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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 »

Man Blames Uber for Divorce, Sues for $45M

App sent wife details of his Uber rides

(Newser) - An allegedly cheating husband who got in trouble after using his wife's iPhone to book an Uber blames the app for the end of his marriage and is suing for $45 million, the Daily Dot reports. The businessman says that after he logged into his own Uber account on... More »

Last Weekend's Uber Protest Actually Worked

CEO drops out of Trump's economic advisory council

(Newser) - That was quick. After so many people deleted their Uber accounts in protest over the weekend that the ride-sharing company had to create a new automated process , Uber CEO Travis Kalanick announced Thursday he's dropping out of President Trump's economic advisory council, the Guardian reports. According to the... More »

So Many Deleted Uber, Uber Had to Make New Process

Under manual process, users complained accounts weren't being deleted

(Newser) - So many people decided to #DeleteUber after the company was accused of "strike-breaking" at JFK amid immigration ban protests over the weekend that Uber had to develop an automated process for deleting accounts. Previously, when a user requested their account be deleted, the process was manual—a human employee... More »

After Uber Kept Giving Rides at JFK, #DeleteUber Surged

Ride-sharing app turned off surge pricing as taxi drivers protested

(Newser) - New York City taxi drivers protested President Trump's immigration ban Saturday night with a one-hour work stoppage at JFK Airport—but Uber kept right on giving rides, reports Al Jazeera , even announcing that surge pricing had been turned off . That resulted in accusations of "strike-breaking," notes Mashable... More »

Teen Runaway Saved From Prostitution —by Uber Driver

He got suspicious after picking her up along with 2 women

(Newser) - A California Uber driver played a big part in a holiday miracle Monday night after picking up a 16-year-old girl and two women in Elk Grove. He got suspicious after the women, who cops say are pimps, started telling the scantily-clad teen what would happen when they got to their... More »

Self-Driving Truck Delivers Self-Driving Cars to Arizona

They were banned from Calif. roads

(Newser) - Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Friday welcomed the arrival of a fleet of Uber self-driving cars delivered via a self-driving truck that transported them from California. Ducey's office says the governor welcomed the truck carrying the self-driving Volvos at the State Capitol in Phoenix. Uber announced Thursday that it... More »

California on Uber's Self-Driving Cars: Um, No

State says company doesn't have proper test permits

(Newser) - California has put the brakes on Uber's weeklong experiment with self-driving cars on the streets of San Francisco. Regulators revoked the registrations of the vehicles Uber had been using on its hometown roads after the failure of a week of talks between the state and the ride-hailing company, reports... More »

Uber Records 'Eye-Popping' Loss

Company is on course to lose $3B for year

(Newser) - Uber is fast establishing itself as a modern, 21st-century way to lose a lot of money, according to the latest financial results. Bloomberg reports that the company's losses have been "eye-popping" this year, with an $800 million loss in the third quarter bringing total losses to at least... More »

Uber Drivers Plead With Airport for a Little Relief

They'd like a port-a-potty at JFK

(Newser) - Add this to the growing list of Uber controversies: drivers peeing into plastic bottles. Vocativ reports that fed-up Uber drivers in New York City are tired of improvising when forced to answer nature's call. A union representing them has begun an online petition calling on JFK International Airport to... More »

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