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US human-resources startups betting on 'gig economy'

A handful of large deals, crowned by Microsoft's US$26 billion acquisition of LinkedIn, has fuelled investor enthusiasm. In June, Monster Worldwide Inc bought San Francisco-based Jobr.

New York

ONE of the reasons Mustafa Muhammed finally broke down and bought a smartphone was because he needed to find a job.

The 57-year-old cook was tired of using a library computer to look for work and watching friends get a jump on leads via alerts on their phones. After