Uber and Convoy vets land $5.3M for new startup Solo that helps gig workers make more money

Solo team members, from left: Keith Ng (co-founder), Araceli Benitez (growth lead), Bryce Bennett (CEO & co-founder), Keith Ho (software engineer), and Thushara Wijeratna (founding & lead engineer). (Solo Photos) Gig economy companies such as Uber, Instacart, goPuff and others have given workers a new way to earn money on their own schedule. But with that flexibility comes a certain level of income instability — sufficient work and regular paychecks are not always guaranteed as they are in a traditional 9-to-5 job. That’s where Solo comes in. The new Seattle startup, which just announced a $5.5 million seed round, aims to help gig workers by providing hour-by-hour earnings predictions over… Read More

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Fossil announces new smartwatches for 2021 that won’t have Wear OS 3 until 2022

Fossil Gen 6 watches | Fossil Fossil has announced its fall 2021 smartwatch lineup running Wear OS, which it is calling the Gen 6 Touchscreen. As with the Gen 5 Fossil watches, the Gen 6 will come in a few different styles and sizes and there will also be versions sold under the Michael Kors brand. Prices will start at $299 and they’ll be available for preorder immediately. It does not appear that Fossil will offer LTE options. Unfortunately, these watches will be shipping with the current Wear OS 2 software and not the new Wear OS 3 that runs on the latest Samsung Galaxy Watches. Fossil says that it’s… Read More

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Affirm soars 43% after partnering with Amazon to bring buy now, pay later service to the online retail giant

Reuters / Brendan McDermid Affirm soared as much as 43% on Monday after the buy-now-pay-later fintech partnered with Amazon. Amazon customers will now be able to split purchases over $50 into monthly payments. The offering is currently in test mode and will be rolled out more broadly in the next few months. Sign up here for our daily newsletter, 10 Things Before the Opening Bell. Shares of Affirm soared as much as 43% on Monday after the buy-now-pay-later fintech inked a partnership with Amazon. Customers that make a purchase of more than $50 on Amazon will be offered the Affirm payment option at checkout, often with 0% interest, and no… Read More

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70 promising fintechs transforming trading, investing, banking, and lending, according to 42 top investors

From left: Karim Atiyeh and Eric Glyman, founders of Ramp; Shuo Wang, cofounder and CRO of Deel; Stephany Kirkpatrick, founder and CEO of Orum; Richie Serna, founder and CEO of Finix. Ramp; Deel; Orum; Finix; Samantha Lee/Insider Insider asked more than 40 investors to nominate promising fintechs. Investors nominated startups both inside and out of their portfolio. Fintechs serving businesses, as opposed to consumers, were the vast majority of nominations. See more stories on Insider’s business page. Some of the US’s top investors have placed their bets on the most promising fintechs to watch – and startups that provide back-end tech to other businesses dominated the series. Forty-two investors –… Read More

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Convicted killer gets new trial date for 1982 death of 14-year-old Bay Area girl

A Solano County Superior Court judge on Friday reset the jury trial date to April for the accused killer of a 14-year-old Vacaville girl nearly four decades after her murder. Marvin Ray Markle, 55, who appeared Friday in Department 2 for a trial readiness conference and was previously scheduled for a Sept. 27 trial, heard Judge Daniel Healy place it on the docket for 8:30 a.m. April 4 in the Justice Building in Vallejo. Markle  Markle, charged with the 1982 bludgeoning death of De Anna Lynn Johnson, first will face a trial readiness conference and further proceedings at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 27, also in Department 2, court records show. Markle’s… Read More

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Hurricane Ida traps Louisianans, leaves the grid a shambles

By REBECCA SANTANA, KEVIN McGILL and JANET McCONNAUGHEY NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A fearsome Hurricane Ida left scores of coastal Louisiana residents trapped by floodwaters and pleading to be rescued Monday while making a shambles of the electrical grid across a wide swath of the state in the sweltering, late-summer heat. One of the most powerful hurricanes ever to hit the U.S. mainland weakened into a tropical storm overnight as it pushed inland over Mississippi with torrential rain and shrieking winds, its danger far from over. Ida was blamed for at least one death — someone hit by a falling tree outside Baton Rouge — but the full extent of… Read More

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San Jose airport activity soars in July to highest COVID-era level

SAN JOSE — San Jose International Airport has soared to its highest level of passenger activity during the coronavirus era but remains far below the record heights the travel hub achieved before the virus outbreak. Buoyed by an improving economy, more nonstop flights and an easing of COVID-linked business shutdowns, Silicon Valley’s airport has enjoyed a boom in travel so far in 2021. During July, about 818,300 passengers traveled through San Jose International Airport, up 8.2% from the roughly 756,100 passengers that arrived at or departed from the transportation complex in June, according to official airport figures. The July numbers represent a huge improvement from the numbers a year ago,… Read More

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We got our best picture yet of Dollar General’s healthcare plans

Hello, Welcome to Insider Healthcare. I’m Lydia Ramsey Pflanzer, and today in healthcare news: We got a better picture of Dollar General’s healthcare ambitions; These are the states with the most biotech companies; Why you aren’t allowed to know which variant gave you COVID-19. If you’re new to this newsletter, sign up here. Comments, tips? Email me at lramsey@insider.com or tweet @lydiaramsey125. Let’s get to it… Jeremy Hogan/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Dollar General’s CEO just unveiled more details about the discount chain’s plans to take on the $3.8 trillion healthcare industry Dollar General wants a piece of the $3.8 trillion healthcare industry. CEO Todd Vasos on Thursday said the… Read More

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Are we really saying ‘the I-5’ now? Roadshow

Q: I have been a devout reader of your column for over 20 years and was appalled by the headline for Friday’s column: “Want to add more lanes to the I-5? Not so fast.” The I-5 — really. The only explanation I can think of is that someone other than you wrote the headline. I thought you swore off using “the” in front of road routes. Dale Schmidt, Burlingame A: I did. Q: Does the headline of the 8/27 column really say “the” I-5? Brian Simmons, Marina A: It did. Q: From the title of Friday’s piece, you sound just like you’re from SoCal: “Want to add more lanes to… Read More

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49ers preseason finale: Studs and duds in 34-10 win over Raiders

SANTA CLARA — Escaping the preseason without catastrophic injuries is a mission the 49ers accomplished. Or did you miss that goal amid all the quarterback-rotation chatter? Here are the studs and duds from Sunday’s 34-10, preseason-closing win over the Raiders at Levi’s Stadium: STUDS 1. TWO-QUARTERBACK SYSTEM Yes, we’re combining Jimmy Garoppolo and Trey Lance here, because of how well they shuttled in and out of the opening two drives. The goal wasn’t so much to get them used to it as it was to show the NFL just enough, so that defenses will have to spend hours studying and practicing for that chaotic look, specifically Lance’s zone-read options. We… Read More

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