Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp Accuses Georgia Democrats of Hacking

In December 2016, Georgia secretary of state Brian Kemp accused the Department of Homeland Security of attempting to hack his office’s systems, which include the Georgia voter registration database. Six months later, the DHS inspector general concluded that the allegations were unfounded; someone on a DHS computer had simply visited Georgia Secretary of State website. Now, two days before an election in which Kemp himself is the Republican candidate for governor, he has levied similarly unsupported charges—this time against his democratic opponents.

The Georgia Secretary of State’s office released a short statement on Sunday morning that it had opened an investigation into the Democratic Party the previous evening, “after a failed attempt to hack the state’s voter registration system.”

The Democratic Party of Georgia sharply denied the accusations in a statement to reporters. “Brian Kemp’s scurrilous claims are 100 percent false, and this so-called investigation was unknown to the Democratic Party of Georgia until a campaign operative in Kemp’s official office released a statement this morning,” wrote Rebecca DeHart, executive director of the state’s Democratic Party. “This is yet another example of abuse of power by an unethical Secretary of State.”

Kemp’s office said it has alerted DHS and the FBI. A DHS official told WIRED in a statement that, “The State of Georgia has notified us of this issue. We defer to the State for further details.” The National Association of Secretaries of State declined to comment on state-specific investigations.

While anything is possible, Kemp’s claims seem unlikely on their face, especially when you parse what little information his team has provided. “We opened an investigation into the Democratic Party of Georgia after receiving information from our legal team about failed efforts to breach the online voter registration system and My Voter Page,” his office said in a statement. “We are working with our private sector vendors and investigators to review data logs.”

A legal team seems like a surprising source for the discovery of a hacking attempt, and the fact that security teams then began reviewing the logs makes whether any suspicious activity was actually seen an open question. Kemp’s office did not provide any information about the alleged attack, or when it purportedly occurred.

“While we cannot comment on the specifics of an ongoing investigation, I can confirm that the Democratic Party of Georgia is under investigation for possible cyber crimes,” Georgia secretary of state press secretary Candice Broce wrote in a statement. Not sharing details of an investigation is a common practice, but that supposed restraint apparently did not apply to the direct, vocal accusation of Kemp’s Democratic opposition.

In his dual role as Georgia secretary of state and gubernatorial candidate, Kemp wields tremendous influence and faces monumental conflicts of interest. Over the past year, for instance, Kemp purged more than a million voters from Georgia’s rolls and has backed restrictive voter ID laws. On Friday, a federal judge determined that Kemp’s “exact match” policy, which required that a voter’s name on the roles perfectly mirror that on their identification, was likely to infringe on voting rights, and issued a preliminary injunction allowing impacted people to simply show proof of citizenship to a poll worker before voting.

Under Kemp’s watch, Georgia is also one of only five states that still uses electronic voting machines that do not generate a voter-verified paper backup—meaning there is no auditable alternative accounting of votes aside from the digital record. Kemp has resisted finding the funding to replace the machines, and was one of only about 11 top election officials who declined assistance from DHS to secure election infrastructure in the wake of the 2016 presidential election. Georgia’s digital election infrastructure has had numerous vulnerabilities and data exposures while Kemp has been in charge.

“There are already allegations that the Georgia voter registration page is vulnerable to attack and data is vulnerable to modification,” says Jake Williams, founder of the Georgia-based security firm Rendition Infosec. “Instead of dealing with the potential fallout of that, Kemp is redirecting his administration’s failure to secure state infrastructure to his opponents.”

In his own preliminary evaluation of Georgia’s voter registration system, Williams says he found numerous signs that the system is badly coded and may be poorly secured. He did not download or alter data or probe the site, and simply reviewed publicly accessible information.

Indeed, it seems within the realm of possibility that Kemp has conflated concerns about vulnerabilities with actual hacking. A report from WhoWhatWhy on Sunday detailed a memo from the Democratic Party of Georgia that outlined flaws in the state’s voter registration system. If Democrats had actually tested those flaws without permission, they would have run afoul of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. But plenty of third-party security researchers have identified issues with Georgia’s voter registration system without actively testing them.

