Over and Lyft California operations may remain uninterrupted, Google may release new emergency warning tools, and Airbnb bans all parties. This is your daily crisis for August 20, 2020.
The big story: Uber and Lyft win the legal victory
Lyft announced today that operations in California will cease tonight due to an injunction compelling Lyft and Uber to classify their drivers as employees.
Then a judge on the appellate court granted the companies temporary residence. You now have until the beginning of September to outline your plans for managing the transition. The oral statements in the court hearing will take place in mid-October.
Meanwhile, Uber, Lyft and DoorDash are supporting Proposition 22, a government electoral measure they are proposing as an alternative approach to classifying gig workers.
The technology giants
Google brings emergency alert tools to Search and Maps when fires are raging in Northern California. Google will show a red border surrounding a rough approximation of the active fire.
Report: Apple has tacitly taken over Israel's Camerai, formerly Tipit, a specialist in AR and camera technology. The acquisition was reported by Calcalist.
Startups, Financing and Venture Capital
Airbnb declares all parties to its listings indefinitely – The company notes that “unauthorized parties” have always broken its rules, despite previously allowing hosts on its platform to selectively approve small gatherings.
DoorDash expands to include grocery delivery on demand – Unlike many other grocery services, the company promises to deliver within an hour of placing your order.
China's Waterdrop Raises $ 230M for Its Crowdfunded Mutual Aid Insurance Platform – Waterdrop pays off when its members experience a medical emergency.
Advice and analysis of extra crunch
Figma CEO Dylan Field Discusses Fundraising, Hiring, and Marketing in Stealth Mode – The company behind the largely browser-based design tool has made a splash in recent years, building a massive war chest of more than $ 130 million .
Zoom UX Teardown: 5 Fails and How to Fix It – The Zoom user experience is far from perfect.
Eric Hippeau talks about D2C growth, brand equity and advice for early stage founders. Lerer Hippeau portfolio companies include Axios, BuzzFeed, Casper, Warby Parker, Allbirds, DocSend, Fundera, Everlane, Giphy, Genius and the recently acquired fitness company Mirror.
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The crowdfunding program at the border wall leads to the arrest of Trump ally Steve Bannon. Bannon is charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering and conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
The founders of Blavity and The Shade Room come to Disrupt 2020 – Morgan DeBaun and Angie Nwandu have been building a more diverse digital media landscape for years.
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