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The taxi-hailing app is thought of as each good and debatable, relying on who you ask. Here we have now documented the corporate’s adventure to a $70 billion valuation.

Disclaimer: it is been slightly of a bumpy one…


Uber chooses Expedia boss Dara Khosrowshahi as new CEO


The Uber board has made its decide for a brand new CEO, opting for the present Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi for the function. And whilst Khosrowshahi is but to substantiate that he has authorised the function, it’s extensively anticipated to occur this week.

Khosrowshahi will exchange founder Travis Kalanick after he began an undefined go away of absence after an inventory of controversies, together with a sexual harassment scandal.

With names like HP Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki and General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt being thrown round, the verdict to nominate the Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi will have come as slightly of a wonder to a few.

FTC orders Uber privateness audit each and every two years for twenty years

August 16, 2017

America’s Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has dominated Uber will have to face a privateness audit each and every two years for the following 20 years, partially as a reaction to the ride-sharing corporate’s “God View” program, but in addition because of a 2014 knowledge breach.

God View was once an inside program that allow workers track the places of shoppers who had used the app to request a automobile. Later, the corporate’s former forensic investigator claimed that Uber workforce used the app to secret agent on politicians, celebrities, buddies, and spouses. There was once even communicate from senior workers at Uber that the corporate tracked journalists.

The trade claimed that get admission to to the device was once restricted and because the ones revelations has presented a major safety officer along side a sizeable workforce of workers “dedicated to protecting user information”.

The FTC ruling states that Uber should put into effect a privateness programme to deal with the court cases.

Each audit may have to provide an explanation for the privateness controls that Uber carried out, in addition to element how those are suitable to the dimensions and complexity of the corporate. They will even require that the privateness controls “are operating with sufficient effectiveness to provide reasonable assurance to protect the privacy of personal information”.

Security researcher Lee Munson stated that with GDPR entering impact subsequent May, Uber may take pleasure in the ruling.

“While such an agreement with the FTC may sound incredibly arduous, Uber will probably benefit from a necessary change in approach, which will stand it in good stead for the incoming GDPR,” he stated.

Uber introduces in-app tipping forward of tribunal enchantment

August 14, 2017

Uber has introduced a raft of recent options for the ride-sharing provider in the United Kingdom that it guarantees will supply drivers with “more control” and to “make the most of their time” at the app – nevertheless it has been pushed aside by way of the lead claimant from remaining yr’s tribunal for stepped forward operating prerequisites as a ‘cynical’ transfer forward of Uber’s upcoming enchantment within the courts.

The replace comprises in-app tipping and revisions to the cancellation coverage, and it has additionally promised fairer rankings for drivers.

The corporate claims that the adjustments had been precipitated by way of a 12-month session with its drivers. In-app tipping will release throughout the United Kingdom day after today and also will observe to UberEATS, Uber’s an identical to gig-economy takeout supply provider Deliveroo.

Uber’s ranking machine – which has courted controversy for unfairly punishing drivers – has been tweaked in order that problems that don’t seem to be the fault of the motive force, comparable to issues of the app, will now not impact rankings.

Uber will even introduce paid ready time for drivers – for each and every two mins that the motive force waits for a passenger, the passenger pays 20p. This will come into impact on 22 August.

Passengers will now pay a cancellation price in the event that they cancel their go back and forth inside two mins of getting their driving force showed moderately than the former 5 mins.

Uber could also be introducing a ‘no thank you’ button so drivers can in an instant flip down a go back and forth moderately than having to look ahead to the request to day out, which is these days between 10 and 20 seconds. If journeys are declined thrice in a row, the app will mark them as unavailable. And UberXL or Exec drivers can now choose out of seeing UberX journeys altogether.

The vacation spot characteristic, which pairs drivers with passengers heading in the similar path drivers need to pass, can be to be had six occasions an afternoon moderately than two times an afternoon, and now comprises an ‘arrival time’ characteristic so drivers can set the time they wish to get to their vacation spot.

But the Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain (IWGB) has stated that the brand new options are a ‘cynical’ ploy forward of an upcoming enchantment from Uber in opposition to a ruling that it’s going to must grant its drivers employment standing.

