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Uber & the Blockchain Problem – Aubrey Hansen

It doesn’t seem that long ago that startups such as Uber looked to have it all figured out. Following a successful beta launch back in May of 2010, Uber officially launched its app and service in San Francisco in 2011, followed by the launch of UberX in July 2012, allowing people to drive for the … Continue reading Uber & the Blockchain Problem – Aubrey Hansen

Can A Toyota Deal Save Uber’s Robotaxi Dreams – And CEO’s IPO Hopes – Alan Ohnsman

Uber’s self-driving vehicle program has been rocked by a fatal collision, a costly legal fight with Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo and the sudden dissolution of its robotic-trucking project. But a new partnership and investment from Toyota Motor Corp. could help change that and aid Uber’s plans for an IPO by 2019. The Japanese automotive giant will … Continue reading Can A Toyota Deal Save Uber’s Robotaxi Dreams – And CEO’s IPO Hopes – Alan Ohnsman

How to Pay for Airbnb and Uber with Rewards Points – Johnny Jet

Airbnb and Uber are two of the most popular and semi-unconventional travel services for those that don't want to spend the extra money on a regular hotel room or taxi fare. The one problem is that while you can earn points by paying for your reservations with a credit card, it can be difficult to redeem … Continue reading How to Pay for Airbnb and Uber with Rewards Points – Johnny Jet

Uber To Give Drivers & Couriers Sickness & Maternity Cover

Uber is to provide additional protection for its drivers and couriers across Europe, including 70,000 in the UK, with limited insurance against sickness and injury as well as small maternity and paternity payments.The ride-hailing service said a new insurance policy, to be provided free to its drivers, would give them “peace of mind while preserving … Continue reading Uber To Give Drivers & Couriers Sickness & Maternity Cover

Uber Exodus Continues With Chief Product Officer Jeff Holden’s Departure

(Reuters) — Uber Chief Product Officer Jeff Holden is leaving the ride-hailing company, an Uber spokesman told Reuters on Thursday, the latest of more than a dozen senior executives to depart since last year. Holden oversaw Uber Elevate, the company’s flying car operation, which is now headed by Eric Allison, the spokesman said, but declined … Continue reading Uber Exodus Continues With Chief Product Officer Jeff Holden’s Departure

Uber’s new head of Asia is a former Goldman exec who once climbed Mount Everest

Regular run-ins with government regulators and battles with well-funded local rivals have made Asia challenging terrain for Uber. The challenge is such that it’s fitting that the U.S. ride-sharing giant has hired a man who once scaled the summit of Mount Everest to lead its business in the region. Brooks Entwistle, a former Chairman of… via … Continue reading Uber’s new head of Asia is a former Goldman exec who once climbed Mount Everest

Uber debuts Trip Tracker so you can view a family member’s ride in real-time — TechCrunch

Uber today announced a new tool that will allow family members and other loved ones the ability to track each others’ trips using its service. Called simply “Trip Tracker,” the addition is a feature connected to Uber’s Family Profiles, a program Uber announced in March which allows customers to pay for rides for their family and… … Continue reading Uber debuts Trip Tracker so you can view a family member’s ride in real-time — TechCrunch

Apple Invests $1 Billion in China’s Uber Rival Didi Chuxing — TIME

Apple has invested $1 billion into a Chinese ride-hailing service in an effort to fortify ties with China’s booming consumer market. The service, Didi Chuxing, is Uber’s biggest rival in the world’s most populous country, completing 11 million rides a day — 87% of China’s ride-hailing market, Reuters reported. The Apple investment is the largest… via … Continue reading Apple Invests $1 Billion in China’s Uber Rival Didi Chuxing — TIME

Uber aims to retain its 1099 workforce with a few new in-app perks — TechCrunch

Good independent workers are hard to find and even harder to keep if the cost of doing of doing business doesn’t make sense. So Uber is adding a new goody bag of rewards in hopes of retaining its workforce. One of those perks is Fuel Finder, a new feature inside the driver-side app allowing drivers… via … Continue reading Uber aims to retain its 1099 workforce with a few new in-app perks — TechCrunch

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