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Amir Efrati / The Information:
Sources: Google prepares to launch fully autonomous taxi service by 2018, maybe in Phoenix suburb, amid lingering issues with software, like making left turns   —  Alphabet's Waymo is gearing up to launch a self-driving ride-sharing service this fall, but major problems with the technology persist …
Oct 3, 2017, 4:05 PMIn context
Amir Efrati / The Information:
The People Who Matter at Waymo   —  Waymo, Alphabet's self-driving car unit, is preparing to launch the first commercial ride-sharing service powered by self-driving vehicles with no human “safety” drivers as soon as this fall, according to two people briefed about the plan.
Oct 2, 2017, 11:40 PMIn context
Amir Efrati / The Information:
Sources: Lyft is planning to expand into Canada by year's end, its first market outside the US, and could then move into Australia and New Zealand   —  As Lyft begins a large-scale advertising campaign to try to continue gaining market share versus Uber in the U.S., its geographic ambition is rising.
Sep 14, 2017, 11:35 AMIn context
Amir Efrati / The Information:
Sources say Uber's chief legal officer, Salle Yoo, to leave company after Kalanick in May said the firm would seek new general counsel   —  Uber's chief legal officer, Salle Yoo, is expected to leave the company in the near future, according to two people briefed about the matter.
Sep 12, 2017, 8:40 PMIn context
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

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