Uber says California shutdown may come tomorrow, Thumbtack bans noncompetes, Google updates jobs offering in India: Tech roundup


Uber Technologies Inc. (NYSE: UBER) said on Tuesday that temporary shutdown of California operations could take place by tomorrow night. Thumbtack rejects noncompete agreements. Google updates its jobs platform offering in India. Just Eat Takeaway plans to do away with gig workers.

Uber Technologies Inc.

Uber Technologies Inc. will temporarily shut down operations in California by tomorrow night because of a recent court ruling that its drivers in the state no longer qualify to be classified as independent contractors.

“We’ve appealed this decision, but if we are not successful in our appeal, we will need to temporarily shut down by Thursday night,” according to the post.

The San Francisco-based human cloud firm wrote it remains committed to helping drivers and pointed to information on Proposition 22, which will let California voters decide in the Nov. 3 election whether Uber drivers can remain independent contractors.


Human cloud platform Thumbtack, which matches people with local professionals, has banned noncompete agreements for its employees, Cheddar reports.

“What it does is it completely forestalls the ability of this talented person to go get another job based off the skills they’ve earned and the experience they’ve gathered,” Cheddar reported Thumbtack CEO and co-founder Marco Zappacosta as saying.


Google announced in a blog post that it is rebranding its “Jobs Spot” on Google Pay as “Kormo Jobs” and it is bringing its Kormo Jobs Android app to India.

Google had first launched Kormo jobs platform in Bangladesh and then launched it in Indonesia. Kormo operations in India began last September, but the Times of India reported that was under the brand Jobs Spot.

“In India, employers like Zomato and Dunzo have found the Jobs matching algorithm effective in finding candidates with the required skills, experience and location preferences, with over 2 million verified jobs posted on the platform,” according to Google’s post.

Just Eat Takeaway

The CEO of Just Eat Takeaway, a food delivery company based in the Netherlands that is acquiring US-based Grubhub, plans to phase out gig economy workers, DutchNews.nl reported.

“We are large multinational with quite a lot of money, and we want to insure our people,” CEO Jitse Groen said. “We want to be certain that they do have benefits, that we do pay taxes on those workers.”

However, he noted the company may keep using freelancers in some countries.