The IWGB, with the strengthen of the GMB normal union remaining yr, gained a big tribunal ruling that might see Uber drivers handled as hired employees.

James Farrar, who chairs the United Private Hire Drivers phase of the IWGB, stated: “This is a cynical PR transfer forward of Uber’s enchantment subsequent month in opposition to remaining yr’s employment tribunal ruling in favour of drivers.

“Despite its claims, Uber stays totally deaf to essentially the most critical factor dealing with drivers – excessively lengthy hours incomes on reasonable between £5 and £6 in step with hour. If Uber was once extra curious about driving force welfare than it’s with propping up its personal dreadful popularity, it could have abided by way of the tribunal’s resolution and assured drivers a minimal salary and vacation pay.

“Instead, we are talking about ‘innovations’ such as a ‘fairer’ rating system and a ‘no thanks’ button. We say, thanks Uber but ‘no thanks’.”

Uber founder Travis Kalanick resigns

June 21, 2017

After months of turmoil, Travis Kalanick has resigned after reported power from Uber’s shareholders. 

This information comes after a evaluation of the company’s practices and a sting of scandals together with sexual harassment claims.

And maximum not too long ago, Kalanick stated he was once taking an indefinite go away of absence following his mom’s loss of life.

According to The New York Times, five main traders demanded Kalanick’s resignation with speedy impact.

“I love Uber more than anything in the world,” Kalanick reportedly stated “And at this tough second in my private existence I’ve authorised the traders request to step apart in order that Uber can return to construction moderately than be distracted with every other combat.”

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick to take a go away of absence

15 June 2017

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has taken an indefinite go away of absence as the corporate contends with higher inside turmoil and workforce losses. It is unclear who will lead the ride-hailing corporate at this degree. Kalanick could also be coping with private problems following the surprising loss of life of his mom in a boating twist of fate which has left his father hospitalised.

Listen: Uber CEO Travis Kalanick takes go away of absence amidst inside turmoil

The under-fire CEO has been below expanding power to step clear of the corporate amidst a sequence of crises, most commonly stemming from accusations of pervasive sexual harassment and different company misbehaviour since former engineer Susan Fowler printed a damning weblog submit again in February.

Since then one quarter of Uber’s conventional C-suite jobs were vacated and lots of of Kalanick’s closest advisors — internally known as the ‘A-Team’ — have left the corporate.

The corporate has introduced it’s going to put into effect a collection of sweeping adjustments to the organisation following the suggestions of an investigation by way of the previous US lawyer normal Eric H. Holder Jr. and his regulation company, Covington & Burling.

However, on the all-hands assembly meant to run thru those 13 suggestions, there was once but every other instance of the pervasive sexism on the corporate.

It is reported that all the way through the assembly, board member Arianna Huffington mentioned how having one feminine director in most cases results in extra feminine administrators. Fellow board member and founding spouse on the non-public fairness company TPG, David Bonderman it appears silenced the room by way of pronouncing that including extra girls to the board would lead to “more talking.” He temporarily apologised and resigned from his place at the board.

Uber reportedly tracked Lyft drivers the usage of a secret programme known as ‘Hell’

13 April 2017

Using a instrument programme known as ‘Hell’, Uber has been secretly monitoring Lyft drivers, The Information studies.

Uber used ‘Hell’ to create pretend Lyft accounts which supposed it might track what number of drivers had been to be had for brand new rides and what their location was once.

This comes a couple of months after Uber workforce had been stuck spying on celebrities and previous companions the usage of a device known as ‘God’s View’, now known as Heaven. Read extra in this under.

Italy bans Uber for unfair festival

10 April 2017

Uber has been ordered to prevent all actions around the entirety of Italy, Reuters studies.

The ban comes after courts dominated that Uber represents unfair festival for taxi drivers, claiming that Uber does not recognize transportation rules.

Uber has been granted 10 days to prevent all its actions together with any promoting and advertising and marketing campaigns. After that, the corporate will have to pay €10,000 (£8,533) in step with day if it continues to perform.

