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Uber agrees to pull out of Portland for 3 months

Uber agrees to pull out of Portland for 3 months

Earlier this month, Uber steamrolled into Portland without any heads up that it was coming, surprising both residents and city officials alike. The intrusion was illegal, and was not tolerated for long. Within a couple days, Portland had filed a lawsuit against the ridesharing service and had begun baiting drivers, issuing them warnings under the threat of possible substantial future fines. The tactic wasn't a surprising move on Uber's part, and now that it has managed to catch Portland residents' attention, it has agreed to withdraw its service temporarily, leaving everyone else to scramble.

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Uber says they’ll invest in better background checks

Uber says they’ll invest in better background checks

Fun fact: Uber drivers don’t pass a rigorous background check before picking you up and (hopefully) dropping you off at your desired location. Seems a bit off that Uber doesn’t thoroughly vet their drivers, right? The company is pretty fastidious about what car you have and your driving record, but as for what crimes you might have been convicted of in the past — they’re not so worried. In China, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick said his company would start checking the background of those working for his service in an attempt to better protect passengers.

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Uber responds to Sen. Al Franken’s questions

Uber responds to Sen. Al Franken’s questions

Though facing more recent criticism, Uber is still dealing with the fallout from last month's various troubles. The hoopla had managed to attract the attention of Senator Al Franken, who sent the ridesharing service a letter expressing concerns about privacy, as well as a series of questions. Sen. Franken requested a response to his questions by December 15, and down to the deadline Uber has sent back a reply, saying it "welcomes the opportunity to respond".

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Uber banned in Paris, shamed in Sydney

Uber banned in Paris, shamed in Sydney

Uber has once again caused a stir, and again it’s for reasons they’d likely not be creating news. In France, Uber’s peer-to-peer app, UberPOP, is seeing a ban after taxi drivers in Paris effectively shut down a major hub in protest. A bit further south on the globe, Uber is facing the music after instituting surge pricing during a crisis in Sydney. In an even stranger move, Uber says they raised pricing in Australia for the good of the people.

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Study finds ridesharing services safer than taxis

Study finds ridesharing services safer than taxis

Ridesharing services -- Uber in particular -- have taken a lot of flak from taxi companies and critics in general over safety concerns. A new study looked into this matter by comparing the driving quality of drivers representing ridesharing companies with taxi drivers and non-commercial drivers. What they found likely won't be surprising to those who have used both types of commercial transportation: the ridesharing drivers were safer than taxi drivers.

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Uber vows change in India, but it’s just not enough

Uber vows change in India, but it’s just not enough

A recent report out of India brought the disgusting, horrifying news that a woman had been raped by an Uber driver in New Delhi. In doing their diligence investigating the crime, Indian authorities shut Uber down in the city. Now, Uber has officially responded, and have outlined a four-step plan for making service in New Delhi safer. Uber is also suspending their service while they make changes, noting they’re taking time to “reflect” on their service.

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Uber hit with lawsuit in LA and San Francisco

Uber hit with lawsuit in LA and San Francisco

Uber's strong-armed business tactics -- namely, launching its service in places it is not welcome -- are causing a growing backlash from cities against the ridesharing service. Portland wasted no time filing a lawsuit against Uber after its sudden arrival, India has banned the service, and Thailand is being less than welcoming. Now both Los Angeles and San Francisco have moved forward with their own lawsuit over what are said to be violations of state law, issues with the company's background checks, fees they say amount to fraud, and more.

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Uber’s problem extend to Thailand as service deemed illegal

Uber’s problem extend to Thailand as service deemed illegal

Uber is no stranger to articles like this one. Time and again, the ride-sharing company falls victim to articles that paint it in a less-than-glowing light, all set in motion by their own actions. Yesterday, the city of Portland, Oregon sued Uber to halt services, where Uber was legally prohibited from operating. Now, aspects of Uber’s business model have been ruled illegal in Thailand, according to The Wall Street Journal. That might sound fishy, but the parts deemed illegal are the same found offensive stateside.

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Uber, iHeartRadio partner in NYC as privacy concerns continue

Uber, iHeartRadio partner in NYC as privacy concerns continue

Last month, Uber and Spotify partnered to give riders control over the tunes they hear while taking a ride. Under that, Spotify subscribers can order a car that'll arrive playing their playlist, and during the ride he or she will be able to toggle through the music. Following that feature comes a different sort of perk for iHeartRadio users that'll be available for the next week.

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