Miscellaneous | Interesting Stuff

Here’s why your Uber driver is going to be taking fewer left turns in the future

Uber said it would be rerouting drivers so they’ll take fewer left turns in an effort to reduce dangerous driving. The company is also expanding its testing of in-car audio and video recording.

Politics | Woke Insanity

This Woke Promotion Could Cost Uber Millions

Uber's decision to waive delivery fees from black-owned restaurants during the George Floyd riots could cost the company $91 million.

Miscellaneous | Random

You Can Now See How Many One-Star Uber Ratings You’ve Received—If You Dare

No, Uber still won’t tell you which driver awarded you a one-star rating (or what you did to deserve it).

Business & Finance | Business

Why Is It So Hard To Get A Ride Share? Because Many Drivers Are Hesitant To Get Back Behind The Wheel

Ride share app companies are struggling to find enough people to drive. Increased demand met with a low supply makes for long wait times and high prices.

Politics | Politics

CA Supreme Court denies lawsuit challenging Prop 22’s constitutionality | TechCrunch

The California Supreme Court today shot down the lawsuit filed by a group of rideshare drivers in California and the Service Employees International Union that alleged Proposition 22 violates the state’s constitution. “We are disappointed in the Supreme C

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Uber and Lyft roll out new benefits for California drivers under Prop 22 - The Verge

Following their victory in California on the Prop 22 ballot measure, Uber and Lyft have unveiled the new "benefits" for California drivers on their platforms, including guaranteed minimum earnings and stipends for health care.

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Uber CEO says prices to double in small cities if voters reject Prop 22

"These are not made up estimates," Uber's CEO said at an event on Tuesday, just two weeks before voters decide on the ballot measure Prop. 22.

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Uber and Lyft shutdown in California averted as judge grants emergency stay - The Verge

Uber and Lyft will not have to shut down in California as a judge blocked an order for the companies to classify their drivers as employees.

Business & Finance | Business

California Uber and Lyft drivers brace for shutdown over worker classification

Companies threatened to shut down operations over a court ruling ordering them to classify their drivers as employees by 20 August

Business & Finance | Business

Uber Eats can keep delivering even if ride-sharing shut down, for now

Uber Eats and other services like Lyft e-scooter rentals would not be affected by a shut-down of ride-hailing services in California over driver status.

Business & Finance | Business

Uber may shut down in California if forced to classify drivers as employees, CEO says

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said the company may need to shut down in California if it loses its appeal against a judge’s ruling to classify drivers as employees. Uber and Lyft are both scrambling after the judge approved a preliminary injunction.

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Uber and Lyft ordered by California judge to classify drivers as employees - The Verge

Uber and Lyft were ordered by a California judge to classify drivers as employees. The companies said they planned to file an emergency appeal to block the ruling. It is the latest development in California’s long-running fight to upend the ride-hailing c

Business & Finance | Business

Judge says Uber, Lyft preliminary injunction ruling to come in ‘a matter of days’ | TechCrunch

California Superior Court Judge Ethan P. Schulman heard arguments from Uber and Lyft, as well as lawyers representing the people of California regarding the request for a preliminary injunction that seeks to force Uber and Lyft to immediately reclassify t

Politics | Liberal Hypocrisy

Equality? Uber Eats Giving Free Delivery To Only Black-Owned Restaurants

Uber Eats is offering free delivery to only black-owned restaurants until the end of 2020, the company’s CEO announced in an email on Thursday. “Uber Eats will promote black-owned restaurants on its app, and that the service will not c

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Uber suspends shared rides in U.S. and Canada

Uber has suspended pooled rides in the U.S. and Canada due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

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Uber may suspend accounts of riders, drivers who test positive for coronavirus

Uber Technologies Inc on Wednesday said it may temporarily suspend accounts of riders and drivers who have tested positive for the coronavirus or been exposed to it at the direction of health authorities.

Science & Technology | Tech

Uber goes old-school with telephone bookings in the U.S.

Uber is best known as a smartphone-native platform for hailing private cars, but it's going old-school by embracing telephone bookings in the U.S.

News | News

Now the Courts Will Decide Whether Uber Drivers Are Employees | WIRED

A California law aimed at requiring gig economy companies to classify workers as employees took effect January 1. That hardly settled the matter.

News | In The News

California Tried To Fine a Company $10,000 for Ordering Blind People Ubers and Lyfts Without a Permit

California regulators are trying to crack down on a company that orders Ubers for the blind and elderly. In February,

Science & Technology | Tech News

Uber to launch Uber Works temp worker app Friday in Chicago

New app emerges as Uber grapples with changes that could upend the gig economy.

