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If there's one thing Uber can't seem to drive far enough away from, it's controversy. In the past six months alone, we've seen it suffer a database breach, cause major strikes, get hit with a class action, quadruple fares during a crisis, and backtrack on invasive measures. Continuing this perpetual controversial ride is a lawsuit filed Friday against Uber itself, its CEO Travis Kalanick, and some early investors. The man behind the suit is Kevin Halpern, founder of Celluride Wireless, an Uber-like company that was established six years before Uber's launching. This case isn't a mere matter of... Read more...
Apparently Uber has big plans that extend beyond simply being an alternative taxi service for smartphone users. The startup wants to grow into something more: enter the logistics game and deliver both people and goods in short time frames. In order to do that, the company is willing spend several billion dollars acquiring Nokia's mapping service. According to a report in The New York Times, Uber is one of several companies caught up in a bidding war for Here, the primary competitor to Google Maps. Citing multiple people speaking on the condition of anonymity, NYT says Uber's offered as much as... Read more...
Uber announced that it suffered a database breach at the hands of hackers last year. The company admitted that about 50,000 drivers may have been affected by the breach and announced that a lawsuit has already been filed by Uber against the as-yet unidentified hackers. “A small percentage of current and former Uber driver partner names and driver’s license numbers were contained in the database,” Uber’s managing counsel of data privacy, Katherine Tassi said in a statement. “Immediately upon discovery we changed the access protocols for the database, removing the possibility of unauthorized access.... Read more...
Add South Carolina to the list of states and cities grappling with the pluses and minuses of allowing ride-sharing services like Lyft and Uber. The state’s Public Service Commission released a cease and desist order yesterday afternoon to put a temporary end to ridesharing services from Uber subsidiary Raiser.  The state is contemplating an application from Rasier for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity, which would give Uber approval to operate in the state. Trouble sprang up when the Public Service Commission determined that the ride sharing service might... Read more...
Despite the negative press over class action lawsuits and questionable tactics, Uber wants cities to know that it can be of benefit, not just to people in need of a ride from point A to point B, but also in shaping more efficient transportation. Uber's pitch is that its level of data collection is unmatched and can be of great benefit to municipal partners. "To date, most cities have not had access to granular data describing the flows and trends of private traffic. The data provided by Uber will help policymakers and city planners develop a more detailed understanding... Read more...
It appears that Uber is giving up its expansion efforts into Spain, at least for now. The app-based transportation company announced that it would be temporarily halting its efforts in Spain in response to a court injunction against Uber from the Association Madrileña Del Taxi. “Today we have received the formal ruling and, in compliance with the December 9th order from the commercial judge and in respect of the law, we are temporarily suspending uberPOP in Spain while we appeal the court ruling and look to develop new options to give Spaniards access to safe, reliable rides,” a statement... Read more...
For consumers, a service like Uber offers a number of benefits, with a big one being convenience. But, with that convenience brings a large number of caveats, some of which we've seen exhibited over the past couple of months. Take, for example, an executive that encourages digging up dirt on journalists that are critical of the company, or the fact that the company will invoke surge pricing during emergencies. And we can’t forget that ridiculous "safe rides fee". For these and other reasons, many have issues with Uber -- especially some countries overseas that have... Read more...
The number of lawsuits being brought against Uber keeps piling up. This time, the app-based transportation company is a class-action lawsuit from both cab companies and its own drivers over Uber’s $1 Safe Rides Fee. Filed on Tuesday with the federal court in San Francisco, the lawsuit seeks restitution for the $1 Safe Rides Fee that has been charged to every U.S. Uber customer. Two Uber riders filed the class-action lawsuit claiming that they shouldn’t have to pay the $1 fee because the company’s background checks have been misrepresented as “industry leading” and “often more... Read more...
There is an ongoing hostage situation, at the time of this article’s publication, in the central business district (CBD) of Sydney, Australia. According to various reports, up to 40 people have been taken hostage. But while everyone is concerned for those involved, Uber seemed to think it was a good idea to increase the rates for its ride-sharing service – a decision that it shortly backtracked on. A tweet from the @Uber_Sydney account stated, “We are all concerned with events in CBD. Fares have increased to encourage more drivers to come online & pick up passengers in the area.”... Read more...
Just days after launching its ride-sharing service in Portland, OR, Uber Technologies is facing a lawsuit from the city. The city is wasting no time in its efforts to stop Uber’s Portland operations; Transportation Director Leah issued a cease and desist order to Uber on Monday. The cease and desist order has a passage that may worry some aspiring Uber drivers in the area. “The City will be taking appropriate enforcement action against Uber’s illegal activities and those of its drivers, which may include bringing suit against Uber for injunctive and other relief, imposing civil and criminal... Read more...
It appears that on-demand transportation company Uber has some cleaning up to do after Uber SVP of Business Emil Michael set his sights on journalists. Last Friday at a private dinner in New York City, Michael suggested that the company should consider digging up dirt on its critics by hiring a team of opposition researchers. According to BuzzFeed News, Michael went on to say that the company should spend “a million dollars” to hire four journalists and four top opposition researchers in order to fight back against the press. The goal would be to look into “your personal lives,... Read more...
Don't be surprised if Google Maps looks totally different the next time you open it up on your Android or iPhone device. Google Maps is getting a facelift with bold colors and textures for a slick new look. Google says the redesign is all about creating surfaces and shadows that echo the real world, along with a material feel that will have layers and buttons more prominently displayed. Google's essentially revamping the entire Google Maps experience. For example, when you tap on a place's info sheet at the bottom of your screen, an info layer glides up to the top with photos, reviews, and other... Read more...
By now, it's pretty obvious that companies like Uber and Lyft offer a compelling service, one that taxi companies all over seem to be kicking themselves for not having thought of first. But despite the fact that these services offer a nice benefit to customers, they're fighting an uphill battle legally. Many, like Californian Senator Ben Hueso, prefer to vote in favor of the taxi lobby, causing the futures for companies like Uber to be clouded in complication. It's ironic, then, that the aforementioned Senator, mere hours after voting in support of a taxi lobby bill, was arrested for drunk driving.... Read more...
Since the company's founding in 2009, Uber's ultimate goal has been to make it as easy as possible for anyone to get from point A to point B in as little time as possible. As it is today, the service is generally considered to be very efficient, but the company's not happy enough with that - it wants to make things even more efficient. That's where the company's new mobile API comes into play. With it, any mobile app developer can integrate Uber's service in their own app, potentially making it even easier for anyone to hail a ride. So far, at least eleven companies have already jumped on board,... Read more...
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