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  1. California will require Uber, Lyft drivers to transition to electric cars Electric vehicles must account for 90 percent of ride-hailing vehicle miles traveled in California by 2030. Story at a glance California's clean-air regulator on Thursday unanimously approved new rules for ride-sharing companies Thursday. The companies will have to begin the electrification of their fleets in 2023. Both Uber and Lyft have already committed to converting their fleets entirely to electric vehicles by 2030. California is requiring ride-sharing companies such
  2. Uber Reserve launches in the UK, you can pre-book cars in London, Manchester and Bristol (Pocket-lint) - Uber Reserve is now available in the UK. Previously launched in the US, the new service enables customers to pre-book an Uber Exec or Uber Lux car up to 30 days in advance. A booked car will turn up 15 minutes before the allotted time and wait until 15 minutes after, in case. There is a reservation fee of £5 and a minimum fare for all Uber Reserve bookings - which depends on the location. Uber Reserve is currently avai
  3. Uber ordered to pay $1.1m to blind woman refused rides Uber argued it was not liable because its drivers are contractors Uber has been ordered to pay $1.1m (£795,000) to a blind woman who was refused rides on 14 occasions. Lisa Irving said on some occasions, drivers were verbally abusive, or harassed her about transporting her guide dog, Bernie, in the car. One driver allegedly cut her trip short after falsely claiming to have arrived at her destination. An independent
  4. Uber grants U.K. drivers employee status in world first It is a massive change in the business model of a company which had argued before Britain's Supreme Court that its drivers were self-employed. (AFP) ONDON -- Uber on Tuesday said it is granting its U.K. drivers employee status, with benefits including a minimum wage -- a world first for the U.S. ride-hailing giant. Weeks after a top court ruling that could shake up Britain's wider "gig economy" of 5.5 million people, Uber said its drivers would also get holiday pay and a pension. It is
  5. Uber, Lyft to share data on drivers banned for sexual, physical assault The measure may stop banned drivers from being able to jump between platforms. Uber and Lyft will share information on drivers that have been banned from their platforms for reasons including sexual and physical assault. The Industry Sharing Safety Program, announced on Thursday, will be managed by workforce solutions provider HireRight. If drivers are banned from working on one of the firms' platforms for "serious" safety incidents, at present, they could theoretically mov
  6. Uber: Bankrupt engineer Levandowski is hiding millions from creditors Judge views Levandowski's financial antics with an "incredibly jaundiced eye." Enlarge / Anthony Levandowski in 2019. Famed self-driving engineer Anthony Levandowski was forced to declare bankruptcy last year after he lost a legal battle with Google over claims that he stole trade secrets on behalf of Uber. Now Uber is objecting to the proposed terms of his bankruptcy, arguing that he used legally dubious techniques to shelter his wealth from creditors. Levandowski faces a skept
  7. Uber drivers are workers entitled to holiday pay, Supreme Court rules in landmark gig economy decision Drivers win long-running legal battle against ride-hailing app Tens of thousands of Uber drivers are set to be entitled to the national minimum wage, holiday pay and whistleblower protection (Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.) Uber drivers must be treated as workers, not self-employed contractors, the Supreme Court has ruled in a landmark decision which could have far-reaching implications for millions of people in the UK’s gi
  8. New lawsuit targets California ride-hail labor law OAKLAND, Calif. — Ride-hail drivers and a union filed a lawsuit Thursday against Proposition 22 — a ballot measure that exempted Uber and other companies from California’s gig economy law — after the state Supreme Court threw out their case. The suit filed in Alameda County Superior Court contends the measure that passed in November violates California’s Constitution. The proposition shields app-based ride-hailing and delivery companies from a new labor law that required such services to
  9. Uber will offer free rides to Walgreens to expand Covid vaccine access in underserved communities KEY POINTS Uber will offer free rides to Walgreens stores for people who book a vaccine appointment but do not have transportation and live in an underserved community. The pilot program will start in Chicago, Atlanta, Houston and El Paso, Texas. Walgreens will play an expanded role in the vaccine rollout this week, as it gets direct shipments of doses and administers shots in 15 states.
