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Josh Eidelson / Bloomberg:
Uber and Lyft pledge $60M for a CA ballot measure declaring their drivers non-employees, if AB 5 bill, which hinders classifying drivers as contractors, passes   —  - Ballot proposal would counteract proposed California rule  — Deal offers drivers some perks, keeps contractor status
Aug 29, 2019, 7:25 PMIn context
Faiz Siddiqui / Washington Post:
Sources: despite an expensive PR campaign, Uber's internal metrics tracking consumer sentiment show it languishes near its #DeleteUber lows   —  The ride-hailing giant launched a half-billion dollar marketing campaign last year to rebuild its image.  It didn't pay off.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Uber has a reputation problem.
Aug 29, 2019, 12:00 PMIn context
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
US government charges Anthony Levandowski, a former star engineer at Google and Uber, with 33 counts of theft and attempted theft of Google trade secrets   —  SAN JOSE, Calif. — Anthony Levandowski, one of Silicon Valley's foremost technologists on self-driving cars, was charged …
Aug 27, 2019, 1:33 PMIn context
Jalopnik:
Data from 14,756 fares: Uber and Lyft have slashed driver pay in recent years by taking a larger portion of each fare, far more than they publicly report   —  In July, an Uber driver we'll call Dave—his name has been changed here to protect his identity—picked up a fare in a trendy neighborhood of a major U.S. metropolitan area.
Aug 27, 2019, 11:50 AMIn context
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Sources: Uber's $1 Safe Rides Fee, introduced in 2014, was devised primarily to add $1 of pure margin to each trip; court documents: the fee brought in ~$500M   —  The once-swaggering company is losing more money and growing more slowly than ever.  What happened?
Aug 23, 2019, 11:10 AMIn context
Financial Times:
Sources: at least three of Facebook's Libra backers are discussing how to distance themselves from the project amid increasing regulatory scrutiny   —  Intensifying regulatory scrutiny of Facebook's Libra digital currency has spooked some of the project's early backers, with at least three privately discussing …
Aug 23, 2019, 8:05 AMIn context
Kashmir Hill / New York Times:
Users whose accounts have been disabled by Facebook say the opaque review process, the endless wait, and the inability to contact an employee can be maddening   —  For a decade, Christopher Reeves, an Uber driver in Seattle, used Facebook for everything: talking with friends, communicating with fellow drivers, meeting singles.
Aug 22, 2019, 10:45 AMIn context
Connie Loizos / TechCrunch:
Internal raises $5M seed round from David Sacks' Craft Ventures to help companies deploy consoles to manage employee access to sensitive customer data   —  Uber and Facebook and countless other companies that know an awful lot about their customers have found themselves in hot water …
Aug 20, 2019, 9:20 PMIn context
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Apple announces that Apple Card is now available to all iPhone users in the United States, with a 3% cashback offer for Uber and Uber Eats   —  Apple today announced that Apple Card is available to everyone in the United States from today.  To sign up, simply open the Wallet app on your iPhone and begin the application process.
Aug 20, 2019, 9:30 AMIn context
Jake Bright / TechCrunch:
Kobo360, a Nigerian freight logistics startup, raises $20M Series A led by Goldman Sachs and $10M in working capital financing from Nigerian commercial banks   —  Nigerian freight logistics startup Kobo360 has raised a $20 million Series A round led by Goldman Sachs and $10 million …
Aug 14, 2019, 5:05 AMIn context

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