Uber Seeks Staff Support for Proposal on Drivers as Contractors

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Ride-hailing giant Uber Technologies Inc. outlined ways staff can support a state measure that would designate drivers as contractors rather than full-time employees, seeking additional backing for a controversial initiative that labor unions and at least one in-house engineer have publicly opposed.

In a companywide email Friday obtained by Bloomberg, Uber’s head of global public policy Justin Kintz said data “show a tight race” to pass California’s Proposition 22, a measure written and funded by Uber, Lyft Inc. and other gig companies that would replace an earlier law designed to treat drivers as employees. Kintz’s email, which includes links to talking points from the Yes on 22 campaign, also suggests ways employees can get involved, including joining a texting bank, and links to a sample email staffers can send to family and friends. Uber will have a special Town Hall-type meeting Oct.

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Object Management Group Request for Proposal, Interface Definition Language

The Object Management Group (OMG), an international technology standards organization, announced its request for proposal (RFP) an Interface Definition Language v4 (IDL4) to C++ Language Mapping specification.

The language mapping specification will provide data distribution service (DDS) and CORBA users with interoperable API for C++ programming language.

“The existing IDL to C++ language mappings are currently being exercised by thousands of DDS- and CORBA-based systems,” said RFP author & principal software engineer at RTI Fernando Garcia Aranda, in a press release. “As new systems adopt OMG IDL, it is important to keep our standard mappings current so new and existing systems can benefit from the new additions to the language.

“With this RFP, we define an updated set of IDL to C++ mappings that make use of the new features of the most recent versions of the OMG IDL to the fullest extent.”

The latest version of the OMG IDL

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