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Uber drama fails to hurt its business, figures suggest

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Sexual harassment, an overthrown chief executive, bitter boardroom in-fighting and a major lawsuit have not affected Uber’s business. Quite the opposite. Figures published by news website Axios (which the BBC has confirmed are accurate) show the ride-sharing company’s revenues are increasing, its losses are narrowing, and global bookings are up 150% on this time last year. It means the most talked-about company ...

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Uber agrees to 20 years of privacy audits to settle FTC charges

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Uber has been ordered to introduce tougher measures to protect the privacy of its drivers and their customers, to settle charges brought by a regulator. It also had to agree to have the effectiveness of the stricter controls assessed by an independent auditor every two years for the next 20 years. The charges relate to God View, a software program that ...

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Uber improves conditions for British drivers, adds tips

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Taxi app Uber will improve conditions for its British drivers with changes including in-app tipping, after criticism from lawmakers and unions for not giving them more rights. Drivers for Uber [UBER.UL], food courier Deliveroo and other apps tend to work for a number of firms without a fixed contract in what has become known as the “gig economy”. Uber said ...

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Uber, beset by scandal, faces battle over ‘destructive’ lawsuit

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Ride-services company Uber is facing a divided board of directors and angry shareholders after investor Benchmark Capital filed a lawsuit against the company’s ousted chief executive, Travis Kalanick, dealing another blow to the firm as it struggles to recover from a series of scandals and hire a new leader. On Friday morning, three Uber investors asked Benchmark to divest its ...

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Uber drivers in SA now legally considered employees

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South Africa’s Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) has made a ruling that Uber drivers are now able to form unions, bargain and strike. This effectively means Uber drivers in South Africa are treated like employees, and not independent contractors, as Uber argued. The ruling is interesting in that it allows drivers to bargain directly with Uber and not ...

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Uber releases sharing guidelines for African countries

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The ride-sharing service, Uber, has released updated community guidelines for seven countries in Africa, including Ghana. The guidelines contain information on proper decorum for drivers and riders. Uber also included an explanation for why riders can lose access to Uber, its first time releasing the policy publicly. Beyond users understanding that poor behavior can lead to suspension from the app, ...

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Uber chief Travis Kalanick ‘set for a bumpy ride’ in board meeting

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Uber’s chief executive could be forced to take a leave of absence under changes being considered by the firm, reports say. A decision on whether to alter Travis Kalanick’s role was set to be taken at a meeting of Uber’s board on Sunday. Its members were also expected to vote on recommendations made in a review of its policies and ...

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Ghanaian marketing exec heads to Uber from Apple

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Uber just made a big hire amid months-long turmoil at the company. Bozoma Saint John will leave her role as the head of global consumer marketing at Apple Music and join the ride-hailing company as chief brand officer. “Boz has a long track record of successfully creating emotional connections between people and the products they love,” Uber CEO Travis Kalanick ...

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Uber fires 20 staff after harassment investigation

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Uber has fired more than 20 people, and is taking other actions against staff, after a harassment investigation. The taxi-app firm said the sackings related to sexual harassment, bullying and issues about poor company culture. Uber has been under fire over its treatment of women staff since a former employee wrote a scathing blog post about her experience. It led ...

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Uber sacks star engineer accused of spying on Google

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Uber has sacked the man at the centre of an ongoing legal scandal in which Google has accused the taxi-hailing company of corporate espionage. Anthony Levandowski is a former Google engineer – and now a former Uber engineer – who has been accused of stealing technology from one company and bringing it to the other. The lawsuit brought by Waymo, ...

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