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Uber shifts ride fares in an incredibly odd way

(BUSINESS NEWS) Uber announced new fare pricing but leaves many drivers and users questioning if it is actually fair.

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Uber’s new pricing system doesn’t put any more money in drivers’ pockets but it may adjust your fares.

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After testing the system within different markets, the ride company announced that they would be changing their pricing system in the hopes to turn a profit.

Route-based

Uber calls it their “route-based” system. In essence, they will charge customers what they think they are willing to pay. Instead of calculating prices based on mileage and time like in the previous model, they are applying what they call “machine-learning techniques” to estimate fares.

Confused yet?

Basically, Uber will determine the price you pay depending on where you want to go.

The determining factors are location and time of day. So if you want to go downtown on a Friday night, your price will be estimated higher versus someone trying to go to a Chili’s down the street at the same time.

Again, traffic and distance does not come into play in this system.

While these fares basically secure that wealthier customers will pay more, it does not address a few factors that have been troubling to Uber for some time now. For instance, will wait times be longer in less desirable areas? More importantly, will drivers earn a fair wage?

The fine print

Unfortunately it seems that the new pricing system does not leave employees with more money in their pockets. Uber has reported that they will show how much each passenger pays per ride, but will not breakdown how much the company takes.

This will require drivers to sign new contracts accepting this pay structure.

Uber has faced many problems in the past, with price discrepancies and scandals flooding the news. What were the overall complaints? As a business Uber does not make enough money and drivers are paid too little.

So will the fare restructuring fix those problems?

According to Uber, the company itself will be able to move closer towards a profit because they are taking home more money. This will put them back into competition with other popular ride share companies in addition to gaining revenue for the business.

Uber promises that the money earned will be put towards improving the company, which in turn, means future bonuses and higher income for drivers.

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Natalie is a Staff Writer at The American Genius and co-founded an Austin creative magazine called Almost Real Things. When she is not writing, she spends her time making art, teaching painting classes and confusing people. In addition to pursuing a writing career, Natalie plans on getting her MFA to become a Professor of Fine Art.

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  1. Andres Campagna

    May 28, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    The writer implies at several points in this article that those who drive Uber are “employees” and “earn a wage” both of which are false. Drivers utilizing the Uber or anyother rideshare platform are independent contractors who receive a commission on rides. What these changes are bringing is a change in that commission structure to the advantage of Uber over drivers. They want to make the consumer pay base upon demand and pay the driver what Uber thinks they can get away paying rather than demand. They are manipulating both and trying to make s profit in between. As drivers are not employees and lack any legal protrotections we have little recourse other than to accept or not accept the ride. Most riders do not understand that the driver doesn’t know where you are going until you get in the car either. This means the driver has to make s split decision regarding whether or not the ride is profitable for them. As more and more drivers start to realize that they are getting screwed more and more riders will get pissed about being told no. Uber is banking on drivers being benevolent and riders blaming that particular driver rather than the company as a whole when left on the curb.

  2. Judah Ross

    August 6, 2017 at 12:50 am

    There is a big problem with this structure for riders as well. The guaranteed up front fare only applies to the exact pick up and location. If you change it even slightly the price can go up by even $10. What often happens is the driver will start or stop the ride a few seconds early completely changing the price. Unless you go back in to ride history you’ll never know that you paid much more than you thought you would.

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Court green lights demoting an employee for physical disabilities

(BUSINESS NEWS) Court rules the Americans with Disability Act doesn’t fully cover employees – but is the law actually open to some interpretation?

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Wrongful termination is a hot topic these days, especially in relation to employees with disabilities. It’s commonly thought that if you have a disability, you’re safe and that no one can fire you for simply being disabled. But did you know that’s actually a myth?

When ex-Sheriffs Deputy Brigid Ford injured herself on the job, she was faced with the hard truth about the law surrounding disabilities.

Ford, who worked 12 years as a Sheriff’s Deputy, was injured when a car ran a red light and ran into her patrol car, smashing her hand. This resulted in constant pain and an inability to use her right hand. She spent the next few months working in alternative, lighter-duty areas of the department. But even after a year, she was unable to return to her initial post.

Because of this, the Sheriff’s department offered her 3 options:

1. She could move to a civilian job, with a cut in pay. This would include any associated accommodations she may need.

2. She could resign.

3. If she didn’t choose either of the above, they claimed she could be terminated.

Ford ended up choosing a demotion, and then elected to sue the department for violating the Americans with Disability Act (ADA). At the end of these proceedings, the court found that the demotion was reasonable.

But is this really the standard application for the law?

Although there are many myths associated with the ADA, the law clearly states that in order to provide reasonable accommodation for an employee, you must go through an “interactive process”, which means there must be some back and forth to accommodate the employee.

In Ford’s case, she was unable to continue her initial job as she was not provided with all the accommodations she requested and therefore, only had enough accommodations to continue with a civilian job.

