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  • Uber Drivers: The Machines Are Coming For Your Job (And That's Okay)

    Uber Drivers: The Machines Are Coming For Your Job (And That's Okay)

    You’ve probably read the fearmongering articles. The same technological innovations that have enabled the growth of Gig Economy, and allowed that ecosystem to flourish, will soon follow it all up by automating and destroying the very jobs it created.
    And it’s true. Mostly.
    If you’re an Uber driver, your days are numbered. Self-driving carswill likely replace you in the next decade. Uber has already admittedas much. Do you get paid to provide document translation services? Artificial...
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  • Yellow taxi owners, drivers sue TLC over Uber

    Yellow taxi owners, drivers sue TLC over Uber

    he yellow cab industry, whose business is being targeted by Uber in New York City, is accusing the Taxi and Limousine Commission of allowing its tech-savvy rival to skirt rules.
    Uber’s smartphone e-hails are the same street pickups that yellow taxis make but without pricey medallions or sticking to metered fares. Black cars that make up most of Uber’s fleet should be barred from e-hailing from a smartphone, according to the suit filed in state court Tuesday by yellow medallion owners...
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  • Toronto Police launch crackdown on Uber drivers

    Toronto Police launch crackdown on Uber drivers

    Toronto Police have executed a crackdown on UberX drivers, the latest escalation in a series of confrontations between city authorities and the U.S.-based ride-sharing company.
    At least 11 alleged UberX drivers are facing a total of at least 22 charges after a week-long undercover sting on unlicensed taxicabs earlier this month. The crackdown comes as cities around the world struggle to regulate the new, controversial service, and amidst a legal battle between the City of Toronto and the...
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  • Uber driver arrested after breaking into a passenger’s home, police say

    Uber driver arrested after breaking into a passenger’s home, police say

    n UberX driver circled back to the home of a passenger he’d recently dropped off at the airport and tried to burglarize the place — only to find that his intended victim had a roommate, Denver police said.
    Gerald Montgomery, 51, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of attempted burglary, Denver Police spokesman Sonny Jackson said on Wednesday.
    Jackson, speaking by phone, added that Montgomery dropped off his intended victim at Denver International Airport on Thursday, then returned...
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  • Uber denies security breach despite reports of logins for sale online

    Uber denies security breach despite reports of logins for sale online

    by Samuel Gibbs @SamuelGibbs www.theguardian.com

    Taxi app says it found ‘no evidence of breach’ despite claims that thousands of usernames and passwords can be bought on the dark web


    Uber denies that its servers were hacked after reports that thousands of usernames and passwords for the taxi-like service are available to buy for as little as $1 online. Two sellers with outlets on the AlphaBay Market dark web marketplace, hidden from the open internet within the Tor anonymity...
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  • Uber drivers would require professional qualifications under new bills

    Uber, an app that connects taxi, private car or rideshare drivers to passengers, could face stricter standards in Michigan. Two bills have been introduced to the Senate that would redefine Uber and its standards of operation in Michigan.
    Senate Bill No. 184, introduced by Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, would redefine Uber as a “transportation network company” which uses a digital network (the Uber app) to connect riders to drivers.
    Uber vehicles and drivers would be held to the...
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  • Tensions Erupt as Uber Drivers Attacked by Taxi Drivers

    RUSSELS—Uber Technologies Inc. drivers came under attack from taxi drivers in the Belgian capital over the weekend, in a burst of violence highlighting tensions in Europe over the growth of the California car-hailing company.
    In at least 20 incidents, taxi drivers blocked Uber cars as they attempted to pick up passengers, threw eggs and in some cases dragged passengers onto the street, Filip Nuytemans, Uber’s general manager in Belgium, said Monday.
    The violence, which follows similar...
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  • 2 Uber drivers plead guilty to operating unlicensed taxis

    2 Uber drivers plead guilty to operating unlicensed taxis

    Two Uber drivers pleaded guilty to operating an unlicensed taxi on Thursday, while one had his charges withdrawn and five other cases were adjourned in an Ottawa court.
    The two guilty pleas will lead to $400 fines, which is less than half of a potential fine for driving an unlicensed taxi and being an unlicensed driver.
    The city has said operating an unlicensed cab is a $260 fine, while being an unlicensed driver is a $615 fine.
    Amrik Singh, who heads the union for Ottawa's...
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  • More than 60 Uber drivers beg Kansas City leaders to nix fees

    More than 60 Uber drivers beg Kansas City leaders to nix fees

    ANSAS CITY, Mo. - New Kansas City regulations may have a popular ride-sharing service driving out of town.
    More than 60 drivers packed a transportation committee meeting at Kansas City City Hall, fighting to change city leaders' minds.
    Drivers urged the transportation committee to nix new fees that they say would force them out of business locally.
    It started with a rally outside on the steps of City Hall, where Uber members dressed in blue "Save UberX" shirts....
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  • Confessions of an Uber Driver: We’re Not Stupid

    Confessions of an Uber Driver: We’re Not Stupid

    As taxi cab alternatives are becoming more commonplace in cities around the world we are hearing more and more complaints about untoward behavior from drivers for various companies. But what about the passengers? When will the drivers get to have their say and vent about the people they’re driving around?
    We hopped into the passenger seat of one driver who gave us his low-down on passenger bad behavior in his cars. The bottom-line, passengers can be jerks.
    1. We aren’t your servants....
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