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Arizona teachers extend walkout as lawmakers negotiate

PHOENIX (Reuters) - Thousands of red-clad Arizona teachers flocked to the state Capitol in Phoenix for a third day on Monday to press the Republican-controlled legislature for greater education spending as lawmakers opened talks on various state budget proposals. Participants take part in a march in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S., April 30, 2018 in this picture obtained from social media. Twitter/@MR_GEARING/via REUTERS. In Colorado, meanwhile, Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper signed into law a plan to provide an additional $255 million for public schools and higher education in his state for the coming fiscal year after teachers there staged a two-day walkout last week. Arizona’s strike has kept the…

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Gig Economy Business Model Dealt a Blow in California Ruling

In a ruling with potentially sweeping consequences for the so-called gig economy, the California Supreme Court on Monday made it much more difficult for companies to classify workers as independent contractors rather than employees.The decision could eventually require companies like Uber, many of which are based in California, to follow minimum-wage and overtime laws and to pay workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance and payroll taxes, potentially upending their business models.Industry executives have estimated that classifying drivers and other gig workers as employees tends to cost 20 to 30 percent more than classifying them as contractors. It also brings benefits that can offset these costs, though, like the…

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It Took 17 Years: Freelancers Receive $9 Million in Copyright Suit

The suit came about shortly after the journalist Jonathan Tasini and five co-plaintiffs won a similar case in the Supreme Court.Photo Jonathan Tasini, center, and the actor and writer Michael Imperioli walk the picket line for the striking Writers Guild of America in 2007. Credit Chip East/Reuters “The argument that we made was the writers got paid for one-time use,” said Mr. Gleick, who worked as a reporter and editor for The Times for 10 years. “We sued The Times because they sold copyrighted work by not just their staff, but also freelance writers. And the correct thing to do would have been to ask the freelance…

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WhatsApp Co-Founder Leaving Facebook Amid User Data Disputes

By then, Mr. Koum had also shared his unease over Facebook’s data and privacy policies with others, according to the company executive who has spoken with Mr. Koum. While Mr. Koum personally got along with Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, he felt the company’s board simply paid lip service to privacy and security concerns he raised, according to the executive.In particular, the executive said, Mr. Koum was tired from fighting back against pressure from the board throughout 2017 to allow advertisements on WhatsApp.Facebook did not intend to announce Mr. Koum’s departure until later this week, the person added. Facebook will hold its annual developer conference in San…

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DealBook: Sprint and T-Mobile Try Again, but Antitrust Hurdles Remain the Same

Just look at the share prices of AT&T and Verizon after the deal was announced: They hardly moved. If investors truly believed that a combined T-Mobile-Sprint would be a competitive threat and drive down prices, shares in AT&T and Verizon would have fallen significantly.T-Mobile and Sprint are going to have to overcome basic math as well. One of the tools regulators use to assess the competitiveness of an industry is a formula called the Herfindahl-Hirschman Index. If the index produces a result of more than 2,500 points, the industry is considered highly concentrated and the government starts poking around. If it determines that a deal would cause…

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