Tesla won’t face a fight over California’s latest COVID-19 restrictions

By california, coronavirus, covid-19, electric car, electric vehicle, engadget, ev, factory, gear, News, tesla, Transportation

California is once again instituting restrictions to keep COVID-19 in check, but it’s not going to risk pushback from Tesla this time around. Reuters reports the state’s Health Department has determined that workers at Tesla’s Fremont factory …

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Hitting the Books: What really goes into your artisanal cheese

By american cheese, artisanal, california, cheese, engadget, entertainment, feature, harpercollins, hitting the books, hittingthebooks, joe berkowitz, point reyes farmstead creamery

Keep your white picket fences and 2.5 suburban-raised children, there is nothing more American that tearing into an individually-wrapped slice of hyper-processed, luminescently orange milk-derived consumption commodity. But American is not the…

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Recommended Reading: Microsoft’s Panos Panay on the Surface Duo

By california, cameras, cyberattack, election, Elections, engadget, gear, Microsoft, misinformation, News, panos panay, photography, politics, presidential election, ransomware, recommended reading, recreading, smartphone cameras, surface duo, US, wildfires

Exclusive Q&A: Panos Panay on how the Surface Duo transforms Microsoft againRaymond Wong, InputYou’ve likely read our review by now, but Input caught up with Microsoft’s chief product officer to discuss the company’s new folding device…

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Uber CEO says his company can’t hire all of its drivers in California

By ab5, appeal, assembly bill 5, california, Dara Khosrowshahi, drivers, engadget, gear, gig economy, gig workers, injunction, lyft, News, ridesharing, uber

Whatever the outcome of its ongoing legal spat with the state of California, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi doesn’t believe his company can employ all the people who drive for the platform in California, at least not without a fundamental rethinki…

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Uber warns of temporary California shut down if it has to reclassify drivers

By ab5, appeal, assembly bill 5, california, ceo, court, Dara Khosrowshahi, drivers, engadget, gear, gig economy, gig workers, injunction, News, ridesharing, shut down, suspend, uber

The drama between Uber and California continues. Today, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi told MSNBC that, if Uber is forced to classify its drivers as employees, Uber will temporarily suspend service in California. This could happen in a matter of d…

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Apple will spend $400 million on affordable housing this year

By affordable housing, apple, assistance, california, engadget, funding, homelessness, housing, investment, mortgage, News, pledge, Silicon Valley, tomorrow

This year, Apple will spend more than $400 million on affordable housing projects and first-time homebuyer assistance programs in California. The investment is part of Apple’s multi-year $2.5 billion pledge to combat California’s housing crisi…

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California sues Uber and Lyft for allegedly misclassifying drivers

By ab5, assembly bill 5, attorney general, california, engadget, gear, gig economy, Internet, law, lawsuit, Lawsuits, lyft, News, Regulation, ridesharing, services, Transportation, uber, xavier becerra

California’s Assembly Bill 5 was designed to confront the ridesharing industry over its treatment of drivers, and now that confrontation is officially underway. State Attorney General Xavier Becerra and City Attorneys for Los Angeles, San Dieg…

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Google donates Chromebooks and WiFi hotspots to California students

By california, chromebook, coronavirus, covid-19, engadget, gear, google, Internet, personal computing, personalcomputing, politics, social distancing, sundar pichai

To help students keep up with their studies during the coronavirus pandemic, Google will donate 4,000 Chromebooks and 100,000 WiFi hotspots to households in California. Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced the initiative in a tweet …

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Alphabet’s Verily shows how its drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites work

By bay area, california, coronavirus, covid-19, drive-thru, engadget, FREE, gear, google, medicine, riverside, sacramento, testing, tests, tomorrow, verily

Verily — Alphabet’s healthcare brand — isn’t just creating a website to help northern Californians determine whether they need a test for COVID-19. It’s also piloting drive-thru testing. It has opened two sites, one in Riverside County and another…

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Waymo goes dark except for fully driverless rides

