NewCo Five — Unwanted proof that Uber drivers don’t think they’re employees

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The NewCo Five collects the five most important stories for the NewCo economy that our editors found over the past seven days


1. Uber says its drivers aren’t employees. That’s credible, because if it treated employees like this, with unpredictable pay, they’d quit. (Caroline O’Donovan and Jeremy Singer-Vine, BuzzFeed)

2. Smart, well-meaning people can address social problems in ways that make the world better (Ethan Zuckerman, Medium)

3. Silicon Valley and Detroit are in a race to deliver a driverless car, but they might not get to the finish line without each other. (Erin Griffith, Fortune)

4. Slack wants to be Facebook. All it needs is another billion daily users. (Adrienne Lafrance, The Atlantic)

5. The way GE is staffing up, pilfering key people from Apple, it’s acting like anything but a venerable 124-year-old business. (Steve Nellis, The Information, paywall)

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