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Sunday, January 27


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Uber Eats team opens up about the future of the service in Canada

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TORONTO — When Uber chose Toronto for the global debut of its Eats service in December 2015, Faye Pang recalls the tech giant had just 10 employees taking up a small space in the ride-hailing company’s office. As the delivery service progressed from its initial offering of a handful of local lunch specials to a vast array of dishes around the globe, the growing headcount forced it to hold meetings in movie theatres and eventually move out of Uber’s headquarters into its own office in Scotiabank Plaza in the city’s financial district. According to Ipsos Foodservice Monitor research, delivery and take-out accounted for eight per cent of sales for quick service restaurants and six per cent of full-service restaurants sales in Canada for the first quarter of 2018. Hostile city councils, fee-averse mom-and-pop restaurants, far-flung suburban markets and fierce competition from rivals including Foodora and SkipTheDishes present formidable obstacles, even for a high-profile brand such as Uber. And Uber Eats has still yet to push into potentially lucrative food offerings beyond restaurants, such as meal kits, restaurant supplies, catering and groceries. He admitted his team has looked at the potential for subscription services for customers repeatedly making Uber Eats orders, but wouldn’t share more around the possibility of such an offering coming to the platform. For now, Park, Pang and Uber Eats Canada sales manager Kristy Bates are content with focusing on how to get more restaurants and customers on the platform and to get existing partners to use it even more.

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Small outfits look to Uber model

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Small outfits look to Uber modelSome using independent contractors, not hiring employees Today at 2:06 a.m. 0comments. Todd Miller transformed his small business a year ago, shifting Classic Metal Roofing Systems of Kentuckiana from a company with employees to one using independent contractors. They don't have costs like employment taxes and insurance, nor do they face the administrative and management tasks that go along with having employees. But the government has rules about the use of independent contractors, contending that some owners misclassify employees and call them independents to avoid the costs associated with employees -- starting with Social Security and Medicare taxes that combined cost owners 7.65 percent of employees' compensation. Although companies have used independent contractors for generations, many small businesses began using them for the first time during the latest recession and its aftermath. Owners can also land in legal trouble when there is a dispute with a worker classified as an independent contractor. When the worker complains to the government or files a lawsuit, the employment arrangement can come under scrutiny. But owners may not have ulterior motives in using independent contractors rather than employees, said Kyle Lawrence, owner of Berkshire Payroll Tax, a Sandisfield, Mass., company that helps businesses comply with employment tax laws.

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Friday, January 25


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JAMS to Uber: Our rules and your contracts demand individual arbitrations

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(Reuters) - For more than a month, Uber has been in an epic showdown with lawyers for more than 12,500 drivers who have demanded the ride-hailing company pay JAMS arbitration fees so they can pursue wage-and-hour claims in individual arbitration – the vehicle Uber insisted upon in their contract. Uber and the drivers’ lawyers, as I’ve been reporting, strenuously disagree about whether Uber must front the entire $18 million it will cost to allow each driver to open an arbitration case at JAMS. It asked JAMS to stay more than 8,000 cases in California until the arbitration service decides whether one of the drivers’ law firms can be admitted to practice in the state. What we hadn’t heard in the first several weeks of this portentous fight over mass arbitration is what JAMS thinks. “Further, the parties’ arbitration agreement appears to clearly prohibit collective determination of any issue absent party agreement … Therefore, absent party agreement otherwise, JAMS must proceed in the normal course, following receipt of filing fees by commencing and appointing an arbitrator to each case.”. As Eisner said in the notice, JAMS had put a hold on arbitration demands for about 8,500 drivers in California while a single arbitration weighed Uber’s opposition to the post hoc vice admission of Keller Lenkner in 40 cases in which Uber has already paid initiation fees.

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Thursday, January 24


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ATO to go after Airbnb hosts and drivers for services such as Uber and Deliveroo

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RENTING your home on Airbnb or driving for Uber and worried about the tax implications? “For example, if residents use part of their own home for Airbnb, they could have a rather complicated capital gain calculation when it is sold as they lose some of the exemption for it being your principal place of residence,” she said. The Federal Government on Wednesday announced that the Australian Taxation Office will be targeting Airbnb hosts and drivers working for app-based services such as Uber, Ola, Uber Eats, Menulog and Deliveroo for tax purposes. Assistant Minister Zed Seselja said there is a risk that some individuals are not reporting their full income and avoiding tax. Discuss "Here’s how Airbnb hosts and Uber drivers can avoid tax troubles" Please note: All comments made or shown here are bound by the Online Discussion Terms & Conditions.

