Hillary Clinton criticises the Uber business model for exploiting workers

Economic policy speech slams the ‘on-demand economy’ following lawsuits against startups like Uber over responsibility to workers and employee rights

In her first major speech laying out her economic agenda, Hillary Clinton on Monday slammed the “on-demand economy”, accusing bosses of exploiting their workers by “misclassifying them as contractors.”

The presidential hopeful said that while the sharing economy, led by high-profile technology startups like Uber, Airbnb and Lyft, is “creating exciting opportunities and unleashing innovation … it’s also raising hard questions about workplace protection and what a good job will look like in the future.”

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Uber suspends French ride-sharing service in ‘gesture of peace’

UberPop is suspended for the next three months after violent protests and arrests in France

Uber has closed its ride-sharing service, UberPop, in Paris, after the arrest of two executives on Monday, and a series of increasingly disruptive protests against the company in France.

The company said it had made the decision as a result of “intimidation, violent protests and organised aggression against UberPop drivers and users … due to a minority of out-of-control individuals”.

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Would you trust your Uber driver to give you first aid?

Tech companies are looking to provide your healthcare, from an app to help with insomnia to a taxi service for kidney patients

One of the winning ideas at this year’s Future Lions student ad contest in Cannes suggested that Uber may be your best bet for first-response medical care in the future.

The team from the Fondazione Accademia di Comunicazione in Milan wrote: “In large cities the average response time for emergency services is more than seven minutes, which can be the difference between life and death.” Uber cars, by contrast, can arrive at a location in about three minutes. The students suggest a programme to provide Uber drivers with certified first aid training and lifesaving first aid kits. When an ambulance is called, the closest Uber car is notified and the driver can provide first aid until the ambulance arrives.

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Uber backlash: taxi drivers’ protests in Paris part of global revolt

The taxi-hire company faces resistance worldwide, signalling trouble for other ‘sharing economony’ companies, such as AirBnB

“Got chased by a mob of taxi drivers who threw rocks,” tweeted the singer Courtney Love from Charles de Gaulle airport. She was caught up in what is becoming a global trend: the backlash against Uber. French taxi drivers were protesting on Thursday at vehicles operated by drivers working for the Californian business, which functions like a taxi-hire company, but via smartphones and without directly employing its drivers.

Related: Uber expansion meets global revolt and crackdown

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Uber drivers threaten rebellion against the $40bn company

The taxi-app firm calls them the engine of the business, but drivers complain of falling pay, insecure employment and vulnerability to difficult passengers

Most days at midday, Uber’s nondescript office in London’s King’s Cross opens its doors and dozens of men clutching sheaves of driving licences and insurance documents pour in. Many are first- or second-generation immigrants from places such as Afghanistan, Poland, Somalia and Nigeria eager to sign up to drive for the US tech company, whose phone-based minicab-hailing app has transformed the taxi industry in 58 countries.

Related: Uber whistleblower exposes breach in driver-approval process

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How we tested Uber’s system of checking cab drivers – video

Taxi drivers say breaches in Uber’s approval process could put customers’ safety at risk. The Guardian’s Robert Booth demonstrates how a cab driver was able to pick up a paying customer despite having provided faked insurance paperwork to Uber via its computerised system. Following our investigation, Uber says it is reviewing its systems in the UK

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Where Uber and Amazon rule: welcome to the world of the platform

Powerful tech firms are altering not just the way we buy things, but could sweep away an entire economic model

Hardly a day goes by without some tech company proclaiming that it wants to reinvent itself as a platform. Back in March, when South Korea banned Uber, the company promised to let local taxi drivers use its platform – along with its matching services.

Facebook pulled a similar trick in early May: having run into trouble with its pseudo-humanitarian effort to provide free internet access via a project called internet.org, it, too, promised to turn it into a platform. Now, internet.org users, most of them in the developing world, could also enjoy free access to apps other than those developed by Facebook.

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Uber ordered to discontinue Pop service in Italy

Milan court rules that allowing users of company’s smartphone app to order a ride from an Uber driver creates ‘unfair competition’

A judge in Milan has shut the door on Uber’s ride-sharing business in Italy, dealing a major blow to the $41bn (£26.6bn) US company’s ambitions in Europe.

Tuesday’s ruling that Uber’s Pop service creates “unfair competition” effectively holds the private company to the same standard as a public taxi service.

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FBI investigates as ‘phantom’ cab rides appear on hacked British Uber accounts

Speculation that account credentials of of customers using the taxi app were sold on ‘dark web’

The FBI in the US is looking into how British users of the taxi-booking app Uber have been charged for journeys they did not either book or make.

The minicab service, which charges users a fare depending on demand and distance travelled, says it has found no evidence of a security breach, although a number of UK users say they have had money withdrawn from their accounts for phantom trips.

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