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Apple, Google, Uber join tech giants in refusing to create Muslim registry for Trump

Apple, Google, Uber join tech giants in refusing to create Muslim registry for Trump

Apple, Google, and Uber went on record on Friday stating that they would have no part in building or contributing to a "Muslim registry" that was proposed by President-elect Donald Trump during his election campaign. Buzzfeed received statements from spokespeople for all three tech giants, each iterating that they were against the idea of, and would in no way participate in creating such a registry for the Trump Administration.

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Uber refuses to get DMV permit for self-driving car tests in SF

Uber refuses to get DMV permit for self-driving car tests in SF

Less than a week after Uber launched a trial program in San Francisco using self-driving cars, the ride-hailing service found itself in hot water with local regulators. Unlike the dozens of other tech and car companies testing autonomous vehicles in California, Uber decided to do so without applying for a permit from the state's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The DMV has warned it will take legal action if Uber doesn't halt its testing until a permit is granted.

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Uber Beacons will stop you from getting into the wrong car

Uber Beacons will stop you from getting into the wrong car

Uber hopes to stop embarrassing incidents in which its riders accidentally get into some random stranger’s (read: non-Uber driver’s) car, doing so via the Uber Beacon. The Uber Beacon is a device that Uber drivers place on their car’s windshield, where it glows a specific color. The rider, who is aware of the color their driver will have, looks for that specific beacon amongst the sea of cars, making it easier to find their ride.

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Uber’s San Francisco driverless tests prompt DMV ultimatum

Uber’s San Francisco driverless tests prompt DMV ultimatum

Uber's decision to roll out self-driving cars in San Francisco this week has gone down like an autonomous lead balloon with regulators, angry the firm didn't apply for permits like others running trials. The ride-sharing company confirmed today that, not only will it set loose a fleet of Volvo XC90 SUVs outfitted with the latest fruits of its autonomous research, but that it didn't feel it needed special permission to do so. That comes down to a loophole in the rules which Uber feels it can exploit.

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Uber’s self-driving cars roll into San Francisco

Uber’s self-driving cars roll into San Francisco

After launching in Pittsburgh earlier this year, Uber's self-driving cars have made their way to San Francisco. As is the case with the Pittsburgh roll out, Uber's self-driving fleet in San Francisco won't be fully autonomous. In other words, if you were looking forward to a ride in an otherwise empty car, you're not going to find it on an Uber trip.

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Uber, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story bring the Force to your ride

Uber, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story bring the Force to your ride

That’s no moon, that’s your Uber ride. OK, so you won’t exactly be riding the Death Star (can that thing even travel?), but you can hop on an X-Wing fighter en route to your work or whatever destination you have in mind. That is, with a little bit of imagination and this update to the Uber app. Joining the craze for the upcoming “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” movie, Uber is making available an optional feature that will make you feel one with the Force.

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Uber spells outs its expectations for riders

Uber spells outs its expectations for riders

Uber has updated its Community Guidelines to lay down some ground rules for those who use the service to catch a ride. Usually when we hear about the expectations Uber has for people using its service, those rules revolve around drivers, but not today. Instead, Uber is letting you know what you can do to be a good rider.

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Forget ride-sharing, Uber AI Labs wants machine-smarts everywhere

Forget ride-sharing, Uber AI Labs wants machine-smarts everywhere

Uber has just revealed its latest push into artificial intelligence, opening Uber AI Labs and giving it an instant team by acquiring a specialist startup in the field. The company, best known for its ride-sharing platform, has been pushing into AI as part of its self-driving car research for some time. Now, it's setting those efforts up in a standalone division.

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Uber now monitors where you go after a ride, but you can stop it

Uber now monitors where you go after a ride, but you can stop it

Uber now keeps track of where you go after your ride ends. The tracking spans the first five minutes after you reach your destination. The data gathered from this monitoring is used to improve Uber's service, including pickups and drop-offs. If you, like many users, aren't happy about being surveilled by the Uber app, you can disable the feature before your next trip.

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Uber ‘Compliments’ let riders tell drivers thank you

Uber ‘Compliments’ let riders tell drivers thank you

Uber has introduced a new in-app feature that seems a bit pointless, but that'll probably appeal to shy riders: a way to ping the trip's driver with a thank-you for a job well done. When a rider chooses to use this feature, the driver will receive a notification on their phone letting them know the rider was pleased...and, if nothing else, it'll take a load off their mind about what kind of rating the rider gave them.

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Uber Restaurant Guide finds riders places to eat based on trip data

Uber Restaurant Guide finds riders places to eat based on trip data

If you’re a regular Uber user, there’s a good chance you’ve had a driver take you to a restaurant, pub or bar. That trip data — and the data from thousands of other similar rides across Uber’s users — has been used to create the new Uber Restaurant Guide, an offering that is exactly what it sounds like. The guide surfaces a city’s favorite dining spots, places that were selected based on the mass of rider data rather than critics or consumer reviews. The restaurant guide covers cities across the U.S.

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Uber has overhauled its app: three key differences

Uber has overhauled its app: three key differences

Uber has rebuilt its mobile app, making it cleaner and easier to use in comparison to the previous version. This update was necessary, says Uber, as the app had ‘become complicated and harder to navigate’ since the last big overhaul in 2012. By remaking it from the ground up, the app is now faster and, says the company, smarter — it can learn your routines if you’re a frequent rider, and pretty soon it’ll be able to tap your mobile’s calendar, too.

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