The NY Times and Business Insider report that Uber is holding acquisition talks with food delivery startup Postmates. Earlier this year Uber was reported to be holding acquisition talks with Grubhub. But those talks reportedly fell through. In mid-June Grubhub announced it was merging with Just Eat. Postmates is smaller than Grubhub, and would be more amenable to a take-over.
Just Eat Takeaway, a food-delivery service based in Europe, bought Grubhub. According to Gizmodo, while sales have spiked, operation costs have also been high. The acquisition of Grubhub makes it the largest digital food delivery service operator outside of China. Stories analyzing the deal pointed out a European deal was less likely to get blocked by antitrust regulators. Before Just Eat Takeaway acquired Grubhub, Uber wanted to also buy the food-delivery service.
Travis Kalanick is the founder of Uber. He was recently kicked out of the company. Business Insider reports that Kalanick founded CloudKitchens, a delivery-only restaurant operation. Kalanick says the company is the victim of arson. On Twitter, the company said two fires were started. They posted video evidence of the intruders. The company is worth more than $7 billion. It's funded from Kalanick's Uber wealth as well as Saudi Arabia.
California's Public Utilities Commission made an order Tuesday regarding Uber and Lyft drivers. All drivers are "presumed to be employees" under AB-5, the state's new gig work law. The agency said they must now comply with existing regulations related to employees. The ruling is a significant defeat for Uber and Lyft, which had argued publicly and in lawsuits. Their argument was that their drivers were properly classified as independent contractors.
Reuters Lyft said some cities were starting to see significant rebounds following the coronavirus' decimation of ride-hailing requests. Overall, US rides were up 26% in May compared to April, with some cities like Austin, Texas up as much as 73%. Shares of Lyft rose about 4% in after-hours trading as investors welcomed the rebound. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
Prince fans may not have heard of Henderson Minnesota, but they're sure to recognize it. The Minnesota town is where one of the most famous scenes from Prince's movie "Purple Rain" was filmed. According to CNN, Henderson has memorialized the late entertainer with a life-sized bronze statue of Prince. The statue stands in a garden filled with purple flowers and other tributes to the artist. A mural of Prince leaning on a Little Red Corvette looks down on the statue, which was installed on June 28.
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz on Wednesday (June 10) announced that he will convene a special legislative session starting Friday, with police reform and building a stronger economy at the top of his priorities.
California continues to battle a spike in coronavirus cases. Business Insider reports California has banned people from singing or chanting in places of worship. Early in the virus battle California was praised for its successful early response. Now the state has recently experienced record-highs in new cases. On May 25, California started to allow churches to reopen with safety guidelines. This week, it updated its guidelines to advise against singing.
51-year-old California man Thomas 'Tommy' Macias died after contracting COVID-19 at a barbecue in June. A resident of Lake Elsinore, California, Macias died June 21, three days after testing positive for the coronavirus. According to HuffPost, just one day before his death, he posted an emotional note on social media. It was a plea for others to practice social distancing measures to protect themselves against COVID-19.
Thomas Jefferson's direct descendant is calling for changing regarding his family's legacy. He wants the Washington, DC memorial dedicated to the third president to be taken down. Lucian K. Truscott IV wrote that Jefferson's memorial should be replaced with one to Harriet Tubman. "To see a 19-foot-tall bronze statue of a Black woman, who was a slave and also a patriot, in place of a white man who enslaved hundreds of men and women is not erasing history." Lucian K.
President Donald Trump said during July 4th celebrations in Washington D.C. Saturday that the U.S. has made a "lot of progress" in its fight against the pandemic even as two large states posted record increases in COVID-19 cases.
The statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Washington DC in USA, where it was vandalised during 'Black Lives Matter' protest was restored to its old glory and inaugurated again in Washington DC. The inauguration was done by U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun and Ambassador of India to the United States Taranjit Singh Sandhu. The statue, which is across the road from the Indian Embassy, was vandalised with graffiti and spray painting in June during nationwide protests against the custodial killing of African-American George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25.
Anyone who watched Modern Family knows Ariel Winter (and her character, Alex Dunphy) as a brunette. However, when the show wrapped its final season in February, she wasted no time dyeing her dark-brown hair strawberry blonde. But as much as she loved being a redhead, it appears Winter is ready to move on to an entirely new hair color. She debuted the new look on Instagram in a post featuring six similarly-posed photos in which she's lounging on a striped outdoor sofa in Los Angeles.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has reportedly signed a letter of intent to sell his Los Angeles properties. Developer Ardie Tavangarian will be the buyer, reports Business Insider. The LLC intends to combine the properties to form a single development. The LLC will also handle all aspects of architecture, construction, and design. Tavangarian, a renowned developer and designer, purchased the properties for an undisclosed amount.
A career woman who married her female best friend - before they fell pregnant "in tandem" using a £72 home insemination kit and a sperm donor found online - describes their babies as "almost twins," as they were born three days apart.Inseparable after meeting at school in Venezuela, South America, Karina Rincon, 31, and Kelly Mesa, 32, then moved to the USA after graduating - living all around the vast country separately, before connecting in Miami, Florida, when they settled there in 2013.Both successful biomedical engineers, until then they had only dated men, but after confessing their true feelings, they became a couple and married in September 2017, when their thoughts turned to starting a family.Priced out of expensive IVF clinics, they bought a £72 home artificial insemination kit, before finding a sperm donor online and doubling their chances of having a baby by both trying - never thinking they would each fall pregnant on their first attempt.Now living as a family of four in Los Angeles, California, after Kelly gave birth to baby Leo on July 7, 2019, and her wife to his sister Sophie just three days later, Karina said: “I’m really glad we didn’t go into labour at the same time."That was a worry of ours, but thankfully, being three days apart meant that I could be there when Leo was born and Kelly could when Sophie was."
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