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Uber Plans to Record Audio of Rides in the US

A year and a half after Uber announced it was “getting serious about safety” as a response to the horrific deluge of reports about drivers committing murders and sexual assaults, the ride-share giant is planning a program that will record audio of rides in the US. Read More >>

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Uber CEO Says Murder of Journalist By Saudi Government Was ‘Mistake’ That Can Be Forgiven

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi is facing harsh criticism after he defended the Saudi government, one of the largest investors in Uber, on a TV news show that aired Sunday night. Khosrowshahi was asked about the 2018 murder and dismemberment of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, which the CIA believes was ordered by top Saudi officials. Khosrowshahi downplayed the murder, calling it a “mistake” and saying that even Uber makes mistakes. Read More >>

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Investigation Finds Uber Self-Driving Car in Fatal Crash Saw Victim, But Wasn’t Programmed to Handle Jaywalkers

US federal investigators have determined an Uber self-driving car that killed 49-year-old pedestrian Elaine Herzberg in the American city of Tempe, Arizona in March 2018 lacked programming to either recognise or respond to the presence of jaywalkers on the road, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday. Read More >>

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Surprising No One, Uber Continues to Haemorrhage Cash

Beleaguered ride-sharing giant Uber continued to torch cash like an outdated Joker reference in Q3 2019, but it claims that the news is positive because parts of its business would technically be profitable if one looked past all the ways it’s losing money. Read More >>

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Uber’s Temporary TfL Licence Infuriates London’s Black-Cab Drivers

More details have emerged on the conditions Transport to London attached in September to Uber's two-month licence to operate in the capital and black-cab drivers aren't happy. Although to be fair, they won't be happy until we're all paying £10 for the privilege of travelling half a mile. Read More >>

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Uber and Audible Collaborate to Offer Free Short Audiobooks

Audible and Uber have teamed up to give you the perfect excuse not to talk to your driver. Read More >>

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Uber’s New Delivery Drone Absolutely Reeks of Vapourware

Uber has announced it’s developing a new drone it hopes to use to one day fulfil orders for its US food delivery service, Uber Eats. But there appears to be one small problem: The drone’s battery life is reportedly just eight minutes, including loading and unloading of packages. Read More >>

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Uber’s Disastrous Life Story Is Being Made Into a TV Show

The team behind TV series Billions is developing a show about the rough-and-tumble rise of Uber, based on the bestselling book Super Pumped. Read More >>

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Uber Lays Off 350 More Employees in Latest Blood Sacrifice

According to a letter sent by Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, about 350 more staffers at the not-a-cab company are being laid off across multiple departments, marking its third major round of layoffs in about as many months. Read More >>

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Uber-rival Bolt Goes Large in London

Uber hasn't had a great time of it in London recently, with Transport for London in September granting the taxi app a measly two-month licence to continue operating in the capital. So the company's probably not going to be best pleased that ride-hailing app Bolt has today introduced an XL category to cater for large families and bigger groups. Read More >>

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Uber’s Making It Easier to Bring Your Pet for the Ride – and Don’t You Dare Ruin This for Me

One of the downsides of being a pet owner without a vehicle at your disposal is that getting around in a pinch typically means you’re at the mercy of someone willing to transport the two of you in good faith. Uber knows this can be tricky, and it’s launching a new pilot, Uber Pet, to help ease this process for all involved parties – assuming everyone’s on their best behaviour. Read More >>

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Uber Seeks to Crush Souls of Greater Pool of Gig Workers

Uber, a company arguably just exploiting human workers while it figures out how to pivot to automation, is evidently looking to expand its labour pool beyond cab drivers and food delivery. Read More >>

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Uber Plans to Launch Even More Safety Features It’s Needed For a While Now

Amid mounting criticism and lawsuits concerning Uber shortcomings when it comes to passenger safety, the company unveiled several new safety features planned to roll out along with an app-wide update it announced Thursday. Read More >>

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Uber Wins Crappy Consolation Two-Month Contract for London Operation

The boring contractual wrangling between Uber and Transport for London is not going to end any time soon, as London's transport authority has agreed to hand the car-booking business a new licence to continue operating in the city – but it only lasts for two months, so another application will have to be started immediately. Read More >>

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Uber Ruthlessly Prioritises 435 People Out of a Job

Uber has laid off 265 engineers and 170 members of its product team because it is a successful company based on sound financials that is not badly in need of a drastic overhaul. Read More >>