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Uber hit with lawsuit for alleged discrimination against the blind

Uber hit with lawsuit for alleged discrimination against the blind

Uber has to face up to a lawsuit that contends the ridesharing service discriminates against blind riders by not allowing them to bring service dogs along with them. The ruling was made on Friday by a US magistrate who gave the go-ahead for the lawsuit, which maintains that the ridesharing service is classified as a travel service and, as such, can be (maybe) held liable under the Americans with Disabilities Act for not accepting service dogs. Uber had challenged the lawsuit.

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Snapchat’s sneaky hiring tactics target Uber engineers

Snapchat’s sneaky hiring tactics target Uber engineers

Apparently, one of the best ways to recruit new talent in Silicon Valley is to poach certifiable talent from other tech industry giants. Snapchat is looking for a few good engineers, and the social networking company is using the unique strategy of target geo-filters to reach out to current Uber employees who might be looking for a change. Snapchat users at Uber's headquarters in San Francisco found a geo-filter that was tailor-made to poach Uber engineers.

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Uber’s Bay Area driver numbers spike over 2014

Uber’s Bay Area driver numbers spike over 2014

The so-called “sharing economy” has its critics, but it is a rapidly growing way for some to make a part-time or full-time income, and depending on where you live, you have likely seen it expand over recent months. Uber might be one of the biggest examples of this, at least when it comes to giving strangers rides in your own car for money, and it has just released some numbers that demonstrate that growth: its number of drivers in the Bay Area have more than doubled in a single year.

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Uber, Samsung bring free ride to S6, S6 edge owners

Uber, Samsung bring free ride to S6, S6 edge owners

How’s this for synergy? Uber and Samsung are partnering to bring Galaxy S6 and S6 edge owners in the United States free rides. In the Galaxy Gifts widget on the two new flagships from Samsung, owners will see an Uber certificate for a free ride (valued up to $25). To take advantage, Galaxy S6 or S6 edge owners will also need the Uber app installed on their new smartphone. That free ride is only for new Uber users, so if you’ve already had the pleasure of renting space in someone’s car, you’re out of luck.

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Uber adds auto rickshaws in India, accepts cash for first time

Uber adds auto rickshaws in India, accepts cash for first time

New Delhi has received a lot of Uber attention in recent months, and not only over the rape allegations that surfaced in December. The ridesharing service has introduced some new safety measures in light of that incident in the region, and now it has announced another service for the region: auto rickshaws. The launch of this service will bring a new first for the platform, as well, in the form of cash payments, eschewing its app-based mobile payment system used with its other services.

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Uber Safe breathalyzer gets Canadians home at no charge

Uber Safe breathalyzer gets Canadians home at no charge

Most people have been a bit too tipsy to take the wheel as some point in their lives. In a genius marketing move, Uber set up a an interactive breathalyzer installation, dubbed "Uber Safe", in downtown Toronto. According to Uber, drunk driving accidents triple after midnight, so the ride share company is doing its part to get Torontonians home safe and sound. In the marketing stunt, inebriated crowds encountered the breathalyzer and curiously stepped up to take the test by exhaling through a straw for six seconds.

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‘Ride’ new carpooling app hits iTunes today

‘Ride’ new carpooling app hits iTunes today

Carpools aren't just for soccer moms anymore. The latest ridesharing service, Ride allows those with a long commute, more than 30 minutes, to participate in efficiently arranged van pools. It has an app and mobile interface, like Uber, but its similarities end there. Ride drivers are all volunteers instead of paid contractors. The service hope to save you time and money. Instead of paying for tolls, parking, and wear and tear on your vehicle, Ride supplies a regularly maintained van to transport people who live or work in the same area.

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Uber requests US lawsuit over India assault be dismissed

Uber requests US lawsuit over India assault be dismissed

Late last year, an Uber driver in New Delhi reportedly raped a passenger, something that led to a temporary ban on the ridesharing service and eventual safety measures being implemented in the region. A lawsuit from the victim still stands, however, and Uber is seeking to have it dismissed by a U.S. court because, among other things, the attacker and victim are both Indian citizens and the attack took place in India. The driver had a contract with Uber B.V in the Netherlands, not Uber U.S.

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Uber pays fines in Portland ahead of possible re-launch

Uber pays fines in Portland ahead of possible re-launch

Late last year, Uber arrived in Portland, Oregon. The service was unauthorized, and city officials weren’t taking it lightly. A covert operation to request rides and fine drivers was underway (they got two warnings before a fine, technically), which brought as much confusion to the scene as happy hipsters who could bypass the taxi system. After the kerfuffle, Uber agreed to withdraw from the city for 90 days. As City Hall considers new rules that would allow Uber to operate, the ridesharing service has agreed to pay $67,750 in fines handed down by the city over the unsanctioned launch.

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Uber to hire slew of engineers, could be developing self-driving cars

Uber to hire slew of engineers, could be developing self-driving cars

Uber has big dreams, one of which might be to run fleets of self driving cars. The ride-share company is hitting the ground running as it looks to hire a range of positions including mechanical engineers from the automotive field and software engineers to work on sensors and vehicle controls. Nineteen positions were posted online today. The job listings are for Uber's newly established Advanced Technologies Center in Pittsburgh, which is a partnership with Carnegie Mellon University. This research center will act as an experimental lab where the top minds can solve problems blocking the path to driver-less vehicles.

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