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Uber, Lyft swept up in drivers’ lawsuits challenging contractor status

Uber, Lyft swept up in drivers’ lawsuits challenging contractor status

Drivers for Uber and Lyft work as contractors, and as such they're left to deal with certain expenses themselves: gas, maintaining their vehicles, and more. New lawsuits hoping to get class-action status in California are looking to change that, contending that the services' drivers are employees and should be reimbursed for those aforementioned expenses. Uber sought a pretrial ruling that'll peg the drivers on its system as contractors, but didn't ultimately get what it wants, and the issue will be going before a jury.

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Uber’s internal privacy audit finds favorable practices

Uber’s internal privacy audit finds favorable practices

Remember that internal review of Uber's privacy practices the company announced back in November? It came at a time when the company was being slammed with negative press over comments made by Emil Michael, among other things, and aimed to help either point out areas that need improvement or put consumers' fears to rest. Fast forward about two months, and that review has reached completion and the results are favorable, with the outside firm that conducted the review -- Hogan Lovells -- finding the company's Privacy Program to be "strong".

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Uber suspended a dozen drivers for getting proper registration

Uber suspended a dozen drivers for getting proper registration

Uber has again pulled a business move that has garnered controversy, this time by suspending drivers who elected to follow state law rather than company demands. In California, individuals who drive for hire are required to register their cars as commercial vehicles rather than personal ones. Some drivers complied with that requirement, but were give the boot by Uber, which told the drivers they must switch over to personal registration to get their driving privileges back. At least 12 drivers were suspended.

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Uber rolls out in Nairobi, returns to New Delhi

Uber rolls out in Nairobi, returns to New Delhi

Uber has good news for its faithful users abroad: it has rolled out in a new city and returned to another. Yesterday the ridesharing service announced that is has launched in Nairobi, yet again expanding the number of cities it services with its UberX offering in particular. In addition to rolling out into a new market, Uber also revealed that it has returned to New Delhi, something that follows a ban in the nation after a passenger was raped by a driver.

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Uber expands presence in Colombia, tries to woo Europe

Uber expands presence in Colombia, tries to woo Europe

Uber is in a constant flux, rolling out in some locations and coming to an end in others, sometimes returning, other times having no such luck. The ridesharing service was recently ordered to cease and desist in South Carolina, for example, and it'll be appearing in Portland, Oregon in the near future. Such is the trend we see in the company's most recent news, with Uber announcing that it has expanded its presence in Colombia and that it is trying to woo the consistently hostile European market.

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Uber told to stop service in South Carolina

Uber told to stop service in South Carolina

Uber has developed more troubles stateside, with South Carolina bringing the service to a halt over a certification issue. Yesterday, the state's Public Service Commission ordered the ridesharing service to stop until it gets a certificate of public convenience and necessity, something taxi companies and other vehicle-related carriers must get. The state seems to have retained a favorable opinion of the service, but is firm in requiring it to get in line with state law. Uber, for its part, is proceeding to satisfy the requirements.

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Uber and Live Nation strike partnership for concert goers

Uber and Live Nation strike partnership for concert goers

Live Nation is a familiar company to those who like to get their concert fix, and thanks to a new partnership with Uber, those fans can get to where the shows are with less hassle -- at least, that's the promise. As of now, Live Nation app users can request an Uber ride straight from within the LN app, which will show all the pertinent details like estimated ride cost and when the ride will arrive. This is available for both iOS and Android users.

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Uber now sharing ‘God View’ info with city of Boston

Uber now sharing ‘God View’ info with city of Boston

Uber is planning to put their ‘God View’ to good use. In Boston, the company is planning on sharing info they gain on our rides using God View with the city. The goal is to help ease congestion and allow the city to better understand how citizens travel. Boston officials would also get info on time spent in Uber cars, as well as dates and times of travel. The information would be presented anonymously, and represents the first time Uber has shared such data.

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Uber eyeing Canada with hopeful return to Vancouver

Uber eyeing Canada with hopeful return to Vancouver

Uber holds roost in Seattle and will be returning to Portland in the near future following its recent launch and then withdraw. Before that, however, the ride-sharing took on Canada with a push into Vancouver -- something that did not prove successful at the time, but that hasn't managed to break Uber's spirit. The company has said that it is "really eager" to re-enter Vancouver, and as part of this effort it has filed to have a lawsuit blocking them thrown out.

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UberCARGO uses big vans to haul your stuff

UberCARGO uses big vans to haul your stuff

Uber keeps tacking new options onto its service, and often the new options are either initially limited to a specific region before wider availability or forever destined for only certain cities. It isn't clear which is the case for UberCARGO, which the ridesharing service recently introduced on its blog for its Hong Kong customers. With it, users will be able to order a large van or something of that nature and use it to have their gear hauled from one place to another.

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