Kemp’s opponent in the Georgia gubernatorial race, Democrat Stacey Abrams, told CNN’s State Of The Union on Sunday that Kemp’s office’s hacking accusations are “a desperate attempt…to distract people from the fact that two different federal judges found him derelict in his duties and forced him to allow absentee ballots to be counted and those who are being held captive by the exact match system be allowed to vote.”

Meanwhile, Kemp has plastered the accusations on the front of the Georgia Secretary of State website, where state residents also go to find voting information. And the Kemp for Governor campaign issued a parallel statement about the accusations of voter registration service hacking. “In an act of desperation, the Democrats tried to expose vulnerabilities in Georgia’s voter registration system,” the campaign wrote. “Thanks to the systems and protocols established by Secretary of State Brian Kemp, no personal information was breached.”

The Georgia Secretary of State’s office did not specifically accuse Democrats of attempting to penetration test the voter registration system to reveal flaws. It is also unclear why the party would attempt to steal voters’ personal information in the first place, given that the Georgia Secretary of State’s office will send it—minus Social Security numbers and driver’s licenses—to any member of the public who requests it. It costs $250.

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Stocks To Watch: Looking Beyond The Election

Welcome to Seeking Alpha’s Stocks to Watch – a preview of key events scheduled for the next week. Follow this account and turn the e-mail alert on to receive this article in your inbox every Saturday morning.

Yep, there is an election next week that’s going to steal some headlines, but investors have been advised to keep their emotions in check. Reminders have been put out that the stock market has actually outperformed when Congress was divided between parties and that selling immediately after an election based on fears of the winning party has been a losing bet over the last 40 years. The consensus concerns of analysts, economists and CEOs/CFOs of multinationals are more focused on potential Federal Reserve missteps, biting margin pressures and global trade issues over the results of the U.S. election. Still, we can expect some fireworks and volatility no matter the result, especially with certain sectors like healthcare and financials. However, the biggest wildcard of all may be how the Trump-Xi meet and greet develops after the election. Next week also features a FOMC meeting on November 5-6 that won’t feature dot plots and a press conference – but will be closely analyzed after the recent string of strong economic data.

Notable earnings reports: Booking Holdings (NASDAQ:BKNG), Marriott International (NYSE:MAR), Pandora (NYSE:P) and Mylan (NASDAQ:MYL) on November 5; Bausch Health (NYSE:BHC), Zillow (NASDAQ:ZG) and Wendy’s (NYSE:WEN) on November 6; Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM), Groupon (NASDAQ:GRPN), Square (NYSE:SQ) and Wynn Resorts (NASDAQ:WYNN) on November 7; Disney (NYSE:DIS), Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI) and Yelp (NYSE:YELP) on November 8; Iconix Brand (NASDAQ:ICON), Moneygram International (NYSE:MGI) and Superior Industries (NYSE:SUP) on November 9. See Seeking Alpha’s Earnings Calendar for the complete list of earnings reporters.

IPOs expected to price: The IPO market hits a lull next week with no offerings anticipated to price. The break in the action gives us a chance to update on the ten hottest IPO debuts of 2018 by share price return over the offering price – Tilray (NASDAQ:TLRY) +458%, Goosehead Insurance (NASDAQ:GSHD) +243%, ARMO BioSciences (NASDAQ:ARMO) +194%, Allakos (NASDAQ:ALLK) +169%, Zscalar (NASDAQ:ZS) +127%, Solid Biosciences (NASDAQ:SLDB) +100%, Elastic (NYSE:ESTC) +89%, Guardent Health (NASDAQ:GH) +76%, Cactus (NYSE:WHD) +76% and Ceridian HCM Holding (NYSE:CDAY) +73%. Other notable gainers include PlayAGS (NYSE:AGS) +52%, EVO Payments (NASDAQ:EVOP) +48%, Zuora (NYSE:ZUO) +46%, DocSign (NASDAQ:DOCU) +45% and Eventbrite (NYSE:EB) +23%. Notable decliners include NIO(NYSE:NIO) -6%, Yeti (NYSE:YETI) -12%, Carbon Black (NASDAQ:CLBK) -13% and Sonos (NASDAQ:SONO) -15%.

IPO lockup expirations: Evelo Biosciences (NASDAQ:EVLO) and Origin Bancorp (NASDAQ:OBNK) on November 5; AXA Equitable (NYSE:EQH) on November 6; HUYA (NYSE:HUYA) on November 7.

