. Food supplies are disrupted, with some hybrid restaurants that offer eat-in and takeaway pulling down the shutters.


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The Conversation

The Ontario Labour Relations Board recently cleared the way for couriers who work for the app-based food delivery company Foodora to unionize.


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The Malaysian Reserve

As the strategic enabler, MTDC seeks to forge closer IR4.0 repeated tie-ups with homegrown companies like KLezcar to assist growth and accelerate business.


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WCCF Tech

Airbnb, the online repository of temporary lodging options, is that rarest breed of unicorns – a startup worth billions of dollars along with a proven track record of profitability. It is hardly surprising, therefore, that its public market debut is considered one of the most anticipated IPOs of the year.


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Tech Crunch

Earlier today, San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced a shelter-in-place order in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19. The order legally requires people to stay home as much as possible unless it’s essential that they leave to do things like go to the grocery store, buy gas or go to the pharmacy.


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MIT Sloan Management Review

In the age of AI, traditional businesses across the economy are being attacked by highly scalable data-driven companies whose operating models leverage network effects to deliver value.


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Slate

Thanks to the coronavirus, the future may arrive earlier than expected.


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In recent years, freelancing and remote work have become quite popular. Henry Grabar wonders whether the coronavirus will make the gig economy grow even faster.

TIME

The office of Fuze, a Boston-based company, sits empty on March 10, 2020 after its 150 on-site employees were told to work from home due to concerns about the coronavirus.


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Associated Press

Millions of Americans earn extra money outside their regular jobs — as ride-hailing drivers, Airbnb hosts, eBay sellers and freelancers of all kinds. Their side hustle income may help make ends meet, but it also can create tax traps.


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Reuters

NEW YORK – Margaret Bordelon can still feel the hands of the drunk man who tried to pull her in for a kiss at the end of his Uber ride last September in Lafayette, Louisiana.


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Rappler

Freelancers are definitely feeling the impact of the quarantine.


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Billboard

Grassroots music venues in the U.K. are to benefit from new cost-cutting measures introduced in the British government’s annual budget on Wednesday (March 11).


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Variety

As the coronavirus outbreak escalates in the U.K., union leaders and lawyers are calling for enhanced support for freelance film and TV workers, who are projected to fall at the sharpest edges of a crisis that could decimate the independent production sector if prolonged.


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Freelancers and gig workers have been facing the effects of the coronavirus in all sorts of industries. Manori Ravindran goes in-depth on union leaders in the UK demanding support from the government during these tough times.

Mashable

As one of my friends wrote in his Facebook Story this week: “Best thing about WFH, no commute!”


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Bloomberg Law

Millions of rideshare passengers entrust drivers they have never met to get them to and from home, school, and work safely and without delay. However, it only takes one unscrupulous mind to take advantage of trusting passengers to compromise their safety and security.


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Star Tribune

On a typical weekday morning, Uber and Lyft driver Michael Kockelman would have picked up five to six riders and taken them to work, school, an appointment or the airport.


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Mashable

If you can’t even shake someone’s hand and you’re supposed to keep a solid 3-foot social distance as the COVID-19 pandemic spreads, jumping on a shared electric scooter can’t possibly be a safe activity. Right? But with the proper precautions, it should be less risky to partake in the sharing economy.


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Security Boulevard

The ‘gig’ economy is said to be many things – but one thing that isn’t talked about enough is the potential cyber attack vectors it can open up.


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Gizmodo

Delivery service Grubhub has announced a temporary initiative to offset some of the impacts on independent restaurants struggling as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.


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Business Insider ($)

Experts say that refunding renters for one month of cancellations during the pandemic could cost the company hundreds of millions of dollars in lost revenue. Refunding hosts would cost billions of dollars.


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