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Uber’s Disastrous 2017: A Timeline Of The Company’s Scandals

2017 has not been a good year for Uber. A weekend profile of CEO Travis Kalanick offered up a host of embarrassing revelations, including nearly being deleted from the App Store and several extremely unfriendly “ex-friend” quotes. But that’s just one lowlight of a disastrous 2017 for the …

Google begins removing personal medical records from search results

Company adds ‘confidential, personal medical records’ to list of banned material<p>Google has removed private medical records from its search results, <i>Bloomberg</i> reports, after quietly changing its policy on content removal. On Thursday, the company’s search policy was amended to include “confidential, …

This Austin-based startup is gunning to be the next FedEx killer instead of Uber

Two years later, UberRush is still only in the three cities it initially launched in, while a new name has been quietly growing around the rest of the country.<p>Dropoff, an Austin-based startup, has expanded into five different states and 12 cities in the last two years, CEO Sean Spector told …

Startups

Ebay takes on Amazon with guaranteed 3-day delivery on 20 million items

In response to the growing threat of Amazon and its annual Prime membership program, eBay this morning announced a new program that will offer online shoppers guaranteed three-day delivery on 20 million eligible products — “millions” of which that will also include free shipping. “Guaranteed …

eCommerce

Amazon, Microsoft, and Facebook are building the future, but your smartphone still isn’t going anywhere

But even Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos thinks that future is a long time coming.<p>In a recent interview, Bezos said that with shopping, Alexa is only really "good for reordering consumables, where you don't have to make a lot of choices, but most online shopping is going to be facilitated by having a …

UK’s Hellocar secures £1M to to disrupt UK car buying market

Hellocar, a new car buying website out of the UK, has secured a £1m investment round. The round was led by JamJar Investments, the Innocent Drinks founders’ venture capital fund, and Alex Chesterman, founder and CEO of Zoopla Property Group. Henry Lane Fox, part of the founding team behind …

Automotive Industry

Why House of Fraser is investing £35 million in app-only bank Tandem

Since when did department stores get into venture capital investing? And why is House of Fraser investing in a bank?<p>House of Fraser said it would offer financial services to customers through its partnership with Tandem and the department store's chairman Frank Slevin said in a statement at the …

Financial Services

Airbnb introduces 90-day annual limit for London hosts

Accommodation website bans hosts in UK capital from renting out entire home beyond time limit without consent from council<p>A quarter of London homes listed on Airbnb were rented for more than 90 days last year, many illegally and in breach of an act intended to stop landlords turning badly needed …

Housing

Uber claims credit for falling numbers of young drivers

Uber has claimed the credit for falling numbers of young drivers, pointing to figures suggesting that the taxi-booking app is one of the key reasons people have give up their cars.<p>Data from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency showed that the number of driving licences held by under-25s has …