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Uber stops self-driving car tests after woman’s death

PHOTO: REUTERS Uber suspended self-driving car tests in all North American cities after a 49-year-old woman was hit by such a car and killed According to a BBC report, she was hit while crossing the street in Tempe, Arizona. While self-driving cars have been involved in multiple accidents, it is thought to be the first…

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Online taxi drivers demand protection

Report by: Adil Tanoli ISLAMABAD: Drivers associated with online taxi services staged protest demonstration in Islamabad demanding security in the federal capital, a day after their young colleague was found dead in neighboring Rawalpindi, Samaa reported Wednesday. Sajawal Ameer, the 22-year-old ‘captain’ of popular ride-sharing service Careem, was found shot dead in Rawalpindi in what…

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Police arrest two in connection with Careem captain’s murder

RAWALPINDI: Police arrested two suspects in connection with 22-year-old Sajawal Ameer’s murder on Wednesday.  Two suspects were taken into custody a couple of days after they had allegedly killed Careem captain Sajawal Ameer. The suspects had allegedly shot to death Sajawal Ameer during a car snatching incident, according to Careem’s official press release. Also read:…

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In court clash, Waymo says Uber decided ‘to cheat’ to get ahead

NEWS DESK: Two tech giants racing for a lead in autonomous driving clashed Monday in court as former Google car unit Waymo’s lawyer argued that Uber’s boss deliberately chose “to cheat” to get a leg up on competitors, reported AFP. The accusations flew in the opening day of a blockbuster tech sector trial in which…

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Meet Riffat Shiraz–Pakistan’s first female bike captain

LAHORE: Riffat Shiraz is the first ever Pakistani female motorcycle captain of a transportation network company.  One has to give it up for Riffat Shiraz–considering that she’s the first Pakistani female motorcycle driver (or captains, as they are known) and transports people throughout Lahore to their destinations. So far, the venture has turned out to…

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Uber’s Chinese rival Didi Chuxing recruits in Mexico ahead of launch

MEXICO CITY: Chinese ride-hailing company Didi Chuxing has advertised online for a range of jobs in Mexico as it prepares to break into the country, one of rival Uber’s regional strongholds, reported Reuters. Didi Chuxing plans this year to launch a smartphone app in Mexico and to recruit drivers to the platform, Reuters reported last…

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SoftBank seals deal for large Uber stake, trimming valuation

Uber and SoftBank announced a deal Thursday allowing the Japanese tech titan to take a large stake in the US ridesharing giant, making a hefty cut in the valuation of the biggest venture-backed startup. SoftBank will own 15 percent of Uber’s equity following closing by acquiring shares from early investors, cutting the estimated value of…

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Uber dealt blow by EU court ruling that it is transport service

LUXEMBOURG: Ride-hailing app Uber provides a transport service and can be regulated like traditional taxis, the European Union’s top court said on Wednesday in a landmark ruling that will determine the rules Uber and peers have to respect in Europe. “The service provided by Uber connecting individuals with non-professional drivers is covered by services in…

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Taxi or app? Uber faces big EU court decision

The EU’s top court will decide Wednesday if ride-hailing app Uber is an ordinary taxi company and should be regulated as such, in a decision that will be closely watched around the world. The case is yet another thorn in the side for scandal-rocked Uber, which has drawn the fury of local taxi drivers and…

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Uber paid 20-year-old Florida man to keep data breach secret – sources

FILE PHOTO: The Uber logo is seen on mobile telephone in London, Britain, September 25, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay/File Photo SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON: A 20-year-old Florida man was responsible for the large data breach at Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] last year and was paid by Uber to destroy the data through a so-called “bug bounty” program normally…

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Nissan, DeNA schedule public tests of self-driving car service in Japan next year

TOKYO: Nissan Motor Co and Japanese gaming software maker DeNA Co said on Tuesday they would begin public tests of their self-driving ride-sharing service in Japan next year, reported Reuters. The two companies join a growing number of global car makers and tech firms leveraging automated driving technology into new mobility services. Nissan and DeNA…

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Uber paid hackers to cover up data of 57m users and drivers

Uber Technologies Inc paid hackers $100,000 to keep secret a massive breach last year that exposed the personal information of about 57 million accounts of the ride-service provider, the company said on Tuesday. Discovery of the U.S. company’s cover-up of the incident resulted in the firing of two employees responsible for its response to the…

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Hackers stole data from 57 million Uber riders, drivers: CEO

SAN FRANCISCO: Uber said Tuesday hackers compromised personal data from some 57 million riders and drivers in a breach kept hidden for a year. “None of this should have happened, and I will not make excuses for it,” said a statement from chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi, who took over at the ridesharing giant in August….

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Uber boss says U.S. market unprofitable amid tough competition from Lyft

SAN FRANCISCO: Uber Technologies Inc will continue to lose money in its home market for at least the next six months as rival Lyft Inc poses a fierce competitive challenge, Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi said on Thursday in his first public comments since taking the top job at Uber two months ago, reported Reuters. “The…

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Is Uber still working in London despite ban?

NEWS DESK: Uber has been banned. But you’d be forgiven for not noticing. Despite the fact that the app was told it can’t operate in London, it’s still more than possible to open it up and use it to call a car. There is no disruption to either the technology or the drivers, and journeys…

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Uber suspends unlicensed service in Norway in change of tack

NEWS DESK: Uber said on Monday it would suspend its unlicensed service UberPOP in Oslo until Norway introduces new rules, as the U.S. ride-hailing app adopts a more conciliatory tone with national authorities, reported Reuters. The move follows a similar one-year suspension in Finland in July to allow a new taxi law to come into…

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Uber app can secretly record EVERYTHING on your iPhone’s screen, researchers find

NEWS DESK: Uber could record everything on your iPhone’s screen, even when the app is running in the background, security researchers have discovered, reported The Independent. The software has been found to have a special permission, which is off-limits to most app developers, that allows it to monitor everything iPhone users look at on their…

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Uber says it will pull out of Canada’s Quebec province

TORONTO: Ride-hailing service Uber Technologies Inc said on Tuesday it will stop operating in the Canadian province of Quebec next month, pulling out to avoid following tough new regulations announced last week, reported Reuters. Uber is withdrawing from Canada’s second-most populous province as it also battles a decision to strip the company of its license…

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Uber boss says sorry over ‘mistakes’

The chief executive of Uber apologised Monday for “mistakes” made by the US ride-sharing app after London authorities refused to renew its licence, but still vowed to appeal the decision. “While Uber had revolutionised the way people move in cities around the world, it’s equally true that we’ve got things wrong along the way,” Uber…

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Here are all the countries that have banned Uber

NEWS DESK: Uber is one of the world’s most popular apps, but it’s not without controversy. Transport for London announced on Friday that the ride hailing app’s private hire licence will not be renewed after 30 September, as Uber “demonstrate[s] a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues which have potential public safety and…

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Uber can no longer operate in London

LONDON: London’s transport regulator on Friday stripped Uber of its license to operate from the end of the month, affecting over 40,000 drivers in a huge blow to the taxi app, reported Reuters. “Uber’s approach and conduct demonstrate a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues which have potential public safety…

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