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Uber Driver Ordered to Pay $500K to Torture Victim

Yusuf Abdi Ali was commander in Somali military

(Newser) - Uber and Lyft say they have permanently removed accused war criminal Yusuf Abdi Ali from their apps. The Somali ex-colonel, who drove for the rideshare apps in northern Virginia, was ordered to pay torture victim Farhan Tani Warfaa $500,000 by a jury in the state Tuesday, the Washington Post... More »

New Uber Feature: 'Rude' or a Godsend?

Ride-hailing service launches 'Quiet Mode' to keep chatty drivers silent

(Newser) - Can't take it when you order an Uber and the driver shares his whole life story on the way to your destination? Starting Thursday, you can mute that TMI. BGR and TechCrunch report on "Quiet Mode," a new feature offered through the ride-hailing service's app that... More »

Penn State Professor Accused of Kidnapping 2 Women

He was moonlighting as an Uber driver

(Newser) - A Penn State professor is accused of putting two women through a terrifying experience while moonlighting as an Uber driver. Police in Pittsburgh say Richard Lomotey, 36, departed from the app's route after picking the two women up around 1:30am Saturday, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. He told them... More »

Another Ride-Sharing Giant Just Went Public

Uber shares were going for $45 each, raising $8.1B, just weeks after Lyft's IPO

(Newser) - With a ring of the opening bell, Uber began picking up passengers as a newly minted public company Friday, giving investors a chance to bet on a service with huge potential but a long way from turning a profit. Shares in the ride-hailing giant were sold in an initial public... More »

Expect Fewer Ubers on the Road Today

Drivers striking ahead of company's IPO debut

(Newser) - Uber drivers from Australia to the UK, including in at least 10 US cities, are logging off the app Wednesday to protest the company's Friday IPO offering. With Uber's expected $90 billion valuation, drivers say investors stand to get rich, while they struggle with low pay, limited benefits,... More »

Cops: After Airport Trip, Uber Driver Tried to Break Into Home

Man ended up ransacking another residence, police say

(Newser) - Police in northern California say an Uber driver has been arrested for trying to break into the home of a passenger he had dropped off at the San Francisco airport, then burglarizing a neighbor's home. The San Mateo Police Department said Monday that officers arrested 38-year-old Jackie Gordon Wilson... More »

Cause of Death Out for Student Who Mistook Car for Her Uber

But authorities haven't commented on weapon

(Newser) - Samantha Josephson's body was found within hours of her being reported missing on Friday, but it took days for officials to reveal her cause of death. The State Law Enforcement Division said in a Monday news release the 21-year-old University of South Carolina student died of "multiple sharp... More »

Cops: Murder Suspect Activated Car's Child-Safety Locks

University of South Carolina student Samantha Josephson may have thought car was her Uber

(Newser) - University of South Carolina student Samantha Josephson was found dead Friday, and police say a mistake over her Uber ride may have led to her death. "We believe that she simply mistakenly got into this particular car thinking it was an Uber ride," said Columbia Police Chief William... More »

Uber Not Liable in Self-Driving Crash That Killed Woman

But the driver could still face charges over fatal crash in Arizona last year

(Newser) - An Arizona prosecutor has determined that Uber isn't criminally liable in a crash last year in which one of its self-driving SUVs fatally struck a pedestrian in suburban Phoenix. But it's not known whether prosecutors are considering charges against the driver in the March 18 crash in Tempe... More »

Lyft's IPO Stats: Fast Growth, Big Losses

Company will be going public in March or April

(Newser) - Lyft got the ball rolling Friday on what the Wall Street Journal expects will be one of the busiest seasons for tech IPOs in years. Lyft won't actually go public until late March or early April, but it released its IPO documentation to give the public a glimpse into... More »

Uber Driver Reports Would-Be Bank Robbers

They also called an Uber for a getaway

(Newser) - Things did not work out well for three Oklahoma City teenagers who allegedly planned to rob a bank—using Uber as transportation. Police say the Uber driver who took the teens to the bank Tuesday afternoon called authorities after hearing one of them say he had a gun and was... More »

A Self-Driving Uber Killed Her. Her Family Targets Where She Died

$10M claim says city of Tempe, Ariz., had brick path that encouraged people to jaywalk

(Newser) - Family members of the first American killed by an autonomous Uber vehicle have settled with Uber itself, but now they're going after an Arizona city for the homeless woman's death. Per the Arizona Republic , Elaine Herzberg, 49, was killed March 18, 2018, in Tempe by an Uber Volvo... More »

Uber Driver Who Shot 8 Makes Surprise Guilty Plea

Jason Dalton killed 6 in Michigan rampage

(Newser) - A Michigan man charged with killing six strangers between picking up rides for Uber pleaded guilty to murder on Monday, just before attorneys were set to interview jurors for his trial. Jason Dalton's surprise move came about three years after the shootings, which occurred over the course of a... More »

Report: Ride-Hailing Firm Plans a Huge Change

Uber could issue IPO in early 2019

(Newser) - Ride-hailing giant Uber has filed confidential preliminary paperwork for selling stock to the public, the AP reports. That's according to a report late Friday in the Wall Street Journal . Citing people familiar with the matter whom it did not identify, the Journal says San Francisco-based Uber Technologies Inc. filed... More »

Lance Armstrong's $100K Uber Investment Went Wild

Disgraced cyclist says pumping cash into ride-sharing company 'saved our family'

(Newser) - It's expensive being Lance Armstrong , especially after his endorsements fell by the wayside and he was hit with various lawsuits as a result of his doping scandal. It could have been devastatingly expensive, in fact, except for the one thing the elite cyclist says "saved our family": an... More »

Feds: Uber Driver Charged Woman $1K for Ride From Hell

He could face life in prison for kidnapping

(Newser) - An Uber driver in New York could get up to life in prison for the nightmarish ride he gave a woman earlier this year. Federal prosecutors say Harbir Parmar picked the woman up the night of Feb. 21 to drive her from Manhattan to her home in White Plains, about... More »

Uber CEO to Saudi Arabia: I'm Not Going to Your Conference

Dara Khosrowshahi says he won't attend after disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi

(Newser) - "Davos in the Desert" just found out it will be short at least one more speaker. Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi says he's canceling plans to go to Saudi Arabia's Future Investment Initiative conference in Riyadh after the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi , who was last seen entering... More »

With 7 Suicides This Year in NYC, a 'Crisis' for Drivers

Taxi drivers, ride-sharing drivers face mounting debt, longer hours, too much competition

(Newser) - This year, seven for-hire drivers have committed suicide in New York City. The most recent, Fausto Luna, was an Uber driver who jumped in front of a train at a Manhattan subway station Sept. 26, ABC 7 reports. The other six were yellow cab taxi drivers or drivers for livery... More »

Man Looking for Uber Fatally Punched

He banged on the window of the wrong vehicle

(Newser) - A Florida man visiting New York City for a wedding was fatally punched by a stranger after knocking on the window of the wrong vehicle, police say. Family members believe Boca Raton resident Sandor Szabo ordered an Uber from the hotel his brother was staying in in Queens to his... More »

Some Uber Drivers Have a Sick Way of Making Extra Cash

It's known as 'vomit fraud'

(Newser) - If you lose your lunch in an Uber, it's only fair that you pay for the cleanup. But many users of the rideshare service say they were charged steep cleaning fees (ostensibly so drivers can have their cars professionally cleaned) even though they didn't make a mess. So-called... More »

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