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Cops: Seattle Man Killed Wife During Uber Ride

The driver thought he would be next

(Newser) - A Coast Guardsman murdered his wife during an Uber ride early Sunday and told the terrified driver to keep going, police in Seattle say. Police say Jennifer Espitia was in the front passenger seat when she was shot in the head by husband Cameron Espitia during an argument, KOMO News... More »

Uber CEO's Resignation Was Months in the Making

Travis Kalanick was forced out by investors

(Newser) - The dust continues to settle after the resignation of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick from the $70 billion tech company he helped found. The New York Times interviewed more than a dozen employees and other insiders at Uber to get the lowdown on the months that led up to Kalanick being... More »

Sandberg, Huffington 'Don't Want Uber Job'

Facebook COO rumored to be board's first choice

(Newser) - Uber is looking for a new CEO, but the company's board may have to get used to disappointment: Sources tell the AP that Sheryl Sandberg, rumored to have been among the leading choices to replace Travis Kalanick, has made it clear that she isn't planning on leaving her... More »

After Uber Shocker, Everyone's Talking About Steve Jobs

But many say the ouster of Travis Kalanick isn't the same

(Newser) - Uber CEO Travis Kalanick's surprise resignation is drawing comparisons to another Silicon Valley ouster, that of Steve Jobs on his first go-round with Apple in 1985. Here's a look at what people are saying, including the pushback against those comparisons:
  • Deja vu: "This is shocking," writes
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After 'Hours of Drama,' Uber CEO Resigns

Move caps Travis Kalanick's 'dramatic fall from grace'

(Newser) - The bumpy ride is over for Uber's Travis Kalanick: After a shareholder revolt, Kalanick has stepped down as chief executive of the company he co-founded in 2009. Sources tell the New York Times that the resignation came after "hours of drama" on Tuesday, with five of the company'... More »

Uber Is Making It Easier to Tip Drivers

Adds option to tip on app

(Newser) - Uber is enabling passengers to tip its US drivers with a tap on its ride-hailing app for the first time, part of a push to recast itself as a company with a conscience and a heart, the AP reports. Besides the built-in tipping option announced Tuesday, Uber is giving drivers... More »

Uber Driver Can't Speak English, Draws a Fine

'I felt discriminated against," says Carmen Hechevarria in Miami

(Newser) - An Uber driver is outraged after she received a ticket at Miami International Airport. Her crime: not speaking English. An airport security officer spoke in English to Spanish-speaking Uber driver Carmen Hechevarria as she dropped off passengers Sunday, but received no response, reports the Miami Herald . "She looked at... More »

Punish Uber Where It Hurts: Stop Using It

Farhad Manjoo: 'If Uber remains terrible ... we have only ourselves to blame'

(Newser) - The headlines about Uber's corporate behavior seem to only get worse by the day, but Farhad Manjoo at the New York Times has a prediction he fears will come to pass: People will tut-tut about those headlines, then shrug them off in a few days and tap their Uber... More »

At Uber Meeting on Sexual Harassment, a Sexist Joke

David Bonderman has since resigned from Uber's board

(Newser) - You know what's ill-advised at an Uber meeting addressing sexual harassment and other misconduct? David Bonderman does. Just as Uber was announcing a host of changes , one more came Tuesday when the billionaire businessman resigned from Uber's board of directors. Earlier Tuesday, Bonderman had interrupted fellow board member... More »

What to Know From Uber's Big Day

CEO Travis Kalanick is taking a leave of absence, and more

(Newser) - Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is taking an indefinite leave of absence amid controversy at the ride-sharing company and the ensuing Eric Holder investigation , he announced Tuesday in a company-wide email. Also out Tuesday were the "sweeping" recommendations from that investigation, per the Washington Post . What you need to know,... More »

Fallout From Uber Investigation Begins

Exec Emil Michael is out; no word on whether CEO Kalanick will take a leave

(Newser) - Uber Chief Business Officer Emil Michael is leaving the ride-hailing company just a day before the scheduled release of a report that is expected to recommend notable changes to Uber's culture and management, reports the AP . The move had been rumored , and company spokesman Matt Kallman confirmed the departure... More »

Big Day for Uber: Eric Holder Investigation Is In

CEO Travis Kalanick may take a leave of absence

(Newser) - Privately valued at $70 billion and operating in 80 countries , Uber seems to have as much potential as it does scandal. And that’s precisely what its board members are meeting about Sunday, reports the New York Times , when they’re set to discuss a possible leave of absence of... More »

Uber's Latest Headache: Rotting Sandwiches

The UberEATS driver has confounded everyone

(Newser) - There wasn't anything terribly special about their order, but what happened next was truly unexpected. Toronto-area couple Anna Kotlikova and Blake Weinzettl ordered pizza and soda from a nearby haunt, Montana's, over the weekend, using UberEATS so they wouldn't have to go out and pick it up.... More »

CEO Set Out 'Sex Rules' Before 2013 Uber Party

Kalanick complained they meant he'd stay celibate

(Newser) - An email advising partygoers not to puke, throw kegs off buildings, or have sex without the other person's consent was sent not to the residents of Chug-a-Lug House, but to 400 Uber employees before a 2013 company party. In the letter obtained by Recode , CEO Travis Kalanick set out... More »

NFL Player Takes 500-Mile Uber Ride to Get to Practice

The damage: a $632 fare and $300 tip

(Newser) - This is the story of two men ridiculously committed to their respective jobs. On Sunday, Buffalo Bills cornerback Shareece Wright's flight was late getting into Chicago and he missed his connecting flight to New York, the Buffalo News reports. Wright had to be in Buffalo for (voluntary) practice by... More »

Uber Execs Reportedly Thought Rider's Rape Was a Conspiracy

They believed rival company concocted the account: report

(Newser) - Uber is at "an all-time low on morality," says rival company Ola, per Buzzfeed . That after a report alleging Uber's president of business in Asia Pacific got his hands on the medical records of a woman raped during a 2014 Uber ride in India and showed them... More »

Uber Fires 20 Employees Amid Law Firm's Misconduct Probe

Firm investigated complaints of sex harassment bullying, discrimination

(Newser) - Uber has fired more than 20 employees after a law firm investigated complaints of sexual harassment, bullying, discrimination, and other violations of company policies, the AP reports. An Uber spokesperson says the firm Perkins Coie was hired after former engineer Susan Fowler posted a blog in February about sex harassment... More »

Girl, 16, Accused of Murdering Her Uber Driver

Police say she used a stolen machete and a knife

(Newser) - Prosecutors say a teenage girl used a stolen machete and a knife during a fatal attack on a suburban Chicago Uber driver, the AP reports. Eliza Wasni is charged as an adult with first-degree murder in the death of Grant Nelson of Wilmette. A Cook County judge on Wednesday ordered... More »

Uber CEO's Mom Killed in Boating Accident

Bonnie Kalanick's boat hit a rock in California lake, sank

(Newser) - The mother of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick died in a boat accident in a California lake, reports the AP . Bonnie Kalanick, 71, died after the boat she and her husband, Donald, 78, were riding in hit a rock in Pine Flat Lake and sank, Fresno County authorities said. The Kalanicks,... More »

Uber Admits Stiffing NYC Drivers

Company says drivers were underpaid for years

(Newser) - Uber has admitted it underpaid its New York City drivers tens of millions of dollars over the last 2.5 years. "We are committed to paying every driver every penny they are owed—plus interest—as quickly as possible," Uber exec Rachel Holt said Tuesday, per the AP... More »

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