Business & Finance | Business

How Uber and Lyft got lost | VentureBeat

Uber and Lyft have been so focused on short-term super-growth and long-term domination that they completely overlooked the middle-term.

News | Israel & The Jewish Community

Palestinian Uber driver in L.A. kicks 2 Jewish women out of his car | The Jerusalem post

The driver, named Mustafa, asked the women where they were coming from after they sat in the back seat.

Science & Technology | Tech

Uber will now deactivate riders with below average ratings - The Verge

Uber has announced that anyone with a "below average rating" risks deactivation from the app. Since Uber first launched, drivers have known that low ratings from riders can lead to deactivation. Now, Uber says it will start deactivating riders w

Business & Finance | Business

Why Uber Lacks A Sustainable Competitive Advantage

Sustainable competitive advantage means gaining the lion's share of an industry's profits. But ride sharing is a money-losing business and Uber's fancy-sounding Liquidity Network Effect is easy to copy. Skip its IPO.

Business & Finance | Business & Finance

5 Ways Ride-Hailing Companies Like Uber and Lyft Are Hurting Cities | Inc.com

Lyft is about to IPO. That's good for early investors and employees, but it's lousy for cities.

Business & Finance | BUSINESS

Uber is suing New York City... again

It's not the government's job to protect taxi companies

Business & Finance | Business

Uber's new free ride promo will only be available to Super Bowl losers - SlashGear

Two cities, each represented by a professional football team, will battle it out for honor and glory this weekend. One of those cities will be victorious,

Business & Finance | BUSINESS

How Much Money Can You Really Make Driving for Uber or Lyft?

Don't believe everything you've read -- actual driver incomes may be better than you thought. They might still be less than you want or need, though.

Science & Technology | Tech

Uber adds a 911 'panic button' to its US app

Uber today pushed out a special option within its app that allows US users to contact emergency dispatchers immediately, potentially sharing their location as well. According to The Verge, the “panic button” has been added to the safety center menu o

Science & Technology | Tech News

Uber lets you rate mid-ride before you forget feedback

“Last year was pretty hard, I’m not gonna lie,” says Peter Deng, Uber’s head of rider experience. But as part of new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi’s push to rebrand Uber around safety, Deng says, “we’ve seen the company

News | Israel & The Jewish Community

Israeli diplomat kicked out of Uber after speaking Hebrew: 'Can't believe this is happening in America' - Chicago Tribune

An Israeli diplomat took to social media to report that an Uber driver kicked him out of a vehicle in the middle of a busy Chicago street after hearing him speak Hebrew on the phone.

Business & Finance | Business

Uber Has Acquired Jump And Officially Joined The Dockless Bike Wars

"We’re excited to begin our next chapter and to play a significant part in the transition of Uber to a multi-modal platform," Jump CEO Ryan Rzepecki said.

Miscellaneous | NEW YORK CITY

Ubers and taxis in NYC are about to get a price hike

Catching a ride in Manhattan is about to get slightly more expensive. On Saturday, Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state legislature approved a $168 billion budg

News | News

Self-driving Uber hits, kills pedestrian

A woman was reportedly struck and killed by a self-driving Uber in Tempe, Arizona.

Business & Finance | Business & Finance

Uber has a tip limit? That's news to drivers

If you want to leave a generous tip for your Uber driver, you may have to use cash because the ride-hailing app has a ceiling. Lyft has tipping limits, too.

Science & Technology | Tech

‘Human Uber’ Lets a Surrogate Socialize For You

Lean into the hermit lifestyle by having a surrogate do the socializing for you.

Miscellaneous | NEW YORK CITY

A new plan would jack up the cost of ride sharing in Manhattan

New York City is an amazing place to live, but there’s one aspect of life here that undeniably sucks: transportation. Last year, crippling delays on the

Miscellaneous | Interesting Links

Uber's boat service makes waves with Croatian locals

Uber is testing new waters in Europe — literally. The company today launched a branch of its BOAT service for tourists in Croatia, which will allow visitors to get transportation in the Adriatic sea via the Uber app. UberBOAT lets users charter specific

Business & Finance | Business & Finance

How much money people are really earning from Uber, Airbnb, and 7 more "side hustles"

If you're looking to make some extra money, these are the average incomes for nine different side jobs.

Business & Finance | Business

Uber is overhauling its driver support systems in a bid to decrease turnover - Recode

Drivers can expect quicker fare fixes and protection from bad ratings for things that are out of their control.

Business & Finance | Business

Sheryl Sandberg Is Being Approached to Replace Travis Kalanick as CEO of Uber | Inc.com

The beleaguered ride-hailing company wants to tap the Facebook COO, according to a source close to Uber board member Arianna Huffington.

