This week, staff writer Zoë Henry explores how startups that depend on short-term labor--such as Uber, Lyft, and Postmates--are dealing with a shift in the job market. The so-called gig economy, comprising freelancers and contract workers, may actually be shrinking as the U.S. economy grows, research suggests. That has some employers scrambling to offer new perks, from $1,000 signing bonuses to partial health care coverage.
Reporter Emily Canal then discusses why Netflix, the DVD rental service-turned-streaming-giant, just made its first-ever acquisition. The company's purchase of comic book publisher Millarworld, Canal argues, speaks to its new focus on creating content rather than licensing third-party shows.