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Engineer Admits Stealing Self-Driving Car Secrets

Anthony Levandowski worked for Google, then started his own company

(Newser) - An engineer is facing a prison sentence after pleading guilty to one count of stealing trade secrets from Google. Anthony Levandowski, who worked in the self-driving division, admitted to downloading thousands of files to his personal laptop, CNBC reports. One of the files was an update on the self-driving program.... More »

10 Oddest Things Left Behind in an Uber

Not surprising: phones. Maybe a little surprising: a bubble machine

(Newser) - If you've ever left something behind in a cab or an Uber, you'll be able to commiserate with the forgetful folks who've made it onto Uber's 2020 Lost & Found Index . The company released its fourth annual list on Tuesday, detailing some of the most common... More »

Uber Was Supposed to Ease Traffic. We Got the Opposite

Studies suggest ride-sharing makes congestion worse

(Newser) - In the early days of Uber and Lyft, executives and proponents made bold promises of reducing traffic. "If every car in San Francisco was Ubered, there would be no traffic," then-CEO Travis Kalanick famously said five years ago. The idea was that multiple strangers would be sharing rides... More »

Couple's 'Nightmare' Uber Driver: 'I Have Never Been That Scared'

With 2 passengers in car, Olufemi S. Olomola is accused of chasing another driver

(Newser) - It wasn't the date John Murray and Tameka Swann expected, or wanted. WTVR and CNN report that the husband and wife from Richmond, Va., were picked up by an Uber around 8pm Monday to take them to dinner, but the night started off with a jolt when someone rear-ended... More »

Judge Sides With Passenger Over Uber's Fine Print

Philadelphia woman allowed to sue over an accident

(Newser) - Raise your hand if you read through all the fine print of Uber's "terms and conditions" when downloading the app. Somewhere in there is a clause stipulating that you won't sue and must instead settle any dispute through binding arbitration, notes the Philadelphia Inquirer . But a Philly... More »

Brash Uber Founder: It's 'the Right Moment for Me'

Travis Kalanick is cutting all ties with the company

(Newser) - Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is resigning from the board of directors, severing ties to the ride-hailing company that he co-founded a decade ago and ran until a series of scandals led to his downfall, the AP reports. The departure, announced Tuesday, did not come as a surprise. Kalanick recently... More »

Uber Will Pay $4.4M to End Sexual Harassment Probe

Female employees could be eligible for payouts

(Newser) - Uber will establish a $4.4 million fund to settle a federal investigation into allegations that the San Francisco company allowed a rampant culture of sexual harassment, the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced Wednesday. The agreement ends an investigation launched in 2017 in which the commission found reasonable cause... More »

More Than 3K Sexual Assaults Were Reported in 2018: Uber

Passengers and drivers were victims, company says

(Newser) - More than 3,000 sexual assaults were reported during US Uber rides in 2018, the company said in a long-awaited safety report. That figure includes 229 rapes across the company's 1.3 billion rides. Uber noted that drivers and riders were both attacked, and that some assaults occurred between... More »

'Nefarious' Reason Why Your Uber Driver May Look ... Off

Shared driver accounts are the ride-hailing service's 'dirty little secret,' per 'WSJ'

(Newser) - If you climb into an Uber where the driver doesn't look quite like their pic on the app, you may be unwittingly involved in a shady practice. Uber lost its license to operate in London this week (though CNBC notes it can still offer rides while it's appealing),... More »

London Just Broke Up With Uber

Company deemed 'not fit and proper'

(Newser) - London's transit authority says it is not renewing Uber’s license to operate in the British capital. Transport for London cited "several breaches that placed passengers and their safety at risk." The company's license expires at midnight Monday. Uber vowed to appeal the decision. The company... More »

State Says Uber Owes $650M for Misclassifying Workers

Company disputes New Jersey ruling

(Newser) - New Jersey is seeking around $650 million from Uber in taxes and penalties, saying the ride-hailing company misclassified its drivers as independent contractors. The decision is the latest setback for Uber and other companies in the so-called "gig economy" that rely heavily on contract labor to deliver the services... More »

Uber CEO Scrambles to Undo His Khashoggi Comment

Dara Khosrowshahi called the journalist's murder a 'mistake'

(Newser) - Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi made a mistake involving the word "mistake." In an Axios on HBO interview, he used the word to characterize Jamal Khashoggi's murder—and also his own company's fatal self-driving-car accident . CNBC reports it started with him saying, "I think that [the... More »

SoftBank Just Took Massive $6.5B Bath Over WeWork, Uber

CEO Masayoshi Son: 'There was a problem with my own judgment' on WeWork, Uber investments

(Newser) - SoftBank took a gamble on WeWork and Uber—and it just took a $6.5 billion quarterly operating loss, Bloomberg reports, its first in 14 years. The Japanese's firm's CEO is coming out of the situation both pensive and "defiant," per the New York Times . "... More »

Uber Loses Another $1.16B

Company says it will be making money by 2021

(Newser) - The losses at Uber are mounting, but the ride-hailing heavyweight now predicts it will be profitable in about two years. CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said Monday that the company's goal is to reach profitability—when adjusted for interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization—for the full year of 2021, the AP... More »

'Unseemly' Uber Episode Gets Resurrected in Court

The ride-hailing service waited to reveal data breach

(Newser) - Two computer hackers have pleaded guilty to concocting an extortion scheme that entangled Uber in a yearlong cover-up of a data breach that stole sensitive information about 57 million of the ride-hailing service's passengers and drivers, the AP reports. The pleas entered Wednesday in a San Jose, Calif., federal... More »

Uber Employees Are Now Served Lowly Starbucks

They used to get craft coffee

(Newser) - Uber's struggles have now hit its employees' coffee mugs. That's according to the Washington Post , which takes a look at how Uber's floundering since its May IPO—its stock price is down more than 25%, and Business Insider notes its market value sank Friday below GM's... More »

Big-Name CEOs to Congress: You Need to Act Now

Heads of Twitter, Uber, others write letter asking for tougher gun laws

(Newser) - The CEOs of nearly 150 companies are stepping into the nation's gun debate, imploring Congress to expand background checks and enact a strong "red flag" law. In a letter sent to the Senate on Thursday, CEOs from businesses including Airbnb, Twitter, and Uber asked Congress to pass a... More »

Uber Lays Off Another 435 Workers

Company is trying to 'move toward profitability'

(Newser) - After losing more than $50 million a day in the second quarter of 2019, Uber is tightening its belt. The company announced the layoffs of 435 people in its product and engineering teams Tuesday, which works out to around 8% of both teams, TechCrunch reports. The company said in a... More »

Ex-Google Engineer Charged With Stealing Top-Secret Info

Anthony Levandowski charged with 33 counts of trade secrets theft in case involving Uber

(Newser) - A former Google engineer was charged Tuesday with stealing closely guarded secrets that he later sold to Uber as the ride-hailing service scrambled to catch up in the high-stakes race to build robotic vehicles. The indictment filed by the US Attorney's office in San Jose, California, is an offshoot... More »

Uber Posts Biggest-Ever Quarterly Loss

Company lost $5.24B in 3 months

(Newser) - Uber lost $5.24 billion in the second quarter of 2019—its largest quarterly loss ever—after making huge stock-based payouts in the months following its initial public offering. The ride-hailing giant says it paid $3.9 billion in stock-based compensation and expenses during the quarter. It also paid $298... More »

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