Business & Finance | Business

Uber Board Unanimously Approves All Holder Report Recommendations; Details Secret Until Tuesday

The Holder Report is expected to recommend sweeping changes to Uber's notoriously aggressive and misogynistic corporate culture, but its precise prescriptions remain secret

News | Interesting Stories

Exclusive - Uber faces criminal probe over software used to evade authorities

The U.S. Department of Justice has begun a criminal investigation into Uber Technologies Inc's use of a software tool that helped its drivers evade local transportation regulators, two sources familiar with the situation said.

Business & Finance | Business & Finance

gett vs uber

Taxi booking systems help us to book our ride quicker, track its whereabouts and pay without cash. But who wins out of the top 3, Hailo vs Uber vs Gett?

Business & Finance | Mo' Money

American Express Platinum card makeover adds $200 Uber credits

American Express has announced several exciting new features for Platinum card members, slated to launch March 30, 2017.

Science & Technology | Tech

Uber's Flying Cars Plan | WIRED

Within a decade, 'Uber Elevate' could provide network of on demand, fully electric aircraft.

Miscellaneous | Other Interesting Stories

Uber wants to take over public transit, one small town at a time

My first morning in Altamonte Springs, Florida, I was faced with a dilemma: how to travel the two miles from my hotel to city hall without a car. Walking would take nearly an hour in the sweltering...

Miscellaneous | Interesting Links

When a woman realized her Uber driver was an Olympic dad, she decided to send him to Rio.

Thanks to a chance meeting, American shot-putter Darrell Hill will have a friendly face in the crowd.

Science & Technology | Technology

10 things in tech you need to know today, February 23 - Business Insider

Tim Cook sends internal memo. Half of Americans think Apple should unlock the iPhone for the FBI. Uber doesn't plan to change policies.

Business & Finance | Business

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick personally helped design the new logo, and it shows | The Verge

Uber just rolled out a brand new icon for its app, logo for its company, and overall design refresh for its brand. You can argue about its quality down in the comments. Some will undoubtedly love...

Science & Technology | TECH

Uber Beats Rental Cars In Business Travel For The First Time - Fortune

Businesses travelers are increasingly turning to Uber for their transportation needs.

Miscellaneous | Other Interesting Stories

Uber's CEO explains why the app's arrival estimates are 'almost always' wrong

The difference in time estimated to some people is an annoyance, especially if it jumps from 2 to 6 minutes.

Business & Finance | Business

How a tweet turned Uber's Ryan Graves into a billionaire - Business Insider

Ryan Graves landed a job at Uber through a tweet. Now the early Uber employee is worth more than a billion dollars.

Science & Technology | Tech

Apple almost struck a deal with Uber to deliver iPhones to your doorstep

Apple almost partnered with Uber to become part of its same-day delivery program, but the deal never went through, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Science & Technology | Apps I Like

Student Develops An App That's Like Uber For Disabled People

Meghan Lazier wants to get New York City's accessible transit up to speed.

Science & Technology | Apps I Like

This App Wants To Help Public Transit Compete With Uber | Co.Exist | ideas + impact

For those that have the cash, it keeps getting easier and more compelling to avoid public transit. Private buses like Bridj and Leap Transit crunch data to give people the fastest commute possible. UberPool and Lyft Line find riders going in the same direction to offer an option that's cheaper than a taxi and as much as twice as fast as waiting as a bus stop.

Miscellaneous | NEW YORK CITY

Uber cars now outnumber taxis in New York City

Less than four years after Uber started operating in NYC, Uber vehicles now outnumber yellow taxis on the streets there, the New York Post reported Tuesday.

Business & Finance | Business & Finance

How To Make $50,000 A Year By Driving For Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar - Business Insider

If you're working for Uber, you'll have to give more than 60 rides a week to make $50,000.

Business & Finance | Business

Uber Now Recruiting 50,000 Drivers A Month - Business Insider

"Hundreds of thousands of partners" are connected to Uber's platform, and the company is now creating 50,000 jobs a month, Mashable reported.

Business & Finance | Business

As Uber Steps Up Its Assault, Lyft And The Taxi Industry May Get Overrun

Uber has apparently decided what to do with its new $1.2 billion war chest. The taxi alternative service has slashed rates by 25% in at least 25 markets across the U.S. for what it calls a

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LUDDITES: University of California Bans Uber For All Employees

Bureaucrats in the 10-campus University of California system have outlawed peer-to-peer services such as Uber, Lyft and Airbnb for all employees when they travel on official business. The ban came

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Uber is upending that old motto about the customer always being right

I had a rude shock recently when trying to hail an Uber cab. It showed up alright, but only barely. The driver told me he almost didn’t pick me up “because of your low score.” Low score? For what?! I knew passengers rated drivers, but I had no idea