Uber Loses Key Ruling on Workers
Jun18

Uber Loses Key Ruling on Workers

The Uber business model is pretty simple: People use the ride-hailing app to find a driver to take them where they want to go for a price. But is that driver an Uber employee or an independent contractor? Now, the California Labor Commissioner’s office has ruled that San Francisco Uber driver Barbara Ann Berwick was an employee — and entitled to receive more than $4,000 in mileage and toll expenses because her services were “integral”...

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The Modernizing of a Classic
May17

The Modernizing of a Classic

The 50th anniversary Ford Mustang GT is a fastback — and a throwback. It’s an homage to Ford’s glory days, when gas was cheap and custom pony cars dueled at the drag strip with Corvettes, Camaros and GTOs. But this is no history lesson. The new model is a thoroughly modern machine. The 2015 GT has a 5-liter V-8 engine that pumps out 435 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. It’s fast, but not furious — rowdy, but refined. The GT...

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Driverless Semis Might Precede Cars
May11

Driverless Semis Might Precede Cars

Las Vegas — Traveling about 55 miles per hour on a Nevada highway, the big rig’s driver looked like The Thinker, with his elbow on the arm rest and his hand on his chin. No hands on the steering wheel, no feet on the pedals. Mark Alvick was in “highway pilot” mode, the wheel moving this way and that as if a ghost were at the helm. Daimler Trucks North America LLC says its “Inspiration” truck, the first self-driving semi-truck to be...

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Good Looks and A Lot More
Apr05

Good Looks and A Lot More

The competition for the hearts, minds and wallets of car buyers often begins with the superficial. It’s a gut response to how it looks. Whether that’s sporty or elegant, the exterior is subliminal shorthand for how we hope to be perceived. Take the Acura ILX, which, for its 2016 refresh, strives for the pre-parent market with a compact sedan that is subtly sexy yet practical, athletic yet modestly upscale. Similar to the newly...

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