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Cabcharge boss Andrew Skelton rides out Uber threat in taxi war

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Cabcharge boss Andrew Skelton gets fired up if you suggest the traditional taxi industry is operating on a more level playing field with Uber than it was a year ago. Cabcharge boss Andrew Skelton rides out Uber threat in taxi war. During his three years running Cabcharge, Skelton has overhauled the company, addressed its corporate governance failings, fixed the balance sheet and is now investing in service and new technology to fight back against Uber. New uniforms will become mandatory from January, the company is using real drivers in a marketing push to boost the industry's image and drivers now have their own app, mobile support and cameras in taxis designed to protect themselves and customers.

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Brazil speaker wants city rules for Uber, other car-hailing apps

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Maia criticized the amendments, which still need to be approved by the chamber, saying that ride-hailing apps should be regulated by each city as taxis are or else they become unfair competition. The bill amended by the Senate on Oct. 1 dropped requirements that drivers own their cars and use the same red license plates used by public taxis, which would class them as public transport subject to city permits. No date has been set for such a vote, he said. Uber has said that the law, if approved in its original form, would undermine its ability to operate in Brazil, its second-biggest market, by making it too expensive and bureaucratic for many of its 500,000 drivers.

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Uber's CEO Comes From What May Be the World's Most Techie Family

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, the prestigious investment firm that hosts the elite Sun Valley media and tech conference every year. And so, long before Khosrowshahi became boss of the embattled ride-hailing phenom, he ferried his uprooted relatives in a used car to Hackley, a private prep school in Tarrytown, N.Y., from their nearby homes. “The network of our family has grown stronger now with so many younger cousins,” says Hadi, who organizes the family’s reunions. "The network of our family has grown stronger now with so many younger cousins," says Hadi, who organizes the family's reunions.

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Uber: Uber launches four India specific features, to be rolled out globally, Auto News, ET Auto

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com, a website version of Uber, request to book rides for a guest within and across cities, offline search for those with limited connectivity and a call to ride feature, for users to book rides without using the app. Customer obsession is a key theme for us - we want to make sure we understand the rider, their needs, the barriers, and then build from there," said Daniel Graf, vice president and head of product at Uber. This feature will be rolled out in the next few weeks and will work automatically if the app detects limited connectivity. Through this feature, end users can book a ride through a nationwide phone number and enter a numeric code displayed on signage in a popular zone in the city, helping the Uber to identify the location.

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Uber India: Uber launches 4 India-specific features, plans to roll it out globally soon, Technology News, ETtech

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Uber launches 4 India-specific features, plans to roll it out globally soonUber is piloting four new app features in India, including a mobile web app, request to book rides for a guest within and across cities, offline search and a call to ride featureShashwati Shankar | ET Bureau | November 17, 2017, 16:35 IST. com, a website version of Uber, request to book rides for a guest within and across cities, offline search for those with limited connectivity and a call to ride feature, for users to book rides without using the app. This feature will be rolled out in the next few weeks and will work automatically if the app detects limited connectivity. The fourth feature, request for a guest, enables users to book a ride for a friend or family member within the same city or in a different city in India.

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Mark E. Curry, Uber Join Forces for Hurricane Relief in Puerto Rico

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, /PRNewswire/ -- Disruptive philanthropist Mark E. Curry announced today a partnership with global technology company Uber, designed to improve the distribution of food, water, and other needed supplies to Puerto Ricans impacted by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. "Although this partnership is just beginning, I am confident we will assist Puerto Rico's recovery in the weeks and months to come by working together to help rebuild the island and provide for the basic needs of its citizens. com, (787) 460-8010. Mark E. Curry, Uber Join Forces for Hurricane Relief in Puerto Rico. Mark Curry is a fintech entrepreneur and disruptive philanthropist.

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Should women take Uber? Class action lawsuit blames company for sexual assaults

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” The complaint alleges the company uses “low-cost, woefully inadequate background checks” for drivers and demands a number of changes to make the app safer. These comprehensive background checks are at odds with the contractor nature of the rideshare companies, he said, adding that Uber and Lyft “don’t want to do extensive background checks” on each driver. There have been multiple reports of sexual assault by yellow cab drivers in New York and other cities, she said. With a new CEO at Uber and $5 million recently pledged to organizations that prevent sexual assault and domestic violence, Houser said Uber is making some moves towards education — but change needs to be comprehensive.

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Uber inaugurates engineering facility in Hyderabad

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According to a company statement, a team of over 40 engineers have been hired to build business intelligence platforms and real time streaming at the unit for Uber globally. HYDERABAD: Taxi hailing firm Uber today inaugurated its engineering facility here, the second such unit in India. Uber currently has engineering centres in San Francisco, Seattle, New York, Louisville, Amsterdam, Sofia ( Bulgaria), Aarhus (Denmark), Vilnius (Lithuania), Bengaluru and now Hyderabad. Jayesh Ranjan, Telangana Principal Secretary, Industries and Information Technology (IT), said, the facility will create more employment opportunities and have a positive impact on the state and its economy as a whole.

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Uber: Uber opens new engineering facility in Hyderabad, Auto News, ET Auto

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This is the latest vertical added by Uber, which opened its first Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Asia here last year. The CoE, which opened with 350 employees, has now grown to 2,000 people, making Hyderabad the company's largest centre outside its headquarters in San Francisco, said Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary, Industries and Commerce, and Information Technology Departments of the Telangana government. The number in Hyderabad is 35,000 and they are doing a million rides every week. The talent pool in India coupled with the government's initiatives to ensure ease of doing business in Hyderabad is attracting many US companies to set up operations here," she said.

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Uber's London licence appeal could take years - Mayor Khan

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Uber's London license appeal could take years: Mayor Khan. UL] appeal process against a decision by London's transport regulator to strip the taxi app of its operating license in the British capital could take years, the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said on Thursday. "My understanding is that it could go on for a number of years," Khan said at a monthly question session when asked about how long the appeals process could last. Transport for London shocked Uber in September by deeming it unfit to run a taxi service and refusing to renew its license, a decision the Silicon Valley firm is appealing.

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