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When Uber Discovered A Major Security Breach, It Paid Hackers To Keep It A Secret: Report

Uber paid two hackers $100,000 to keep quiet about a massive data breach, current CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has admitted. Fifty-seven million driver and rider accounts were put at risk.

Security November 22, 2017

Uber To Buy 24,000 Volvo SUVs For Driverless Fleet

Uber has signed a deal to purchase 24,000 Volvo SUVs for its driverless fleet, starting from 2019 till 2021. The premium carmaker is one of the most advanced car makers in the world and produces one of the safest architecture for driverless cars.

Car Tech November 21, 2017

Ex-Google Engineer Forms AI Church With A Robot God And A Gospel Called 'The Manual'

Ex-Google Engineer, Anthony Levandowski, built an AI religion of the future. He will act as the dean of this organisation, which will have an AI church, a Gospel called 'The manual'.

Computers November 21, 2017

SoftBank To Make Massive Uber Investment: Will This Solve The Ride-Hailing Company's Problems?

SoftBank, the Japanese multinational corporation that purchased Sprint in 2013, will make an up to $10 billion investment into Uber. How will its new investor help solve Uber's long list of problems?

Business Tech November 13, 2017

Waymo Offered Uber Chance To End Legal Battle: It Just Had To Pay $1 Billion, Issue Public Apology

Waymo has reportedly gave Uber a chance to end the legal dispute between the two companies through the payment of $1 billion and the issuance of a public apology. Uber, however, has rejected the terms of the offer.

Google October 12, 2017

Uber App For iOS May Have Secretly Taken iPhone Screenshots, And Apple Allowed It

Another controversy has struck Uber, as its iOS app was discovered to have the ability to take screenshots of users' iPhones. Surprisingly, Apple actually gave Uber permission to use the code in its app.

Apps/Software October 6, 2017

Change Is Coming To Uber: Travis Kalanick Gets Reduced Power, SoftBank Deal Moves Forward

Uber is about to get a significant investment from SoftBank, but it had to approve drastic changes to make that happen. For starters, one share now only equals one vote, meaning Travis Kalanick will have less power over the board.

Business Tech October 4, 2017

Travis Kalanick Surprises Uber Board Members By Appointing Two New Directors: A Calculated Power Move?

In what’s seen as a move to reassert his control of the company, Travis Kalanick has appointed two new Uber board directors. This has caused further rift among Uber’s already-rocky board.

Business Tech September 30, 2017

It's Over For Uber In London: City Declares Ride-Hailing Service Not Fit And Proper

Uber can add London to the cities it’s no longer welcome in. Transport for London has declined to renew Uber’s license to operate in the city, leaving the ride-hailing company with 21 days to appeal.

Business Tech September 22, 2017

Waymo Wants Uber To Pay $2.6 Billion For Allegedly Stealing One Trade Secret

Alphabet’s Waymo is asking Uber to pay $2.6 billion in damages for a trade secret it claims one former Uber executive stole. The trial date for the high-stakes legal battle is set on Oct. 10.

Business Tech September 21, 2017

Waymo vs Uber: Alphabet Pushes To Postpone Legal Battle Over Self-Driving Car Secrets

After acquiring the 'due diligence' report from Uber, Alphabet is now asking to postpone the trial scheduled in October, saying it needs 'additional time to pursue this mountain of new evidence.'

Business Tech September 18, 2017

Google Parent Alphabet Adds To Uber's Problems With Rumored $1 Billion Investment In Lyft

Google parent Alphabet is reportedly considering to make a $1 billion investment into ride-hailing startup Lyft. This would make it an even bigger thorn on the side of Uber, which is in a legal battle with Alphabet's self-driving unit Waymo.

Business Tech September 15, 2017

Uber In Trouble Again: FBI Investigating 'Hell' Software That Was Used To Spy On Lyft Drivers

The FBI has launched an investigation into whether the Hell program of Uber, which it used to spy on Lyft drivers, illegally interfered with its rival's business. New Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has rough times ahead.

Business Tech September 9, 2017

Dara Khosrowshahi To Take Uber Public In 18 To 36 Months, But It Must ‘Pay The Bills’ Before Taking ‘Big Shots’

Dara Khosrowshahi held an all-hands meeting at Uber where he discussed his plans for Uber’s future. The ride-hailing company’s business and culture are his top two priorities.

Business Tech August 31, 2017

Uber Picks Up Its New CEO, But Also A New Scandal: US Department Of Justice Now Investigating Alleged Bribery Practices

Uber has finally decided on Dara Khosrowshahi as its new leader. Should he accept the job, his first new scandal is the company’s alleged bribery practices in other countries.

