Resistance Is Futile: Uber Loves a Good Fight |

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Recently, some of the world’s fastest-growing tech companies have been pushing ahead with their ideas without pausing to ask for permission. As a result, they’re behaving in ways lawmakers aren’t quite comfortable with. Consider that on your phone, you can purchase luggage (say, on Amazon), find someone to carry said luggage (TaskRabbit), rent an apartment for a couple of days (Airbnb), and hail a luxury sedan (you get the picture). But when the luggage retailer doesn’t pay state sales tax, the employment provider doesn’t pay minimum wage, the renter doesn’t hold the lease, and the sedan driver doesn’t charge a fixed rate? The government is pissed.

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