Uber president Jeff Jones steps down 

20 March 2016

After becoming a member of the corporate not up to six months in the past, Uber president Jeff Jones is stepping down, in a transfer that was once “completely unexpected” by way of colleagues.

The BBC studies that Jones grew pissed off new COO was once being appointed and he was once no longer being regarded as for the location. However, consistent with Recode, Jones’s departure is because of Uber’s ongoing controversies surrounding sexism and sexual harassment.

In a observation on Sunday Uber stated: “We want to thank Jeff for his six months at the company and wish him all the best.”

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Uber shuts down UberTAXI in London

13 March 2017

Uber introduced remaining week that it is shutting down its UberTAXI provider in London, as of the 31 March 2017. 

Launched in 2014, UberTAXI we could Uber consumers hail black cabs thru its cellular app, moderately than a typical Uber automobile.

“Since we first introduced UberTAXI, loads of black cab drivers have taken tens of hundreds of journeys throughout the Uber app. However, in contemporary months, the ones numbers have tailed off,” stated Uber in a weblog submit printed Friday afternoon.

“At Uber we always want our riders to be able to get a car whenever they want and wherever they are – no matter which option on our app they choose. That hasn’t been the case recently with UberTAXI, which is why we will be ending this option on 31 March,” it added.

In the observation, Uber stated that it could be that specialize in car-sharing choices or even totally electrical vehicles.

Uber CEO apologises after being stuck on video arguing with driving force about fares

1 March 2017

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has apologised after a video received by way of Bloomberg confirmed him in a heated trade with Uber driving force Fawzi Kamel.

Kamel expressed his misery on the manner Uber treats its drivers, even telling the CEO: “I’m bankrupt because of you”.

“You’re raising the standards, and you’re dropping the prices,” stated Kamel. “People are not trusting you anymore. I lost $97,000 because of you. I’m bankrupt because of you.” Kamel then added: “You stay converting each day.”

In reaction, Kalanick stated: “Some people don’t like to take responsibility for their own shit. They blame everything in their life on somebody else. Good luck!” Then he proceeded to slam the auto door.

Google’s self-driving company Waymo is suing Uber

24 February 2017

Waymo is taking criminal motion in opposition to Otto, a self-driving car corporate purchased by way of Uber remaining yr for $700m. Uber is being sued for stealing industry secrets and techniques and generation, consistent with the BBC.

The lawsuit alleges that Anthony Levandowski, a former Waymo worker, took knowledge from Waymo by way of ‘downloading 14,000 extremely confidential and proprietary design recordsdata’ sooner than shifting directly to cofound Otto.

“Our parent company Alphabet has long worked with Uber in many areas, and we didn’t make this decision lightly,” stated Waymo in a weblog submit.

Uber CEO steps down from Trump’s advisory council

3 February 2017

Following heavy complaint of Uber’s practices all the way through contemporary anti-Trump protests, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has stepped down from Donald Trump’s financial advisory council.

Kalanick stated that his participation was once ‘misinterpreted’ as an endorsement of Trump’s time table.

“Earlier these days I spoke in short with the president concerning the immigration government order and its problems for our group.

“I additionally let him know that I’d no longer have the ability to take part on his financial council. Joining the crowd was once no longer supposed to be an endorsement of the president or his time table however sadly it’s been misinterpreted to be precisely that,” stated Kalanick in an e-mail to Uber workers received by way of the Guardian.

#DeleteUber results in greater than 200,000 other people to delete their Uber accounts

2 February 2017

After the protests in opposition to Trump’s government order banning refugees and nationals of 7 Muslim nations remaining week, Uber was once accused of seeking to make the most of the protest.

This has resulted in over 200,000 other people deleting their Uber accounts following the #DeleteUber boycott, consistent with a file from The New York Times.

Uber’s self-driving vehicles decide up passengers in San Francisco

14 December 2016

Uber’s self-driving vehicles will decide up passengers within the San Francisco house these days. This growth of Uber’s Pittsburg trial previous this yr comes to every enabled Volvo SUV housing a security driving force and an Uber take a look at engineer to take get started manually riding the auto when wanted and track the sensible generation.

All passengers wish to do is request an uberX the usage of the usual consumer-facing cellular app.

