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Uber: American vehicle for hire, freight, food delivery, courier, and parcel delivery company
Uber Technologies, Inc., commonly known as Uber, offers vehicles for hire, food delivery, package delivery, couriers, freight transportation, and, through a partnership with Lime, electric bicycle and motorized scooter rental. The company is based in San Francisco and has operations in over 900 metropolitan areas worldwide. It is one of the largest providers in the gig economy and is also a pioneer in the development of self-driving cars.


US Tech Giants Give Employees Paid Time Off To Vote [Video]

US Tech Giants Give Employees Paid Time Off To Vote

Between COVID-19 and various efforts across the country to make it downright difficult to vote, the challenges of voting are becoming increasingly obvious. Following the lead of major retails, US tech..

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Six Months Of COVID-19 Pandemic Equals Total Job Losses Of Great Recession [Video]

Six Months Of COVID-19 Pandemic Equals Total Job Losses Of Great Recession

In just six months, the coronavirus pandemic has left more Americans unemployed than during the entire 18 months of the Great Recession. According to Business Insider, it's not just small businesses..

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Uber wins appeal to operate in London [Video]

Uber wins appeal to operate in London

Uber will be granted a new licence to operate in London after a judge ruledthe firm was “fit and proper” to work in the capital.

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Uber wins back right to operate in London [Video]

Uber wins back right to operate in London

Uber has won a legal bid to restore its London operating license. A British judge was satisfied the service was now 'fit and proper' after addressing safety concerns. Adam Reed reports.

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Uber will require riders to take a mask-wearing selfie if a driver reports them for not wearing a one [Video]

Uber will require riders to take a mask-wearing selfie if a driver reports them for not wearing a one

If you plan to start your weekend by taking an Uber somewhere, make sure to bring your mask.

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Uber And Lyft Users And Sales Drop [Video]

Uber And Lyft Users And Sales Drop

Usage for Uber and Lyft has been ravaged due to the pandemic. Business Insider estimates that the number of Uber users will drop by 28.3% (15.2 million fewer people this year than in 2019). Lyft users..

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We've mended our ways, Uber tells London court [Video]

We've mended our ways, Uber tells London court

Uber told a London court on Tuesday that it had addressed all safety and security issues surrounding the app, and thus deserves to get its license back in the city. Julian Satterthwaite reports.

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All Uber vehicles to be electric by 2040 [Video]

All Uber vehicles to be electric by 2040

The ride-hailing company said Tuesday 100 percent of its vehicles globally will be battery-powered in 20 years. It's committing $800 million to help drivers switch over their vehicles. Caroline Malone..

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Though it has no teachers, this company gets millions meant for private, charter schools

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Looking to Buy a Used Car in the Pandemic? So Is Everyone Else

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In CA: Uber and Lyft get a green light, chaos at L.A. Post Offices, and fires rage on

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Former Uber exec charged with trying to hide massive hack

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Uber and Lyft Threaten to Shut Down in California

The companies, under legal pressure to reclassify their drivers as employees, said they would halt rides unless an appeals court gives them permission to continue.
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Uber and Lyft Consider Franchise-Like Model in California

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Uber says its drivers make $55,000 a year — critics say no way

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Uber, Lyft must classify drivers as employees in California

Legal ruling could force ride-share giants to abandon their use of independent contractors in the state.
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Was your Uber, Lyft fare high because of algorithm bias?

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Uber says it will double Black leadership at the company by 2025

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Uber to acquire Postmates for $2.65 billion after losing out on Grubhub deal

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'No mask. No ride': Uber will require drivers and passengers to wear face masks indefinitely

Uber is extending its mask requirement indefinitely throughout the U.S. and Canada as coronavirus cases continue to rise across several states.
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Uber, Lyft and DoorDash pause services in cities with curfews due to protests

Ride-sharing and food delivery services are suspending operations in cities with curfew orders in the wake of protests over George Floyd's killing.
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Uber launches hourly ride booking option in some U.S. cities

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Uber uses Zoom to layoff about 3,700 as coronavirus pandemic puts brakes on business

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Some U.S. city transit agencies turn to Uber as ridership drops during coronavirus crisis

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In CA: Governor scolds rural counties reopening ahead of his orders, says it's 'big mistake'

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Jobless Claims by Uber and Lyft Drivers Revive Fight Over Labor Status

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U.S. gig workers seeking coronavirus jobless benefits hit bureaucratic wall

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Uber, Lyft suspend pooled rides in U.S., Canada to limit spread of coronavirus

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Uber's challenge to balance driver safety with customer privacy

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Uber's new 'On-Trip Reporting' tool lets you report uncomfortable rides in real-time

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Uber Technologies Inc is closing its office in downtown Los Angeles, where the ride-hailing company employs customer support staff, to focus on its bigger locations.
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A U.S. judge on Monday rejected a request by Uber Technologies Inc and courier services provider Postmates Inc to block a California labor law from taking effect, saying the bill's public benefits..
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British man guilty of plotting Islamist attack on London sights

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