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5 Days Into Trial, Uber Reaches Surprise Settlement

Waymo gets a $245M stake in Uber in settlement over driverless technology

(Newser) - Uber is settling a lawsuit filed by Google's autonomous car unit alleging that the ride-hailing service ripped off self-driving car technology. Both sides in the case issued statements confirming the settlement Friday morning in the midst of a federal court trial in the case, per the AP . Google's... More »

Cops: Uber Driver Raped, Robbed at Least 4 Women

He targeted intoxicated young women in California, prosecutors say

(Newser) - A Mexican man living in the US illegally used his job as an Uber driver to target intoxicated young women and was charged Monday with raping, assaulting, and robbing four victims, California prosecutors say. Alfonso Alarcon-Nunez drove women to their homes, assaulted them, and stole property including cellphones, computers, and... More »

'Squirming on the Floor': Uber's Kalanick Had Crazy Demise

Bloomberg has a long look at his rocky final year in charge of the company

(Newser) - Bloomberg is out with a lengthy feature about the final, turbulent year of Travis Kalanick at the helm of Uber, which the story maintains was "a lot weirder and darker than you thought." As evidence of that, reporters Eric Newcomer and Brad Stone unearth a bizarre anecdote... More »

Taxi Drivers in the EU Took on Uber. They Just Won

Top EU court rules Uber is a taxi service, not a technology service

(Newser) - Ride-hailing service Uber suffered a new blow Wednesday as the European Union's top court ruled it should be regulated like a taxi company, not a technology service, a decision that could change the way it functions across many countries there. Uber, which is wrapping up a particularly punishing year... More »

People Are Calling Uber Instead of Ambulances, Study Finds

Uber isn't thrilled, but researchers say it could be a good thing

(Newser) - People are increasingly taking Uber instead of ambulances to get to the hospital, new research suggests. For a (non-peer-reviewed) research paper released Wednesday, economics professor David Slusky and Dr. Leon Moskatel looked at ambulance usage in 766 US cities upon the arrival of Uber from 2013 to 2015. Slusky tells... More »

Report: Uber Paid $100K to Hacker Who Lives With Mom

'Extremely unusual' payoff to hide breach made under company's bug bounty program: sources

(Newser) - Uber last month revealed a major 2016 hack that exposed information for 57 million customers and drivers, as well as the fact that it paid out $100,000 to the attackers to scrub the information and keep the breach secret. Now, sources tell Reuters it was actually one hacker who... More »

Uber Got Hacked, Then Made Things Worse

Company paid hackers $100K to keep last year's breach of 57M accounts secret

(Newser) - The bad news: Uber suffered a major hack one year ago that exposed the accounts of 57 million customers and drivers. The worse news: The company decided to keep the breach a secret instead of informing victims, and it paid the hackers $100,000 to keep it under wraps, reports... More »

Uber Driver Tapes Drink-Fueled Rant, Dallas Prosecutor Is Fired

Jody Warner has apologized for her 'language' but says Shaun Platt isn't telling the whole story

(Newser) - A Texas Uber driver says he was threatened and insulted by an intoxicated Dallas prosecutor while taking her home, and she's now lost her job with the DA's office, per the Washington Post . Shaun Platt, 26, tells ABC News that while transporting 32-year-old Jody Warner home from a... More »

Soon You Could Hail a Flying Uber

Ride-sharing company unveils futuristic flying taxis it wants to start testing by 2020

(Newser) - Commuters of the future could get some relief from congested roads if Uber's plans for flying taxis work out. The ride-hailing service unveiled Wednesday an impression of the sleek, futuristic machine it hopes to start using for demonstration flights in 2020. The company aims to have its first paying... More »

Cops: NYC Attacker Is Uber Driver Who Gave 1,400 Rides

Sayfullo Saipov came to US in 2010

(Newser) - The man who killed eight people Thursday in what's believed to be New York City's deadliest terror attack since 9/11 has been identified as Sayfullo Saipov, an Uber driver who came to the US from Afghanistan in 2010. The 29-year-old, who was shot by police but survived after... More »