Uber workers reportedly stuck spying on celebrities and former companions

13 December 2016

According to studiesUber workers were spying on celebrities and previous companions. Uber workforce used its ‘God’s View’ characteristic to watch the actions of “high-profile politicians, celebrities or even private acquaintances of Uber workers, together with ex-boyfriends/girlfriends, and ex-spouses”, wrote Samuel Ward Spangenberg’s, Uber’s former forensic investigator. Earlier this yr Spangenberg was once fired from Uber over age discrimination.

Uber informed Reveal in a observation: “we have loads of safety and privateness mavens operating across the clock to give protection to our knowledge. This comprises imposing to authorized workers only for functions in their process tasks, and all possible violations are temporarily and carefully investigated.” Uber additionally stated that its “God View” tool no longer existed, instead opting for an internal tool called “Heaven View”.

Uber’s self-driving truck Otto makes its first supply

26 October 2016

Uber has joined forces with AB InBev to delivery 50,000 bottles of Budweiser, in what’s regarded as the sector’s first self-driving industrial supply. 

The truck transported the beer greater than 120 miles with police cars in tow, with studies suggesting the truck driving force was once stress-free within the again slumbering cab. 

Uber begins mapping UK town streets

16 September 2016

From these days Uber can be gathering photographs of UK town streets, beginning with London. According to the BBC, those photographs can be used to resolve the most efficient pick-up and drop-off issues across the town with plans to increase mapping actions to Leeds, Manchester and Birmingham. This symbol knowledge will possibly help Uber’s driverless vehicles ambitions.

Uber to launches self-driving automobile pickups in Pittsburgh

14 September 2016

During an interview with Bloomberg remaining month, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick published that it will deploy round 100 ‘driverless vehicles’ in Pittsburgh. 

Each car can be fitted with self-driving functions and be staffed by way of one engineer, designed to take keep an eye on of the auto if wanted and a co-pilot to notice its development, with the addition of a pc to document journeys and map their knowledge.

This transfer comes after Uber got Otto, a startup aiming to ship autonomy to lorries and vans. Numerous studies have instructed Uber might use those functions in its personal driverless automobile plan, or probably its personal driverless lorry trade.

Uber takes criminal motion over TfL’s plan to pressure drivers to take written English take a look at

18 August 2016

Uber is taking criminal motion in opposition to London’s delivery authority TFL over its plans to pressure Uber drivers to move a written examination in English. 

The criminal struggle centres on TFL’s new laws for personal rent drivers that require other people from non-English talking nations to take (and move) a compulsory written English take a look at costing £200.

In addition to this, Uber has taken factor with TfL’s rule that drivers will have to be lined by way of industrial insurance coverage all the way through out-of-work hours.

Uber celebrates 4 years of provider in London 

29 June 2016

Uber has been running in London since 2012 when it introduced 90 vehicles within the capital. In the similar yr Uber rolled out services and products to Toronto and Sydney with a comfortable release in Singapore going down in early 2013. 

Uber introduces trade profiles 

19 November 2015

Uber has presented a brand new characteristic which permits all of its customers to change between their private and trade profiles, in order that work trips are charged instantly again to the corporate.

This will lower down at the wish to stay receipts and document expense paperwork, however may additionally lead to a few crimson faces if customers disregard to change between accounts. 

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Uber leader jumps send 

The guy in control of Uber’s global growth is leaving the taxi-app corporate, following regulatory demanding situations in Europe.

Neil Wass, the senior vice chairman for Europe, Middle East and Africa and Asia-Pacific will go away Uber on the finish of the yr, consistent with the Financial Times.

Uber reportedly bids $3bn for Nokia’s Here mapping trade

8 May 2015

Taxi-app Uber has bid for Nokia’s Here mapping trade in a bid to cut back its dependence on Google, studies recommend. 

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Uber and Lyft drivers may quickly be matter to stricter background exams

27 April 2015

A US court docket is mulling over a invoice that might matter Massachusetts-based drivers for firms like Uber and Lyft to legal background exams. 

That protection provision is only one defined in a invoice this is designed to control ride-sharing corporations with out stifling them.

