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Uber wants to buy Tesla’s entire first batch of self-driving cars

Uber wants to buy Tesla’s entire first batch of self-driving cars

It's no secret Uber is excited about our future of self-driving cars. The company's business model revolves around drivers using their own vehicles to transport goods and people, but for Uber those drivers represent a significant expense. Self-driving cars, assuming the legislation will reach a point where drivers are no longer required, will eliminate that expense. Uber made partnerships in recent times to work on autonomous driving technologies, and more recently the ridesharing service's CEO has expressed a lot of interest in Tesla's future self-driving vehicles.

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Uber deploys security guards to protect its drivers

Uber deploys security guards to protect its drivers

Uber protest have been strong in France, but they're not limited to it. Those protests became violent, with rocks being thrown and tires being set on fire. Similarly a protest happened in South Africa recently, though it was not violent. Instead, it has boiled over into harassement and scare tactics, and some drivers in the region no longer feel safe picking up passengers. As a result the service has hired security in Johannesburg to stand guard at a couple of Uber hotspots.

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Uber nixes UberPOP in France after growing pressure

Uber nixes UberPOP in France after growing pressure

The pressure in France against Uber’s UberPOP service reached explosive levels last month, resulting in violent protests and, among other things, a legal order for police to begin seizing Uber cars that were in violation of the ban. Uber still pushed back, though, and that rolled over into two of its executives being arrested. The protests and legal battles appear to have exceeded Uber's willingness to fight, as it announced today that it has ceased UberPOP in the nation.

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Uber wants to make sure you don’t miss jury duty

Uber wants to make sure you don’t miss jury duty

The jury duty letter comes in the mail and many people immediately start thinking of ways to get out of it. In one county, at least, not having access to public transportation or a vehicle will no longer be an applicable excuse, as Uber has struck a new partnership that will see it giving free rides to those who have to report for jury duty. The new service is being launched in Macomb County north of Detroit, Michigan; it isn't clear if it will expand in the future.

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Uber nabs Microsoft workers and assets in deal

Uber nabs Microsoft workers and assets in deal

It’s no secret Uber has been moving to nab itself some mapping tech, and so its latest announcement isn’t too surprising: Uber will be acquiring some Bing assets from Microsoft, in particular 100 workers who will be tasked with improving Uber’s own mapping efforts. Early last month, Uber had placed a bid on Nokia's HERE mapping service, underscoring its efforts to improve its own mapping technology. Mapping is central to Uber's business model, being used for its various services from cars rides to food delivery. Update: Statement from Uber after the jump.

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Uber managers arrested in Paris amidst riots

Uber managers arrested in Paris amidst riots

Uber has not had a kind reception in all the cities where it operates, but France -- and Paris in particular -- has proven to be most unwelcoming. Recent protests became violent and led to orders for police to seize Uber cars violating the ban late last week. Now two of Uber's top managers have been arrested in Paris, and though an official confirmation of their identities has not been made, a local journalist has claimed that the arrest involved a GM and CEO.

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Police start seizing Uber cars in France

Police start seizing Uber cars in France

The clash between Uber drivers and taxi drivers in France became very serious this week, including everything from blocking transportation routes to the alleged dropped of bricks onto Uber cars from overpasses. Today the nation’s Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve called Uber “arrogant” following his order yesterday for police officers in Paris to seize any UberPOP vehicles that are operating despite the ban. Legal action has also been filed against UberPOP mangers in France.

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Uber on firearms: don’t bring a gun in the car

Uber on firearms: don’t bring a gun in the car

One of the more vocal concerns about Uber is whether the rides are safe, and incidents like the alleged hammer attack don't do anything to alleviate that paranoia. Uber has officially stated its policy on firearms in Uber vehicles, and the answer is short and clear: don't bring them with you, regardless of whether you are a driver or a passenger. This is a new policy, one that reverse a past policy in light of growing concerns about firearms and incidents related to them.

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Uber France celebrates Father’s Day with rides in vintage cars

Uber France celebrates Father’s Day with rides in vintage cars

Father's Day is this Sunday, and while some kids dream of one day gifting a classic car to their dads, if that isn't possible giving them a ride in such a vehicle can make just as nice a gift. Riding-sharing service Uber, which seems to be eager to explore different kinds of partnerships lately, is offering to make that happen this weekend, should your dad happen to be living in Lyon, France. The French division of Uber has teamed up with Roadstr to pick dads up in vintage rides.

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Uber hits back at California driver employee claims

Uber hits back at California driver employee claims

In the modern world, many companies are side-stepping the expenses of having employees by classifying workers as contractors instead. Often this is done erroneously — if workers are required to do certain things, such as work on a set schedule, they must be classified as employees rather than contractors. Uber and ridesharing services like it are somewhat of a grey area, or at least have been. Drivers on the service recently challenged their contractor status, saying they should be classified as employees instead. Uber challenged their claims but didn't fair too well, and now it has fired back.

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