Briefs: Toy­ota hails Uber; New York state looks to give Domino’s work­ers a big tip

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Toy­ota is buy­ing a small stake in ride­hail­ing leader Uber and will be­gin of­fer­ing leases to Uber driv­ers. The deal fol­lows in­vest­ments by Volk­swa­gen and Gen­eral Mo­tors in Uber ri­vals Gett and Lyft, re­spec­tively. Toy­ota and Uber didn’t dis­close the size of the in­vest­ment. Hewlett Packard En­ter­prise will spin off and merge its busi­ness-ser­vices di­vi­sion with Com­puter Sciences in a deal val­ued at $8.5 bil­lion. That lets CEO Meg Whit­man exit IT out­sourc­ing, leav­ing HPE to con­cen­trate on sell­ing servers, stor­age, and net­work­ing hard­ware, plus soft­ware. ●å● Eg­g­less may­on­naise maker Hamp­ton Creek is look­ing for fresh cap­i­tal to fund its ex­pan­sion. It’s been try­ing to raise about $200 mil­lion based on a $1.1 bil­lion val­u­a­tion, say peo­ple fa­mil­iar with the mat­ter. The com­pany sells what it bills as sus­tain­able foods at Tar­get, Wal­mart, Whole Foods Mar­ket, and other big chains. It wants to in­crease the num­ber of prod­ucts it of­fers to more than 600, from 64. ●● Royal Dutch Shell will cut 2,200 jobs in re­sponse to oil prices stay­ing “lower for longer,” it said. The move raises the tally of job losses at Shell since the be­gin­ning of 2015 to 12,500. ●ae● New York state filed suit against Domino’s Pizza, say­ing the com­puter sys­tem used by its fran­chisees un­der­counted hours worked by em­ploy­ees, re­duc­ing their wages. New York sued the fran­chisor rather than in­de­pen­dent store own­ers, say­ing the par­ent re­quired fran­chisees to use a flawed com­puter ac­count­ing sys­tem. Domino’s said the law­suit was base­less and “dis­re­gards the na­ture of fran­chis­ing.”

The Gyeondyo-bar, a grape­fruit-fla­vored ice cream bar to help cure hang­overs, has been in­tro­duced in Korea, which has the high­est per capita al­co­hol con­sump­tion in Asia.

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