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Uber below assault for alleged discrimination in opposition to blind passengers

21 April 2015

A court docket case that alleges Uber discriminates in opposition to blind passengers can be allowed to continue regardless of an try by way of Uber to have it thrown out, a California pass judgement on dominated. 

The lawsuit, which issues a number of alleged incidents during which Uber drivers refused provider to blind passengers with provider animals, represents every other struggle over whether or not Uber must be ruled by way of the sale laws that quilt taxis, buses and different public transportation corporations.

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Uber in “sharing economy” standoff with UK authorities

20 March 2015 

Uber is in a standoff with the federal government over whether or not or no longer it is a part of the sharing economic system in the United Kingdom, Techworld can disclose. 

The San Francisco-headquartered corporate has expressed an hobby in becoming a member of the newly-created, government-backed Sharing Economy UK (SEUK) industry frame however there are a selection of hindrances that wish to be triumph over previously.

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Uber again in court docket after Californian taxi companies accuse it of false promoting

19 March 2015

Taxi corporations in California have sued Uber Technologies in a federal court docket, charging the ride-hailing smartphone app corporate with deceptive promoting in regards to the protection of its rides.

Uber has made false and deceptive ads in regards to the protection of rides on its UberX platform, and criticised the security of taxi rides presented by way of the taxi corporations, the 19 companies stated in a lawsuit filed Wednesday in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, San Francisco department.

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Uber and Lyft trade fashion faces problem over driving force standing

11 March 2015

The two corporations need to classify their drivers as contractors moderately than workers, this means that they aren’t matter to employment coverage regulation.

In separate circumstances, two federal judges stated the standing of the firms’ drivers will wish to be made up our minds by way of juries. If the drivers are regarded as workers, they might be entitled to minimal wages and any pointers that buyers pay, in addition to different advantages. In that sense, the case is observed as a criminal take a look at that would impact different corporations within the “sharing economic system.”

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Uber seeks path with deCarta mapping acquire

4 March 2015

Uber has purchased mapping and site corporate deCarta in a bid to each reinforce its driving force efficiency and expand new services and products.

California-based DeCarta  holds quite a few knowledge concerning mapping, native seek and turn-by-turn navigation. Its world location founded services and products had been utilized by Google Maps (2005-2008) and are used these days by way of GM OnStar, Ford Sync, Samsung, Inrix, Blackberry and over 25 cellular operators international.

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Uber founders make it into Forbes billionaire record

3 March 2015

Uber founders Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp are new arrivals within the Forbes annual rating of the sector’s billionaires, with a web value every of $5.3bn. Ryan Graves, who 5 years in the past seemingly spoke back “rent me :)” to a tweet a few process with an unknown startup, is now value $1.4bn. Nice cash if you’ll get it, however previous new generation cash dominates the scores….

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Personal knowledge on 50,000 Uber drivers uncovered in breach

2 March 2015

The names and registration code numbers of about 50,000 Uber drivers had been compromised in a safety breach remaining yr, the corporate published Friday.

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Uber hopes to draw consumers international thru Starwood Hotels partnership

25 February 2015

Uber is about to start out rewarding its consumers every time they keep in a specific resort. 

The ride-hailing provider is teaming up with Starwood Hotels & Resorts to spice up using its app a number of the well-traveled crowd. Through the partnership, contributors of Starwood’s visitor loyalty program can hyperlink their accounts with Uber accounts and earn Starwood credit every time they take an Uber trip. They’ll earn extra credit in the event that they take the trip whilst staying in one of the crucial resort corporate’s 1,200 houses in 100 nations.

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Uber raises an additional $1bn to satisfy investor call for

20 February 2015

Uber launched extra shares in a bid to lift an additional $1 billion and meet investor call for. 

The newest growth brings the overall sum of money Uber raised from the investment spherical to $2.8 billion. The more cash injection does not build up Uber’s valuation, which remains to be $40 billion.

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Buying Uber may give Google a trip into the longer term

3 February 2015

Google has already invested no less than $258 million into Uber however there are a couple of the reason why a whole buyout makes best sense.

