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Is the Bay Area Gig Economy in a Bubble?

The gig economy has transformed the San Francisco Bay Area. But with with the recent shut-down of house-cleaning app Homejoy, some are concerned that the gig economy bubble may pop.


3p Weekend: 10 Stores Staying Closed on Thanksgiving and Black Friday

Over the past few years, we’ve noticed a pretty disturbing trend — retailers are opening earlier and earlier on Thanksgiving, in an attempt to lure shoppers from their tryptophan-induced comas with the promise of rock-bottom deals. But a growing number of forward-thinking companies are taking a stand against the overconsumption that has long held American Thanksgiving hostage.

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Twelve Companies Commit to Providing “Good Work” for Freelancers

Twelve companies – including DoorDash, VetPronto, Care.com, CareLinx, LeadGenuis, and Managed by Q – have now committed to taking action on one or more of the tenets of the Good Work Code, an overarching framework of eight values that are the foundation of good working conditions for freelance and independent workers.

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Madoff Ponzi Scheme Judgments Slam ‘Gatekeepers’ Ernst &Young

The auditing firm Ernst & Young is the latest to feel the heat from the Madoff scandal. Last week the firm lost its case in a suit alleging that it had been negligent in its auditing of a feeder fund that helped contribute to Madoff’s scheme to defraud investors. Their liability is a stinging $200 m and tops Citco’s settlement earlier this year of $125m. Meanwhile, more money will be allocated to victims of the fraud, as prosecutions and suits gradually wind up and officials continue to search for more missing funds.

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Is America Recycles Day Obsolete?

For nearly 20 years, Americans have been coming together each November 15th to mark America Recycles Day. Today, recycling is such an integral part of American life that almost everyone recognizes that iconic chasing arrows recycling symbol, which we see everywhere. So do we really need one day set aside to promote recycling?


Just in Time for COP21:Climate Change Is Now Real, Thanks to Exxon

An old but powerful New York state law may have profound implications for Exxon, which is being investigated for misrepresenting its knowledge that its business decisions could cause climate change. And this time, prosecutors don’t have to prove intent. They only have to demonstrate that “common honesty” was not upheld in its business decisions. An email and a fairly exhaustive investigation by journalists and environmentalists have set the stage for a new kind of legal wrangling.

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Google, LinkedIn Campus Layouts at Odds with Urban Living

The city of Mountain View, California — home to Google, LinkedIn, Intuit and Microsoft’s Silicon Valley office — boasts gorgeous campuses for work and play. But it also has serious traffic and housing issues, and a lack of density in zoning regs is partially to blame.


Bike Commuting: Why the U.S. is Far Behind Other Nations

In D.C., bike commuting has increased by 120 percent, and in New York ridership has doubled, all thanks to offering cyclists appropriate infrastructure. But the sad fact remains that the U.S. still lags far behind European nations when it comes to bicycle commuting. Why are Americans so slow to adopt bicycle commuting, even when investments are made in bike lanes? Infrastructure is only part of the story.


3p Weekend: 5 Apps and Websites for Sharing Your Stuff

This year, before you max out the credit card buying items you (and the folks on your holiday list) may not really need, consider swapping and sharing with your neighbors instead. You can score cool new-to-you stuff for dirt cheap (or even free), rid yourself of items you no longer use and even help others in the process. Now, doesn’t that sound better than standing in line outside the mall at 2 a.m.?