Gerry Santiago

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Uber Dealt Setback After European Court Rules It Is a Taxi Service

The European Union’s highest court on Wednesday declared that Uber was a transportation business, not just a technology platform, another blow to a company already grappling with scandals and regulatory setbacks.<p>Uber had positioned itself as digital marketplace that connected drivers with riders, …

Judiciary

Uber finally hires a COO, former Orbitz head Barney Harford

Uber said nearly a year ago that it was on the hunt to hire a chief operating officer. On Wednesday, it finally filled this position.<p>The ride-hailing company has hired Barney Harford, who previously served as the CEO of online travel company Orbitz. As Uber's COO, Harford will oversee the company's …

Hospitality

Three Uber security managers resign

On Friday, three managers in Uber's security division resigned, as Reuters first reported and the company confirmed to Axios. A fourth, head of …

Lyft gained from Uber’s scandals, sees revenue triple

Lyft appears to have benefited from Uber’s tough year.<p>The U.S. rival has seen its revenue growth more than triple, according to a report from The Information. The media outlet viewed financial reports, which showed Lyft brought in $483 million in revenue in the first half of 2017, compared to about …

Lyft

The only metric that matters: Uber’s lead over Lyft is slipping, losses are mounting

On Tuesday, Federal Judge William Alsup delayed the Waymo/Uber trial, saying what the tech press, investors, and regulators should have been saying …

Uber Admits 2.7 Million UK Users Affected by Data Breach

Uber has confirmed that data for about 2.7 million customers in the United Kingdom was stolen in the 2016 breach that affected at least 57 million …

London Mayor

Judge says Uber 'withheld evidence' as new bombshell allegations emerge in Alphabet trial

Uber faced fresh allegations on Tuesday that it deliberately took steps to keep "unlawful schemes from seeing the light of day."<p>Hours of testimony on …

Five state attorneys general are investigating Uber breach

Uber's latest security breach, which exposed 57 million customers' and drivers' personal information, has come under more and more scrutiny since it was revealed earlier this week. The Federal Trade Commission has already confirmed that it's looking into the breach as well as how Uber handled it. A …

Uber to partner with Mahindra to pilot electric vehicles in India

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Ride-hailing firm Uber will partner with automaker Mahindra and Mahindra to pilot electric vehicles on its platform in India, the two companies said on Friday, at a time when the government is pushing to have all new vehicles electrified by 2030.<p>FILE PHOTO - The Uber logo is seen …

Electric Vehicles

Uber's data breach cover-up could be the last straw for some riders

Uber's "latest misbehavior involving a data breach cover-up revealed this week could be the impetus for people to ride elsewhere," according to AP's …

Uber told potential investor SoftBank about big breach before public and riders

Uber informed potential investor SoftBank about a large data breach before it told riders and drivers, the company said as new details emerged about a year-old breach whose cover-up has triggered U.S. states and British regulators to open inquiries.<p>In the breach, which took place in October 2016, …

Uber's Merger With Yandex, Russia's Largest Tech Company, Has Been Approved

The Russian government has approved the merger of Uber and Yandex, the country’s largest technology company and most popular search engine. As a part …

Uber is sued over massive data breach after paying hackers to keep quiet

After Uber revealed that it paid hackers $100,000 to keep quiet about stealing the personal information of 57 million customers and drivers, the company is now facing at least three potential class-action lawsuits and separate investigations by the attorneys general of New York, Missouri, …

Sexual Harassment

Uber Lawsuit Lists Actionable Changes Uber Could Make to Prevent Sexual Assault

On Tuesday, two anonymous women filed a lawsuit against Uber on behalf of individuals who have experienced “rape, sexual assault, physical violence, …

Domestic Violence

Uber loses UK tribunal appeal over driver employment rights

Another blow for Uber’s UK business: The company has lost its appeal against an employment tribunal ruling which last year judged that the Uber drivers who brought the case should be classified as workers, rather than self-employed contractors — meaning they are entitled to benefits such as holiday …