The corporations are heading in one of the most identical instructions. Both Uber and Google are actually operating on driverless automobile generation and transportation and supply services and products. Uber introduced the introduction of the “Uber Advanced Technologies Centre” in Pittsburgh thru a partnership with Carnegie Mellon University, which can center of attention on long-term generation within the spaces of mapping, car protection and “autonomy generation.

Were Google to obtain Uber, it could head off a conceivable disagreement between the firms as each push deeper into creating an identical services and products.

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Uber backs driverless automobile analysis with new generation centre

3 February 2015

Uber will open a generation centre close to the Carnegie Mellon University to lend a hand put driverless vehicles at the street.

The analysis workforce, founded close to the Carnegie Mellon campus in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, will center of attention on mapping, automobile protection generation and driverless robotics.

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Uber passenger who alleged Delhi rape sues in US

29 January 2015

A passenger who says she was once raped and sexually assaulted by way of an Uber driving force in New Delhi sues Uber in a US court docket, alleging that the corporate was once negligent and that its dedication to passenger protection comes 2d to earnings.

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Uber woos European towns with the promise of 50,000 new jobs in 2015

19 Janurary 2015

Uber guarantees 50,000 new jobs in Europe in 2015 by myself, in an bid to get extra towns at the continent to approve its ride-hailing provider.

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Can Uber nonetheless be classed as a startup?

19 January 2015

Can Uber nonetheless be classed as a startup if CEO Travis Kalanick effectively creates 50,000 jobs throughout Europe this yr? The corporate believes it might, however others are not so certain. 

Many of the sector’s biggest generation corporations, together with Google and Facebook, nonetheless believe themselves to be startups in a single sense or every other. Indeed, they see being a startup as extra of a state of mentality versus how previous the corporate is, how massive its revenues are or what number of workforce it employs. 

When requested if Uber remains to be a startup, a spokesperson for the corporate stated: “I’ve no longer heard in a different way.”

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Uber offers Boston the present of knowledge

13 January 2015 

Boston town officers would be the first to dip their palms into Uber’s pot of knowledge, below new plans laid out by way of the cellular car-summoning provider.

The effort, Uber says, is aimed toward town making plans in spaces that come with managing city expansion in addition to bettering visitors flows and congestion. By seeing how citizens commute throughout a town, for example, municipalities may have higher knowledge for developing or lowering parking zones, Uber says. Uber’s knowledge would upload to the go back and forth information from conventional taxi and different automobile provider suppliers that native regulators already obtain.

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Uber controversies and conflicts world wide mapped by way of knowledge research company Silk

8 January 2015

Troublesome Uber is encountering opposition from courts and taxi drivers in just about each and every town it operates in. The extent of the controversies has made it tricky for some other people to maintain, however knowledge analysts at Silk have now created numerous visualisations depicting every of Uber’s regulatory conflicts world wide.

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Uber expands Momentum Rewards programme to UK drivers

7 January 2015

Uber has expanded its driving force perks programme from the United States to the United Kingdom as a part of an effort to enroll extra taxi drivers to its provider.

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Uber appears to be like to rent loads of other people globally however simply 13 in UK

6 January 2015

Uber is increasing aggressively international however it’s obviously chasing some markets greater than others. Data launched on the finish of remaining yr by way of knowledge research company Silk means that Uber is especially fascinated by increasing its operations in Asia.

Uber desires to recruit 144 non-drivers in Asia, 81 in Europe, 29 in South America, 28 in Oceania, 17 in Africa and 6 within the Middle East, consistent with knowledge despatched to Techworld on the finish of December.

In the United Kingdom, Uber is recruiting for 13 positions, with seven of the ones falling below operations, two below native advertising and marketing and strengthen and two below public coverage and conversation. There aren’t any engineering positions being marketed in the United Kingdom, regardless of the well-established engineering communities round clusters like London’s Silicon Roundabout and Cambridge.

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Uber makes U-turn after upping fares close to Sydney hostage disaster

15 December 2014

Uber is providing the general public loose trips after it was once criticised for upping the cost of trips across the house the place hostages are being held in Sydney, Australia.

Uber higher fares by way of 4 occasions because of excessive call for in Sydney’s central trade district (CBD) following a hostage disaster in a restaurant.

