Volunteer shelters along the U.S.-Mexico border say they are preparing for an expected surged of new immigrants seeking asylum in the U.S. who will need temporary housing as the holidays approach. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)
“It will be more important than ever to make sure whatever changes are made to improve efficiency do not undermine fairness of the decision-making process,” she said.
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A passenger enters an Uber car at LaGuardia Airport in New York on March 15, 2017. (Seth Wenig/AP)
But Uber, the largest ride-sharing company, criticized the move. “In a statement responding to the wage increase, Uber’s director of public affairs, Jason Post, said the new rules will lead to unnecessarily high fare increases for riders and fail to deal with traffic congestion in Manhattan’s central business district,” Peter wrote. “‘The TLC’s rules do not take into account incentives or bonuses forcing companies to raise rates even higher,’ the statement said. ‘Companies use incentives and bonuses as part of driver earnings to ensure reliability citywide by providing a monetary incentive to drivers to complete trips in areas that need them the most (such as outside of Manhattan).’ ”
NIBBLES: The Treasury recommended that the Postal Service review its pricing for e-commerce packages in a report that could impact a wide range of online retailers. However, it did not single out Amazon, one of Trump's favorite targets. The task force is “recommending a slew of options” to make the Postal Service “more profitable,” as my colleague Rachel Siegel reported, “it did not go so far as to say the financially strapped Postal Service is losing money to Amazon.com, a company which contracts services from the Postal Service and that has consistently drawn Trump’s ire.” (Amazon founder and chief executive Jeffrey P. Bezos owns The Post.)
“On Tuesday, that task force suggested steps the Postal Service can take to respond to the rise of e-commerce, but senior administration officials said the findings don’t apply to any particular Postal Service customer,” Rachel wrote. However, Trump's “push for this review of the Post Office’s practices has been viewed as an official action taken to penalize the company,” according to my colleague.
The Federal Trade Commission building in Washington on Jan. 28, 2015. (Alex Brandon/AP)
The emails that Politico obtained do not show communications from Facebook, which is under investigation by the FTC. “It was not immediately clear if Facebook simply didn't communicate with the commission offices, or if the FTC is keeping such records under wraps as it investigates the company,” Harding McGill wrote. As part of Amazon's correspondence with the FTC, a company executive offered to “help” a staffer at the commission, according to Politico. “Amazon's head of policy in Washington, D.C., Brian Huseman, who previously worked for two Republican FTC chairs, also offered to assist Simons' new chief of staff, writing, ‘And if I can help in any way with the job, just holler,’ ” Harding McGill reported.
Google chief executive Sundar Pichai speaks at a New York Times DealBook conference on Nov. 1 in New York. (Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
— Police drones are coming to New York, and so are concerns about surveillance. “The New York Police Department on Tuesday unveiled plans to deploy 14 of the unmanned fliers and to train 29 officers to operate them, opening an intense debate about whether an agency previously criticized for illegally surveilling citizens should possess such powerful technology,” the New York Times’s Ashley Southall and Ali Winston reported. “Senior police officials said the drones would be used for monitoring giant crowds, investigating hazardous waste spills, handling hostage situations and reaching remote areas in crime scenes, among other tasks. They will not be used for routine police patrols, unlawful surveillance or to enforce traffic laws, the officials said. Nor will they be equipped with weapons.”
Yet critics are unconvinced. Southall and Winston wrote that “lawyers specializing in civil liberty cases who reviewed the department’s proposed drone policy said it did not go far enough in preventing the police from misusing the devices. Advocates for police reform expressed alarm about the department’s growing surveillance capacity.”
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The Google logo at the company's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., on July 19, 2016. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
— Google is cracking down on rogue apps, BuzzFeed News’s Craig Silverman reported. “Google removed two popular Cheetah Mobile and Kika Tech apps from its Play store today after finding ‘deceptive and malicious behavior’ that was first outlined in a BuzzFeed News report,” Silverman wrote. “Google said an internal investigation found that CM File Manager and the Kika Keyboard contain code used to execute ad fraud techniques known as click injection and/or click flooding. The activity was first documented in seven Cheetah apps and one from Kika Tech by Kochava, an app analytics and attribution company that shared its research with BuzzFeed News. A Google spokesperson said it continues to investigate the apps, and that it expects to take additional action.”
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A car passes by Facebook's corporate headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., on March 21. (Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
Turns out Facebook took down my post challenging discrimination at the company, disabling users’ ability to share or read it. Further proves my point. pic.twitter.com/XOKfNIFSs2— Mark S. Luckie (@marksluckie) December 4, 2018
Worth noting here: I never appealed the decision as the notification suggests I did. I only saw the whole thread of messages together about an hour ago. pic.twitter.com/A8DDOjnnWX— Mark S. Luckie (@marksluckie) December 4, 2018
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Aaron Crowell, a longtime health insider, and Lyft’s Dan Trigub have joined Uber as the company pushes into medical transport, CNBC's Chrissy Farr reports.
- CEOs from Walmart, The Boeing Company, IBM , AT&T Inc. and other top companies are speaking at a CEO Innovation Summit with Ivanka Trump and Senator Mark Warner at The Anthem in Washington.
- Executives from Microsoft, Google, Qualcomm and Oracle visit the White House for a roundtable discussion on innovation.
- Microsoft President Brad Smith participates in a discussion on facial recognition at the Brookings Institution.
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