Uber Truce Cuts Power of Ex-CEO

Agreement clears way for IPO, sources say

(Newser) - Uber is curbing the power of former CEO Travis Kalanick and taking on Japan's SoftBank Group as a major new investor as the service tries to recover from internal strife and a myriad of legal headaches. The changes adopted unanimously Tuesday by Uber's 11-member board strip Kalanick and... More »

London: Uber Unfit to Operate Here, So It Can't

Company's license expires Sept. 30

(Newser) - London's transport authority says it won't renew Uber's license to operate in the British capital, arguing that it demonstrates a lack of corporate responsibility with implications in public safety and security. Transport for London says the car-hailing app was not "fit and proper to hold a... More »

Uber Gains a 'Scared' CEO

Dara Khosrowshahi is leaving Expedia to lead ride-sharing company

(Newser) - Uber's board has indeed made its "truce choice" for a new CEO. Per Recode , Dara Khosrowshahi, who's helmed Expedia since 2005, has officially been designated the new head of Uber after former CEO Travis Kalanick's drama-filled June resignation . Khosrowshahi penned a memo to his Expedia staff... More »

Uber Finds 'Truce Choice' for New CEO

Job will be offered to Expedia's Dara Khosrowshahi

(Newser) - After weeks of rumors that ousted Uber CEO Travis Kalanick's successor would be Meg Whitman, GE's Jeffery Immelt, or even Kalanick himself , the company's board has finally made a decision. Sources tell the Wall Street Journal and the BBC that after Immelt ruled himself out over the... More »

Man Says Uber Driver Ambushed Him at His Home

Now he's suing the ride-sharing company

(Newser) - A Chicago man is suing Uber after he says he was attacked multiple times—including once at his home—by a driver for the ride-sharing app last December, TMZ reports. David Riordan says he was taking an Uber home from a Christmas party when the driver, Munstr Abuseimi, became upset... More »

One of Uber's Investors Just Sued Its Former CEO for Fraud

Lawsuit accuses Travis Kalanick of trying to get back in as CEO

(Newser) - Uber Technologies Inc. faced a fresh round of turmoil Thursday, with its global operations chief resigning and a major investor suing the ride-hailing company's former CEO, the AP reports. Ryan Graves told Uber staff in an email Thursday that he will transition out of his role as senior vice... More »

Uber Wants Female CEO, Has 3 Dudes in the Running

No women appear to want to take on ride-sharing company beset by sexism woes

(Newser) - After what the Washington Post calls "copiously combing through binders full of women across corporate America" in a search for a woman CEO to repair its sexist image, Uber has apparently come up with three names—all of them white guys. Rejected by the likes of Sheryl Sandberg , Meg... More »

Cops: Woman Raped by Man Posing as Her Uber Driver

Police believe it may not have been his first attack

(Newser) - A 40-year-old Los Angeles man has been charged with rape and kidnapping in connection with the sexual assault of a woman who believed he was her Uber driver, the Los Angeles Times reports. Police say Carlos Pichinte had decals for both Lyft and Uber on his car—despite not working... More »

Why Meg Whitman Won't Be Uber's Next CEO

Travis Kalanick is plotting a comeback

(Newser) - Some members of Uber's eight-person board were recently convinced that Meg Whitman would be the perfect candidate to replace co-founder Travis Kalanick as CEO, but others—including Kalanick—wanted Kalanick to have the job back. Whitman, former CEO of eBay and current chief of Hewlett-Packard, met with some board... More »

Uber Attempts to Make Peace With Drivers

Company unveils new policies, 24/7 support line

(Newser) - Hoping to erase all memory of its recent troubles, Uber has unveiled a host of new policies aimed at better treatment of its drivers—though forgetful riders might not be so thrilled. Among the recent policy changes making headlines is a new rule requiring riders to pay $15 to have... More »

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