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SoftBank’s Uber investment could be unexpectedly close

SoftBank’s Uber investment could be unexpectedly close

One of SoftBank's favorite pastimes seems to be buying up other companies, so it's not really much of a surprise to hear that it might be close to striking a deal with Uber. This doesn't appear to be a Sprint-scale buyout, where SoftBank is looking to acquire a majority stake in Uber. Instead, it could own as much as 20% of the company by the time everything is said and done.

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Uber app found to have special iPhone screen recording permission

Uber app found to have special iPhone screen recording permission

Uber's iPhone app has a special permission (entitlement) that has some privacy experts upset. Security researcher Will Strafach recently made the entitlement public in the form of a tweet, and Uber has since confirmed it in a roundabout way, saying that it is used to improve the way the app renders on the Apple Watch.

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Uber sign language tips help riders communicate with deaf drivers

Uber sign language tips help riders communicate with deaf drivers

Uber has expanded its support for drivers who are deaf or hard of hearing, making it easier for riders to communicate with them. The company has announced a new tool that helps riders learn some basic American Sign Language including how to say 'hello' and 'thank you' using your hands. These lessons take place directly within the Uber app, and they serve as a nice way to wrap up National Deaf Awareness Month.

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Uber now warns riders when their actions annoy drivers

Uber now warns riders when their actions annoy drivers

In the same way a rider can rate their driver in Uber, an Uber driver can rate the rider, and sometimes those ratings are less than stellar. Historically the driver's ratings were kept secret, helping other drivers make a decision about who they will transport while keeping things hidden away from the rider. Uber's newest feature, though, changes that a bit.

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Uber loses London license

Uber loses London license

In an unexpected blow to Uber, the city of London has refused to reissue its license to operate, over concerns that its ride-sharing service "is not fit and proper." The decision will mean that, after Uber's current license expires on September 30, 2017, Uber will not be able to run its business in the UK's capital city. At its heart, the decision comes down to ongoing controversies about driver background disclosures and how Uber has used tools to make regulatory monitoring more difficult.

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iOS 11 just destroyed Uber’s most annoying privacy flaw

iOS 11 just destroyed Uber’s most annoying privacy flaw

Uber's oft-criticized location tracking has been reined in with the arrival iOS 11, with Apple forcing app-makers to give more granular controls over privacy to users. The ride-sharing app always made use of location services on the iPhone to allow drivers to navigate to their pickup, of course, but that proved insufficient for Uber's appetites. In an update in 2016, Uber decided to restrict an existing location privacy option that iPhone users had previously been enjoying.

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FBI tipped in Uber probe over defunct Lyft spying program

FBI tipped in Uber probe over defunct Lyft spying program

Uber is being investigated by the FBI over its defunct internal program that spied on competitor Lyft, according to sources. The program went under the moniker 'Hell' and it revolved around tracking drivers working for Lyft, the pink-themed ridesharing service that holds the distinction of being Uber's biggest competitor. The feds are investigating whether Uber's program violated any laws, the sources say.

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Uber Movement’s traffic data just went public for everyone to view

Uber Movement’s traffic data just went public for everyone to view

Uber Movement, the initiative the company launched in the recent past that gives city planners and other related organizations/professionals access to the company's traffic data, has just opened its doors for everyone. Now anyone who creates an account can log into Uber Movements and view the traffic data, doing so for personal projects, academic work, or maybe even just idle curiosity.

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Uber will stop tracking its riders after they leave the car

Uber will stop tracking its riders after they leave the car

Uber is putting an end to a controversial practice that involved tracking its riders for a brief period of time after they left the car. The practice kicked off late last year, and though users could disable the functionality if they preferred, many customers were unaware that the tracking was taking place. Concerns over user privacy even prompted a letter from a US senator.

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Uber formally names Expedia’s Dara Khosrowshahi as new CEO

Uber formally names Expedia’s Dara Khosrowshahi as new CEO

The search for the next chief is over. For Uber that is. Confirming what the press has known all along, the embattled ride-sharing company has indeed named Dara Khosrowshahi as its new chief executive officer, which does now leave Expedia without a CEO. But while Khosrowshahi has more than proven his mettle in turning Expedia into a household name, he will have a lot to face when he takes the helm at Uber, both from within the company and from the forces outside it.

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Uber may have found its next CEO

Uber may have found its next CEO

Uber has found itself at the center of a lot of negative press lately, but today we're hearing something about the company that may actually be positive. According to new reports, Uber may have found its next CEO. It's been searching for a new leader ever since Travis Kalanick resigned back at the end of June.

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Ex-GE leader Jeff Immelt favored as new Uber CEO

Ex-GE leader Jeff Immelt favored as new Uber CEO

Uber's many, many problems are widely known at this point, but the biggest question the ride-sharing company faces right now is who will take the place of recently ousted Travis Kalanick as CEO. A new report indicates that Uber has narrowed things down to three candidates, with the board of directors viewing former General Electric chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt as the "frontrunner" of the group.

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