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Uber adds Spanish-speaking driver option in 6 cities

Uber adds Spanish-speaking driver option in 6 cities

Quite a few people in the United States speak Spanish as their only or their primary language, as well as many visitors arriving on vacation or business. As such, it is not surprising that many companies -- particularly those located in certain cities -- offer Spanish language options for customers who prefer it. Now Uber can count itself among those companies, with the ridesharing company announcing today the addition of "uberESPANOL", a new option in six cities for Spanish speaking riders.

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Uber now charging San Francisco drivers a 30% fee

Uber now charging San Francisco drivers a 30% fee

Ride-hailing service Uber has recently rolled out a trial fee structure for its new drivers in the cities of San Francisco and San Diego, requiring them to pay as much as 30% of their fares. It is an increase from the 25% that current drivers must pay, and for the testing period will only apply to UberX drivers. The fee is actually on a tiered system, so drivers will see the percentage reduced depending on how many rides they give.

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Long Beach cabs get makeover, now have an Uber-like app

Long Beach cabs get makeover, now have an Uber-like app

If you’ve got access to Uber and Lyft, there’s a good conversation to be had about why you’d choose those services over a traditional cab. It’s probably not about cleanliness; Uber and Lyft have standards, but it’s still somebody’s car. The city of Long Beach thinks you’re choosing those services because they’re cool, and convenient. They’re probably right, too. Uber and Lyft are winning out because hailing one is easier, and the city is trying to emulate that with fresh paint and a new app.

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Uber wants help testing its cash payments for rides feature

Uber wants help testing its cash payments for rides feature

One thing that is welcome by most consumers is more options for paying for the things you want to buy. When it comes to paying online and for many things in the digital world it's either PayPal or credit cards. One of those things that you have so far had to pay for with credit is rides in Uber cars. Uber is getting ready to change that and is calling for riders to help it test the new payment system in Hyderabad.

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HERE’s why everyone wants Nokia’s maps business

HERE’s why everyone wants Nokia’s maps business

The war over knowing exactly where we are is going to be expensive. Interest in Nokia's HERE division from big German car makers, Uber, and others is tipped to have driven the potential purchase price to $3bn or even higher, as old automotive faces off against new tech darlings. Turns out, the value of accurate maps is about more than just knowing which junction to take to get to the Ikea parking lot.

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Uber tipped in bid on HERE mapping service

Uber tipped in bid on HERE mapping service

Uber is best known for matching drivers with riders, but that's not the sum total of its ambitions. The company has been pushing other services that involve transportation, including its UberEATS service, which gets meals to people in select cities. Google Maps is one of the tools it uses to make that happen, but a new business move by the ridesharing service shows that such a reality could be changing. Uber has joined the battle for Nokia's HERE mapping service, placing its own bid for the company.

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Uber drops service in Kansas, says bill makes operation “impossible”

Uber drops service in Kansas, says bill makes operation “impossible”

Uber pushes and pushes and pushes and sometimes, when all that pushing fails to go the way it wants, it gives in to legal pressure. Such has ended up being the case in Kansas, where the ridesharing service has pointed toward a recent bill as the reason it will be leaving the state, saying it is the only state in the US where Uber has been forced to leave because of “unbalanced, backward regulations.” It suggests, though, that it might be back in the future.

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Uber’s China office raided by government authorities

Uber’s China office raided by government authorities

Police and other government officials in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou conducted a raid on the offices of Uber Technologies last week. The incident was initially reported by local newspaper Guangzhou Daily, who added that cellphones and other equipment were seized, and that transportation and business-licensing departments were taking part in the ongoing investigation. The office raid took place on Thursday, while on Friday the Xinhua News Agency, the Chinese government's official broadcaster, reported that the operation was not targeting Uber specifically, but part of a general crackdown on illegal taxi services.

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