Analyst quiet period expirations: Allogene (NASDAQ:ALLO) and Livent (NYSE:LTHM) on November 5; Anaplan (NYSE:PLAN) on November 6; Equillium (NASDAQ:EQ) on November 7.

China International Import Expo: Chinese President Xi Jinping is set to kick off a week-long expo in Shanghai that promotes his country’s status as a major consumer of the world’s goods. Economists think that China could use the event to announce trade reform without the appearance of caving in to U.S. pressure. Last year, China imported a whopping $2.1T worth of goods, a mark that the U.S. and European nations want to go higher.

Let’s talk dividends: The recent eye-popping dividend slashes at GE (NYSE:GE) and Anheuser-Busch InBev (NYSE:BUD) could be a warning sign for other companies with high payout ratios. After analyzing companies with lush dividends, MarketWatch named Six Flags Entertainment (NYSE:SIX), AstraZeneca (NYSE:AZN), Century Link (NYSE:CTL), L Brands (NYSE:LB) and Philip Morris (NYSE:PM) as five stocks to watch in particular for dividend cuts.

AMD intrigue: AMD (NASDAQ:AMD) is hosting a mysterious event called “AMD Next Horizon” on November 6. While the company’s website is barren of information on the event, in the past AMD has announced product updates at a gathering with the same title. Bank of America Merrill Lynch (Buy rating, $30 price target) expects an update on AMD’s EPYC 2/Rome serve CPU. Shares of AMD could use a boost after peeling off 27% over the last month.

Apple-picking: A dip below a $1T market cap has Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) investors wide awake and evaluating if the company’s higher average selling prices will be enough to offset slowing iPhone shipment growth. Next week, things could get really interesting as analysts dig into valuation on Apple to set their revised price targets knowing quarterly updates on iPhones, iPads, and Macs units sold will be missing in action. Apple wants investors to think of the entire business as a service, notes Loup Ventures analyst Gene Munster. He joins other analysts in expecting the tactic to work over the long term. “Apple’s mix of loyal customers and product innovation will drive sustained revenue and earnings growth,” says Munster. As it stands now, the average price target on Apple is $236.02 vs. Friday’s closing price of $207.48 and all-time high of $233.47.

When P&G talks… : Consumer products giant Procter & Gamble (NYSE:PG) hosts an investor day event on November 8. Watch for a guidance update from P&G after the company set its FY19 outlook at organic sales growth of 2% to 3% and EPS growth of 3% to 8% just a few weeks. Shares of Procter & Gamble are up 9% over the last month and the sector as a whole is riding high after Church & Dwight (NYSE:CHD) posted organic sales growth of 4.7% volume in Q3 on higher pricing. P&G’s tone at its investor day could redirect shares of Kimberly-Clark (NYSE:KMB) and Clorox (NYSE:CLX) as well.

Novartis scramble: Novartis (NYSE:NVS) has a R&D update scheduled for November 5. The company recently announced that it dropped ~20% of its research projects to focus on the most cutting-edge and transformative medicine projects in its pipeline, but has yet to details which programs are being slashed. A little bit of an industry scramble could ensue as many of the eliminated projects could be picked up by other drugmakers through licensing arrangements.

20 days: Black Friday is sneaking up on us, and amid all the distractions in the stock market, it’s possible that investors might not be factoring in the upside for retail majors riding into the holidays with a strong economy tailwind. While Morgan Stanley sees the “big six” — (NASDAQ:AMZN), Walmart (NYSE:WMT), Kroger (NYSE:KR), Home Depot (NYSE:HD), Lowe’s (NYSE:LOW) and Costco (NASDAQ:COST) — posting blowout holiday sales, the firm isn’t nearly as confident about department stores and specialty retailers. However, off-price retailers TJX Companies (NYSE:TJX), Ross Stores (NASDAQ:ROST) and Burlington Stores (NYSE:BURL) are seen generating holiday same-store sales growth ahead of broad retail averages.

FDA watch: Mylan’s (MYL) resubmitted ANDA of its generic to Allergan’s (NYSE:AGN)’s Restasis dry eye treatment may see some FDA action next week. Briefing documents fare due in for Mallinckrodt’s (NYSE:MNK) MNK-812 Roxicodone reformualtion.

