Stories by Kia Kokalitcheva

Scooter company Spin's San Francisco workers unionize

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San Francisco-based maintenance workers for Spin, a scooter rental company owned by Ford, have voted to unionize and joined a local Teamsters chapter, making them the first in the scooter industry to do so.

Why it matters: Scooter companies ruffled a lot of feathers when they showed up in San Francisco (and other cities), which has long been skeptical of tech companies using independent contractors to skirt some labor costs.

Elon Musk found not guilty in defamation lawsuit

Elon Musk in court in Los Angeles. Photo: Apu Gomes/Getty Images

Tesla CEO Elon Musk prevailed in a jury trial on Friday over whether his tweets calling a cave expert a "pedo guy" constitute defamation, and he will not be held liable for damages, according to multiple media reports.

Why it matters: Musk is no stranger to getting into trouble for his tweeting habits. Earlier this year, he and Tesla had to pay $20 million settlement each to the Securities and Exchange Commission after he wrote false claims about Tesla financing.

Uber's first ever safety report cites 6,000 sex assaults in 2 years

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In a long-awaited safety report, Uber disclosed on Thursday that during 2017 and 2018, U.S. users reported nearly 6,000 incidents of sexual assault of various kinds.

Why it matters: Uber (along with rival Lyft) has been criticized over the years not only for the occurrence of sexual assault and violence on rides, but also for its handling of these incidents, including attempts at downplaying or hiding them.