  10. Uber agrees to buy alcohol delivery service Drizly for $1.1 billion KEY POINTS Uber announced Tuesday it is acquiring alcohol-delivery service Drizly for $1.1 billion in stock and cash. Following the completion of the transaction, Drizly’s marketplace will be integrated with the Uber Eats app. The deal is expected to close within the first half of 2021. Uber announced Tuesday it is acquiring alcohol-delivery service Drizly for $1.1 billion in stock and cash.
  11. Uber will give Brits a free trip to vaccination centres To assist the drive to get Britain vaccinated against the coronavirus, Uber has announced that it’s going to offer free trips to vaccination centres around the country as long as the bill is less than £15. Unfortunately, those who fall outside the vaccination priority groups probably won’t benefit from the offer because the promo codes are only valid until February 28, 2021, but if you’re taking an elderly relative then you can definitely save some money. To get the free ride, tap the menu in the top l
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. "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
  16. 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
  17. Uber is worth $76 billion—far below previous estimates as high as $120 billion. Enlarge / Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi. Michael Nagle/Bloomberg via Getty Images Uber's long-anticipated debut on public stock markets failed to live up to expectations on Friday, with the company's stock falling 7.6 percent during its first day of trading. As the closing bell rang, Uber's stock was worth $41.57, valuing the entire firm at $76 billion. Uber has suffered from steadily diminishing expectations in recent months. When
  18. Uber's stock has fallen 17 percent since Friday morning. Enlarge / Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi. Michele Tantussi/Getty Images Uber's stock fell 7.6 percent on Friday, its first day as a publicly traded firm. The bloodbath continued on Monday, with Uber's stock price falling by an additional 10.7 percent. It's a sobering moment for the ride-hailing company. As recently as last October, some Wall Street banks were estimating that the company could be valued as high as $120 billion. At Monday's closing price of
  19. The Uber Tax? Stock-Based Compensation Faces New Local Levy Proposed initiative hits as IPOs coming from Uber, Airbnb, Slack Majority of supervisors backing initiative with tax retroactive to May 7 San Francisco voters could get a shot at taxing stock-based compensation as the city prepares for initial public offerings to bring in billions to hometown companies like Uber, Airbnb, and Slack. The proposed initiative, introduced May 9, has six co-sponsors, meaning a majority of the 11-member Board
  20. 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
  21. The company raked in an estimated $500 million from the bogus surcharge Uber imposed a $1-per-ride surcharge it called a “Safe Rides Fee” in 2014, but it was a just a play for profit. The money collected by the company from the fee — estimated at around $500 million — was never earmarked specifically for safety and was “devised primarily to add $1 of pure margin to each trip,” according to an excerpt from New York Times reporter Mike Isaac’s new book Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber. At the time, Uber was facing rising costs from insurance and background c
  22. 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
  23. Uber’s no-good, terrible-rotten bad Q2 loses more than $5 billion Trips were up 35%, revenue was up 14%, and that just makes it worse. Enlarge / Headquarters of ride-sharing technology company Uber in the South of Market (SoMa) neighborhood of San Francisco on October 13, 2017. Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images Uber lost more than $5 billion dollars in the second quarter of the year. This is the latest in a long series of bad quarters for the ride-hailing company, which also lost over a billion dollars during the first thre
  24. Uber faces class action from over 6,000 taxi and hire car drivers It will cover drivers, operators, and licence owners across Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, and Western Australia. A class action lawsuit has been filed against Uber, on behalf of thousands of Australian taxi and hire car drivers, for allegedly operating illegally which provided the comp
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    Uber and Facebook: Partners in crime

    Uber and Facebook: Partners in crime Uber's IPO will probably be the biggest since Facebook's. It's remarkable how similar the companies are. He made the world a better place. For himself. I'm experiencing a bubbling sensation just below my throat. No, not acid reflux. It's the sheer vicarious, stomach-churning excitement I have for all those who'll make a vast fortune out of Uber's IPO. You see, it's rumored to b
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