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California’s first proposed per-ride city tax to raise Uber, Lyft prices

“They’re using our streets… we don’t currently have any revenue from it.”<p>OAKLAND, Calif.—A local city council member is beginning to float the idea …

Uber and Lyft drivers are selling candy and snacks in their cars — and it's indicative of a dark truth

<b>• Uber drivers, as well as drivers for Lyft and other ride-hailing companies, are turning to alternative means to make some extra cash while they drive.</b><p><b>• Experts say the rise of these supplemental sources of revenue are an indicator that ride-share drivers feel underpaid.</b><p><b>• A recent MIT study</b> …

Are you a bad person if you still take Uber?

Uber the company may have cratered in 2017, but Uber the service remained as good as ever.<p>Miraculously, it’s still possible to use Uber’s app without thinking about the problems that consumed its corporate offices and corroded its global reputation this year: the sexual harassment allegations, the …

Police: Florida man dies after punch from Uber driver

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Police say a Florida man has died after getting punched by his Uber driver.<p>A statement Saturday from St. Petersburg …

Crime

Double amputee, 33, told to 'f*** off by Uber driver in London who refused to take her home claiming she was drunk'

A DOUBLE amputee, 33, claims she was left stranded after being told to "f*** off" by an Uber driver who refused to take her home because "she was …

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Massachusetts Pushes Back Against Uber and Lyft with Background Checks

Push back against Uber and Lyft continues as a Massachusetts report revealed that over 10 percent of drivers affiliated with those ridesharing …

Uber agrees to 20 years of privacy audits following FTC charges

News reports of Uber employees using "God View" got the feds' attention.<p>Uber has reached a deal with the Federal Trade Commission to be subject to …

Travis Kalanick's and Anthony Levandowski's Texts Tell the Tale of What Uber Knew About Waymo Tech

Court filings show bromance between Uber founder and the engineer at the heart of the Waymo lawsuit Photo Illustration: iStockphoto <b>The epic court</b> …

Uber Settles FTC Allegations that It Made Deceptive Privacy and Data Security Claims

<i>Note: A conference call for media with FTC Acting Chairman Maureen K. Ohlhausen and Consumer Protection Acting Director Tom Pahl was held on August</i> …

London Police Say Uber Has Failed to Report Sexual Assaults by Drivers

Uber has allegedly failed to report sexual assaults by its drivers in London, a claim that revives one of the oldest and most severe of the …

Uber suspends its service in the Philippines following ban over unregistered drivers

Uber has suspended its services in Philippines after the national regulator banned it from operating for one month.<p>The country’s Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) ordered a cease and desist against the U.S. ride-hailing firm on Monday over its apparent flouting of a ban …

Asia

Uber could lose licence over failure to report sex attacks on passengers

Ottawa woman disputes Uber's $150 cleaning charge, refutes urination claims

An Ottawa woman alleges that some Uber drivers are taking advantage of inebriated female passengers by claiming $150 seat-cleaning fees over …

Cops: Woman Raped By Uber Driver After Falling Asleep In His Car

<i>(Getty Images)</i><p>An East Village woman's Uber ride turned into a nightmare when the driver took her to his apartment and raped her on Thursday morning, …

Crime

Former Uber driver admits to exposing himself to multiple young girls

A former Uber driver will spend 2 and 1/2 years in jail after admitting to exposing himself to multiple young girls in Malden and Everett last year, …

These texts show Uber’s Travis Kalanick and Otto’s Anthony Levandowski plotting a press blitz

“We should have a undertone of scorched earth.”<p>You’re not supposed to see how the news gets made, the saying goes. For the same reason that you’re not supposed to watch how sausage gets made.<p>But here’s a slight glimpse of some newsmaking involving Uber.<p>Don’t worry! It’s not really unpleasant.<p>This …

Uber customers warned about smartphone virus that could steal their bank card information

UBER customers have been warned that crooks have found a way to steal their credit card details as they use the ride-sharing app.<p>The tech company is …