By alphabet, arizona, california, coronavirus, covid-19, driverless, engadget, gear, google, medicine, phoenix, self-driving, testing, Transportation, waymo, waymo one

Waymo is joining Uber and Lyft in curtailing its ride services to limit the spread of COVID-19, with a notable exception. The Alphabet-owned company has paused both Waymo One service with human overseers in Phoenix as well as its California se…

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Judge says Instacart likely misclassified California workers

By ab5, california, employees, employment, engadget, gear, gig economy, instacart, Internet, labor, maplebear, politics, services, work, Workers

California’s recently enacted AB5 was aimed at improving working conditions at gig economy companies like Instacart, and it appears to be one of the first firms in the crosshairs. A San Diego county judge has granted a preliminary injunction barring…

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DOJ reportedly ends antitrust investigation over reducing car pollution

By BMW, california, carb, cars, clean power plan, Donald Trump, Emissions, engadget, epa, ford, gear, honda, politics, Pollution, potus, Volkswagen

Last year the Trump Administration sought to roll back the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan that pushed for higher fuel efficiency standards. It has also tried to stop states from like California from setting their own standards that exceed th…

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Uber can resume testing its self-driving cars in California

By Autonomous Vehicles, Business, california, engadget, gear, San Francisco, self-driving, self-driving car, services, tomorrow, Transportation, uber, uber permit

Uber started scaling back its self-driving car tests after one of its vehicles hit and killed a pedestrian in March of 2018. While the company doesn’t seem primed to unleash a fleet of autonomous cars, it has been granted a new permit to resume testi…

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Uber and Postmates sue California over gig worker law

By california, employment, engadget, gear, gig economy, Internet, labor, labor laws, labor rights, lawsuit, politics, postmates, services, Transportation, uber, work

It didn’t take long for tech companies to take legal action in hopes of thwarting California’s gig economy labor law. Uber and Postmates have filed a lawsuit in an attempt to block AB5, which makes it harder for companies to define workers as contra…

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California is suing Juul for allegedly targeting minors

By age verification, allegations, attorney general, Business, california, e-cigarette, e-cigs, engadget, juul, lawsuit, Los Angeles, los angeles district attorney, marketing, medicine, politics, sales, teen vaping, tomorrow, vaping, xavier becerra

California is suing e-cigarette maker Juul. The lawsuit alleges that Juul targeted underage Californians with its marketing and sales practices, failed to warn consumers of their exposure to chemicals linked to cancer and birth defects, failed…

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Amazon says it’ll roll out a new grocery store format next year

By Amazon, Amazon Go, amazongo, Business, california, engadget, gear, grocery, grocery store, grocerystore, Los Angeles, losangeles, retail, whole foods, wholefoods

Amazon is wading further into the physical retail world as it confirmed plans to open a different type of grocery store in 2020. Reports earlier this year suggested Amazon was working on a low-cost grocery format as an alternative to Whole Foo…

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Lyft offers free rides to relief centers during PG&E blackouts

By california, electric, electricity, engadget, fires, gear, lyft, pacific gas, pacific gas and electric, power outage, public safety, services, wildfire

With the planned power blackouts in California expected to continue for the next several days, Lyft is offering free rides until the end of October 15th to respite centers across parts of northern California. Each center includes restrooms, bo…

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Musk: Powerpacks are coming to northern California Superchargers

By california, electric vehicle, elon musk, engadget, ev, gear, outage, pacific gas and electric, powershot, powerwall, tesla, Transportation

As Pacific Gas and Electric blacks out power across wide swaths of northern California, Tesla CEO Elon Musk mentioned plans in place that could help Tesla owners during power outages. During past emergencies like hurricanes Irma and Florence, …

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800,000 Californians could be without power by the end of the day

By Business, california, electric, electricity, engadget, fires, pacific gas, pacific gas and electric, pge, power lines, power outage, public safety, red flag, tomorrow, utility, warning, weather, wildfire

By the end of the day, more than half of all California counties could be without power. In an attempt to prevent wildfires, the state’s largest utility Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) is rolling out a planned power outage. Once fully implement…

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