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Postmates finally lets drivers opt out of arbitration: The delivery company has updated its driver agreement to allow contractors to opt out of the previously mandatory arbitration, as TechCrunch reported. While the company denies the connection, it's currently still battling a case against the National Labor Relations Board over its classification of drivers as contractors instead employees and its arbitration mandate.

Why it matters: Postmates and other so-called "on-demand" companies have been under fire for their employment practices, namely forcing contractors to go through arbitration, which many argue is illegal.

'Silicon Valley' is back for a fourth season: HBO has released the teaser trailer for its hit show about a startup in the heart of Silicon Valley will soon be back for a new season. What we know so far: Pied Piper CEO Richard Hendricks wants to strike out on his own and build "a new Internet." Never short of real-world references, the show's next season is sure to continue exploring common Silicon Valley experiences.

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Donald Trump fancies himself a businessman — and has given himself a central role in determining the conduct and even the existence of major companies both domestic and foreign.

Why it matters: America has historically been a great place to operate a company under the rule of law, and not be beholden to political whim. Those days seem to be over — at least for companies in the communications industry.

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China's split personality on climate

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A new insta-analysis of China's vow to achieve "carbon neutrality" before 2060 helps to underscore why Tuesday's announcement sent shockwaves through the climate and energy world.

Why it matters: Per the Climate Action Tracker, a research group, following through would lower projected global warming 0.2 to 0.3°C. That's a lot!

Kayleigh McEnany: Trump will accept "free and fair" election, no answer on if he loses

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Thursday that President Trump will "accept the results of a free and fair election," but did not specify whether he will commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses to Joe Biden.

Why it matters: Trump refused to say on Wednesday whether he would commit to a peaceful transition of power, instead remarking: "we're going to have to see what happens."

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