What’s strange about this situation is that she was provided with a few in-depth provisions that would meet her needs, such as training for her supervisors, extra breaks when needed, so she could deal with her pain, and a more ergonomic work station. However, when she requested a voice-activated software for her computer, which would limit her need to use her right hand, she was denied.

The court stated that if there had been a lateral position available, with no decrease in pay, and Ford was qualified for the job, the ADA would have protected Ford a bit better, favoring this option over demotion.

Nevertheless, with the rise of documented disabilities in America, the lines the ADA draws for employees and employers-alike continue to seem blurred. Just like many other laws, the act seems to be open to some interpretation, but at the end of the day, when something like this is brought to the court system, American citizens are truly at the mercy of our court’s Judges and how they translate the laws.

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Amazon creates new tool for doctors, but does it actually help patients?

(BUSINESS NEWS) Amazon offers tool for doctors to add recorded conversations to your medical file, are they overstepping their bounds as an online seller?

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On December 2, 2019, Amazon announced the release of its new service for Amazon Transcribe, a medical speech support service. This machine learning service will be able to take out the “middleman” and transcribe medical jargon from physicians in real time to patient charts, claims Amazon.

The release of Amazon Transcribe Medical adds to the company’s muscle bulking stage with its other investments as it prepares to get further into the medical arena. Recently released services like Alexa’s medication management (which allows people to request prescription refills & medication reminders through Alexa) and Amazon Care (Amazon’s own healthcare service for employees) are a few points adding to Amazon’s overall medical category weight. And let’s not forget how Amazon is also testing out the use of Alexa within a hospital context too.

However with further developments with technology into the medical field, it also brings more questions about how harmful this type of technology can be or how helpful it is overall.

Privacy
All throughout the world there are more and more issues of security as newer and advanced technologies are peaking. It is almost as if people aren’t thinking enough of how information can be used negatively, did Amazon think about that? For example, say some extremists dislike a women getting an abortion through legal means and then leek her private information to the world or take their own actions to “solve” it.

What Happens Afterward
We all know that companies like Facebook or Google stores and records our information from every click and video watched, but what will happen once Amazon starts this with medical information? How will Amazon plan on acting with this stored information that physicians will be creating on our behalf? Amazon has yet to say how they plan on deleting this transcribed information afterwards or how they will use this information in the future.

More People Cared For
Who am I to say what will not be beneficial for any doctor that might spend hours trying to fill out all of their charts accurately after their excruciating shift? Maybe this is the type of change that is needed to turn the more time consuming tasks that require the most accuracy for consistent patient care. Thus, leading to doctors being able to manage more people coming through the door, and an overall healthier world.

Medical Breakthroughs
If given consent, maybe having this data transcribed within one place can create better medical breakthroughs for the future. It could allow for easier transfer of data and for easier mapping of different patterns of symptoms that would take long to diagnose. Maybe this could be the 1st step into revolutionizing the procedures of the healthcare industry with more advancements to come for the betterment of the world. Who knows?

It is not hard to see the good intentions that Amazon has and how they are trying to make the world easier to live in. It is honorable, and what this writer is asking more business do. But as the famous quote says “ the road to hell is paved with good intentions”.

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TrueDialog left millions of your texts unsecured, when will they learn?

(BUSINESS NEWS) TrueDialog has left millions of text messages unsecured, these include university finance, job alerts, business marketing, and account data

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Another day, another data breach. Tens of millions of people were potentially exposed because messages and personal information stored in a database of Austin-based company, TrueDialog, were left unprotected. According to researchers the database was left on the internet without a password and none of the data was encrypted.

Noam Rotem and Ran Locar, a research team at vpnMentor, discovered the breach on Nov. 19, 2019.

“This was a huge discovery, with a massive amount of private data exposed, including tens of millions of SMS text messages,” the research team said on the vpnMentor website. “Aside from private text messages, our team discovered millions of account usernames and passwords, PII data of TrueDialog users and their customers, and much more.”

TrueDialog says it is the leading SMS provider for mass text messaging, SMS marketing and personalized two-way SMS texting, according to its website. The company has been in business 10 years and provides its clients, mostly businesses and higher education organizations, with the ability to send bulk emails to clients and students.

Among the information left unprotected were messages about university finance applications, job alerts, marketing messages from businesses with discount codes, usernames and passwords, TechCrunch reported after examining a portion of the data.

The database was taken offline after TrueDialog was contacted regarding the exposure. Chief Executive John Wright didn’t return TechCrunch’s requests for comment. He did not acknowledge the security lapse to TechCrunch. The researchers at vpnMentor offered assistance to help with the security breach, but TrueDialog officials did not respond.

TrueDialog works with over 990 cell phone operators and reaches more than 5 billion subscribers around the world.

Along with its clients and their customers being left exposed, TrueDialog was also left exposed. Rotem and Locar said the breach has potentially exposed tens of millions of people in multiple ways.

Among the information the pair found were phone numbers (recipients and users), email addresses, message content, full names, and TrueDialog account information.

“It’s rare for one database to contain such a huge volume of information that’s also incredibly varied,” they said.

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