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Amir Efrati / The Information:
Sources: secret Uber program “Hell” created fake Lyft rider accounts to track Lyft driver locations, and identified individual drivers using Lyft vulnerability   —  As the ride-sharing market was exploding in the U.S. between 2014 and the early part 2016, Uber had an advantage …
Apr 12, 2017, 10:45 PMIn context
Amir Efrati / The Information:
Seoul escort bar visit by Uber CEO, Emil Michael, and others in 2014 led to HR complaint; Kalanick's ex-girlfriend says Michael asked her to lie about visit   —  A woman who dated Uber CEO Travis Kalanick for three years, Gabi Holzwarth, says she was with Mr. Kalanick when he and a team …
Mar 25, 2017, 2:10 AMIn context
Amir Efrati / The Information:
Sources: Alibaba-backed mobile search company Quixey, which raised more than $130M, in process of shutting down   —  Quixey, a seven-year-old mobile search company that raised more than $130 million from Alibaba Group and others, is in the process of shutting down, said a person with direct knowledge of the situation.
Mar 8, 2017, 9:00 PMIn context
Amir Efrati / The Information:
Source: Amazon weighs offering internet service in Europe in order to bundle broadband access with Prime Video   —  Amazon.com is considering offering internet service directly to consumers in Europe, said a person briefed on the discussion.  That would allow Amazon to bundle internet access …
Oct 18, 2016, 7:30 PMIn context
Amir Efrati / The Information:
Sources: Uber shut out Uber board member and Alphabet exec, David Drummond, from attending board meetings   —  Uber has shut out an Uber board member and senior Alphabet executive, David Drummond, from attending board meetings, according to three people briefed about the unusual arrangement.
Aug 29, 2016, 5:05 PMIn context
Amir Efrati / The Information:
Sources: Lyft recently rebuffed acquisition approach from General Motors after consulting with other potential acquirers, will raise a new funding round instead   —  General Motors in recent weeks told Lyft it was interested in acquiring the company, according to a person briefed on the situation.
Aug 12, 2016, 3:50 PMIn context
Amir Efrati / The Information:
Source: ESPN plans to offer live programming packages directly to consumers on the web, won't include pro football or basketball   —  Walt Disney's ESPN sports network plans to unveil a package of live programming it will offer directly to consumers on the Web, said a person with knowledge of the plans.
Jul 8, 2016, 12:50 PMIn context
Amir Efrati / The Information:
Source: Google Home's ARM-based microprocessor and Wi-Fi chip to be the same as those in the Chromecast   —  When Google executive Mario Queiroz unveiled a new voice-controlled virtual assistant, Google Home, at the company's developer conference this month, he left out a key detail …
May 31, 2016, 2:10 PMIn context
Amir Efrati / The Information:
Source: Apple opening Siri to third-party apps, preparing a Siri SDK for release at WWDC, and developing an Amazon Echo rival   —  Apple is upping its game in the field of intelligent assistants.  After years of internal debate and discussion about how to do so, the company is preparing to open up Siri to apps made by others.
May 24, 2016, 4:33 PMIn context
Amir Efrati / The Information:
Sources: AT&T working with Cyanogen and ZTE to release phone with an alternative version of Android   —  In Snub to Google, AT&T Looks to Sell Alternative Android Phone  —  AT&T has recently discussed selling a smartphone powered by an alternative version of Android …
Mar 30, 2016, 3:30 PMIn context

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