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  1. Court says Uber can’t hold users to terms they probably didn’t read Adding a link to a registration page isn't good enough, court says. Enlarge David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images 116 with 88 posters participating The highest state court in Massachusetts has rejected Uber's efforts to force a blind man's discrimination claims to be settled in arbitration. In the process, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court raised the bar for technology companies trying to impose one-sided terms of service on users w
  2. Uber Gives Up on the Self-Driving Dream The ride-hail giant invested more than $1 billion in autonomous vehicles. Now it’s selling the unit to Aurora, which makes self-driving tech. Uber slowed development of self-driving vehicles after a fatal crash in 2018. Photograph: ERIC BARADAT/Getty Images In 2015, then Uber CEO Travis Kalanick pulled off a bold talent raid when he poached some 40 roboticists from the National Robotics Engineering Cent
  3. Key Points Uber shares rose 9% on Monday on optimism that a Covid-19 vaccine is on the way. Last week, the stock jumped 34%, as investors cheered the passage of California’s Proposition 22, which will allow Uber to keep classifying drivers as contractors. Revenue has been slumping and losses mounting, but the company says its margins are headed in the right direction. Investors are suddenly optimistic about Uber. Shares
  4. "They may have won this round, but we're in this for the long haul," says ride-hail driver Cherri Murphy. The possibility of gig workers being classified as employees in California is now pretty much over. Uber, Lyft and other gig economy companies have declared victory after pouring more than $205 million -- outspending their opponents 10 to 1 -- to get their Proposition 22 ballot measure passed in the state. But though this battle may be over, both sides of the campaign say the war is not yet won. "We always knew that the fight for gig workers' rights was
  5. The ride-hailing company lost its license to operate in London in 2017 due to safety issues, but is now fully back in business. Uber scored a victory in the UK on Monday when a judge granted it a new license to operate in London, deeming it "fit and proper." The company has been engaged in a three-year legal battle in the British capital after losing its license in 2017 due to safety concerns. In a ruling issued at Westminster Magistrates' Court, the judge agreed that Uber could be issued a license to operate in London for the next 18 months, after w
  6. Safety driver in 2018 Uber crash is charged with negligent homicide Prosecutors decided not to prosecute Uber in 2019. Enlarge / The Uber vehicle after it struck Elaine Herzberg. Tempe Police Department 73 with 52 posters participating An Arizona grand jury has indicted Rafaela Vasquez, a former safety driver in Uber's self-driving car project, for the 2018 death of pedestrian Elaine Herzberg in Tempe, Arizona. Prosecutors decided not to charge Uber criminally last year. The crash occurred
  7. Uber's Now a Food Delivery Company—and It's Still Losing Money The pandemic has slashed demand for rides and boosted orders for UberEats. Neither segment is profitable. UberEats delivers for McDonald's, as well as other restaurants.Photograph: Jonathan Raa/NurPhoto/Getty Images Since a company called UberCab took to the streets of San Francisco almost a decade ago, Uber has been many things: an app-powered black car service for self-described
  8. SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc will pay $148 million for failing to disclose a massive data breach in 2016, marking a costly resolution to one of the biggest embarrassments and legal tangles the ride-hailing company has suffered. The settlement with 50 U.S. states and Washington, D.C. brings closure to one of several high-stakes legal battles Uber is seeking to resolve before an initial public offering next year, while also delivering a national rebuke against Uber’s history of flouting laws and basic business ethics. The amount is
  9. US tech companies monopolize mapping data, locking out new services, says report Tech companies like Google, Apple, and Uber should be forced to share mapping data with rivals firms and the public sector, the UK government has been advised by a data advocacy group. In a report published today, the Open Data Institute (ODI) said that “data monopolies” were stifling innovation in the UK. These companies duplicate one another’s efforts, said the report, while using their large financial clout to gain insurmountable leads over would-be rivals. If they shared da
  10. LONDON (Reuters) - Uber [UBER.UL] has lost its latest court bid to stop its British drivers being classified as workers, entitling them to rights such as the minimum wage, in a decision which jeopardizes the taxi app’s business model. Two drivers successfully argued at a tribunal in 2016 that the Silicon Valley firm exerted significant control over them to provide an on-demand service, and that they should cease to be considered as self-employed, which gives few protections in law. An employment appeal tribunal upheld that decision last year, prompting Uber
  11. Nathan Ingraham/Engadget Uber has edged closer to resuming self-driving car tests following the fatal crash in Arizona. The Information has learned that Pennsylvania's Department of Transportation approved the ridesharing company's request to start testing autonomous vehicles in the state. This doesn't mean you'll see vehicles back on the road in the immediate future, though. Uber has confirmed the approval to Engadget, but cautioned that it has nothing to share about when it will return to the road -- that won't happen until sometime in the weeks ahead, when Uber
  12. Uber sues NYC to contest cap on drivers Uber filed a lawsuit against New York City, The Verge reported. The company wants to overturn New York City’s rule that caps the number of new ride-hailing drivers. Last summer, the city approved legislation that halts the issuing of new licenses to drivers for 12 months. It has been a multi-year fight between Uber and New York City. NYC mayor Bill de Blasio has been in favor of new legislation to regulate ride-hailing companies for years. And the NYC Council finally voted in favor of such a
  13. This is the third time in three years that Toyota has invested in Uber. Enlarge / Uber has been using Volvo XC90 hybrid SUVs as R&D platforms. Soon, we can expect these to be joined by Toyota Siennas. Uber On Thursday, news broke that Toyota, Denso, and the SoftBank Vision Fund are investing heavily in Uber's autonomous driving operation. Together, the three companies will put $1 billion into Uber's Advanced Technologies Group: $667 million from Toyota and Denso, with an additional $333 million coming from SoftBank.
