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Uber to get around German ban by paying for taxi licenses

Uber to get around German ban by paying for taxi licenses

Legal troubles are nothing new for Uber at this point, whether it's safety conduct or the employment status of its drivers, we see it again and again in country after country. But after getting banned in Germany, for a second time, a little over a week ago, the company has decided it needs to follow the rules. In order to get around the recent court-ordered ban, Uber will pay the government fees needed for its German drivers to receive taxi licenses.

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Stolen Uber accounts being sold on dark web for $1

Stolen Uber accounts being sold on dark web for $1

Thousands of stolen Uber user accounts are said to be selling on a dark web marketplace for as little as $1 each, according to a new report from Motherboard. These account details are described as being compromised without either the owners or Uber knowing, and thus can be used at will once purchased. This means someone would be able to log in to the app with someone else's account, and then order rides, which would be charged to the payment info on file.

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Uber announces new global ‘code of conduct’, safety guidelines

Uber announces new global ‘code of conduct’, safety guidelines

No stranger to controversy, Uber is as much PR-spin company than it is ride-sharing entity. Following some serious allegations about passenger safety, the latest being the alleged rape of a passenger in India late last year, Uber said they’d pen some guidelines for best practices on how to react to such events. Now, the company has a code of conduct for drivers, as well as incident response teams and a safety advisory board. Perhaps most assuring is Uber’s commitment to working with law enforcement fully.

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Uber given the banhammer in Germany…again

Uber given the banhammer in Germany…again

Uber has been hit again with legal woes in Germany, receiving today a ruling that its uberPOP drivers in particular must get the same permits as taxi drivers to continue picking up riders -- something that has haunted Uber across multiple countries and within several states, and that despite its best efforts otherwise have hampered its ability to operate the way it wants. This is the second time Uber has been given the banhammer in the nation, with this latest ruling reversing the ruling made in September that had overturned the original ban.

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Uber updates API, allows any app to be an Uber app

Uber updates API, allows any app to be an Uber app

With an updated API, Any app can be an Uber app. We’d previously heard rumblings that Uber was working their way into other apps, namely Facebook Messenger, but the company wasn’t happy to stop there. Now, the ride-sharing technology company will allow any app to work Uber into the mix with an updated API, which they say allows another third-party to “incorporate the entire Uber experience”. With this new-look API, you not only get info on where Uber might be, but you can request a ride, too.

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Uber’s CFO is leaving the company reveals leaked memo

Uber’s CFO is leaving the company reveals leaked memo

Uber is about to see one of its biggest executive departures so far, according to a leaked company memo. Brent Callinicos, who has been with Uber a couple years and currently serves as the company's Chief Financial Officer, is reportedly planning to leave, and the reason has to do with personal matters. According to a memo to Uber employees, Callinicos is looking to step down so that he has more time to spend with his family, fulfilling a promise he made to them.

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Uber goes green: Testing fleet of BYD e6 electric cars

Uber goes green: Testing fleet of BYD e6 electric cars

Uber made a deal with Green Wheels and Chinese automaker BYD to use BYD's e6 electric cars. Uber's first fleet of twenty-five electric vehicles is being tested in Chicago. Uber hopes to expand its Chicago test market to include other cities and add hundreds of BYD electric cars to its fleet before the end of the year. If you're unfamiliar with China's BYD, or "Build Your Dream," you're not alone. In America, when we think of electric vehicles we may think of the Tesla or Nissan Leaf instead of BYD.

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Uber, Lyft strike out in ruling on drivers’ worker status

Uber, Lyft strike out in ruling on drivers’ worker status

Uber, Lyft, and other ridesharing services like them depend on the drivers that make their services what they are, and those drivers aren't terribly happy. They get paid as independent contractors, which means they do not enjoy employment benefits and must pay self-employment taxes, as well as vehicular maintenance, something that cuts heavily into their pay. Many drivers say that they should be classified as employees and have sought legal help in the matter, and the companies have, of course, pushed back against this, seeking a ruling that the workers are, indeed, contractors. The latest ruling in the matter is yet again not in the companies' favor.

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Uber partners with UN Women, vows a million female drivers by 2020

Uber partners with UN Women, vows a million female drivers by 2020

Latest among Uber's partnerships is UN Women with whom the ridesharing service is looking to boost "economic opportunity" for women, it has announced. Uber is dedicated to the goal, and as part of it the company has vowed to have a million female drivers by 2020. This announcement marks the Beijing Declaration's twentieth anniversary, and it'll be joined by "long-term programs in local communities" on UN Women's part. Joining the announcement is a video that makes it all clear, available after the jump.

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UberX shut down in South Korea

UberX shut down in South Korea

Uber has announced that is has suspended its UberX service in South Korea, something that apparently took effect last night and is in relation to "a proposal to the Taxi Industry". Uber has long had troubles with regional authorities over how it operates, as well troubles with the taxi industry which has felt the squeeze as Uber gobbles up customers. UberBLACK will continue to operate in South Korea, however, doing so in conjunction with current law and regulations -- something also said to be part of the proposal.

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