How St. Louis Workers Won and Then Lost a Minimum-Wage Hike
– The Atlantic
After a Missouri law took effect on Monday, the wage floor in the city was reduced to $7.70 per hour after three months at $10 per hour — the latest case of a state cracking down on a city that had enacted a progressive policy.
How Hurricane Harvey Will Impact Prices at The Gas Pump
– The Washington Post
Hurricane Harvey has barreled into the heart of the U.S. oil and gas industry, prompting the sudden evacuation of workers. Spot prices for gasoline are expected to jump Monday, but the full extent of damage will not be clear for days, companies and experts said. The storm’s impact on the price of gas may put a dent in disposable income that otherwise may be going to restaurant meals and other retail items.
‘Cortana, Open Alexa,’ Amazon Says. And Microsoft Agrees.
– The New York Times
In an unusual partnership, Amazon and Microsoft are working together to extend the abilities of their voice-controlled digital assistants. It’s a move that could have a profound effect on the “new” economy.
– MIT Technology Review
The MIT Technology Review looks at why so many tech companies, as well as traditional economy companies, are focusing on voice-based AI assistants like Amazon’s Alexa. The ultimate payoff is the opportunity to control-or at least influence-three important markets: home automation, home entertainment, and shopping.