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Uber reveals driver data was hacked last May

Uber reveals driver data was hacked last May

All has been quiet on the Uber front, at least as far as negative things go, and that lucky streak has come to an end as the company has announced that it was hacked and data belonging to about 50,000 drivers was compromised. The announcement came earlier today, but discovery of a possible breach was made back in September 2014. After looking into the matter, Uber found that one of its databases had been accessed on May 13, 2014. Thus far, Uber is unaware of any misuse of the driver data that was compromised.

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Uber partners with Starwood Hotels to give riders points

Uber partners with Starwood Hotels to give riders points

Uber, riding a wave of relative quiet after ample troubles in the recent past, has been busy rolling out perks and announcing positive things for users, and the newest to be revealed is a partnership with Starwood Hotels. Under this partnership, users who take a ride with Uber will earn Starpoints that'll be available for use with future stays at one of the Starwood hotels. Out of all the incentives Uber has rolled out, this is one of the more exciting ones, particularly for those who do a lot of traveling.

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Uber and SafetiPin partner to improve safety

Uber and SafetiPin partner to improve safety

Safety is a top concern among many aspects of life, whether you're walking through a city or taking an Uber ride. Knowing how safe any given area is helps one plan routes, and helps regions improve areas that might be less than savory. A recent partnership between Uber and SafetiPin will help improve safety in some regions by merging the ridesharing service's drivers with SafetiPin's data collection efforts, ultimately collecting details that can be shared with city officials to improve any issues in a region.

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UberEATS delivers users lunch in Barcelona

UberEATS delivers users lunch in Barcelona

Uber is, in the general public's eye, that newfangled way to get a ride using your phone. Some cities have banned it, others have battled it, and some have welcomed it despite fierce protests from residents. Still, they all have something in common -- they view Uber as a way to get a ride. The service has been pushing beyond that narrow definition, however, and it is showing no sign of stopping, having recently announced its latest effort: UberEATS, a food deliver option for users in Barcelona.

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Uber faces increased competition in China as top 2 rivals merge

Uber faces increased competition in China as top 2 rivals merge

Bad news for Uber and its plans to break into the Chinese market has just emerged: the country's two biggest taxi-hailing services have decided to merge. Didi Dache and Kuaidi Dache, each already strong competition to Uber on their own, have decided to end a years long rivalry and merge into a single business entity valued at roughly $6 billion. The smartphone apps from the two taxi-hailing services, when combined, are used by around 150 million people, making up 95% of the Chinese market.

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Uber in India to give riders an in-app panic button

Uber in India to give riders an in-app panic button

Late last year, Uber was booted from India after one of its drivers raped a passenger, and though the service has since re-launched in New Delhi, it has done so with the promise of better safety practices aimed at keeping its users safe. As part of this, the ridesharing service will be adding an SOS/panic button to its app for those in the region, as well as the ability to shuttle details about one's trip and current location to up to five individuals.

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Uber confirms CMU partnership with eye on autonomous tech

Uber confirms CMU partnership with eye on autonomous tech

Uber has confirmed the rumor that surfaced earlier today, revealing that it has indeed struck a partnership with Carnegie Mellon University. Under this, the ridesharing service will create its new Uber Advanced Technologies Center near the uni's campus where CMU's researchers and others will aid in the R&D of autonomous tech, among other things. Uber is being relatively quiet about what exactly it plans to do there, but the future of hailing a self-driving taxi just got a little more real.

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Google, Uber copy each other in driverless car service push

Google, Uber copy each other in driverless car service push

Here’s an interesting question the folks at Google probably asked themselves not too long ago: how do you pair a human passenger with a driverless car? Aside form looping routes, much like public transportation, the automated car and its human riders have no real way to interact with one another. A new rumor suggests Google is preparing an app, much like Uber, which will likely find a home with their driverless car fleet. Of special interest here is that Google is an Uber investor.

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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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