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Uber continues to screw its “partners,” now by forcing Uber Black drivers to accept UberX fares | PandoDaily
Another issue arises when drivers contemplate simply rejecting these economy tier ride requests. Uber drivers are, after, all independent contractors – a point the company has gone to great lengths to make clear. On the surface, it seems they should be free to accept or reject any ride they choose. According to forum comments, however, Uber drivers are required to maintain a minimum 80 percent ride acceptance rate to remain in the company’s good graces – the best performers exceed 97 percent, the company tells its drivers. Ignore too many inbound ride requests when you are the closest vehicle and the result could be some combination of reprimand/probation, lost bonus income, or, in extreme cases, deactivation of the driver’s account. [...] Uber has stated that its mission is to undercut the cost of car ownership. In pursuit of this goal, it seems like the company is increasingly emphasizing its economy tier services at the expense of its one-time baller image.
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september 2014 by asterisk2a
The Snowden affair: The perils of whistleblowing - YouTube
See very last part of the discussion: Stasi Officers Interview 'it is naive to think that this intelligence will not be used (abused) for other purposes.' ... ie throwing off other foreign state officials that have done wrong, and USA, the West wants to have removed for a more Western leaning replacement. ... Let's say Erdogan. Stuff got on the internet about him and his family; bribery, taxevasion, corruption etc. leading up to local elections. ... That is just a coincidence. right!? just serendipity. + NSA Whistleblower - Jesselyn Radack & Thomas Drake | London Real :: + Annie Machon - Whistleblower | London Real ::
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march 2014 by asterisk2a

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