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Uber’s CEO wants to ‘get the facts’ on Khashoggi killing before rethinking Saudi ties

Uber’s CEO wants to ‘get the facts’ on Khashoggi killing before rethinking Saudi ties

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi says he’s waiting for more information about the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi before taking any action over the Saudi government’s significant investment in the startup. Khosrowshahi was one of the first major CEOs to pull out of a high-profile Saudi business conference last month as the international outcry grew over(…)

Uber now uses a phone’s sensors to detect if you’ve been in a crash

Uber now uses a phone’s sensors to detect if you’ve been in a crash

As part of its ongoing redemption mission, Uber is introducing a new feature that checks if you’re OK if it thinks that you may have been involved in a crash. The Ride Check feature, which is expected to roll out in the coming months, uses GPS and other sensors embedded in the driver’s smartphone to(…)

Whilst New York cracks down on Uber, Airbnb may spread around the world

Whilst New York cracks down on Uber, Airbnb may spread around the world

New York: On a Monday morning in February Doug Schifter, a New York City cab driver, wrote an angry 1700-word Facebook post outlining his despair at the state of his industry. “Companies do not care how they abuse us just so the executives get their bonuses,” the 61-year-old veteran of New York’s taxi and hire(…)

The help taxi drivers need (Letter to the Editor from a taxi driver)

The help taxi drivers need (Letter to the Editor from a taxi driver)

I REFER to the report “We will give cabbies all the help” (The Star, Aug 31) on Transport Minister Anthony Loke’s statement about the government’s bid to assist cabbies to obtain loans to buy their own taxis. Taxi drivers do deserve help but it would be counterproductive if the assistance given lures more drivers into(…)

To beat Uber and Lyft, some taxi companies are trying to become them

To beat Uber and Lyft, some taxi companies are trying to become them

Taxi companies have been battling ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft for years. Now, they have a new strategy: If you can’t beat them join them. Dale Evans, president of Charley’s Taxi, says her company recently beefed up it own app, which it developed several years ago. It also applied with the state for a transportation network(…)

Is there life at Benchmark after Uber?

Is there life at Benchmark after Uber?

Is there a next act for one of Silicon Valley’s top investors after Uber? Benchmark and Bill Gurley are about to find out. Questions swirl around the venture capital firm as it prepares to raise a new fund within the next year, writes Recode. Benchmark is one of tech’s most powerful venture capital firms, and,(…)

Americans seem to like ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft.

Americans seem to like ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft.

But it’s hard to say exactly how many use them. Is it 24 percent? Is it 43 percent? Answers vary. While some Americans are early adopters, it’s important to remember that new technology can take a while to become commonplace. Uber, the online force that has disrupted real-world transportation, first launched in San Francisco in(…)

New York’s ‘Taxi of Tomorrow’ is yesterdays’ news

New York’s ‘Taxi of Tomorrow’ is yesterdays’ news

It was billed as the ‘Taxi of Tomorrow’. But tomorrow didn’t last long. Cab drivers in New York are no longer required to buy the Nissan NV200 and can now choose from 30 models. In 2011, after a lengthy competition among automakers, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced that the Nissan NV200 would become the ‘Taxi(…)

A charm offensive in London too – As Uber faces its day of reckoning

A charm offensive in London too – As Uber faces its day of reckoning

Back in September, London Mayor Sadiq Khan made a headline-grabbing stand against Uber: He canceled the ride-hailing app’s license to operate in the city, citing among its grounds Uber’s inadequate working conditions and failures to report sexual assault. But the ban has remained intentionally un-implemented during a long appeal process: Ubers by the thousands still ply the(…)

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