  14. Uber vs. Lyft: How the rivals approach cloud, AI, machine learning Uber has filed for an IPO and Lyft is already public. Here's a look at how they approach technology, infrastructure and development. Uber, Lyft Uber and Lyft are roughly in the same business and aiming to reinvent transportation, but their technology approaches have more differences than similarities. Sure the technology strategies rhyme in places, but Uber's approach is broader as it eyes mult
  15. Uber Deployed ‘Surfcam Spyware’ in Australia to Crush the Competition – Report Until a report this week, Uber’s Surfcam’s use was thought to be limited to incidents uncovered in Singapore in 2017. For its part, Uber denies that it’s a “spyware.” A rogue employee at rideshare behemoth Uber created and deployed a piece of information-gathering software in order to help his company get a leg up on the local competition in Australia, according to a report.
  16. For Uber and Lyft, reality is arriving soon Ride-sharing company Lyft begins trading on the stock market on Friday. Soon, they will be joined by rival Uber. Both companies will be worth tens of billions of dollars. But, with neither of the firms ever coming close to turning a profit, the flotations are being seen as a reckoning - not just Uber and Lyft, but for the so-called “gig economy” itself, the bus
  17. The fatal crash in Tempe, Arizona, in 2018 comes into sharper focus Uber did not have a formal safety plan in place at the time when one of its self-driving cars killed a woman in Tempe, Arizona, last year, according to a trove of new documents released by the National Traffic Safety Board on Tuesday. Its autonomous vehicles were not programmed to react to people who were jaywalking, and the company had been involved in over three dozen crashes prior to the one that killed 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg in March 2018. These new details cast a harsh ligh
  18. Uber lost $1.1 billion last quarter, says rides are profitable (sort of) Uber's rides made a profit if you ignore interest, depreciation, and other costs. Enlarge David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images Uber lost another $1.1 billion in the third quarter of 2019, the company announced on Monday. This wasn't a surprise: Uber lost about the same amount in the first quarter of 2019 and lost even more last quarter. Yet the company argues that things aren't as bad as that headline figure suggests. To
  19. California passes bill that threatens Uber and Lyft’s business model Governor Gavin Newsom is expected to sign the overhaul of California labor law. Enlarge / California Governor Gavin Newsom. Ray Chavez/The Mercury News via Getty Images Both houses of California's legislature have passed sweeping legislation requiring businesses to treat more of their workers as employees rather than independent contractors. As a result, more workers will enjoy protections like the minimum wage and benefits such as unemployment insurance. T
  20. Uber lays off another 435 people to stem big losses New layoffs come on top of 400 marketing workers let go in July. Enlarge / An Uber car. nycshooter / Getty Uber has laid off 435 people in engineering and product roles in the company's latest effort to stem growing losses. Uber laid off around 400 people in its marketing department in July. "Previously, to meet the demands of a hyper-growth startup, we hired rapidly and in a decentralized way," Uber said in an email to employees. "While this worked
  21. Lyft implemented a similar measure months ago. Uber drivers in NYC may find themselves unable to access the app during lull periods. According to Reuters, the ridesharing giant will start locking drivers out of its app at times and in areas with low demand to comply with the city's new regulations. The new rules put a cap on the number of newly licensed app-based ride-hailing vehicles on the road and establish a minimum pay for rideshare drivers. Reuters says Lyft began locking drivers out of its app in June in response to the new regulations, which a
  22. Uber and Lyft prepare $60 million fight against worker classification bill Apparently they can't afford to pay their workers more, but they can afford a legislative fight. ASSOCIATED PRESS The fight over whether rideshare drivers should be classified as employees and therefore be eligible for benefits continues. The latest battleground is California, where a worker classification bill is currently being debated by lawmakers. Uber and Lyft say that classifying their drivers as employees and not independent contractors
  23. LA wants Uber’s location data, but the ride-hailing company says it’s worried about privacy The fight between the city of Los Angeles and scooter companies over location data is heating up. On Monday, Uber filed a lawsuit against LA’s Department of Transportation (LADOT) pushing back against the requirement that scooter operators share anonymized real-time location data with the city. The suit, which was first reported by CNET but has yet to be filed in LA Superior Court, centers on LADOT’s use of a digital tool called the mobility data specification
  24. BOGOTA (Reuters) - Ride-hailing mobile application Uber said on Thursday it will not be basing a $40 million support and safety center in Colombia after all, because of a lack of regulatory stability in the Andean country. Ride-hailing apps have drawn the ire of authorities in Colombia, where their use is widespread but illegal. The country has not specifically regulated the apps, but has fined Uber hundreds of thousands of dollars for obstructing a 2017 regulatory visit. The center, which had been set to be the company’s third in Latin America, was meant
  25. Two computer hackers have pleaded guilty to concocting an extortion scheme that entangled Uber in a year-long cover-up of a data breach that stole sensitive information about 57 million of the ride-hailing service's passengers and drivers. The pleas entered in a San Jose, California, federal court by Brandon Charles Glover and Vasile Mereacre resurrected another unseemly episode in Uber's checkered history. Glover, 26, and Mereacre, 23, acknowledged stealing personal information from companies that was stored on Amazon Web Services from October 2016 to January 2017 and t
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