Waymo jury may be warned Uber lawyers didn’t ‘come clean’ - Tech News | The Star Online

Uber Technologies Inc may pay a price for withholding key evidence from Waymo when their trade secrets dispute goes to trial – the judge proposed …

Lyft drivers getting cheated by company, N.J. woman says in class-action suit

A Long Branch woman filed a class-action lawsuit on Tuesday in federal court against the ride-sharing service Lyft, alleging drivers are …

Class Action

A judge said Uber can’t present a key argument in the Alphabet lawsuit to a jury

This could hurt Uber’s case.<p>A judge has ruled that Uber can’t present a key argument in its defense against an Alphabet lawsuit.<p>It’s a potential blow to the ride-hail company’s defense. Alphabet’s suit claims former Uber executive Anthony Levandowski downloaded 14,000 files from Alphabet’s …

Uber Co-Founder Travis Kalanick Calls Benchmark Lawsuit a `Fabrication'

Uber Technologies Inc.’s co-founder Travis Kalanick fired back at investor Benchmark, saying its lawsuit seeking to oust him from the ride-hailing …

The Uber civil war is now a PR battle

As the fight between Benchmark and former CEO Travis Kalanick escalates, expect even more revelations and allegations (and trust no one).<p>I never met a messy corporate memo that I did not love to publish.<p>And it’s the same with all the media covering the ever-worsening civil war that is taking place …

Narcan In The Backseat? Lyft And Uber Drivers Could Help Fight The Drug Epidemic With One Simple Tool

Most drivers aren’t prepared for this situation, but they’re in a unique position to save a life.<p>It’s Friday. The end of the week: time to unwind, have fun, and plan for a designated driver with Lyft or Uber. Tonight, and this weekend, thousands of people will use a rideshare app to get them from …

Uber Investor Shrugs Off Negative Headlines, Says It's 'Still Killing It'

Uber Technologies Inc. may be a tech unicorn, but it's certainly not winning the Silicon Valley darling of the year award.<p>The company seems to be …

Uber drivers are using this trick to make sure the company doesn’t underpay them

Drivers have found a loophole in Uber’s fare calculations.<p>Uber charges riders at the time of booking by guessing what a trip will cost. But it calculates driver pay based on actual miles and minutes. This system is called “upfront” pricing and it can lead to major disparities between what a rider …

11 Things To Know Before Becoming An Uber Or Lyft Driver

After an unfortunate confluence of circumstances that led to her being out of work due to a long illness, Carleen Nicholson, 65, of Dover, N.H., found herself needing extra income. Then her son committed suicide and Nicholson began isolating herself. Eventually, she knew she had to do something. So …

Transportation

The on-demand economy is a bubble—and it’s about to burst

Enjoy on-demand services while you can.<p>Whether it’s getting a lift whenever you want or ordering pad thai from the comfort of your couch, the rise of the on-demand economy has made a lot of people’s lives more convenient. But many of the services we know and love might not be around in a few years. …

Uber has a department that spies on its rivals — and it's not alone

How far would you go to figure out what the competition is up to?<p>Test out their products and services to see how they work? Hire away their staff to learn their tricks? Monitor their job listings to glean insight about upcoming initiatives?<p>Such tactics are par for the course in the technology …

#DeleteUber was the spike Lyft needed

As a result of the #DeleteUber campaign, more than 200,000 people deleted their accounts from Uber. Many of those apparently flocked to Lyft, its main US competitor.<p>According to Bloomberg, Lyft's bookings in February jumped up 137% from the previous year, totaling more than 22 million rides. …

Hell of a ride: even a PR powerhouse couldn't get Uber on track

Despite her formidable reputation, Rachel Whetstone – who departed Uber this week – wasn’t able to shift the company’s fundamental problems<p>When Rachel Whetstone left Google two years ago to replace David Plouffe, a former Barack Obama official, as policy and communications vice-president at Uber, …

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