Uber allowed to keep operating in London after legal battle

A British judge on Monday allowed Uber to keep operating in London by granting the ride-hailing giant an 18-month taxi license in one of its largest markets. The Westminster Magistrates’ Court handed Uber a key victory in its legal battle with local regulatory agency Transport for London, which refused to renew Uber’s operating license in […]

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JPMorgan reportedly stops paying for junior staff’s Ubers to work amid COVID-19

JPMorgan Chase will not pay for junior sales and trading staff to take an Uber to work, reversing actions the bank took after the COVID-19 pandemic to help staff feel comfortable about commuting to work, Bloomberg News reported. The change was communicated by managers last week, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday, citing people with knowledge of […]

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Uber promises every vehicle will be electric by 2040

Uber on Tuesday said every vehicle on its global ride-hailing platform will be electric by 2040, and it vowed to contribute $800 million through 2025 to help drivers switch to battery-powered vehicles, including discounts for vehicles bought or leased from partner automakers. Uber, which as of early February said it had 5 million drivers worldwide, […]

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Nintendo reportedly planning upgraded Switch console for 2021

Nintendo plans to release an updated version of its uber popular Switch gaming console in 2021, after the important holiday shopping season. The Japanese gaming giant is plotting a sequel system with upgraded processing power and 4K graphics, according to Bloomberg, as well as a lineup of new games to accompany the new hardware launch. […]

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Uber and Lyft shares soar as ride-hailing apps avert Calfornia shutdown

Uber and Lyft saw their stocks soar after an eleventh-hour stay allowed the companies to avoid a service shutdown in California. The ride-hail giants were set to suspend service in their largest US market Thursday at midnight after a judge ruled they had violated the state’s Assembly Bill 5, which requires companies to classify their […]

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Uber launches prescription delivery service in Seattle, Dallas

Uber has started delivering prescriptions to help people avoid trips to the pharmacy during the coronavirus pandemic. The ride-hailing giant launched the new service in Seattle and Dallas under its Uber Health banner, the company announced Thursday. It’s a partnership with NimbleRX, a startup that works with pharmacies and couriers to bring prescriptions to users’ […]

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Uber says it can still deliver food in California following ruling

Uber said this week it will continue to deliver meals in California even if its ride-hail business is forced to shut down at the end of the week. A spokesperson for the embattled ride-sharing giant — which has seen its business plummet as the Covid-19 pandemic has cratered the demand for transportation — said Monday […]

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Uber and Lyft Consider Franchise-Like Model in California

OAKLAND, Calif. — Uber and Lyft, which are facing mounting pressure to classify their freelance drivers as full-time employees in California, are looking for another way. One option that both companies are seriously discussing is licensing their brands to operators of vehicle fleets in California, according to three people with knowledge of the plans. The […]

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Judge rejects Uber, Lyft bids to delay California driver reclassification

A California judge on Thursday dismissed requests from Uber and Lyft asking for more time to appeal his decision forcing them to classify drivers in their largest market as employees. The ride-hail giants have argued that Judge Ethan Schulman of the San Francisco Superior Court’s decision would require them to restructure their businesses, but the […]

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Food delivery apps already violating Big Apple fee cap

Lookout Grubhub and Uber Eats, you’re under scrutiny by NYC lawmakers — again. The NYC Councilman behind a measure to limit the fees food delivery apps can charge restaurants during the pandemic is now demanding the city agency in charge of enforcing the law seek out violators and slap them with hefty fines. The demand […]

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Uber says new driver ruling would force it to shut down in California

Uber would be forced to shut down its ride-hailing operations in California if a court ruling that blocks it from classifying its drivers as independent contractors goes into effect, the company said in a court filing. A California judge on Monday granted the state’s request for a preliminary injunction blocking Uber and rival Lyft from […]

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Uber and Lyft shares sink after judge says drivers are employees

Shares of Uber and Lyft were down Tuesday morning following a California judge’s order that the ride-hailing giants should classify their drivers as employees instead of as independent contractors. The ruling was a major blow for the tech giants in their largest market. Uber and Lyft have been accused of violating California’s Assembly Bill 5, […]