Business Tech August 30, 2017

The New CEO Of Uber Is Expedia Chief Dara Khosrowshahi, And He Has A Tough Job Ahead Amid Company Scandals

Uber’s two-month search for a new CEO has come to an end. The company has picked Expedia Chief Dara Khosrowshahi to replace Travis Kalanick, but actually, it’s not a fabulous job.

Business Tech August 28, 2017

Uber Did Better In The Second Quarter Despite All The Drama, But Still Needs To Get Its Act Together Soon

Uber did better in the second quarter compared to the first quarter, as the ride-hailing service booked higher revenues. The company improved its performance despite all the drama and turmoil, but it still needs to solve these problems quickly.

Business Tech August 24, 2017

Waymo vs. Uber: Anthony Levandowski Reveals Why He Stole The Files, But The Judge Doesn’t Buy It

Waymo’s case against Uber has now taken to a turn favor of the Google-owned company. The judge has ruled that Uber can’t present what Anthony Levandowski claims is the reason why he downloaded Google’s files for self-driving technology.

Business Tech August 19, 2017

Uber On Tight Leash, Required To Go Through Data Privacy Audits For The Next 20 Years

Uber has been placed on a tight leash by the FTC, as the ride-hailing service agreed to a settlement over various charges. One of the requirements is for Uber to go through data privacy audits for the next 20 years.

Business Tech August 16, 2017

Amid Fraud Lawsuit Against Travis Kalanick, Some Uber Investors Retaliate By Asking Benchmark To Vacate Its Board Seat

A group of Uber shareholders has now called to relieve Benchmark of its board seat and appointment rights after it sued former CEO Travis Kalanick for fraud. This is the latest in Uber’s much-covered internal turmoil.

Business Tech August 12, 2017

Things At Uber Just Got Worse: Benchmark Is Now Suing Former CEO Travis Kalanick For Fraud

Benchmark has filed a lawsuit against Uber’s former CEO, Travis Kalanick, for several instances of fraudulent behavior. It alleges that Kalanick is doing everything just to gain back his position.

Business Tech August 11, 2017

Travis Kalanick Won’t Return As CEO, Says Uber Board Member: Search For ‘World-Class CEO’ Still Underway

One of Uber’s board members has confirmed that Travis Kalanick will not be returning as the company’s CEO. Previous reports suggested Kalanick was planning to return Steve Jobs-style.

Business Tech August 8, 2017

With Meg Whitman Out, Uber’s Candidate List For Next CEO Is Just A Roomful Of Males

Meg Whitman just bowed out of possibly helming Uber in place of ousted Travis Kalanick. The company’s board now struggles to decide on its next CEO, and it now has to pick from a bunch of men.

Business Tech August 1, 2017

Lyft Is Now Working On Its Own Technology For Self-Driving Cars

Lyft has announced that it will begin work on technology for use in self-driving cars. Previously, the company said it would allow self-driving cars on its network, but would not develop the technology itself.

Car Tech July 21, 2017

Uber Merger With Russian Rival Yandex On The Horizon: Another Loss For The Ride-Hailing Service After Exiting China

Uber has agreed to a merger of its ride-hailing service in Russia with rival Yandex. The transaction is another loss for Uber after exiting China last year, as the company backs off from a once very aggressive international expansion push.

Business Tech July 14, 2017

Waymo vs Uber Legal Battle Sees 3 Out Of 4 Patent Claims Against Ride-Hailing Company Dropped

Google’s self-driving unit, Waymo, has dropped three of its patent infringement claims against Uber. The move comes as the latest development in Uber and Waymo’s high-stakes dispute over autonomous car technology.

Business Tech July 8, 2017

Uber Is Now Allowing You To Request A Ride For Other People

Uber has unveiled a new feature that will allow users to request rides for people in their contacts list. This has benefits for everyone, but Uber's main focus is seniors.

Apps/Software June 27, 2017

Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Knew Self-Driving Car Chief Stole Google Secrets, Says Waymo

As the Uber-Waymo lawsuit keeps unraveling, a new court filing claims that former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick knew about the information stolen from Google. Kalanick reportedly became aware of the matter last year.

Business Tech June 23, 2017

Uber Keeps Bleeding Executives: Travis Kalanick Resigns As CEO At Shareholders' Request

Uber has been struggling to handle an executive exodus and sexual harassment allegations, and now it's headed into a new chapter. Amid mounting pressure from shareholders, Travis Kalanick has resigned as CEO.

Business Tech June 21, 2017

You Can Now Tip Your Uber Driver As Ride-Hailing Service Undergoes Overhaul

Uber customers all over the United States will soon be able to tip their drivers, with the feature made available first in Houston, Minneapolis, and Seattle. The move is part of what Uber calls '180 Days of Change.'

