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For the business to survive, Uber has to repair its relationship with drivers, which leaders at the company say is "broken." Liam James Doyle/NPR hide caption

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To Keep Drivers From Leaving, Uber Tries To Treat Them Better

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Some companies find that real-time technology demands have forced them to curb their work-from-home policies, even as a growing number of employers continue to embrace remote work. Dean Mitchell/Getty Images/iStock hide caption

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Some Employers Are Rethinking Telework, Citing A Need For Better Collaboration

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Companies are trying geofencing, which uses GPS and radio frequency identification to set up a virtual, wireless perimeter so that cellphone users in that area receive messages or advertisements on their phones. Rawpixel/Getty Images/iStockphoto hide caption

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Recruiters Use 'Geofencing' To Target Potential Hires Where They Live And Work

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A new urban district and an annual big-data expo have arisen in recent years as the centerpiece of the high-tech industry in Guiyang, capital of Guizhou province. Anthony Kuhn/NPR hide caption

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A Remote Chinese Province Uses Its Climate To Grow A Big-Data Industry

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A driver uses his smartphone to pay the highway toll with Alipay, an app of Alibaba's online payment service, in the Chinese city of Hangzhou. STR/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In China, A Cashless Trend Is Taking Hold With Mobile Payments

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Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick, pictured here at a Vanity Fair summit in October 2016, resigned abruptly this week as the company's CEO after weeks of scandals about workplace culture. Mike Windle/Getty Images for Vanity Fair hide caption

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After CEO Resignation, Is Uber Kalanick-less Or Kalanick-free?

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Robots move racks of merchandise at an Amazon fulfillment center in Tracy, Calif. When a robot finds its storage unit, it glides underneath, lifts it up and then delivers it to a worker. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Online Retail Boom Means More Warehouse Workers, And Robots To Accompany Them

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Freada Kapor Klein stands on a staircase at the Kapor Center for Social Impact in Oakland, Calif. She is a high profile investor, who invested early on with Uber. She has used her voice and her money in a decades-long effort to promote more diversity in Silicon Valley. Talia Herman for NPR hide caption

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The Investor Who Took On Uber, And Silicon Valley

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Journalists at The Washington Post work in a newsroom surrounded by screens showing its website and updated reader metrics. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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At 'Washington Post,' Tech Is Increasingly Boosting Financial Performance

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An employee of Indian IT security solutions company Innefu Labs works at its offices in New Delhi. Newer fields, including artificial intelligence, will require highly advanced skills, analysts say. Sajjad Hussain/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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India's Tech Firms Face Fundamental Shift From IT To More Advanced Tech

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One Uber driver is available in Muncie, Ind., at 7 p.m. on a recent weeknight. Through dozens of interviews and an informal survey, NPR found that hundreds of Uber drivers feel the company is not living up to its "Be Your Own Boss" promise. Lucas Carter for NPR hide caption

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The Faceless Boss: A Look Into The Uber Driver Workplace

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Inventor Thomas Edison stands in his chemistry lab in West Orange, N.J., in 1904. Thomas Edison National Historical Park/National Park Service hide caption

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Before Silicon Valley, New Jersey Reigned As Nation's Center Of Innovation

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In this photo dated Aug. 23, 2010, Iranian technicians work at the Bushehr nuclear power plant, where Iran had confirmed several personal laptops infected by Stuxnet malware. Ebrahim Norouzi/AP/International Iran Photo Agency hide caption

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Walt Mossberg has been reporting on technology since the 1990s. He plans to retire in June. Mike Kepka/Courtesy of Walt Mossberg hide caption

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After Decades Covering It, Tech Still Amazes Walt Mossberg

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Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has started the process to roll back Obama-era regulations for Internet service providers. Emily Bogle/NPR hide caption

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FCC Chief Makes Case For Tackling Net Neutrality Violations 'After The Fact'

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Shelia Mendoza says she's not looking for a livelihood out of Liberty Mobility, but a little extra cash and some new friends to talk to. M.L. Schultze/WKSU hide caption

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Ride Hailing In Rural America: Like Uber With A Neighborly Feel

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YouTube has changed the way it pays video creators. One says his earnings have recently "taken a huge nose dive." Danny Moloshok/AP hide caption

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Online Video Producers Caught In Struggle Between Advertisers And YouTube

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Hiro Yazawa of Japan Cell displays a spotlight weapon that sells for $5,000 at the Border Security Expo in San Antonio on Tuesday. John Burnett/NPR hide caption

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With Trump's Border Plans, Security And Surveillance Firms Eye Bigger Profits

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Has Apple Lost Its Innovation Mojo?

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Farmers are lobbying for the ability to buy software to fix their equipment, and some are hacking their way around the problem. Seth Perlman/AP hide caption

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Farmers Look For Ways To Circumvent Tractor Software Locks

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AOL CEO Tim Armstrong will take the same position at the head of Verizon's Oath. Mary Altaffer/AP hide caption

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Yahoo And AOL Move In Together Under 'Oath,' Verizon's New Digital Arm

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Each autonomous vehicle has two Uber exployees in the front seat; one is ready to grab the wheel and apply a foot to the brake pedal, the other in the passenger seat, has a computer screen showing what the car's rooftop laser-bouncing radar is seeing. Art Silverman/NPR hide caption

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Pittsburgh Offers Driving Lessons For Uber's Autonomous Cars

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