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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 »

'Boneheaded Move' Gets Deadliest Catch Star Arrested

Sig Hansen allegedly spit on Uber driver, kicked car

(Newser) - Deadliest Catch star Sig Hansen is apologizing after what he calls a "boneheaded move" got him arrested in Seattle early Thursday. According to police, the 51-year-old spit on an Uber driver who refused to accept cash for a ride that had been canceled midway through; the driver asked Hansen... More »

A New Uber Foe: Partnership of Lyft, Alphabet's Waymo

Self-driving vehicle sector just got even more competitive with new deal announcement

(Newser) - Lyft has the brawn via its nationwide fleet of taxis, Waymo has the brains with its self-driving technology, and together they just decided to make lots of money. The Wall Street Journal and New York Times report on a Sunday announcement from the two companies on a sparsely detailed deal... More »

Uber Faces Criminal Probe Over 'Greyball' Scheme

Company used software to avoid regulators

(Newser) - Another big setback for Uber: The Justice Department is in the early stages of a criminal investigation of the company over the "Greyball" program it used to avoid regulators as it expanded its service across America, sources tell Reuters and the Wall Street Journal . Users "greyballed" by the... More »

Mass Shooting Survivor Abigail Kopf to Start High School

She says she's excited to be back at school with friends this fall

(Newser) - The youngest survivor of an Uber driver's alleged shooting rampage in Kalamazoo, Michigan, last year will start high school with her classmates this fall, the AP reports. Abigail Kopf, 15, underwent testing Thursday so educators at Michigan's Harper Creek Community Schools could figure out where the teen stands... More »

What an Undisclosed Uber Meeting Says About Its CEO

Travis Kalanick met with Tim Cook in 2015, got a scolding

(Newser) - Mike Isaac's lengthy look at Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, the result of interviews with more than 50 people who are or have been professionally or personally close to him, isn't entirely without compliment. "Some consider him a math savant," Isaac writes for the New York Times ... More »

10 of the Oddest Things Ever Left in an Uber

How do you forget an elf cut-out?

(Newser) - A cellphone? Sure. But a lobster? That's just one of the odd things left behind in an Uber—and there are plenty, according to the company's Lost and Found Index published Wednesday. It notes that small items like wallets, keys, and phones are among the most commonly forgotten... More »

More Bad News for Uber, This Time in Europe

Company is ditching Denmark after stricter new law governing taxis

(Newser) - Uber is ceasing operations in Denmark in April thanks to a new law that requires taxi services to follow stricter guidelines. New regulations include mandatory seat sensors and costly fare meters, reports Reuters . Additionally, a cap on the number of licenses doled out each year would make it impossible for... More »

Accident Puts Kibosh on Uber's Self-Driving Test Cars

Ride-sharing company pulls plug after Arizona wreck

(Newser) - Uber is abruptly pulling the plug on its self-driving cars after what appears to be an accident caused by human error, reports Bloomberg , which calls the development "the latest incident for a company reeling from multiple crises." An Uber vehicle wrecked in dramatic fashion , flipping on its side... More »

Uber President Quits Over 'Beliefs, Approach to Leadership'

Jeff Jones had been in job for less than a year

(Newser) - More turmoil at Uber: Jeff Jones, the president the company hired from Target less than a year ago, has become the latest top exec to depart, the Wall Street Journal reports. Jones, a marketing expert who joined the company after Uber CEO Travis Kalanick said the company "needed a... More »

Uber's Final Frontier: Upstate New York

State considers legislation to overturn ban on ride-sharing services

(Newser) - Brian Cook's March Madness-inspired trip to Buffalo to cheer on Princeton was, for him, a journey back to a simpler time, when hailing a ride meant standing on a corner and flagging down a taxi. "For a 19-year-old, that's unknown," said Cook. "I take Uber... More »

Dirt-Bike Gang Attacks Driver in Middle of Highway

Victim reportedly works as an Uber driver in SF

(Newser) - San Francisco police are searching for 10 to 15 suspects on dirt bikes and an ATV who were recorded Wednesday surrounding a vehicle and beating up its driver, who reportedly drives for Uber. The group was first seen performing stunts in the street shortly before driving onto Highway 101 and... More »

Uber Used 'Greyball' to Dodge Sting Operations

Secret software identified possible law enforcement agents

(Newser) - Yet more bad press for Uber: For years, the company has been using a secret tool called Greyball to avoid law enforcement in cities where it was banned, the New York Times reports. Uber used information like geolocation data and credit card details to pinpoint users that might be involved... More »

Uber CEO: 'To Say I Am Ashamed Is Understatement'

Travis Kalanick caught on video arguing with driver

(Newser) - "To say I am ashamed is an understatement," Uber CEO Travis Kalanick said in an email to staff after video of him arguing with a driver surfaced. In the video, Uber driver Fawzi Kamel provided to Bloomberg , Kamel argues about falling fares for the high-end UberBlack service at... More »

Top Exec Quits Uber After Harassment Claim Surfaces

Sources say he didn't tell company why he left Google

(Newser) - A top engineering executive at Uber, Amit Singhal, is out five weeks after his hire was announced. According to the tech blog Recode , Singhal failed to disclose that he'd left his previous job at Google because of a sexual harassment allegation. Singhal denied the allegation and said he left... More »

Google Lawsuit Just Made Uber's Lousy Month Even Worse

Complaint says ex-Google engineer Anthony Levandowski stole proprietary secrets

(Newser) - Uber hasn't had a good week . Actually, Uber hasn't had a good month . But the bad news isn't over yet: The ride-sharing company is being sued by Waymo, the self-driving car unit of Google parent Alphabet, over accusations that an ex-manager of Google's autonomous car project... More »

Cops: Uber Ride Turned Into Nightmare for Colo. Driver

One of his passengers is said to have stolen his car, rammed into tree

(Newser) - A Colorado Uber driver got a raw deal over the weekend, but so did a retaining wall, a tree, and his car after one of his passengers was accused of stealing it following a fight. Sheriff's deputies say it started at close to 3am Saturday in Fort Collins, when... More »

Post by 2nd Female Uber Employee: 'I Am Not Surprised'

And other reactions to scathing allegations of sexism at ride-sharing company

(Newser) - The fallout from Susan Fowler's Uber exposé continues. Fowler's revelations about her "strange, fascinating, and slightly horrifying" stint, including accusations of sexual harassment and sexism, have led to disgusted posts on social media and consumers deleting the app—though Mashable reports an interesting notification informs exiting users... More »

Eric Holder Gets New Job With Uber

He'll head investigation into sex harassment at Uber

(Newser) - Eric Holder isn't just preparing to fight President Trump's administration on behalf of California . He's also heading what Uber CEO Travis Kalanick calls an "urgent investigation" into claims that the ride-sharing service discriminated against a female engineer while ignoring her complaints of sexism and harassment , reports... More »

Ex-Uber Engineer Describes 'Horrifying' Workplace Sexism

CEO calls for urgent investigation after Susan Fowler's blog post

(Newser) - Uber CEO Travis Kalanick promised an "urgent investigation" Sunday night after a former employee's blog post described the company as an uber-sexist place to work. In the post, engineer Susan Fowler calls her year at Uber "strange, fascinating, and slightly horrifying," recounting how on her first... More »

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