R&D day: BioMarin Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:BMRN) management and external experts will provide an update on November 7 to the investment community on the company’s development portfolio, which it says is focused on innovative therapies to treat rare and ultra-rare diseases.

Upcoming stocks splits: TJX Companies (TJX) has a 2-for-1 stock split set for November 6. The number of outstanding TJX shares will be ~1.8B share after the split. TJX will still yield ~1.42% following the split action.

Monthly sales updates: Costco (COST) and Zumiez (NASDAQ:ZUMZ) on November 7; Buckle (NYSE:BKE), Cato (NYSE:CATO) and L Brands (LB) on November 8.

M&A tidbits: The Broadcom (NASDAQ:AVGO)-CA Technologies (NASDAQ:CA) deal is expected to close on November 5. Shareholders of Barrick Gold (NYSE:ABX) and Randgold Resources (NASDAQ:GOLD) vote on the companies’ planned merger on November 6. The Israeli shareholder waiting period expires on the SodaStream (NASDAQ:SODA)-Pepsico (NYSE:PEP) deal on November 8.

Videogame check: Berenberg hosts a video gaming conference on November 7, with some under-the-radar European players making an appearance, including CD Projeckt (OTC:OTGLF), Codemasters, Frontier Developments (OTC:FRRDF), Gfnity, KeyWordStudios (OTC:KYYWF), Starbreeze Studios (OTC:STBEF), Sumo Digital, Team17Group and THQ Nordic (OTCPK:THQQF). It’s a busy week overall for the videogame sector, with Take-Two Interactive Software (NASDAQ:TTWO) and Activision Blizzard (ATVI) reporting earnings and Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA) trying to make the “final adjustments” to Battlefield V. Activision and Take-Two already have Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and Red Dead Redemption 2 on the market ahead of the crucial holiday season.

Stephens Fall Investment Conference: The huge investment conference that includes fireside chat presentations from across various sectors runs from November 7-8 in New York City. Participating companies include BMC Stock Holdings (NASDAQ:BMCH), Greenbrier (NYSE:GBX), Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU), Matson (NYSE:MATX), MasTec (NYSE:MTZ), Quanta Services (NYSE:PWR), US Express Enterprises (NYSE:USX), Wener Enterprises, (NASDAQ:WERN), Heartland Express (NASDAQ:HTLD), J.B. Hunt Transport Services (NASDAQ:JBHT), Knight-Swift Transportation (NYSE:KNX), Norfolk Southern (NYSE:NSC), Ryder (NYSE:R), Construction Partners (NASDAQ:ROAD), Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP), BJ’s Restaurants (NASDAQ:BJRI), Habit Restaurants (NASDAQ:HABT), Healthcare Services Group (NASDAQ:HCSG), Ruth’s Hospitality (NASDAQ:RUTH), Sanderson Farms (NASDAQ:SAFM), Addus HomeCare (NASDAQ:ADUS), Endologix (NASDAQ:ELGX), Invacare (NYSE:IVC), Marchex (NASDAQ:MCHX), Proofpoint (NASDAQ:PFPT), AutoNation (NYSE:AN), FedEx (NYSE:FDX), American Airlines Group (NASDAQ:AAL), Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV), Domino’s Pizza (NYSE:DPZ) and QuinStreet (NASDAQ:QNST).

Box office: 20th Century Fox’s (NASDAQ:FOXA) Bohemian Rhapsody is expected to bring in $35M to $40M in the U.S. over the weekend. The Freddie Mercury biopic only cost about $55M to make before marketing costs, setting it up turn a profit. Disney’s (DIS) The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is forecast to tally $20.0M in its debut. Universal’s (NASDAQ:CMCSA) Halloween is showing some strong legs, and is seen tallying up another $15M.

Barron’s mentions: Rising tension between the U.S. and China could lead to a new arms race with a “scary” hypersonic missile on the way from Beijing, writes Jack Hough. The thought is that deep cuts in defense spending are unlikely, paving the way for Raytheon (NYSE:RTN), Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC) and Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) to see share price bouncebacks. General Dynamics (NYSE:GD), Huntington Ingalls (NYSE:HII) and Boeing (NYSE:BA) could also benefit as spending opens up for jet fighters, submarines and aircraft carriers. Ingersoll-Rand (NYSE:IR) and Lennox International (NYSE:LII) are seen as oversold amid the housing sector slump. Finally, the publication keeps it simple by reminding that companies with small debt loads could outperform as higher interest rates clip peers. Names that make that cut include Gap (NYSE:GPS), Costco (COST), Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL) and Micron Technology (NASDAQ:MU) and Southwest Airlines (LUV).

