POLITICS & POLICY

The fuss over 5G, explained

5G is nowhere and yet it’s everywhere.The fifth-generation cellular network that promises exponentially faster wireless speeds is the focus of a lot of press, political maneuvering, and public interest. But pretty much no one in the US can actually use the budding wireless network yet.

California is cracking down on the gig economy

California just took a major step in rewriting the rules of the gig economy.The state Assembly passed a bill Wednesday that would make it harder for companies to label workers as independent contractors instead of employees, a common practice that has allowed businesses to skirt state and federal labor laws. The bill will now go to the state Senate.