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The Gig Economy Celebrates Working Yourself to Death

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Last September, a very twenty-first-century type of story appeared on the company blog of the ride-sharing app Lyft. “Long-time Lyft driver and mentor, Mary, was nine months pregnant when she picked up a passenger the night of July 21st,” the post began. “About a week away from her due date, Mary decided to drive for a few hours after a day of mentoring.” You can guess what happened next.

Mary, who was driving in Chicago, picked up a few riders, and then started having contractions. “Since she was still a week away from her due date,” Lyft wrote, “she assumed they were simply a false alarm and continued driving.” As the contractions continued, Mary decided to drive to the hospital. “Since she didn’t believe she was going into labor yet,” Lyft went on, “she stayed in driver mode, and sure enough—ping!— she received a ride request en route to the hospital.”

“Luckily,” as Lyft put it, the passenger requested a short trip. After completing it, Mary went to the hospital, where she was informed that she was in labor. She gave birth to a daughter, whose picture appears in the post. (She’s wearing a “Little Miss Lyft” onesie.) The post concludes with a call for similar stories: “Do you have an exciting Lyft story you’d love to share? Tweet us your story at @lyft_CHI!”

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Fiverr, an online freelance marketplace that promotes itself as being for “the lean entrepreneur,” recently attracted ire for an ad campaign called “In Doers We Trust.”

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Apple HomePod vs. Amazon Echo: The similarities and differences

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At Monday’s Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple unveiled its latest hardware: HomePod. It’s a speaker — the gadget costs $350 and will be available in December — that will bring Apple Music and voice assistant Siri to your home. The smart assistant speaker has immediately been compared to others in the market like Amazon Echo, Echo Dot and Google Home.

“What we tried to do is build something that is a breakthrough speaker first,” Apple CEO Tim Cook told Bloomberg. “Music is deep in our DNA, dating back from iTunes and iPod. And so we wanted something that, No. 1, sounded unbelievable. I think when people listen to it, they are going to be shocked over the quality of the sound. And of course it does a lot of other things too … but we wanted a really high-quality audio experience as well.”

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Apple HomePod vs. Amazon Echo: The similarities and differences, explained

 

The HomePod speaker is seen in a showroom during an announcement of new products at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference Monday in San Jose , Calif.
Source: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP

 

 

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Pakistan fuel tanker truck explosion kills at least 153

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At least 153 were killed Sunday when they rushed to collect leaking fuel from a crashed tanker in Bahawalpur, eastern Pakistan, before it suddenly exploded.

The truck veered off the road when the driver lost control, police official Mohammad Akhtar told CNN. As the tanker sat on the side of the road, fuel began leaking out in large pools.
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Shortly afterwards an explosion tore the container open like a soda can, engulfing everything around the truck, including women and children, according to the government-run Associated Press of Pakistan.
 
 Many victims died immediately, while others succumbed to their injuries at hospitals.

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Pakistan: Fatalities after oil tanker explodes

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This Robot Can Compose Its Own Music

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Researchers at Georgia Tech have created Shimon, a music-playing robot that can compose its own songs.

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The 9 funniest lines from a coal kingpin’s lawsuit against John Oliver

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John Oliver is facing the legal wrath of a lawsuit-happy coal baron after a brutal segment in which the host tore into the American coal industry.

The document accuses Oliver of a “ruthless character assassination” of Robert Murray, CEO of the nation’s largest coal mining operation, Murray Energy.

It didn’t exactly come as a surprise; in fact, Oliver more or less dared the notoriously litigious coal boss by mocking an earlier cease-and-desist letter from his company on the show. And at least one first amendment lawyer has said Murray doesn’t have much of a leg to stand on.

But that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the absurd spectacle of the legal team for the man Oliver described as a “geriatric Dr. Evil” trying to out-bombast the HBO comedian’s signature hyperbolic wit in dry legalese.

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Coal kingpin’s lawsuit against John Oliver

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Aspiring Space-Based Nation to Start with Baby Steps

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While it plans to someday host a moon colony and space station, the proposed space-based nation Asgardia is starting small: The project will launch its first satellite this fall to store data for the nation’s newly selected citizens. Some 200,000 were chosen from the more than 500,000 applicants.

During a press conference in Hong Kong on June 13, Asgardia’s founder, Igor Ashurbeyli, revealed concrete details about the satellite: Asgardia-1 will be deployed from Orbital ATK’s Cygnus OA-8 resupply spacecraft launching in September.

The satellite is 10 x 20 x 20 centimeters (3.9 x 7.9 x 7.9 inches) and has eight batteries and four deployable solar arrays. It will orbit at up to 500 kilometers (310 miles) above Earth. Texas-based space-services firm NanoRacks acts as the satellite’s prime contractor and operator.

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Rocket at space station art | James Vaughan/Asgardia

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Mark Zuckerberg explains why he just changed Facebook’s mission

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Mark Zuckerberg has spent the last dozen years making sure you know what your friends’ babies look like and what your high school friends think about politics.

And, of course, transforming media and politics by presenting news and opinion — true and fake — to billions of people around the world.

 Now the Facebook CEO is acknowledging that connecting people online isn’t enough.
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“We used to have a sense that if we could just do those things, then that would make a lot of the things in the world better by themselves,” Zuckerberg told CNN Tech. “But now we realize that we need to do more too. It’s important to give people a voice, to get a diversity of opinions out there, but on top of that, you also need to do this work of building common ground so that way we can all move forward together.”

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