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Uber Board Considers 3 Investment Offers to Buy Company’s Shares

SAN FRANCISCO — Uber’s board has voted to move forward on proposals by two investment groups to buy shares in the ride-hailing service and is considering a third offer, with any final decision set to affect who gains the upper hand at the company.<p>Over the last week, the privately held company’s …

Carmaker + ridesharing roundup

Auto manufacturers are realizing that the future of transportation is not going to be one person, one car. It’s going to be ridesharing, ridehailing and public transit — and these vehicles may not even require drivers. So most major manufacturers have made a turn toward becoming “mobility …

12 books Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and other top CEO's want you to read

Share3<p>Tweet<p>Share3<p>+12<p>Shares 8<p>You are what you read. For that reason, it’s likely no surprise some of the top CEOs choose to boost their personal …

Nine requirements for a successful private ridesharing system

James Glasnapp Contributor<p>James Glasnapp is a senior UX researcher at PARC.<p>The future of urban mobility is rapidly changing as drivers look for safer and more effortless ways to move from point A to point B. While autonomous vehicles are on the horizon, ridesharing options are expanding beyond Uber …

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Meet The 14 Unicorn Startups That Have Created 25 Billionaires

Twenty-five members of the 2016 FORBES Billionaires List made their fortunes via unicorns – startup companies valued at $1 billion dollars or more. Eighteen of these billionaires are under age 40, and the average age of the group is just 36 years old. That is about half the average age of all of …

Here's the real reason billion-dollar startups are called unicorns

Dow Jones counts 77 of them in the U.S. alone and 106 worldwide, including Uber ($50 billion), Palantir ($20 billion), Snapchat ($16 billion) and SpaceX ($12 billion).<p>Whether or not the stunning growth of this group (increasing from 34 in 2013) constitutes a bubble is open for debate.<p>What isn't is …

Tesla Model 3 will cost $35,000, launch in 2017

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has announced the Model 3, the company's latest electric car, will cost $35,000 (£22,900). Billed as a smaller, cheaper …

Tesla

The 25 hottest under-the-radar startups in America

We've compiled a list of 25 of the hottest startups in cities across the US, with a focus on companies growing in flyover states. To do so, we spoke with investors and members on the tech scene.<p>Though our list includes some big names, it also features fledgling startups, some of which you may not …

indoor maps, wayfinding, IoT and geodata management

The Location Platform For The Physical World<p>Use the LocusLabs platform to create amazing contextual location experiences, track assets, visualize IoT …

United Airlines Brings Highly Detailed In-Airport Maps To Its iOS App

No matter how advanced phone mapping technologies have become, stepping into an airport takes you back several decades into the era of physical maps. With no other way for unseasoned travels to get around besides large map kiosks, airport navigation has long been due for an upgrade.<p>As a part of its …

United Airlines

Taking on the giants: India’s Jugnoo acquires taxi app to battle Ola and Uber

Age is just a number, truly, in the startup ecosystem. Today, India’s Jugnoo, an eight-month-old startup that has apps for both auto rickshaw rides …

Startups

Didi Kuaidi, Uber’s Biggest Rival In China, Launches Personal Chauffeur Service

Enjoy the convenience of Uber but own a car? There might be something in China for you. Didi Kuaidi, Uber’s biggest rival in the world’s most populous country, has launched a personal chauffeur service, its latest in a series of efforts to diversify its business.<p>The new service, Didi Kuaidi’s …

China

Why your Uber app is lying to you about available cars

When you fire up Uber and see a bevy of cars seemingly hovering around your location, many of the cars depicted on your screen may not even be …

Uber Upgrades SOS Button in India With GPS Tracking

The updated button for Uber's app is designed to help local law enforcement act more quickly in emergencies.<p>PCMag reviews products independently, but …

GPS Tracking

Uber Is Rolling Out Cash Payments In Hyderabad

The ride-hailing service embarks on an experiment in a market with low credit card penetration.<p>Uber is now accepting cash or credit in Hyderabad, India.<p>On Monday afternoon, Uber rolled out a new, experimental feature in the City of Pearls that allows passengers to pay their UberGo, UberX, and …

Uber Pairs Up With Marijuana Group to Offer 4/20 Discount for Stoners

The origins of "420" as an annual marijuana-related numeral are a little hazy, but that hasn't stopped stoners from using April, 20th as an excuse to smoke a little extra or recognize the day by attending one of many pot festivals or conventions.<p>Getting to and from the festivities can become a …

Heartfelt story from a Taxi driver trying to survive in London

I can’t believe the changes I am seeing, negative changes affecting our trade for the worse, Boris’s reign as Mayor has facilitated the majority of …

'Uber for Boobs': Russian website lets you write messages on women's cleavage for £6

Tittygram is a new website that encourages people pay £6 to have a message written across a woman's chest<p>Do you fancy sending someone a novelty message? Maybe get some free advertising while you’re at it?<p>Well, look no further: because one Russian website will write whatever you want on to a woman’s …

My assault proves Uber doesn’t care about drivers

<b>The Incident</b><p>Some time ago I picked up three young, professional women in East London for a short trip over to Shoreditch. (I’m deliberately being …

East London

What You'll Really Make On Uber, Airbnb or Etsy

It may be possible to earn $252,000 a year on Uber, but a high income is far from the rule among people who work through platforms for independent workers, according to newly released data from by MBO Partners, a firm in Herndon, Va., that studies the independent economy.<p>According to the …

Uber Driver Says Passengers Beat Her Up And Uber Won't Help Her

An Uber driver says her passengers beat her during a ride in Van Nuys last month, and while she is still suffering, Uber has done nothing to help her.<p>…

This Is the Dark Web Guide to Using Stolen Uber Accounts

More people are selling allegedly hacked accounts, including some in bulk.<p>​<p>It has been over a week since Motherboard revealed that active Uber accounts are for sale on the dark web. Since then, a wave of customers have complained of fraudulent trips being charged to their credit cards, even as …

Why Uber Is Suing The City Of Houston

Uber is once again suing to keep its secrets.<p>The ride-hailing service filed suit in Houston last week to block the release of public records that would reveal how many drivers it has licensed in the city, who they are and how the company operates in Texas, according to a court documents obtained by …

The hidden costs of being an Uber driver

Be your own boss and leave the drudgery of the 9-to-5, Monday-through-Friday workweek behind.<p>Those are the dreams of many workers, especially those who have faced flat wages for years while paying more for essentials such as education, health care and housing.<p>The sharing economy skips over the …

I Drive SF: It’s the cabbie’s life for me

click to enlarge<p>Heading down Post Street, I wait for the light to change at Jones Street and practice my double bass drumming on the steering wheel …

Uber Betrays Its Flimsy Business Model

When the rules hit the road, Uber skids into a ditch.

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Uber Is Breaking The Law To The Tune of 40 Billion Dollars

Like many entrepreneurs, I began my business 12 years ago with nothing more than 300 square feet and a dream. Today, I employ more than 120 people in …

Drug Testing

Taxi-calling apps like Hailo are making our streets even more unsafe

I've been a New York City taxi driver for 23 of the past 33 years. I know a bit about what it's like to navigate some of the most hectic roads (and people) on the planet.<p>Recently, a new app called Hailo has come on the scene to hail taxis electronically. It sounds great and its creators tout it as …

More Uber Accounts Have Been Hacked, This Time in the United States

Apparent victims are taking to Twitter to complain that their Uber accounts have been stolen.<p><i>UPDATE: An Uber spokesperson responds, "We do not have any additional information to share beyond the statement we provided before: We investigated and found no evidence of a breach. Attempting to</i> …

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