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Uber’s days without drama resets back to zero

by Jason
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Your scandal is arriving now.Image: ALTAFFER/AP/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK Remember #DeleteUber? So much has happened since people complained about Uber CEO … err rather … former CEO Travis Kalanick being on President Donald Trump’s advisory council and Uber stopping surge pricing during Trump’s travel ban. It’s like we can’t go a day without Uber-related drama. SEE ALSO: Uber at war: Major investor sues cofounder Travis Kalanick for fraud Case in point: On Friday, a group of Uber shareholders requested via a strongly worded email that venture capital firm Benchmark step down from Uber’s board of directors. That news arrived just a day after […]

Uber driver allegedly engages in sex act after picking up passenger

by Jason
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Image: Altaffer/AP/REX/Shutterstock If you end up with an Uber driver engaged in a sex act, Uber will offer you $10 for your troubles. That’s what happened to Aner Manuel, who posted a video that appeared to show his Uber driver engaged in sexual acts while operating a motor vehicle. In a Facebook post, Aner Manuel claimed that his Uber driver picked him up and already had a woman in the passenger seat. “As we pulled off the female in the front (who was clearly on drugs) attempted to open the door and could not even sit straight as the vehicle […]

The Senate health care plan is a disaster for gig economy workers

by Jason
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RIP health care.Image: GOMBERT/EPA/REX/Shutterstock The gig economy owes a lot to Obamacare. In the wake of the financial crisis, as smartphones were just becoming the norm, millions of Americans were out of work. Then, Uber hit the market one year before Obamacare was passed, and suddenly, the gig economy seemed feasible. Startups could launch without providing costly healthcare, and their workersexcuse me, independent contractorsdidnt have to worry about going broke if they got sick, thanks to help from the government. The gig economy exploded after 2010 and hasnt stopped growing. Now, senate Republicans want to, in the parlance of Silicon […]

Uber decides to stop competing in Russia, merges business with Yandex

by Jason
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Yandex only.Image: Shutterstock / Mikhail Leonov Like the rest of us, Uber doesn’t want to spend too much more time thinking about Russia. The ride-hailing giant is combining its business with Russia’s Yandex to form a new company in eastern Europe valued at $3.7 billion, Uber announced Thursday. Uber is tossing in $225 million for the new company and hold on to 36.6 percent ownership. Yandex will contribute $100 million and get 59.3 percent, meaning it will control the company but have plenty of coordination with Uber. The deal is similar to Uber’s approach in China last year. In August […]

Uber faces another hit in a legal suit in France

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Image:  MARY ALTAFFER/AP/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK July isn’t looking so bright for Uber. The ride-hailing giant, which has faced an onslaught of scandals since January, was just hit with another blow that could severely impact its growth in Europe. A new recommendation from the senior adviser to the European Union’s highest court says Uber should be classified as a taxi service in France, the New York Times reported Tuesday. SEE ALSO: This one number shows how powerful Uber still is around the world That ruling, if it comes to be, would subject Uber to more rules related to safety and employment. In good […]