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When your Uber driver is a spy

Like other migrating beasts, hackers travel huge distances for feeding, breeding, and breaking things every summer — at Defcon in Las Vegas. The way they move about the city is driven primarily by the availability of free booze at corporate parties…
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Uber CEO discusses self-driving cars and food delivery by drone

On the second day Uber Elevate Summit 2018, CEO Dara Khosrowshahi took the stage for an interview covering everything from a recent fatal crash involving one of its self-driving cars, to his relationship with Google and Waymo, to drone deliveries.
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Uber reportedly reduced the number of sensors on its autonomous cars

Uber is facing some intense scrutiny after one of its self-driving cars struck and killed a pedestrian in Arizona ten days ago. The company (along with it's partner, NVIDIA) has stopped testing its autonomous vehicle in cities across the US, and the…
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Uber Eats offers insurance for its European couriers

Uber Eats only just turned two years old, but like other "gig economy" businesses, it's facing scrutiny over how it classifies workers. In Europe, the company is partnering with Axa to offer couriers an insurance package that covers accidents, hospit…
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Uber adds new multiple stop feature

Uber announced a new feature they are adding to their service that will allow for multiple stops to be added to a ride. With this update, users can do things like stop to pick up friends or family from different locations who are all on their way to the same final destination. In the past […]

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Uber is ready to cut a deal to get its London license back

Uber may have lost its London taxi license with no small amount of drama, but it's already willing to make concessions. The ridesharing outfit's city manager Tom Elvidge tells the Sunday Times that he would "like to know what [Uber] can do" to "get t…
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Uber picks Expedia chief as its new CEO

Uber's lengthy, sometimes tumultuous search for a new CEO is over. Sources talking to both the New York Times and Recode have learned that the ridesharing company has picked Expedia chief Dara Khosrowshahi as its new leader. The company will only s…
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Uber is reportedly closing down its car-leasing program in the US

Uber's terrible, awful, no-good 2017 isn't over yet. Two years after it started leasing cars to drivers, the ride-hailing company has realized that it should've looked at the economics of such a little better. "The average loss per vehicle was about…
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Waymo, Uber lawsuit narrows after most patent claims dropped by Alphabet

In an ongoing legal dispute between Uber and Waymo, Alphabet has dropped three of four patent claims and they have been instructed by the judge in the case to significantly reduce the scope of the trade secret claims that form the heart of the lawsuit. The legal dispute commenced when Waymo, Alphabet’s autonomous vehicle division, […]

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Uber Movement is a newly released treasure trove of data for city officials

On Sunday, the San Francisco-based company made available a tome of data based upon countless rides taken by its millions of customers each and every day. It was launched on a new website called “Uber Movement.”

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Uber gets slapped with lawsuit over missing food delivery tips

A courier in New York who used to deliver food for Uber has filed a lawsuit against the company over unpaid tips, according to Buzzfeed News. In the lawsuit, he said that tips from customers never made it to him and other delivery personnel for UberR…
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Uber just lost a huge case — U.K. drivers now considered workers

In a court case that may have ramifications in the U.S., U.K. Uber drivers are now considered workers entitled to minimum wage and paid time off. Uber said it will appeal, stating the majority of its drivers prefer to be self-employed.

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Uber wants to fly you to work in a small autonomous aircraft

Uber says it’s interested in launching a city-based air service to give riders access to faster modes of transport. But instead of using a good ol’ fashioned helicopter, it wants to develop a much quieter machine that can fly autonomously.

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Uber is expanding its efforts to give you a smoother ride

No Uber user wants a ride that has them lurching back and forth like a headbanger at a heavy metal gig. So in an effort to encourage smoother driving, the ride-hailing company is expanding recent efforts to improve driving skills.

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Walmart is testing grocery deliveries with Uber and Lyft

Online grocery deliveries are commonplace in Europe, but America's size makes it difficult for even the largest firms to offer it nationwide. That's why Walmart is teaming up with Uber and Lyft to test a delivery service for online shoppers. All a us…
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Federal judge’s ruling in sexual harassment cases deals setback to Uber

A federal judge ruled in two California cases that, even though Uber drivers are independent contractors, the company may still be liable in criminal cases. The court did not completely dismiss the charges against Uber in either case.

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Goodbye, 10-minute food delivery! Uber shuts down UberEats Instant Delivery in NYC

Are you an UberEats user who lives in New York City? Unfortunately, it may start taking a little longer for your food to be delivered — Uber has shut down the Instant Delivery section of the UberEats app.

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‘Marvin and Ara’ help Uber to its billionth ride

Uber’s come a long way since taking its first paying customer five-and-a-half years ago. The company said on Wednesday it hit a billion Uber trips on Christmas Eve, with the lucky driver and rider well rewarded for their incredible luck.

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Stories you missed: Netflix price hike, water on Pluto, Lyft hacks Uber

It can be challenging to keep track of everything that happens in the tech world. That’s why we have compiled a list of the top 10 tech stories from this week — just for you. From Netflix upping its subscription price to an attempted hack of Uber linked to competitor Lyft, it’s all here.

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Samsung releases SDK for the Gear S2, announces apps from ESPN, Uber, Nike, and more

Samsung’s released an updated Tizen SDK for the new Gear S2, and alongside it announced new apps from Nike, ESPN, and others. The development kit supports standalone functionality and features like the Gear S2’s unique bezel.

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Uber expands self-driving car project with University of Arizona partnership

Ride-hailing company Uber said Tuesday it’s linked up with the University of Arizona to help advance its driverless car project. The partnership will involve work on optics technology to develop its self-driving car’s mapping system and safety features.

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Uber unveils plans for plush new San Francisco headquarters

Following in the footsteps of a slew of big-name tech firms, Uber has revealed plans for a plush new headquarters in San Francisco. The complex, which is set to house around 3,000 workers, should be open for business by early 2018.

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