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Uber can't leave its troubles at the door, so to speak, not when it's facing an issue in its own home. The California Public Utilities Commission has slapped the ride-sharing company with a $7.3 million fine and ordered its suspension in the state, after it failed to comply with the agency's repor...

July 16th 2015 at 4:08am 0 Comments
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Thanks to smartphone apps, hailing a taxi no longer requires memorising the phone number of the local cab company or gesturing at a passing driver in the street. However, none of these options are particularly useful if someone is visually impaired. Gett, the black taxi app formerly known as GetTa...

July 15th 2015 at 8:00am 0 Comments
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Uber has worked out a tentative settlement with the family that filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the company for the death of a six-year-old girl named Sofia Liu. Sofia, her mother and younger brother were hit by an Uber driver back on New Year's Eve in 2013 at a pedestrian crossing in San F...

July 15th 2015 at 4:03am 0 Comments
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Like it or not, the hiring practices of on-demand internet companies just became an election issue. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has outlined her economic policies, and it's clear that she's not fond of Uber and other firms relying on contracted workers instead of regular employees. Whil...

July 13th 2015 at 5:54pm 0 Comments
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It looks like Uber has been shut out of the purchase of Nokia's mapping service Here by BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz. According to the New York Times, Uber is out of the running to purchase the mapping division which it had been rumored to have bid $3 billion. Uber isn't the only company that's bee...

July 13th 2015 at 5:35pm 0 Comments
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Uber often defends its "surge" price increases by explaining capitalism, but it took a new tack after a controversial surge in London. The city was gripped by a tube strike yesterday that brought train service to a standstill, forcing commuters to find other ways to get to work. The sudden demand...

July 10th 2015 at 7:17am 0 Comments
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Uber really couldn't be more of a magnet for controversy. When it's not being banned or prompting sometimes violent protests from traditional taxi competitors, it's being scrutinized for the behavior of its drivers. The company added a panic button to its app in India after a driver was accused of...

July 9th 2015 at 10:44am 0 Comments
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Shuddle, an on demand driver service that lets strangers drive your kids around, billing itself as the "Uber for kids", is in trouble with California regulators. The company received a cease and desist letter from the California Public Utilities Commission last November after regulators noticed th...

July 9th 2015 at 3:24am 0 Comments
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If you use Uber, you know that there's a delicate art to choosing pickup points: drop the pin in the wrong spot and your driver could spend ages trying to reach you. You're about to get some useful pointers, though. TechCrunch has learned that the ridesharing company is testing "suggested pickup...

July 8th 2015 at 12:28pm 0 Comments
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Uber is no stranger to using grassroots campaigns to push for pro-ridesharing regulation, but it just took things one step further: it's turning its app into a political activism tool. If you live in St. Louis, you now have an UberLetters option that sends old-school paper mail to the Metropolitan...

July 6th 2015 at 2:19pm 0 Comments
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Uber has been forced to recruit private security guards to preserve the safety of its drivers in Johannesburg, South Africa. The move was prompted by protests at the city's Gautrain Station and Sandton City that threatened to break out into violence. According to Eyewitness News, a group of disgru...

July 6th 2015 at 9:40am 0 Comments
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Uber might be facing its worst nightmare in Europe, but it just got a big break in Canada. A Toronto judge has tossed out the city's attempt to ban Uber (and by extension, other ridesharing services) on the grounds that it's operating without a taxi license. It's all about how Uber takes customers...

July 4th 2015 at 3:17pm 0 Comments