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Kate Krader / Bloomberg:
Uber says it plans to start testing fast food deliveries by drone to designated safe landing zones in a trial in San Diego this summer   —  On an overcast Monday in May, I joined a group in a parking lot behind a San Diego McDonald's to witness the future of food delivery.
Jun 12, 2019, 10:05 AMIn context
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Uber competitor Bolt, formerly known as Taxify, to launch in London this week after stopping operations in 2017 following a Transport for London investigation   —  Bolt, the Uber rival formerly known as Taxify, is taking a significant step this week in its effort to build out its transportation …
Jun 10, 2019, 9:25 PMIn context
CNBC:
Sources: Uber opens a new fintech outpost in New York, hiring several dozen engineers and product managers; future financial products may include a bank account   —  KEY POINTS  — Uber is expanding its financial services efforts by hiring several dozen engineers and product managers in New York, sources say.
Jun 10, 2019, 3:45 PMIn context
Bloomberg:
Uber COO Barney Harford and CMO Rebecca Messina are leaving the company   —  Uber Technologies Inc. Chief Executive Officer Dara Khosrowshahi is parting ways with two top lieutenants in a major leadership overhaul.  Barney Harford, the chief operating officer, and Rebecca Messina …
Jun 7, 2019, 4:22 PMIn context
Shivani Vora / New York Times:
Uber debuts Uber Copter, a helicopter service starting July 9 in New York, to ferry customers between Lower Manhattan and JFK for $200-$225 per person   —  For an 8-minute, one-way flight, the average ride will cost between $200 and $225 per person and include private ground transportation on both ends of the trip.
Jun 6, 2019, 7:15 AMIn context
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Uber reports Q1 revenue of $3.1B, up 20% YoY, gross bookings of $14.65B, up 34%, net loss of $1.01B; Uber Eats revenue grew 31% to $239M, gross bookings up 108%   —  KEY POINTS  — The company reported total revenue of $3.10 billion, at the top end of its preliminary estimates for the quarter.
May 30, 2019, 4:20 PMIn context
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Firefly, which runs targeted, geofenced ads via smart screens on ride-sharing cars in SF and LA, raises $30M Series A as its starts working with taxis in NYC   —  Firefly, a startup that allows ridehail drivers to make money from advertising, has raised $30 million in Series A funding.
May 30, 2019, 12:30 PMIn context
Dara Kerr / CNET:
Uber says it will now ban riders with significantly below-average ratings after giving them several opportunities to improve   —  Uber has long deactivated drivers who get low ratings.  Now the ride-hailing company is turning the tables.  —  Uber announced Wednesday that those passengers …
May 29, 2019, 10:35 AMIn context
Jordan Novet / CNBC:
SEC filing: Ryan Graves, Uber's first employee and first CEO, is leaving the company's board on Monday, May 27   —  Ryan Graves was Uber's first full-time CEO and employee, who was last senior vice president of global operations before announcing he would step down in August 2017.
May 24, 2019, 6:05 PMIn context
Ilya Khrennikov / Bloomberg:
Yandex launches a new delivery service that lets users tell a restaurant what to cook, even if not on the menu, initially available in Moscow and St. Petersburg   —  - Yandex expanded to food delivery after 2017 deal with Uber  — App tells a restaurant what to cook even if not on the menu
May 24, 2019, 9:35 AMIn context

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