Employment

Uber ‘Express POOL’ offers the cheapest fare if you’ll walk a little

Uber’s found a way to shave another 25 percent or so off the price of a ride. Uber Express POOL asks you to walk up to a few blocks to your pickup and destination before and after the ride in exchange for the cheapest fare out of all of Uber’s options.<p>The feature dynamically generates “smart spots” …

Transportation

Uber loses appeal in UK employment rights case

Ride-hailing app had appealed against ruling that drivers were workers with minimum-wage rights and not self-employed<p>The ride-hailing firm Uber has lost its appeal against a ruling that its drivers should be classed as workers with minimum-wage rights, in a case that could have major ramifications …

Uber, Lyft ban right-wing activist after anti-Islamic tweets

Comments came after Uzbek-native killed 8 in Manhattan with truck<p>Uber banned a woman Wednesday from the ride hailing app after she tweeted about her inability to find a car driven by a “non Muslim.”<p>Laura Loomer — a conservative political activist and former operative at right-wing Project Veritas – …

Uber will now let you add multiple stops to your route

Uber today is adding a new feature that will solve a challenge almost every rider, at some point, has faced: the difficulty with picking up friends along the route to your destination. That’s because, until now, Uber has only allowed you to request a ride from point A to point B. That now changes …

Uber's troubled 2017 is about to get worse

Uber’s in trouble again. Three women filed a lawsuit on Tuesday accusing the company of unequal pay and gender discrimination.<p>Ingrid Avedano, Roxana del Toro Lopez and Ana Medina, three Latina software engineers, state the system is “not based on valid and reliable performance measures,” claiming …

'Sorry I threw up': new Uber feature reveals passenger confessions

Driver reviews intended to provide insight into the person picking you up often say more about who they have had in the back of their car<p>A new Uber feature allowing users to check previous reviews of their drivers has opened up a world of drunken apologies, private confessions and angry …

orry

Uber hires Pepsi exec as new chief legal officer

Uber has hired Pepsi executive Tony West as its new chief legal counsel, replacing Salle Yoo, the company said on Friday. In an email to employees, …

She’s 26, and Brought Down Uber’s C.E.O. What’s Next?

SAN FRANCISCO — Susan Fowler was, she recalls, “over the moon” in January 2016. At 24, she had just snagged her dream job as a site reliability engineer at Uber, which had recruited her by telling her the ride-hailing company was a “super-women-friendly” place to work, boasting 25 percent female …

Sexual Harassment

The woman who took down Uber gives her first interview since speaking up

Eight months ago, engineer Susan Fowler published a blog post describing a culture of sexism and sexual harassment throughout Uber.<p>Her words set off …

A former Uber exec has filed to dismiss a case related to a rape incident in India

Emil Michael said he’s not to blame for violating the privacy of the victim of an attack by an Uber driver.<p>Emil Michael, the former top Uber executive who was ousted by the company’s board earlier this year, has filed a motion to have a problematic lawsuit related to a rape incident in India …

Emil Michael

No quick win for Uber in London over license loss

Disappointment for Uber today if it was hoping an apology and a personal visit from its new CEO would quickly reboot relations with the local transport regulator in London, which last month stripped the company of its license to operate.<p>The market is Uber’s most important in Europe, where it claims …

Administrative Law

Uber Pushed the Limits of the Law. Now Comes the Reckoning

Shortly after taking over Uber Technologies Inc. in September, Dara Khosrowshahi told employees to brace for a painful six months. U.S. officials are …

Researchers: Uber’s iOS App Had Secret Permissions That Allowed It to Copy Your Phone Screen

To improve functionality between Uber’s app and the Apple Watch, Apple allowed Uber to use a powerful tool that could record a user’s iPhone screen, …

iOS Apps

Uber and Lyft may not have to fingerprint drivers in California

Ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft have had some issues with driver background checks over the years. More than 8,000 drivers from both companies failed checks in Massachusetts this year, while Uber was reported to have missed criminal records as far back as 2015. Uber was sued in California over …

The Due Diligence Report on Otto and Anthony Levandowski Is Finally Public

Waymo’s trade secret lawsuit against Uber has so many twists and turns, it’s hard to keep up with it all. But there’s one key document that both …

Security