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Uber’s food delivery business doubles as ride demand crushed amid COVID-19

Uber Technologies Inc said demand for its food delivery service more than doubled in the second quarter as many users remained largely homebound, while demand for ride-hailing trips was only marginally recovering from pandemic rock bottom. The company said that despite those larger challenges it is sticking to its goal of being profitable on an […]

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Ex-Google engineer Anthony Levandowski gets 18 months for stealing trade secrets

A former Google engineer who stole self-driving car technology for Uber was sentenced this week to 18 months in prison,  in what a California judge called the “biggest trade secret crime” he’s ever seen. US District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco refused to hand out a shorter sentence Tuesday to Anthony Levandowski, because it […]

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Levandowski gets 18 months in prison for stealing Google files

© Reuters. Former Uber engineer Anthony Levandowski leaves the federal court after his arraignment hearing in San Jose By Paresh Dave OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Tuesday sentenced former Google engineer Anthony Levandowski to 18 months in prison for stealing a trade secret from Google related to self-driving cars months before becoming […]

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Anthony Levandowski gets 18 months in prison for stealing Google self-driving car files

© Reuters. Former Uber engineer Anthony Levandowski leaves the federal court after his arraignment hearing in San Jose By Paresh Dave OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Tuesday sentenced former Google engineer Anthony Levandowski to 18 months in prison for stealing a trade secret from Google related to self-driving cars months before becoming […]

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Uber offers COVID-19 contact tracing to government

Uber Technologies has quietly launched a service to give public health officials quick access to data on drivers and riders presumed to have come into contact with someone infected with COVID-19, company officials told Reuters. The service, offered free of charge, could help burnish the image of the ride-hailing giant, which recently launched a new […]

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Uber acquiring food-delivery app Postmates for $2.65B

Uber is acquiring food-delivery app Postmates for $2.65 billion in stock, less than a month after it tried and failed to acquire rival Grubhub. The combination of Uber’s UberEats food-delivery app with Postmates will control 37 percent of the food delivery business in the US and would be second to Doordash, which controls 45 percent […]

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Uber agrees to buy Postmates with $2.65 billion all-stock deal

Ride-sharing company Uber Technologies Inc. has agreed on a deal to buy food-delivery app Postmates Inc. in a $2.65 billion all-stock agreement, Bloomberg News reported late Sunday, citing people familiar with the matter. The deal has been approved by Uber’s board and could be announced as soon as Monday, Bloomberg reported, adding that Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty, head […]

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Uber wants to buy Postmates for $2.6B following GrubHub fallout

Uber is in talks to purchase Postmates for roughly $2.6 billion following the collapse of its takeover deal with Grubhub, according to reports. The deal would further consolidate the food delivery industry at a time when the coronavirus pandemic has demand soaring. It would also strengthen Uber’s delivery arm, Uber Eats, which is unprofitable despite […]

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Uber buys 270,000 packs of Clorox wipes for drivers amid pandemic

Uber has committed to buying 270,000 packages of Clorox disinfecting wipes for its New York City drivers as it seeks to reassure customers that it is safe to get back on the road, the company said. Uber will be sending out 90,000 packages a month for the next three months. Most drivers will have the […]

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Uber’s deal to buy GrubHub may draw sympathy at DOJ, sources say

If Uber and Grubhub agree to merge, they may have an easier time with regulators in Washington than they’ve had with local officials in New York — but that’s not saying much. The ride-hailing giant hasn’t yet approached antitrust officials at the Department of Justice about its prospects for getting approval to acquire Grubhub, sources […]

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Hail an Uber? You must wear a mask starting May 18

Uber will require all of its drivers and riders worldwide to wear masks over their faces for the foreseeable future, Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi said Wednesday. Khosrowshahi made the announcement during a conference call outlining new health and safety steps Uber is taking in order to ease concerns about the possibility of exposure to the […]

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Uber to require all drivers and passengers to wear face masks

Beginning Monday, Uber will require its drivers and passengers worldwide to wear face masks during trips in a bid to curb fears about the spread of coronavirus. The ride-hailing giant’s new mandate arrived along with a number of other COVID-19-related safety features that will become mandatory. Uber also said its Uber X ride service was […]

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