Thorough background checks; kicking accused predators off the apps; reporting assaults to police and working more closely with authorities. These might be reasonable ways for ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft to deal with the tsunami of complaints the companies face from riders who say their drivers have sexually assaulted them. Or, more easily, you could just record your ride on your phone. Indeed, Uber on Wednesday announced they would be rolling out a new feature on the app: The ability to make audio recordings of rides and send the audio to the company in the case of severe misconduct. What’s more, attorneys who represent the plethora of survivors who have experienced an assault in a ride share agree that this is “a step in the right direction,” even if it’s not an all-out solution. Uber confirmed to Digital Trends that they had piloted the program in Brazil and Mexico, and designed the feature to comply with local laws in all pilot cities, but … [Read more...] about Attorneys: Recording rides won’t fix Uber’s assault problem but it’s a good step
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close Video Meghan Markle: What to know Everything you need to know about Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle and her new life as part of the British royal family. "Suits" fans were hoping for a surprise cameo from Meghan Markle in the USA show's final season. Instead, they'll have to settle for a light-hearted joke about her royal status after she married Prince Harry in May 2018. On Thursday's episode, Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams) returned to New York City to help the firm sans his wife, Rachel Zane (Markle). The on-screen couple previously left the show to start their own law firm in Seattle. MEGHAN MARKLE WON'T HAVE TO ATTEND ROYAL GROUSE HUNTING FOR THIS REASON When asked how Rachel was doing, Mike said, “Good. In fact, if I told you how good, you probably wouldn’t believe me.” The "Suits" official Twitter account later highlighted the joke. “Turns out Rachel is doing REALLY well,” the account said, with a GIF of the moment … [Read more...] about ‘Suits’ pokes fun at alum Meghan Markle’s royal role in latest episode
Who would you rather work for: a man or a woman? According to a recent Gallup poll, just over half of Americans say they don't have a preference, but those who do strongly lean towards men. Forty percent of women and 29% of men say they prefer a male boss to a female one, and the results are even more skewed when broken down by political affiliation – Republicans, unsurprisingly given their socially conservative views, strongly prefer male bosses, while Democrats are about evenly split. That political divide helps to shed some light on why, in 2013, so many people still prefer to have men in charge. It's a problem of worldview and stereotypes, not of inherent characteristics or lady-boss bitchiness. The good news is that the preference for female bosses is the highest it's been since Gallup started polling on this question in the 1950s. Back then, only 5% of respondents preferred a female boss, while 66% wanted to work for a man. But while the radical increase of women in the … [Read more...] about The stereotype of the ‘horrible female boss’ is still a problem
By Madlen Davies, Matthew Chapman, Jana Kasperkevic, Ben Stockton The embattled American vape company Juul is pushing foreign governments to ditch strict e-cigarette regulations as it aggressively expands across the globe in an attempt to offset lost profits in the U.S. Juul, which sells sleek e-cigarettes and flavored nicotine “pods” that have become a craze among American teenagers, is planning to enter new markets in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, South America and Asia. As it expands, the company has spent millions of dollars lobbying politicians in an attempt to preempt or roll back relevant regulations on products in several different countries. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism can reveal Juul has met politicians, regulators and officials to lobby on vaping rules, putting forward health claims it cannot legally make in the U.S. It has also launched glossy marketing campaigns that attempt to portray the company as a responsible alternative to smoking—a … [Read more...] about Juul Plots Global Expansion Amid Vaping Deaths in U.S.
The UK’s data protection watchdog has said it’s “close” to concluding a 10-month+ investigation into consent complaints pertaining to a patient data-sharing agreement inked between Google-owned DeepMind and the Royal Free NHS Trust which operates three hospitals in London. The ICO began its probe in May last year — after details emerged, via a FOI request made by New Scientist, of the large quantity and scope of patient identifiable data being shared with DeepMind by the Trust. The arrangement, inked in fall 2015, had been publicly announced in February 2016 but details of which and how much patient data was involved in the arrangement were not shared. Contacted for an update on the investigation today, an ICO spokesperson told TechCrunch: “Our investigation into the sharing of patient information between the Royal Free NHS Trust and Deep Mind is close to conclusion.” Under the … [Read more...] about UK watchdog “close” to verdict in DeepMind Health data consent probe