Sources: Nasdaq, CNBC, EDGAR, Financial Times, Bloomberg.

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Google Just Revealed a Massive Innovation Failure, and the 'Google Walkout' Made It Even More Obvious. (Everyone Missed It, Which Is Completely Ironic)

There were at least two really big developments at Google that made a lot of news in the last month.

Oddly, it seems nobody has really connected how one of them highlights the failure of the other. So let’s make the connection.


The first of these developments is the more recent: the Google Walkout (a/k/a by the hashtag, #GoogleWalkout). Thousands of Google employees walked off the job at 60 percent of Google’s offices worldwide Thursday, each starting at 11:10 a.m. local time. 

The whole thing went viral, and it was the photos and videos from those posts that most major media used in illustrating the story.

I’m including a couple of the posts below, but there were thousands on Twitter and Instagram. And that fact illustrates another massive but unrelated development at Google, that also came to light in October.


The other big development is Google’s decision, announced on October 8 via a 1,400-word blog post, to effectively shut down its own social network, Google+, after seven years of failure.

Yes, there were some posts about the #GoogleWalkout on Google+, but a quick glimpse shows anemic engagement, which lines right up with what Google itself reported when it announced its decision. As I wrote then:

Google+ had every advantage–a giant, then-young tech company behind it, more money than its engineers probably knew what to do with, and the ability to sign up people who were using other Google services to Google+ by “brute force.”

That was part of its downfall, it would seem. You probably have a Google+ account, but you might not even know it. That’s how the site could sign up hundreds of millions of users but still have engagement levels that were a mere fraction of its rivals

By the way, this marks the third time that Google has tried and failed to launch a social network to compete with the likes of Facebook, Instagram, and even Snap. It’s okay to admit you barely remember the others: Google Friend Connect (2008 to 2012), Google Buzz (2010 to 2011), and Orkut (2004 to 2014).

It’s natural that Google’s employees would turn to competing companies’ tools to show support for a movement about their company and communicate with each other, it’s striking and reinforces that social media is the one modern field Google (and Alphabet) have been completely unable to crack.

I don’t know how you count that as anything other than a massive failure.

Twitter and LinkedIn

I think most people likely support the overall goals, which have to do with protesting sexual harassment and promoting equal opportunity along both gender and racial lines at Google. 

There were seven named organizers who coauthored an article in The Cut explaining its origins and their goals. The of these runs social media management for YouTube according to her profile on LinkedIn.

What social media account does she list prominently, in fact the only one in her bio?

A Twitter profile for YouTube. And if you were looking for coordination during the walkout itself, you probably followed @GoogleWalkout on Twitter.

Take a quick look at the photos below, which were only two of many thousands posted using the #GoogleWalkout hashtag on Twitter and Instagram. You may find yourself going down a rabbit hole checking them out. 

But it’s up to you if you even want to bother on Google+. The vast majority of other people didn’t. 

6 Unconventional Ways to Make Your Employees Happier and More Successful

When you’re leading a big change to your company, odds are good that you’ll put stress on your people. But if you take steps to make them happy, they’ll make customers happier and your profits will rise.

How so? A former Harvard researcher found that keeping people happy is good for business. As Shawn Achor wrote in a 2012 Harvard Business Review article, Positive Intelligence — keeping people happy instead of threatening them — produces better business outcomes during stressful situations.

Inspired by Achor, here are six unconventional ways to boost your employees’ success and happiness.

1. Single people out for praise.

If you’re leading your company through a big change — like expanding from selling in the U.S. to 18 other countries, your people are likely to feel stress because you feel it as well.

But in 2008, Burt’s Bees’s then-CEO, John Replogle, was taking the company global. And rather than fill their inboxes with question on their progress, every day he sent out an e-mail praising a team member for work related to the global rollout.

2. Encourage your managers to talk about corporate values.

Another surprising way to make people happy is to encourage your managers to talk with their teams about the company’s values.

Replogle took time away from talking about the global launch to encourage his direct-reports to discuss company values with their people. The reason? The values discussion would help people feel more connected to the company’s mission.

