Turmoil at Reddit, and Shots of the Pluto Flyby: Weekly News
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It's been a tough week for Reddit. Its chief engineer is the latest prominent employee to exit the message board site, but the real turmoil began when a popular staffer was fired two weeks ago, followed by the resignation of former CEO Ellen Pao. Our Laura Entis explains that the drama is far from over.
To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Amazon held Prime Day on July 15th. While the e-commerce giant says its single-day sales have surpassed beat Black Friday, many shoppers complained about the downsides of the major discount day.
The freelance workforce continues to evolve with startups like Shyp and Instacart reclassifying their independent workers as full-time employees. Meanwhile, Uber is pushing back against the class-action status of a lawsuit filed by three drivers demanding to be categorized as full-time workers. Separately, a California regulator is fining the ride-hailing app a hefty $7.3 million. It's being accused of withholding rider data.
And NASA pulled off a Pluto flyby thanks to a project 24 years in the making, writes our Geoff Weiss. Its New Horizons spacecraft scored the space agency the most detailed pictures of Pluto yet, revealing new details about the dwarf planet's terrain.