Business Tech June 21, 2017

Rape Victim Sues Uber For Obtaining And Sharing Her Medical Records

An Indian woman filed rape and won against an Uber driver in India in 2014. Now, she has alleged that the company, its three executives including CEO Travis Kalanick in particular, obtained her medical records illegally to discredit her.

Business Tech June 16, 2017

Uber's Top Is Looking Empty: Here Are The Vacancies The Company Needs To Fill

With Travis Kalanick taking some time off as Uber’s CEO, in addition to unfilled top executive roles, the ride-hailing company’s path forward is unclear. That said, a corporate restructuring is exactly the chance Uber needs to change its workplace culture.

Business Tech June 14, 2017

Uber Meeting About Sexism Goes Awry As Board Member Makes Sexist Joke (UPDATE: David Bonderman Resigns)

The all-hands meeting of Uber regarding CEO Travis Kalanick and the rampant sexism in the workplace took a hard turn toward the wrong way when board member David Bonderman inappropriately made a sexist joke.

Business Tech June 13, 2017

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Will Take Leave From Company Due To Scandals

Uber has been through a trying few months from the Waymo lawsuit and the workplace scandals that emerged. Amid all this chaos, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick will be taking a leave of absence from the company for an undisclosed amount of time.

Car Tech June 13, 2017

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Leave Of Absence Under Discussion

Travis Kalanick, Uber’s CEO, might be asked to take some time off following the results of an independent investigation by former attorney general Eric Holder. That report allegedly paints an ugly portrait of Uber’s workplace culture.

Business Tech June 12, 2017

Uber's CEO Travis Kalanick Emailed 'Sex Rules' To Miami Employees In 2013

The success Uber enjoyed in its early days are quickly being swept aside for a pile of legal and public relations problems. The latest comes thanks to its CEO, Travis Kalanick, and his 2013 email on 'sex rules' to Miami employees.

Internet June 9, 2017

Uber Ordered To Hand Over Otto Due Diligence Report In Waymo Lawsuit, Judge Rules

Uber now has to provide the due diligence report related to its $680 million acquisition of Otto, which it has so far tried to keep secret. Waymo believes the report can show evidence about Uber’s trade-theft practices.

Business Tech June 7, 2017

Uber Executive Fired Over Handling Of Rape Case In India In 2014

Uber has been working overtime to salvage its image, recently firing 20 employees as a result of legal probes into the company. Another firing has joined the list, with a top level executive being let go over the handling of a 2014 rape case in India.

Business Tech June 7, 2017

Uber Gains 2 Female Leaders: Apple's Bozoma Saint John, Harvard Professor Frances Frei

Uber has gained two top-ranking female executives to help with its controversial workplace sexism problem. Bozoma Saint John will take Uber’s chief brand officer role, while Frances Frei will take Uber’s senior VP for leadership and strategy role.

Business Tech June 7, 2017

Following Criticism Over Surge Pricing, Uber Offers Refunds To Riders Who Used Its Service In London Attack Aftermath

Uber went under fire over surge pricing following the terrorist attack in London on Saturday, June 3, but it's making things right. The company issued refunds to all passengers who used its service within the affected areas.

Business Tech June 5, 2017

Uber Fires Self-Driving Chief Anthony Levandowski After Waymo Lawsuit

Uber and Waymo’s legal battle is heating up even more. The ride-hailing company has now fired top engineer Anthony Levandowski, the one who allegedly stole documents from Waymo.

Business Tech May 31, 2017

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick In Mourning After Losing His Mother In A Boating Accident, Father Seriously Injured

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick faced heartbreaking news this weekend, as his parents had a tragic boating accident. His mother lost her life, while his father is in a serious condition and receiving treatment at a local hospital.

Feature | Culture May 28, 2017

Uber Legal Problems Pile Up Because Of Waymo Case And Self-Driving Trucks

The last few months haven't been kind to Uber, with every sort of legal problem hitting the company. That pile just got a little bigger thanks to the Waymo case and Uber's self-driving vehicle program.

Business Tech May 26, 2017

Lyft Broadens Business With Premium Ride Service To Gain Ground On Uber

Lyft has been determined to gain ground and be more competitive with Uber. The newest venture in this is a premium ride service in major U.S. cities.

Business Tech May 25, 2017

Uber Admits To Underpaying New York City Drivers By Millions Of Dollars Due To Accounting Error

Uber admitted that it underpaid New York City drivers by tens of millions of dollars, with the blame being cast on an accounting error. How will the ride-hailing company handle this new controversy?

Business Tech May 24, 2017

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