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Uber Makes a Big Mapping Play, Hires 100 Bing Engineers

Uber Makes a Big Mapping Play, Hires 100 Bing Engineers

Uber is continuing its quest for maps self reliance, and is set to acquire a chunk of Bing’s mapping assets. Both Microsoft and Uber confirmed the deal to TechCrunch, but wouldn’t get specific on the terms. The deal will see Uber absorb around 100 Microsoft data collection engineers. A move this large proves that Uber really, really wants to get …

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Uber France Execs Reportedly Arrested

Uber France Execs Reportedly Arrested

Uber France CEO Thibault Simphal and Uber Europe GM Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty have both been taken into custody, according to reports from the AFP and France’s The Local. According to authorities, the two Uber bosses are being investigated for running an illegal operation. From The Local: According to BFM TV the pair are being investigated for “inciting illegal employment”, with the …

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French Taxi Drivers Burn Tires, Flip Cars in Massive Uber Protest

French Taxi Drivers Burn Tires, Flip Cars in Massive Uber Protest

If you’re looking to get around Paris today, expect delays. And fires. Roads to and from Paris airports and train stations are blocked, as is the beltway around the city, thanks to a massive protest against ride company Uber. The city’s Taxi drivers, who’ve been critical of Uber’s practices for some time, took to the streets today and reportedly flipped …

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Liam Neeson: Seth MacFarlane Does Spot-On Impersonation of ‘Taken’ Actor on ‘Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon’

Liam Neeson is known for his thick brogue and low-pitched tone in films like Taken. If you turned on your TV to The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon on Monday night, but didn’t watch the screen, you’d have sworn Liam Neeson was his guest at one point. Alas Liam Neeson wasn’t anywhere near The Tonight Show on Monday. Instead, Seth …

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Uber: We Don’t Collect Background Location Data, But We Might at Some Point

Uber: We Don’t Collect Background Location Data, But We Might at Some Point

On July 15, Uber is putting a new privacy statement into effect, and part of it is raising some eyebrows. A few paragraphs down in the new policy, under the heading “Collection of Information”, you’ll find this: Location Information: When you use the Services for transportation or delivery, we collect precise location data about the trip from the Uber app …

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Uber Just Banned Guns

Uber Just Banned Guns

Uber just banned guns. In a reversal, Uber has just put a policy in place that prohibits the carrying of firearms by both drivers and passengers during any ride arranged via the Uber app. Uber threatens bans for those caught violating the new rule. Here’s the new policy, via Uber’s Legal page: We seek to ensure that everyone using the …

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Uber Sued for $2M over Teen’s Sexual Assault

Uber Sued for $2M over Teen’s Sexual Assault

Uber is facing yet another lawsuit after one of its drivers assaulted a passenger. The mother of a 13-year-old Virginia girl is suing the ridesharing company for $2 million, claiming that Uber and its lax screening processes are responsible for her daughter’s sexual assault. The assault itself is not in dispute. In April, 39-year-old former Uber driver Isagani Morin was …

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Uber Drivers Are Employees, Not Contractors, Says Calif. Labor Commission

Uber Drivers Are Employees, Not Contractors, Says Calif. Labor Commission

In a decision that could have far-reaching consequences for Uber and the whole ridesharing industry, the California Labor Commission has ruled that Uber drivers are actually employees. According to Reuters, “the ruling earlier this month and filed Tuesday in state court in San Francisco, said Uber is ‘involved in every aspect of the operation.’” Of course, Uber has always argued …

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Uber Steals Another Google Exec

Uber Steals Another Google Exec

Uber has poached another Googler. According to a report from Re/code, former Google engineering VP Brian McClendon is set to join the on-demand car company and will head its new Advanced Technologies Center. McClendon worked for over a decade as Google’s head of Maps, Google Earth, and Street View. McClendon will continue to work on Maps and location services at …

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Uber’s Self-Driving Research Car Spotted in the Wild

Uber is in the early stages of developing “mapping, safety, and autonomy” systems, and its first vehicles tasked with doing so have just hit the road. Where? In Pittsburgh, where the Pittsburgh Business Times spotted a black Ford with a rather conspicuous set of tech on its roof – a LIDAR system that looks quite similar to the one sported …

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Uber Steals Google’s Head of Communications and Policy

Uber has scored another high-profile poach. Rachel Whetstone, who served as Google’s head of commutations and public policy, has jumped over to Uber. She’ll be replacing David Plouffe as Senior Vice President of policy and strategy. a job he took in September of last year. Re/code suggests that “the reason for the switch seems to center on the need for …

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Uber’s SOS Button Now Sends GPS Info to Police in India

In December of 2014, an Uber driver in India was arrested after a female passenger accused him of rape. Uber, already on he defensive over allegations of playing fast and loose with user safety in the US, stepped up to create tools that would help put Indian officials and customers at ease. One such tool was the SOS button, which …

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