Tag Archives: Uber

Cohen’s Pitch To Uber: I’m The President’s Lawyer

The Wall Street Journal reports: Mr. Cohen’s pitch was blunt. He would tell prospective clients — large corporations worried about their lack of connections to President Donald Trump’s administration — that he didn’t know who was advising them, but that the companies “should fire them all,” a person familiar with Mr. Cohen’s approach said. “I have the best relationship with ...

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Uber Unveils Plan For Fleet Of Flying Taxis [VIDEO]

USA Today reports: Uber executives continue to grapple with a host of challenges, but that hasn’t put the brakes on the company’s futuristic — and somewhat outlandish — plans to develop a network of flying taxis. The project gained a bit more altitude at Tuesday’s kickoff of the two-day Uber Elevate conference in Los Angeles to discuss urban air transportation. ...

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ARIZONA: Self-Driving Uber Car Kills Pedestrian

Gizmodo reports: Last night a woman was struck by an autonomous Uber vehicle in Tempe, Arizona. She later died of her injuries in the hospital. The deadly collision—reported by ABC15 and later confirmed to Gizmodo by Uber and Tempe police—took place around 10PM at the intersection Mill Avenue and Curry Road. According to Tempe PD, the car was in autonomous ...

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EU Top Court Strikes Regulatory Blow Against Uber

PBS NewsHour reports: Ride-hailing service Uber suffered a new blow Wednesday as the European Union’s top court ruled that it should be regulated like a taxi company and not a technology service, a decision that crimps its activities around Europe and could weigh on other app-based companies, too. Uber, which is wrapping up a particularly punishing year, sought to play ...

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Uber Reveals Having Paid Hackers $100,000 To Delete Personal Data Stolen From 57 Million Customers

Bloomberg reports: Hackers stole the personal data of 57 million customers and drivers from Uber Technologies Inc., a massive breach that the company concealed for more than a year. This week, the ride-hailing company ousted Joe Sullivan, chief security officer, and one of his deputies for their roles in keeping the hack under wraps. Compromised data from the October 2016 ...

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Breitbart Calls For Boycotting Uber After Company Sues Renegade Ad Agency To Keep Their Ads Off Breitbart

Via Breitbart: Ride-sharing company Uber has demanded that their advertisements be removed from Breitbart News claiming that they want “nothing to do with” the website. Uber demanded that any advertisements for their app be removed from Breitbart News earlier this year. However, Uber is now claiming that the advertising agency used to publish their ads on the internet continued to ...

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LONDON: Uber Loses License Over “Public Safety”

The BBC reports: Uber will not be issued a new private hire licence, Transport for London (TfL) has said. TfL concluded the ride-hailing app firm was not fit and proper to hold a London private hire operator licence. It said it took the decision on the grounds of “public safety and security implications”. Confirming it would appeal against the decision, ...

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Uber Finally Adds Tipping Option To Their App

The Verge reports: Do you tip your Uber driver? Uber has always prided itself on being a cashless experience, arguing since its inception that driver tips are only optional — and maybe even unnecessary. Even as its main rival Lyft bragged about the millions of dollars its drivers were collecting in tips, Uber stood steadfast against a growing number of ...

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Lyft Donates $1M To ACLU As #DeleteUber Trends

Gizmodo reports: Following Uber CEO Travis Kalanick’s limp response to Trump’s “Muslim ban,” Lyft has decided to put its money where its mouth is. The ridesharing rival announced today that it will donate a million dollars to the ACLU to “defend our constitution.” Protests gathered at airports around the country yesterday and people were looking to the rich and powerful ...

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SAN FRANCISCO: Uber Launches Self-Driving Cars

The Associated Press reports: Uber is bringing a small number of self-driving cars to its ride-hailing service in San Francisco — a move likely to excite the city’s tech-savvy population and certain to antagonize California regulators. The Wednesday launch in Uber’s hometown expands a public pilot program the company started in Pittsburgh in September. The testing lets everyday people experience ...

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NEW YORK CITY: Cabbies Sue Over Uber

Taxi owners and their creditors yesterday sued New York City and the Taxi & Limousine Commission, claiming that Uber is destroying their business. CNBC reports: The lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court accused the defendants of violating yellow cab drivers’ exclusive right to pick up passengers on the street by letting Uber drivers who face fewer regulatory burdens pick up ...

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VIRAL VIDEO: Uber Karaoke

An Uber driver has gone viral with a clip in which he gets passengers to join him in singing along to The Weekend’s smash single, Can’t Feel My Face. Best comment at YouTube: “I want to hear the story about the shirtless guy? Where’s his shirt? Did he take his shirt off when entering the car or just never had ...

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VIRAL VIDEO: When Uber Meets Tinder

What this is about: In good news for all time-conscious technophiles, dating app Tinder and taxi app Uber have combined to create ‘UnDer’, “the ultimate auto-erotic experience”. The only problem is the super-app only exists in a parody video. In the three-minute fake commercial “Uber meets Tinder”, a female passenger waits by the side of a road as a prospective ...

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Uber Wins Battle Against NYC

Via USA Today: A proposed cap on Uber and other for-hire vehicles in New York City has been put on ice after the $40 billion start-up agreed to “not flood the streets” until questions about the impact of its growth on traffic can be determined. A bill to limit Uber and other for-hire taxis had been slated to go to ...

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COURT: Uber Drivers Are Employees

Via USA Today: In a ruling that could significantly raise costs for ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft, the California Labor Commission ruled this week that a driver who filed a complaint against Uber Technologies was an employee, not an independent contractor. The driver, Barbara Berwick, was awarded a mere $4,152 — chump change for Uber. But the technology giant ...

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NEW YORK CITY: Uber Temporarily Undercuts Fares Of Yellow Cabs

Uber has temporarily slashed its rates to just below those of New York City’s licensed yellow cabs. “UberX is now cheaper than an NYC taxi,” Uber proclaimed on its website on Monday. “From Brooklyn to the Bronx, and everywhere in between, UberX is now the most affordable ride in the city.” The move — an aggressive bid to capture an ...

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Angry Cab Drivers Gridlock Major European Cities In Protest Over Uber App

Via the Guardian: Several major European cities ground to a halt on Wednesday as licensed taxi drivers took to the streets in mass protests against the smartphone taxi app Uber. Demonstrations in London, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, Berlin, Milan and Rome caused travel chaos and long tailbacks, as taxi drivers protested against the app, which they argue is unregulated and threatens ...

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Uber App Is Now Worth $18B

Only four years after its launch, the company behind the car service app Uber is now worth more than Avis and Hertz combined. Via Forbes: Uber’s meteoric rise has led to a recent round of valuation-guessing, which started at $12 billion and edged up to Friday, when the Wall Street Journal reported the company said it’s raising $1.2 billion — ...

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