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Finally: The Flying Car, Courtesy of Uber

Posted on October 28th, 2016.

When we imagined the 21st century in the late lamented sixties, two features were always there: the cities on the Moon and the planets, and the flying cars. Much to our chagrin, neither materialized. But now SpaceX CEO Elon Musk wants to build cities on Mars, and Uber is envisioning a fleet of flying cars, The Wall Street Journal reports.

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Artificial Intelligence

Beware Uber Drivers! The Robot Cars Are Coming

Posted on September 15th, 2016.

Uber announced that that the world’s first self-driving Uber cars are on the road in Pittsburgh, the Steel City. The road ahead is still long, but the implications are staggering.

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Uber Welcomes Hackers with Its First-Ever Bug Bounty Program

Posted on March 22nd, 2016.

In a friendly nod to roping in and not employing white-hat hackers to look through its code to uncover vulnerabilities and possible weaknesses to exploit, Uber has announced a bug bounty program for security researchers or white-hat hackers. With its first ever bug-bounty program, Uber has revealed that it will reward and pay independent...

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Business

Uber Just Got Cheaper In The US And Canada And Its Drivers Are Pissed

Posted on January 14th, 2016.

Uber just got cheaper in eighty cities in the US and Canada, and Uber drivers are pissed. “We’re reducing prices to heat up demand,” the company wrote in an e-mail to drivers for its Uber X and Uber XL services. Demand, many drivers point out, does not necessarily mean higher earnings for them, and they claim instead they’re subsidizing...

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Uber Agrees $20,000 Fine for failing to Report a Data Breach

Posted on January 8th, 2016.

Ridesharing giant Uber has agreed to pay a $20,000 fine for the ‘failure to provide timely notice to drivers’ about a data breach that occurred in September, 2014. New York’s attorney general, Eric T. Schneiderman, has announced a settlement with Uber that will see the San Francisco-based company pay a fine for failing to inform drivers...

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A Primer On The Gig Economy

Posted on December 11th, 2015.

Approximately 53 million Americans—1 in 3 workers—are considered freelancers, according to this 2014 report by independent research firm Edelman Berland. The so-called “gig” economy has garnered a lot of international attention. Even presidential candidates are commenting on it as an issue for the 2016 election. “Many Americans are...

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Flywheel Helps Cabs in War Against Uber

Posted on October 30th, 2015.

Much of the argument in favor of Uber, when not indulging in disgusting tirades against people earning tips as part of their living, has to do with the ease of use that Uber provides by comparison to taxi companies. The user is not required to talk to anyone on the phone, can pay easily by credit card (which is also the case in major...

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Decentralization

Politicians and Regulators Beware, the Uber Economy is Here to Stay

Posted on October 20th, 2015.

Ridesharing companies Uber and Lyft saw huge demand increases in Portland between May and August, KGW reports, while taxi service slowed, according to a report released by the city of Portland.

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Uber Hacker’s Footprints Allegedly Leads Back to Main Rival Lyft

Posted on October 8th, 2015.

  Ride service behemoth Uber is currently using its legal resources to focus on researching an internet address that could lead to locating the hacker behind its major data breach earlier this year. According to Reuters’ sources, that internet address traces back to the technology chief at its main rival, Lyft. When Uber publicly...

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Activism

Uber Drivers are Planning the Biggest Strike in Uber History

Posted on October 1st, 2015.

You might be familiar with strikes by taxi drivers in protest of Uber. Now, in various rideshare forums on the Internet, a growing and determined group of Uber drivers are trying to schedule an Uber driver strike October 16-18. One particularly vocal forum on the web, the Facebook group Uber Freedom, has more than 20,500 Likes and has...

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Uber Wanted This Guy To Snitch On His Driver. He Wouldn’t.

Posted on September 27th, 2015.

One guy apparently thought his Uber driver was high on cocaine. So he struck up a dialogue, and tweeted it. He learned about all the best spots to get cocaine and hookers in the town, according to the tweets. The tweets ultimately got the attention of Uber, who wanted the passenger to tell them who the driver was. He wouldn’t. i...

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Hacked Uber Accounts Being Used in China

Posted on September 24th, 2015.

Hacked accounts of the car service provider Uber are being used in China. Customers with legitimate Uber accounts are complaining about money being deducted from their accounts for payments to Uber rides in China. A recent report show that fake drivers and passengers were responsible for the growth of the company in China. Uber recently...

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Business

Oakland Uber Alles? Ridesharing App To Announce Oakland Real Estate Deal

Posted on September 23rd, 2015.

Uber Technologies Inc. has possibly shaken up the Bay Area real estate market. Although details are unknown as of publication, Uber could announce Wednesday morning the purchase of workspace in Oakland’s former Sears building. Scheduled to re-open in two years, Uber could be primed to take over the entire building, all 330,000...

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Business

Uber Drivers Don’t Want To Die On Cross-Border Trips Into Mexico

Posted on August 9th, 2015.

Earlier in the year, reports leaked that rideshare service Uber was surveying its drivers about their feeling on driving customers between the United States and Mexico. Hacked has learned that Uber continues with the survey to this day, as Uber drivers received requests to participate in such a survey as late as last week. Uber intends...

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Business

Car Makers Accelerate the Development of Self-Driving Cars

Posted on August 7th, 2015.

On August 3, 2015, Nokia’s digital mapping and cloud location service provider HERE was sold to a consortium of German car makers Audi, BMW, and Daimler for €2.8 billion. HERE is one of the top competitors to Google Maps, with special features for the car industry. Of course, better maps are useful to all drivers, but it seems...

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Uber Offers Direct Vehicle Leasing

Posted on August 5th, 2015.

Uber, a “disruptive technology” that has changed peoples’ lives with app-based ride sharing, keeps stirring the pot by creating new opportunities for its drivers that some say are not in drivers’ best interests. The latest wrinkle in this saga is the San Francisco, Calif.-based company’s decision to offer direct car leasing to its...

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Artificial Intelligence

Tesla and Uber – When Disruptive Technical and Social Innovations Collide

Posted on July 9th, 2015.

Tesla and Uber are two companies at the forefront of disruptive technical and social innovation. Their businesses may come together in disruptive synergy bigger than the sum of its parts, which will revolutionize whole industries.

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Despite Denial, Uber Users Complaining of Hacked Accounts

Posted on April 4th, 2015.

About a week ago, Motherboard reported that Uber accounts were being sold en masse on Dark Net Markets for $1 to $5. Uber has since denied the claim, but numerous complaints have surfaced on Twitter, and elsewhere that impostors had been using legitimate accounts to utilize the global, semi-peer-to-peer taxi service.

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Breaches

50,000 Drivers Compromised by Uber Data Breach

Posted on March 1st, 2015.

Ridesharing service Uber recently issued a statement confirming a breach in one of the company’s databases, affecting nearly 50,000 drivers. Uber claims that a “one-time unauthorized access to an Uber database by a third party” occurred in May 2014, and the company discovered the breach in September 2014. While the...

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Google & Uber Going to War

Posted on February 3rd, 2015.

Google Ventures invested an incredible $258 million in the popular app Uber late August 2013, and even more the year after. Now there are speculations of the two companies going to war rather than being allies.