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California just stepped back from a policy that might have had a big, big impact on ridesharing services in the Golden State. Its Department of Motor Vehicles has revoked a finding that drivers for companies like Lyft and Uber need commercial license plates in order to do business. The DMV origina...

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Uber likes to play chicken with local ride-sharing laws, hoping to keep its service in cities long enough to generate positive public buzz. Case in point is Queensland and Western Australia, where UberX is illegal and carries fines of up to $1,700 (AUS) for infringing drivers. According to emails ...

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Privacy issues over abuse of its "God View" customer-tracking app has led to a difficult few months for Uber. With that in mind, a deal to share passenger data might not seem like a great move, but that's exactly what Uber has just announced. In a blog post, the car-booking service explains that i...

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Uber already offers several options in the US, including quirky seasonal ones like ice cream-on-demand. But the company's Hong Kong division has something not available anywhere else: an experimental service (like UberFresh in California) that transports big items, bulk goods, or even huge pets. T...

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Now that Uber is slowly expanding its UK operations, it needs to do everything in its power to maintain and grow its pool of drivers. To this end, the company is bringing its Momentum rewards program, which it first launched in the US last November, to British shores for the first time. Any driver...

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Uber and Lyft's universally-hated surge pricing model, which drives fares up depending on rider demand, will once again help ring in the New Year. And don't be surprised if that leads to plenty of social media kvetching. If you don't want to be that person surprised by an unexpectedly bill along w...

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As if we needed another sign of Xiaomi's skyrocketing growth, the Chinese smartphone maker says it's now the most highly valued technology startup in the world. Yes, it's even worth more than wunderkind Uber. Xiaomi announced that it raised a whopping $1.1 billion from investors, which pegged its ...

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It's no secret that Uber wants to improve its passenger safeguards and rescue its reputation, especially in India -- sexual assault claims led to a Delhi ban amid worries that the ridesharing company wasn't doing enough to screen drivers and protect riders. Now, however, Uber has explained just wh...

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2014's been a year to forget for Travis Kalanick, but since there's still a week to go before 2015, there's one more nasty surprise waiting for him. South Korea has indicted Uber's CEO on charges of operating an illegal taxi service in the country, which could see him slapped with an $18,000 fine,...

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Ridesharing companies like Uber insure drivers when they're picking up fares, and personal policies are supposed to cover moments when those drivers are waiting for customers. However, BuzzFeed News has learned that it doesn't work that way in practice -- and that's potentially a very expensive pr...

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One of Uber's legal problems appears to be moving towards a positive resolution. The city of Portland sued Uber for ignoring its transportation rules a few days ago, but now the two are making "progress toward a permanent home." That progress will start with a step backwards though, as Uber will "...

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Uber has come under fire for allegedly doing little to protect passengers from unscrupulous drivers, and it's determined to improve that reputation -- in some cases, using relatively unusual methods. The ridesharing company's recently hired Head of Global Safety, Philip Cardenas, tells customers t...

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Uber has at last responded to Senator Al Franken's questions about its controversial vehicle tracking and privacy policies... and if you were hoping for clear answers, you'll be disappointed. The ridesharing outfit's letter mostly reiterates the company's practices and its top-level responses to r...

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It's basically impossible to ignore the impact that the likes of Uber and Lyft have had on the taxicab industry, and Chicago's given up trying. The city government has approved a package from the local cab-drivers union that, among other things, pushes for unified mobile dispatching apps. As propo...

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Uber isn't in everyone's good graces these days, but American carriers apparently love it -- Sprint is following in AT&T's footsteps with plans to preload Uber's ridesharing app on new Android devices. It's not saying which devices, although it's safe to presume that it'll cover a wide range o...

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Wonder how Uber's week could get worse? Today the district attorneys for Los Angeles and San Francisco announced they're following through on their threat to sue the company, and that they have reached a settlement with its competitor Lyft. According to the DAs (PDF), the lawsuit against Uber is b...

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