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More bother brewing for Uber in Brussels

15 December 2014


There is extra bother brewing for ride-hailing provider Uber in Brussels the place the minister for mobility introduced he’s going to document a criticism with the police to take the corporate’s web site offline in Belgium.

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Uber hit with user coverage court cases in San Francisco and LA

10 December 2014

Uber has been hit with a lawsuit by way of the district legal professionals for Los Angeles and San Francisco that accuses it of deceptive shoppers over its background exams on drivers and may result in thousands and thousands of greenbacks in fines.

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‘Arrogant’ Uber must mature sooner than going public, says VC

9 December 2014

Uber will wish to exchange its techniques if it will turn into a public corporate, a US undertaking capitalist warned. 

Fred Wilson, managing spouse at New York-headquartered Union Square Ventures, stated Uber must ditch its “smug” and “ruthless” manner if it desires to head public and realise its $40 billion valuation.

Describing Uber’s trade fashion on the Le Web convention in Paris, the seasoned investor stated: “Its ruthless execution mixed with a swagger and a vanity this is not like anything else I have ever observed. The skill to execute comes from that conceitedness and swagger.

“But to become a public company they need to figure out how to become more mature.”

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Uber founder Travis Kalanick confirms billion buck investment spherical

3 December 2014


Uber showed these days that it has effectively raised over a thousand million bucks (£600 million) in its newest investment spherical.

The announcement, published in a weblog submit by way of corporate founder Travis Kalanick, implies that Uber might be valued at as much as $40 billion (£25 billion), outstripping the likes of Twitter which has a marketplace cap of $25 billion.

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Silicon Valley startups uncover energy of political lobbying

3 December 2014

They could be masters of innovation in some spaces, however startups like Airbnb, Uber, Sidecar and Fitbit are discovering that with regards to Washington DC, the previous techniques are the most efficient.

In the previous couple of months, a number of younger tech corporations have put their religion within the energy of cash to steer authorities coverage and law. Some lobbied the government for the primary time, whilst others expanded lobbying efforts by way of opening devoted places of work in the United States capital.

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Uber to overhaul Twitter in marketplace cap stakes because it appears to be like to lift $1bn

26 November 2014


Controversial taxi rent app Uber is at the verge of elevating $1 billion (£633 million) in a transfer that would see the company valued at as much as $40 billion (£25 billion). 

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Spotify and Uber workforce as much as permit passengers to flow playlists

17 November 2014

European tune streaming provider Spotify is teaming up with Silicon Valley automobile sharing massive Uber in a transfer that may permit passengers to flow their playlists immediately throughout the cab’s stereo.

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Rated or Hated? The secret to getting a excellent rating out of your Uber driving force

6 November 2014

While you had been busy ranking your remaining Uber driving force, your remaining Uber driving force was once busy ranking you.

Not everybody realises it, however riders who use Uber, Lyft and different services and products are given a ranking by way of their drivers, and the ones rankings can impact how temporarily you get picked up — or whether or not you get picked up in any respect. 

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Hailo CTO: ‘I have by no means used Uber and nor will I’

28 October 2014

A Hailo boss has published that he is by no means used rival car-sharing provider Uber, and nor does he plan to. 

Rorie Devine, leader generation officer (CTO) of London taxi-hailing provider Hailo, informed Techworld this week: “I’ve never taken an Uber ride in my life.”

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TfL refers Uber’s debatable tax affairs to HMRC

16 October 2014

Transport for London (TfL) has requested British tax officers at Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC) to research San Francisco car-sharing provider Uber.

Uber’s running arm, Uber BV, is founded within the Netherlands, which means the corporate does no longer pay tax on earnings it makes thru its UK trade. 

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Government to hold out evaluation of UK sharing economic system

29 September 2014

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The UK authorities these days introduced a evaluation of the “sharing economy” in a bid to know the commercial possible and social problems which can be generated when other people percentage services over the web.

The evaluation, initiated by way of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, will take a look at the affects of fast-growing corporations like Airbnb, which permits other people to hire out folks’s rooms or houses, and Uber, which permits car-owners to offer others a existence by way of an app.

