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Wednesday, January 02


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Proposed class action against Uber can proceed, Ontario appeal court rules

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A proposed class-action lawsuit against the ride-hailing company Uber filed by one of its drivers will go ahead after Ontario's top court reversed a lower court decision that would have sent the matter to arbitration overseas. The lawsuit, which claims Uber drivers are employees rather than contractors and thus subject to Ontario's labour legislation, had been stayed in 2018 by a motion judge who found Uber drivers were bound by the arbitration clause. The three-judge appeal panel says the motion judge erred on several points, including in considering the arbitration clause like the kind seen in "normal commercial contracts" where the parties are relatively equal in power and sophistication. The appeal court ruling does not deal with the claims made in the lawsuit, which will be tested in civil court. Nor does it rule on whether the suit qualifies as a class action.

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Tuesday, January 01


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Uber Technologies Inc (UNIS:UBR) social chatter is higher than usual

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#DailyCapsule ➡ Six events that became milestones for Indian ecommerce in 2018 ➡ After halting self-driving trucks, Uber is looking to fly high with air taxis ➡ 2018: The year that the top startup Jedis returned to the fray https://t.co/9p5LinegXr

Monday, December 31


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Free rides on New Year’s Eve: Uber, Lyft, public transit

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LifeAn angled chevron icon. How to get a free or discounted ride on New Year's Eve. Uber and Lyft are both offering discounts in locations across the US, with many public transit agencies also offering free fares. From public transit agencies to ride-hailing services and AAA's traditional safe-ride program, free rides abound to help get you home safely and legally. There aren't completely free rides like for Election Day. But the company is still making it easier to get home in someone else's car more cheaply.

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[LISTEN] Uber's surge pricing to be in place on New Year's Eve

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LISTEN] Uber's surge pricing to be in place on New Year's Eve. CAPE TOWN - It's New Year's Eve, and the responsible thing would be to not drink at all, or to get a designated driver, but for many people, the next best option is to make use of a ride-hailing service. But as we've seen in previous years, demand can exceed supply and tariffs soar, and sometimes there is also a shortage of lifts available. Alon Lits, General Manager, Sub-Saharan Africa at Uber explains pricing decisions to avoid anyone being shocked. "The key thing about surge pricing is that if it is in effect it will be very clear in the application...there are no surprises."

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Sunday, December 30


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7 people you never realised were early investors in Uber

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These are seven of Uber’s most surprising seed investors. If Uber goes public as planned in 2019, nine years and billions of dollars worth of investments will be returned to investors smart enough – or lucky enough – to have made a bet on the company’s success. But some of those investors are luckier than others. Investors in its most recent round, a $US1.25 billion Series G1 led by SoftBank, bought their shares at a $US68.33 billion valuation. But it was just nine years ago that Uber raised a $US1.57 million seed funding round, which valued the company at $US3.86 million. There were 32 investors in Uber’s seed funding round, which was led by First Round Capital, with participation from venture capital firms Founder Collective, Lowercase Capital, and Kapor Capital. But that total also included dozens of individuals who made the history-altering decision to participate in Uber’s earliest raise, according to data compiled from PitchBook. Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO of Amazon, is already a multi-billionaire who invested early in startups like Google, Domo, Airbnb, and (yours truly) Business Insider.

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Thursday, December 27


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Helena taverns offer free Uber rides to prevent drunk driving - KTVH.com

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HELENA – The Tri-County Licensed Beverage Association said their DUI prevent efforts with mobile ride-sharing have succeeded well beyond expectations. The program is currently in use at 11 taverns in the area and since its inception it has helped to keep 1,100 drunk drivers off Helena-area streets and highways. Tri-County Licensed Beverage Association President Bruce McCullough said Home Free is an easy way to take preventative steps to keep drunk drivers off roads and hopefully save lives. The Silver Bow Tavern Association Home Free program lets patrons at more than 40 Butte bars tell their bartender they need a ride home and they are given vouchers that pay for their rides.

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Wednesday, December 26


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‘Uber for adult industry’ launched in Queensland

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A LEADING Gold Coast entrepreneur has launched an Australian first app which has been described as "Airbnb for exotic dancers". PeachE allows users to book freelancers offering a number of different services including topless and nude poker dealing, waitressing and exotic dancing, showing options based on availability, and price range. The cheeky app, named after the butt shaped emoji, will also allow both users and freelancers to rate each other in a system similar to Uber. "Decades of experience in the adult industry has shown there to be a real demand for this type of peer-to-peer platform," Gold Coast entertainment mogul and PeachE developer Jasmine Robson said.

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Sunday, December 23


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Uber Resumes Testing Self-Driving Vehicles -- It Doesn't Have a Choice

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Uber Resumes Testing Self-Driving Vehicles -- It Doesn't Have a Choice. You may recall that the company paused its program back in March after one of its autonomous vehicles struck and killed a pedestrian in Arizona, while the backup driver in the vehicle watched TV on her phone. This move is likely coming now because Waymo, Alphabet's (NASDAQ: GOOG)(NASDAQ: GOOGL) self-driving vehicle company, just launched a limited commercial autonomous ride-hailing service a few weeks ago, and General Motors (NYSE: GM) is expected to debut its own service sometime next year. Before the fatal crash earlier this year, and under the direction of Uber's co-founder and former CEO Travis Kalanick, the company had taken a much more aggressive approach to testing its autonomous vehicles. But it made irresponsible moves, including placing self-driving vehicles on the road with flawed systems that failed to recognize red lights, among other issues. And the company continued to test its vehicles on California roads for a time even after it was told to cease due to having failed to renew its autonomous vehicle permits in the state.

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Friday, December 21


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Houston lawyer giving away $7,800 in Uber rides to prevent drunk driving

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Lawyer trading Uber gift cards for pledges not to drive drunk. Dec. 21 (UPI) -- A Houston lawyer is offering local residents free $40 Uber gift cards if they pledge not to drink and drive on New Year's Eve. Brian White announced he is hosting an event Dec. 28 called "Sober Ride Houston," where he will promote alternatives to drunk driving. He said the first 195 people to pledge not to drink and drive on New Year's Eve will receive $40 Uber gift cards at the event -- a total $7,800.

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Thursday, December 20


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Uber autonomous vehicle testing resumes in Toronto Canadian Underwriter

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The company said Thursday that the limited relaunch of a few vehicles in the Toronto area will have a driver in control at all times and include a second operator as a precaution. Raquel Urtasun, chief scientist at Uber Advanced Technologies Group in Toronto, said in an interview that since the incident Uber has reviewed safety measures company-wide, including at the research group. The Toronto testing will focus on development and data collection for the company’s artificial intelligence systems including map building, more-so than testing the real-world self-driving capabilities of the vehicles, said Urtasun. Uber says it has also restarted testing in Pittsburgh, where vehicles will be operated in a fully autonomous mode with two safety operators, and in San Francisco where drivers will control the car similarly to the Toronto program.

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