The Latest on Ride Services
Even if you don't hail rides using smartphone apps, you've probably read or seen stories about them. Companies like Uber and Lyft have transformed the transportation ecosystem over the past five years. Uber, by far, is the biggest, and continues to expand at breakneck speed. It's now in 53 countries and more than 250 cities, and boasts 1 million rides each day.
But all this growth has spurred controversy. Privacy, safety, surge pricing and driver compensation have all become hot-button issues in the on-demand ride service industry. The traditional taxi industry in San Francisco has taken a big hit from the ride-sharing competition, but that may soon change as new apps for on-demand taxi service enter the market.
• Sachin Kansal, Flywheel
• Susan Shaheen, UC Berkeley Transportation Sustainability Center
• Michelle Quinn, San Jose Mercury News
What the "Sharing Economy" Costs Workers
Covered California Reaches Out
We're now in the middle of open enrollment for the second year of the Federal Affordable Care Act. The state's health insurance marketplace, Covered California, aims to enroll 1.7 million more people by the end of February. That would be half a million more than the number enrolled last year. Scott Shafer hears from KQED State of Health blog editor Lisa Aliferis to talk about how it's going and what lies ahead.
More Covered California coverage from State of Health
Tiffany Shlain, 'The Future Starts Here'
Bay Area native Tiffany Shlain made a name for herself in the world of high-tech culture as the founder of the Webby Awards in 1996. She's been on the scene ever since and has added writer, public speaker, filmmaker, wife and mother to her resume. Her latest project, "The Future Starts Here" is an AOL series that explores the positive and negative impact of technology on our lives, and ways to manage it. The second season of the Emmy-nominated series is currently on AOL.