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New York cabbies challenge Uber, Lyft amid driver-suicide spike

New York taxi drivers are calling for stricter regulation of ride-sharing services. Their protest comes after four cab drivers committed suicide over financial difficulties exacerbated by Uber and Lyft competition. Taxi drivers held an emergency protest outside City Hall on Wednesday following the recent suicide of Nicanor Ochisor, a 65-year-old yellow-taxi driver, who took his own life at his home ...

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Uber has reportedly rescinded its job offer for the Amazon exec that was its potential product lead

Uber appeared set to hire Assaf Ronen, the former vice president of Amazon’s voice and natural user interface shopping, to lead its products — but it looks like that isn’t going to happen due to a discrepancy in his working history, according to Recode. Uber discovered a discrepancy related to his tenure at Amazon, where the company appeared to be ...

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Police release video of fatal Uber driverless cab collision (GRAPHIC)

The moment a woman was run down and killed by an experimental driverless Uber taxi was captured in a shocking video. Police in Tempe, Arizona, released the clips taken by onboard cameras. A dashboard camera shows the car driving along a road at night in the suburb of the state capital, Phoenix, on Sunday night. A woman wheeling a bicycle ...

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Uber suspends self-driving vehicle tests after fatal crash

Uber is pausing its autonomous car tests after a woman died in Arizona. The pedestrian was hit by a self-driving Uber vehicle. The woman died after being hit by the self-driving car operated by the company in Tempe, Arizona, the New York Times reports. The vehicle was driving in autonomous mode with a human driver at the wheel when it ...

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Cloud-surfing cabs: Uber CEO sees flying cars within next decade

Flying taxis may sound like something from 90’s sci-fi hit The Fifth Element, but that’ll be the reality in 5-10 years if Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has his way. Khosrowshahi said he could see the commercialisation of the Uber Air flying taxi service taking to the skies within the next decade, and that he expects flying vehicles to eventually be ...

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Uber settles lawsuit with Waymo

Uber has agreed to settle the lawsuit brought against it by Waymo for theft of some of the company’s trade secrets. As part of the settlement, Uber has agreed to work with Waymo to ensure that the company’s LIDAR and software represents just the work of Uber engineers. The agreement also comes with a financial settlement of roughly $ 244 ...

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‘It’s the new slavery’: NYC cab driver blasts Uber, city officials in suicide note

Cab driver Douglas Schifter took his own life outside New York City Hall. He left a Facebook post blaming both government officials and ride share companies like Uber for his death. Before he died, Schifter wrote a Facebook post explaining his frustrations, and accused the mayor and governor of “strong bias” towards Uber, a company which he described as a ...

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Ousted Uber co-founder ditches shares for $1.4bn bonanza

Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick, sidelined after several controversies at the company, has diluted his share power in a bid to bolster his billionaire status. The former Uber CEO, who last year stepped down from his position due to mounting pressure from investors, has reportedly sold one third of his stock in a share deal involving Japanese telecommunications firm, Softbank Group. ...

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Google is investing in Indonesia-based Uber rival Go-Jek

Google is back investing in ride-hailing companies. The U.S. search firm and China’s Meituan-Dianping are among the tech giants set to invest in Go-Jek, the Indonesia-based rival to Grab and Uber, a source with knowledge of discussions told TechCrunch. We understand a deal could be completed as soon as next week, though whether Go-Jek announces it is unclear since it ...

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Uber used secret program to block office computers and thwart police raids – report

Apart from evading law enforcement and flouting local laws and bans, ride-hailing company Uber allegedly used special technology to remotely lock down equipment in order to protect files from police raids. Read more From spring 2015 until late 2016, the firm’s employees in San Francisco regularly deployed the secret tool to shut off computers in Uber foreign offices to hide ...

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