These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Sign of the Times - Foreclosure

Foreclosure sign, courtesy of Jeff Turner, CC BY 2.0.

  • A group of Uber drivers in California have sued the company, claiming that they should be treated as employees rather than independent contractors. U.S. District Judge Edward Chen in San Francisco granted the drivers class action status. The outcome of the case may set an important precedent regarding the business model of on-demand or “sharing economy” services.