Achor wrote that Replogle’s “emphasis on fostering positive leadership kept his managers engaged and cohesive as they successfully made the transition to a global company.”

3. Exercise your peoples’ sense of well-being.

I’ve read that you can train yourself to be happy by smiling a lot.

But that’s not the only way. Achor ran a session on happiness with some soon-to-be stressed out tax managers at KPMG. He trained them to be happy by writing down things for which they were grateful or exercising for 10 minutes.

Four months later, the tax managers who did these happiness activities scored higher on the life satisfaction scale — a metric widely accepted to be one of the greatest predictors of productivity and happiness at work, according to Achor — than they did before the happiness training.

4. Hire people with high life-satisfaction.

If you can’t train people to a higher life-satisfaction score, hire people who already have one.

Gallup researchers found that retail employees in an individual store who scored high on life satisfaction generated $21 more in earnings per square foot than employees with lower scores in the retailer’s other stores.

That sounds like a compelling business case for hiring happy people.

5. Follow the 10/5 path to social support.

Helping other people makes the social support providers — people who pick up slack for others, invite coworkers to lunch, and organize office activities — more engaged at work and more likely to get promoted.

One company — Ochsner Health System — uses this insight. Ochsner’s so-called “10/5 Way” encourages employees who walk within 10 feet of another person in the hospital, to make eye contact and smile. When they walk within 5 feet, they must say hello.

10/5 has paid off for Ochsner in the form of more unique patient visits, a 5 percent increase in patients’ likelihood to recommend Ochsner, and “a significant improvement in medical-practice provider scores,” according to Achor.

6. View stress as a performance-enhancer.

Since work is almost always stressful, I was surprised to learn that it’s possible to train people to think about stress positively — e.g., as a force that enhances the brain and body — and negatively —  as debilitating to performance.

Researchers showed videos with positive and negative messages on stress to managers at UBS. Six weeks later, the managers who saw the positive video experienced a big health improvement and an increase in their happiness at work, Achor wrote. 

Encourage your people to list their stresses and make small, concrete steps to reduce the stressors they can control. Those small steps can nudge their brains back to a positive–and productive–mind-set.

It's Now Easier to Use Uber Eats on Your Company’s Dime

Maybe you like business trips. The chance to go somewhere new, eat out for every meal, dry off with a fresh towel each morning, and be away from the daily life of the office (and the home) for a while. You do not, however, like filing your expenses when you get home.

Uber thinks it can help. Today, it announced that it’s expanding Uber for Business to incorporate its Eats food delivery service, aiming to make it easier for companies to help their employees get grub as well as get around.

Since 2014, companies using Uber for Business have been able to run and pay for group accounts. The folks in charge choose who’s allowed to take rides (and they can set conditions like cost ceilings, vehicle type, and locations). They can use the service to send rides to clients or whomever (even those without smartphones). In exchange for a 10 percent markup on those rides, they get a single bill, putting a dent in the piles of receipts their employees must file and validate. The service plays nice with a bunch of expense accounting software services, and is used by 65,000 companies around the world, including JP Morgan, Dell, Goldman Sachs, and Salesforce.

Integrating Eats into the service means those companies can now make it seamless for their minions chow down, too. Employees can use it to order meals when they’re stuck at the office after hours, for team or client meetings, or while on the road. They can set restrictions on when and where workers are when they place orders, and how much they can spend. And again, the company gets one centralized bill, which it can pay as it goes or once a month.

The demand, apparently, is there: Uber says expense service Concur processed hundreds of thousands of Uber Eats receipts in 2017, a seven-fold increase over 2016. So if your company signs on, you don’t have to save and submit a receipt for that meatball sub, then wait for reimbursement. You can focus your energy on your work regretting all those calories.

This relatively small upgrade won’t do much for Uber’s bottom line, but as the ride-hailing giant sails toward a planned IPO next year, it’s focused on the big goal of helping people move around as much as possible, without ever leaving the app.

Uber can now get you a black car, a cheaper car, a shared car. It’ll put you on an electric bike or a scooter. It’s working on helping you pay for public transit. It brings you food. “We’re evolving into this platform,” says Eats chief Stephen Chau.

Uber Eats for Business expands that ecosystem, giving companies and their employees more reason than ever to come along for the ride.

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