Jeff Jones, the former Target CMO who now presides over Uber's ride-hailing business, shared on Thursday some of the insights he's learned since joining the company in September:

  • Uber's "driver destination" option, which lets drivers pick up a passenger during their commute makes up 5% of all rides worldwide.
  • Drivers cash out $45 million in earnings every week via Uber's Instant Pay feature.
  • Uber has more than 1.5 billion drivers globally.
  • The company reduced the number of messages (SMS, email, etc.) it sends to drivers by 30% last month.

Areas for improvement: Jones also acknowledges that the company still has a lot of work to do when it comes to its support services for drivers, communicating with drivers, and continuing to improve its driver app.

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Amy Harder, author of Generate
33 mins ago - Energy & Environment

Climate change goes mainstream in presidential debate

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The most notable part of Thursday’s presidential debate on climate change was the fact it was included as a topic and assumed as a fact.

The big picture: This is the first time in U.S. presidential history that climate change was a featured issue at a debate. It signals how the problem has become part of the fabric of our society. More extreme weather, like the wildfires ravaging Colorado, is pushing the topic to the front-burner.

Finally, a real debate

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A more disciplined President Trump held back from the rowdy interruptions at tonight's debate in Nashville, while making some assertions so outlandish that Joe Biden chuckled and even closed his eyes.

  • A Trump campaign adviser told Axios: "He finally listened." 

The result: A real debate.

Biden to Trump: "I have not taken a penny from any foreign source ever in my life"

Former VP Joe Biden pushed back Thursday against allegations from President Trump, saying he had never profited from foreign sources. "Nothing was unethical," Biden told debate moderator Kristen Welker about his son Hunter's work in Ukraine while he was vice president.

Why it matters: Earlier on Thursday, Hunter Biden's former business partner, Tony Bobulinski, released a statement saying Joe Biden's claims that he never discussed overseas business dealings with his son were "false."