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US Man Starts ‘Amish Uber’ With Horse and Buggy

An Amish resident of the Colon village in Michigan has launched his own ride-sharing service with his horse and buggy, and he’s calling it “Amish Uber.” Read More >>

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A Driver for Uber and Lyft Covertly Streamed Hundreds of Rides on Twitch Without Rider Consent

In the past few months, wannabe online video stars have filmed themselves doing a suicide bomb “prank” at university and spreading a fake rumour about a mass shooting at a Disney resort. They have also landed themselves in court for things as varied as feeding toothpaste-filled Oreos to a homeless man and shooting their significant other through a book in a stunt gone hopelessly wrong. Read More >>

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Uber Now Runs Real-Time Background Checks on Drivers

Uber has begun running constant background checks on its drivers so that the company can know immediately if a driver is charged with a crime. Read More >>

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Uber May Be Planning Merger With Middle Eastern Competitor Careem, Insists This Merger Is Different

Ride-hailing giant Uber is planning to merge with its competition in the Middle East, though unlike prior deals in Southeast Asia, China, and Russia, it says it will remain in control of the merged entity. Read More >>

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Uber Regains Temporary License to Operate in London After Promising to Stop Being Terrible

Ride-sharing giant Uber, which lost its license to operate in its millions-strong London market in September 2017 amid a Transport for London (TfL) ruling the company was “not fit and proper to hold a private operator license,” has won at least a temporary reprieve in its battle against UK regulators. Read More >>

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China’s Biggest Ridesharing Service Starts Limiting When Drivers Can Pick Up Passengers of the Opposite Sex

Didi Chuxing, China’s ridesharing giant, announced today that early in the morning and late in the evening its carpooling service will only pair passengers with drivers of the same sex. This safety measure follows a number of other changes after a 21-year-old woman was allegedly murdered by a driver who was using his father’s account. Read More >>

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Uber Plans IPO in 2019, Wants to Be ‘Amazon of Transportation’

Uber’s new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi announced Wednesday that the ridesharing company that has been clouded in controversy for the last few years is finally ready to go public, and intends to do so in the second half of 2019. Read More >>

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Report: Uber Couldn’t Even Leave Southeast Asia Without Pissing Everyone the Heck Off

In March, Uber abandoned its operations in eight countries in Southeast Asia with an announcement that it was selling everything it had in the region to competitor Grab. Per a Monday report in the New York Times, it now looks like this exit was anything but graceful, and has infuriated both regulators and drivers in the region who think Uber essentially flipped them the middle finger on its way out the door. Read More >>

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Chinese Ride-Sharing Giant Removes Creepy Passenger Attractiveness Ratings After Woman’s Murder 

China’s ride-sharing behemoth Didi is trying to make its platform safer for users after a 21-year-old woman was allegedly murdered by one of its drivers. Read More >>

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Uber Manages to Dodge Ban in Egypt Over Taxi Driver Lawsuit, for Now

Ride hailing service Uber and competitor Careem will not be banned in Egypt after a court overturned a judicial decision to pull the companies’ licenses, allowing both companies to continue operations there for the time being. Read More >>

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US Uber Driver Accidentally Turns Onto Pedestrian Staircase, and Down He Goes

An Uber car took an ill-advised turn in San Francisco, California on Monday and ended up stuck on a concrete staircase with nowhere to go outside a Safeway supermarket. Read More >>

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Uber Is Reportedly Going to Sell Its Southeast Asian Division to Competitor Grab

Sources say Uber is considering bailing on its Southeast Asia division, with plans to sell it to regional competitor Grab, CNBC reported on Friday. Read More >>

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Entrepreneurs are Offering Uber-Style Rides for Pokémon Go Players

With all the players getting sore legs from all the Pokémon Go they're playing, some intrepid entrepreneurs have a solution. They want to be personal Pokémon Go drivers. In the US at locations including New York, Portland, and Baltimore a driver will now chauffeur players around, for around £20 per hour – and you thought the in-app purchases were pricey! Read More >>

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UberBoat Quietly Launches in Instanbul

While Parisian cab drivers took to the streets to pillage and burn Uber vehicles last Thursday, the ever-contentious ridesharing company was quietly rolling out UberBoat across the continent in Istanbul. Read More >>