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Uber banned throughout Germany by way of Frankfurt court docket

2 September 2014

Uber has been banned throughout Germany following a court docket ruling in Frankfurt.

The transient injunction was once issued after the German taxi trade identified that the San Francisco-headquartered company, which has a valuation of $17 billion (£10.25 billion), didn’t possess the authentic taxi lets in which can be required to perform below Germany’s Passenger Transport Act.

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Uber taxi app banned in Berlin on protection grounds

14 August 2014

Uber has been banned in Berlin by way of town’s State Department of Civil and Regulatory Affairs.

The authority issued a observation revealing it had banned the app, arrange in Berlin remaining February, on passenger protection grounds and threatened the company with a 25,000 euro (£20,000) fantastic for ignoring the order.

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Rivalry between Uber and Lyft will get unsightly

13 August 2014

Uber and Lyft are slogging it out within the nascent marketplace for on-demand transportation. Competition between the 2 was once already fierce, however now they every declare the opposite is making an attempt to sabotage their trade.

Lyft stated that kind of 180 workers at Uber had ordered after which cancelled hundreds of Lyft rides since October, slowing its provider and inflicting misplaced fares. “It’s unfortunate for affected community members that they have used these tactics,” a Lyft spokeswoman stated on the time.

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London's black cab drivers protested against the smartphone app last year ©iStock/Johnny Grieg

London’s black cab drivers protested in opposition to the smartphone app remaining yr ©iStock/Johnny Grieg

In photos: London’s black cab drivers pass on strike in opposition to Uber

12 June 2014

London’s roads had been dropped at a standstill the day gone by as hundreds of black cab drivers protested in opposition to US taxi company Uber.

The Licensed Taxi Drivers Association (LTDA), which helped to organise the protest, claims Uber’s drivers are the usage of smartphone apps to figure out fares, regardless of it being unlawful for personal cars to be fitted with taximeters.

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London’s black cabs to reason ‘serious chaos’ in protest in opposition to Uber

9 May 2014


London’s black cab drivers are making plans to deliver “chaos, congestion and confusion” to the capital’s streets as a part of a protest in opposition to Silicon Valley smartphone taxi provider Uber.

The Licensed Taxi Drivers Association (LTDA) stated that Uber’s drivers are the usage of smartphone apps to figure out fares, regardless of it being unlawful for personal cars to be fitted with taximeters.

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Google Maps app now hyperlinks up with Uber

6 May 2014

An intriguing characteristic that we could other people learn how lengthy they would must look ahead to an Uber trip is among the new navigation equipment in Google Maps’ cellular app.

A card for Uber will seem within the choices for any vacation spot, along side transit and strolling instructions, so the person can examine his choices within the up to date Android and iOS variations of the app.

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EU Commission VP Neelie Kroes “outraged” as Belgium bans Uber

14 April 2014

European Commission VP Neelie Kroes has hit out in opposition to a court docket ruling these days that banned Uber’s ride-sharing app from being utilized in Belgium.

The ruling implies that Uber can be fined €10,000 for every violation.

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Uber ride-sharing provider hit by way of Brussels court docket ban

15 April 2014

A Brussels court docket has banned Uber from running its trip hailing provider within the town as a result of its drivers would not have a taxi license, native media reported Tuesday. If it flouts the ban, Uber will have to pay a penalty of €10,000 (US$13,800) in step with violation.

Uber introduced its trip sharing provider UberPop in Brussels in February, permitting customers to e book a trip from their smartphone for a fare of €zero.35 in step with minute and €zero.80 in step with kilometer, with a minimal fare of €4, consistent with Uber’s web site. 

The fares are a few 5th not up to conventional Brussels taxi fares. The drivers are unbiased people that experience held a sound drivers license for no less than 3 years and that had been vetted by way of the corporate.

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Uber now delivers applications with Rush courier provider

7 April 2014

Uber rolled out a brand new provider on Monday known as Rush, which we could other people order pickup and supply of applications the usage of the Uber app. It’s to start with to be had best south of 110th Street in Manhattan, however Uber says it’s going to increase that protection temporarily. If the provider is a hit, probably it’s going to deliver it to different towns as nicely.

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