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Uber tests new on-demand labor service

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Uber drivers could soon do more than shuttle passengers or food orders in their cars. The company is quietly testing a new service, Uber Works, for on-demand labor for businesses, according to the Financial Times.

The bottom line: After driving and food delivery, Uber wants to see if it can harness its massive labor pool for other purposes. It could also burnish its image with new lines of business as it prepares to go public likely next year.

What we're reading: Waymo and Uber's trade secret battle

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Anthony Levandowski, Otto co-founder and VP of Engineering at Uber. Photo: ANGELO MERENDINO/AFP/Getty Images

Though Waymo settled its lawsuit against Uber over alleged trade secret theft in February, federal prosecutors are still considering possible criminal charges against the engineer at the center of it all, Anthony Levandowski, according to a New Yorker feature.

Why it matters: Waymo and Uber's year-long legal scuffle over self-driving car tech was one of the most high-profile — and drama-laden — battles in Silicon Valley. It exposed the fierce competition between companies over technology that can have massive implications and revenues.