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Lyft restricts access to user data as Uber debacle continues

Lyft restricts access to user data as Uber debacle continues

Uber has had a rough time lately, and for good reason. The company has been swept up in widespread outcry against its executive Emil Michael's comments about digging up dirt on journalists, as well as concerns over its "God View" that grants access to user data and, more importantly, has been reportedly misused in at least one instance. In the midst of all this, Uber posted a statement regarding its privacy policy this past week, something that caught the attention of Senator Al Franken. Also paying attention are the company's competitors.

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Uber taps privacy experts to conduct internal review

Uber taps privacy experts to conduct internal review

Uber announced today that it has brought aboard privacy experts, among them being former IBM Chief Privacy Officer Harriet Pearson, to conduct an "in-depth review" of its privacy practices. This move comes after executive Emil Michael's comments about digging up dirt on journalists became public, Senator Al Franken's inquiry about the service's handling of the situation, and news about the company's so-called "God View" being abused as reported by BuzzFeed. The review seems like an attempt at damage control as customers and non-customers alike express concerns about the company and its respect for privacy.

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Uber Momentum driver rewards arrive amidst controversy

Uber Momentum driver rewards arrive amidst controversy

Uber has again been caught up in a lot of negative media attention, this time kicking off after comments made by executive Emil Michael went public. Amidst doing damage control, the company has announced a new perk for its most faithful drivers called Momentum, a rewards program that is said to be the result of feedback from thousands of drivers about what they want most. "It recognizes the tremendous service our partners provide," says the company, and will in part help drivers lower their costs of operation.

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Uber emphasizes privacy stance following exec’s comments

Uber emphasizes privacy stance following exec’s comments

In case you managed to miss it, one of Uber's top executives recently made comments about how the company could dox reporters that have been critical of the service, something that quickly spawned harsh comments and ample backlash. Though an apology and clarification were made soon after, users are still raising privacy concerns, and in an apparent effort to quiet the noise comes a new blog post from Uber. It has emphasized its privacy policy, pointing out the bits it feels are relevant, though it seems like a case of too little, too late.

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Uber teams with Spotify for a more personalized ride

Uber teams with Spotify for a more personalized ride

The next time you oder an Uber to pick you up from the movies, you might also be hearing your favorite tunes playing inside when it arrives. Spotify-enabled Uber cars are being sent out into the wild now, connecting you with your Spotify playlists and music of all kinds from within the Uber app. This system works thanks to a business team-up between Spotify and Uber that's taking place right this minute. All you need is to be subscribed to Spotify and call up an Uber to make it happen.

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Uber giving out flu shots today, but you better hurry!

Uber giving out flu shots today, but you better hurry!

For many, Flu Shots are a necessary right of passage into the Fall and Winter months. The immunizations are increasingly easy to get, with many pharmacies across the United States administering them on a walk-in basis. Sometimes you just can’t find the time to get your Flu Shot in, though, which is where Uber comes into play. A new pilot program, which will only last a day and is only available in select cities, will see nurses bringing the Flu Shot to you.

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UberPLUS arrives as higher-end ridesharing option

UberPLUS arrives as higher-end ridesharing option

Ridesharing services have replaced taxi use for many, and while the average car you encounter through one of the services will likely be more pleasant than your average yellow taxi, it still might not be up to your standards for certain events: dates, business meetings, and other notable occasions. For this reason, Uber has introduced a new service that falls solidly between its low-rate UberX service and its high-end UberBLACK, though there's a catch: it is rolling out only in Los Angeles (for now).

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Uber passenger claims kidnapping; company cries foul

Uber passenger claims kidnapping; company cries foul

Services like Uber require something we don’t often talk about, and that’s trust. Whether you’re a rider or passenger, there’s an element of trust that should carry the day. A recent Uber trip maybe didn’t have that, but it’s tough to tell what’s really going on with this one. If you believe Uber, the driver simply took an “inefficient route”. If you believe the passenger — who may have been intoxicated — she was kidnapped. Either way, take this into account next time you’re about to use a service like Uber.

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