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Uber will start testing flying cars in the next 3 years

Uber will start testing flying cars in the next 3 years

This past September, an Uber executive revealed that the company was entertaining the idea of launching some type of flying vehicle that could enable it to transport customers in the sky rather than on the road. The flying vehicles would be of the VTOL variety -- that is, they would be aerial vehicles that take off and land vertically. Now the company has revealed that it will begin testing such 'flying cars' within the next three years, and that the testing will, at least, take place in Dallas-Forth Worth and Dubai.

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Unroll.Me reminds me how to quick-check my privacy

Unroll.Me reminds me how to quick-check my privacy

The folks at Unroll.Me are in hot water for selling user data to Uber this week - but as they are, I'm reminded to do a check. "Check yourself before your data gets sold to Uber" - that's as good credo for the modern digital person. While it does not appear that Unroll.Me really sold any personal data to Uber, the angry mob has spoken. If you're going to sell user data to 3rd-party companies, you need to make that clear in the user agreement nobody reads anyway!

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Uber tracked iPhones even after wiping, until Cook stopped it

Uber tracked iPhones even after wiping, until Cook stopped it

Once considered a darling and pioneer of the still nascent ride-hailing industry, Uber has quickly become the villain of a still ongoing drarma. It's the typical story of a successful company willing to do anything and everything to stay that the top, even when that means breaking the rules. And break the rules Uber did, according to this new report. Uber has allegedly been "fingerprinting" iPhones, identifying them even after they have been fully erased. It was a gross violation of Apple's privacy policies and a practice that went on for almost a year until Apple CEO Tim Cook put a stop to it.

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Apple threatened Uber with iPhone ban over privacy cheat

Apple threatened Uber with iPhone ban over privacy cheat

Controversial tech exec Travis Kalanick was forced into a face-off with Tim Cook, a new profile of the Uber founder claims, after Apple discovered the ridesharing app had flouted privacy rules. Kalanick's company has repeatedly made headlines over the past year for a number of reasons, ranging from frustrated drivers, arguments with city administrators and legacy cab firms, over-ambitious autonomous car testing, and allegations of harassment in the workplace. Indeed, Kalanick's ambition almost saw him lose his entire iPhone audience.

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Uber no longer allows restaurants to use UberRush for food delivery

Uber no longer allows restaurants to use UberRush for food delivery

While Uber's main business is its ride-sharing service, the last few years have seen the company develop several additional platforms, including the courier delivery service UberRush. Operating in several large cities like New York, San Francisco, and Chicago, UberRush is designed for users to hire someone to pickup and deliver items, such as packages, local online orders, and even food. Now, however, Uber says restaurants will need to switch to using UberEats, as UberRush is being scaled back and streamlined.

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Uber hit with nationwide ban in Italy

Uber hit with nationwide ban in Italy

2017 continues to be a very bad year for Uber. After ongoing evidence of the company's systematic harassment of women employees, the discovery of a tool used to evade law enforcement, and a damning lawsuit from Google, the ride-hailing service has now been handed a nationwide ban in Italy. A court in Rome has ruled that Uber's service amounts to "unfair competition" for the local taxi industry, and that all operations must be ceased.

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Change an Uber pickup location after ordering: here’s how

Change an Uber pickup location after ordering: here’s how

Have you ever ordered an Uber car, only to realize after the driver is en-route that the pick-up location is incorrect? If so, you're not alone. Users have long requested a way to adjust the pick-up location after ordering a ride, making it possible to fix a mistake without cancelling the car and starting over. Now, thanks to a new update, this feature is available: here's how to use it.

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Self-driving Uber crashes in Arizona, ending up on its side

Self-driving Uber crashes in Arizona, ending up on its side

Uber's on-going troubles are far from over: one of the ride-hailing company's autonomous test vehicles was involved in a serious accident on Friday evening in Tempe, Arizona. The first photos from the incident show Uber's Volvo SUV resting on its side, along with damage to two other human-operated vehicles that were involved in the accent. Fortunately it has been confirmed that there were no injuries to anyone present.

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Uber president Jeff Jones quits after just 6 months in office

Uber president Jeff Jones quits after just 6 months in office

Uber is under a lot of heat, and not just from its competitors. Late last year, the popular ride-sharing service came under government scrutiny for testing self-driving cars without proper certification. It then kicked off 2017 with sexism and sexual harassment scandals. And just last month, it was sued by Alphabet’s self-driving subsidiary, Waymo, for stealing IP. Amidst all these, Jeff Jones, the company’s president for only 6 months, has left Uber citing differences in beliefs and practices.

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Uber’s testing with autonomous cars has been a little bumpy

Uber’s testing with autonomous cars has been a little bumpy

Uber has been testing semi-autonomous vehicles in a handful of cities for a few months now, but a new report suggests that its tests aren't exactly going smooth. While issues are to be expected with any sort of testing phase, the data we're seeing today suggests that Uber is having a hard time making significant progress. This, in turn, could prevent Uber from rolling out a fleet of autonomous vehicles within the timeframe it has envisioned.

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Waymo demands court slams brakes on Uber autonomous cars

Waymo demands court slams brakes on Uber autonomous cars

Waymo has asked a court to block Uber from running its self-driving cars, after accusing the ride-sharing company of stealing key sensor tech from the Alphabet-owned firm. The former Google autonomous car division filed against Uber back in February, alleging that Otto, the autonomous tech firm set up by ex-Google engineer Anthony Levandowski and acquired by Uber in 2016 for $680m, copied proprietary information about numerous aspects of the team's hardware and software. Among that treasure-trove, details on the bespoke LIDAR laser ranging system that Waymo developed in-house.

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Uber gets San Francisco autonomous car permit but loses AI execs

Uber gets San Francisco autonomous car permit but loses AI execs

Uber, pressured into applying for a self-driving car testing license by San Francisco, has been granted approval for a small-scale roll out by city regulators. The ride-sharing company had flouted local rules on autonomous vehicles, sending out a fleet of customized Volvo SUVs back in December 2016 for real-world testing of its work-in-progress technology. However, the Department of Motor Vehicles disagreed with Uber's justification for why it didn't require a license.

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