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Starbucks Expands Delivery Service in U.S. With Uber Eats

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In an effort to drive sales, Starbucks Corporation SBUX has expanded its delivery services in the United States with Uber Eats. The company has started delivery services in San Francisco and will further expand to Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C., in the next weeks. This apart, digital initiatives like mobile order/pay, delivery services and third-party loyalty partnerships should stimulate the company’s robust sales trends in the Americas segment. In the fourth-quarter fiscal 2018, company’s largest market, the United States, reported comps growth of 4%, which marks the strongest gain in the past five quarters.

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BEMG Subsidiary Get Credit Healthy Partners With Supplier of Rental Vehicles to Lyft & Uber OTC Markets:BEMG

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January 24, 2019 08:40 ET | Source:Beta Music Group, Inc. SUNRISE, Fla., Jan. 24, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Beta Music Group, Inc. (OTC Pink: BEMG) announces that its subsidiary, Get Credit Healthy (“GCH”), and Driveitaway, Inc. have entered into an agreement aimed at improving the lives of drivers for ride sharing companies, such as Uber and Lyft. GCH (https://getcredithealthy.com/) is a fintech company that has developed a proprietary platform that provides consumers with access to tools and resources to rehabilitate and build their credit profiles and improve credit scores. It has developed revolutionary mobile technology, including dealer-based “Car Sharing for Ride Sharing,” to offer temporary vehicles to Ride Share (Lyft, Uber) drivers, and has forged a “path to ownership” for those who ultimately wish to own their own Ride Share vehicles. DriveItAway provides a turn-key, solutions driven program with a proprietary mobile technology, insurance coverages and training to get your dealership up and running in all vehicle subscription services, with the deepest experience in the highly profitable, scalable, and rapidly expanding business, supplying temporary and permanent vehicles to Lyft and Uber drivers. For further information, please visit https://www.driveitaway.com/.

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Uber Lite launches in South Africa – MyBroadband

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Uber has announced the launch of its Uber Lite app for Android in South Africa. The “Lite” version of the ride-hailing app sports a new interface designed to make booking rides quicker and easier with limited hardware or network resources. Uber said the app works in low-connectivity areas, on basic Android phones, and with limited data plans. Uber Lite uses less than 5MB of data to download and takes up much less storage than the standard app.

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Wednesday, January 23


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DoorDash hires former Uber executive Ryan Sokol as VP of Engineering

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$4 billion food delivery startup DoorDash hires a key Uber executive away to lead its engineering team. DoorDash, the $4 billion food delivery startup, has hired former Uber executive Ryan Sokol as its vice president of engineering. Sokol joins DoorDash after a nearly 5-year stint at the ride-hailing app, where he led and scaled UberEats from its inception. UberEats is one of the company's major success stories - in 2018, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said that UberEats alone was on a $6 billion bookings run rate. Sokol, a self-described "engineer in manager's clothing," will lead DoorDash's 200-person engineering team, focusing on product, infrastructure, and optimizing software. "All of my interactions and diligence with those I trust would lead me to believe that DoorDash is poised to be one of the most influential companies on the planet." Sokol joins the company after it saw 300 percent year-over-year growth for 2018, expanded to over 3,000 cities and all 50 states, as well as tripled its valuation to $4 billion in a $250 million funding round, the company said.

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Boeing takes next step in developing Uber Air with first successful test flight of air taxi

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Boeing executives are convinced they are on the right path to developing on-demand autonomous air taxis. Boeing has released video of a test flight showing its autonomous passenger air vehicle (PAV) lifting off, hovering for a short time before making a controlled landing. "In one year we have progressed from a conceptual design to a flying prototype," Boeing Chief Technology Officer Greg Hyslop said in a statement. Uber is targeting a launch of Uber Air by 2023. Others who have studied the fledgling industry believe it may take much longer for the FAA To sign off on air taxis flying around cities.

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Uber Is Open to Outside Investment Into Self-Driving Car Unit

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Uber Is Open to Outside Investment Into Self-Driving Car Unit. (Bloomberg) -- Uber Technologies Inc. Chief Executive Officer Dara Khosrowshahi said it was "possible" the ride-hailing giant would look for outside investors for its self-driving car unit, but isn’t currently searching for backers. The company’s pouring large, undisclosed sums of money into its Advanced Technologies Group, which includes the company’s self-driving car research as well as plans to build VTOL (vertical takeoff and landing) vehicles at scale and speed, with a goal of them becoming a mass-market technology. Waymo launched the first autonomous ride-hailing service in Phoenix, Arizona, in December. But the service is only available to a test group of about 400 people in a limited geographic area, and a human safety driver is still needed behind the wheel in case the cars encounter situations their artificial intelligence systems can’t handle.

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