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Uber: American peer-to-peer ridesharing, freight, food delivery, and transportation network company
Uber Technologies, Inc., commonly known as Uber, is an American multinational ride-hailing company offering services that include peer-to-peer ridesharing, ride service hailing, food delivery, and a micromobility system with electric bikes and scooters. The company is based in San Francisco and has operations in over 785 metropolitan areas worldwide. Its platforms can be accessed via its websites and mobile apps.


Uber rides plunge but food delivery doubles [Video]

Uber rides plunge but food delivery doubles

Homebound customers of Uber Technologies more than doubled their orders from the company's food-delivery service in the second quarter but demand for ride-hailing trips only marginally recovered from..

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Uber driver faces tough choice as U.S. aid expires [Video]

Uber driver faces tough choice as U.S. aid expires

Uber driver Johan Nijman faces a difficult decision as federal unemployment aid expires: risk failing to pay for groceries and even lose his home, or resume driving and potentially catch COVID-19 as a..

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Uber teams with Thames Clippers for boat service [Video]

Uber teams with Thames Clippers for boat service

Uber has joined up with Thames Clippers for the launch of its new service UberBoat. The service, which commences in London on Monday, will allow users topurchase tickets for Thames Clippers boats in..

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California May Require Ridesharing App Companies To Go Electric [Video]

California May Require Ridesharing App Companies To Go Electric

California’s Air Resources Board wants to cap emissions from vehicles being used for companies like Uber and Lyft. These rideshare app businesses have an infamously tumultuous history with labor..

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Uber Sharing User Data To Help Track CoronaVirus [Video]

Uber Sharing User Data To Help Track CoronaVirus

Business Insider reports that Uber is using its resources to help track and trace the corona virus. Uber unveiled an initiative to share user data on drivers or riders who may have come into contact..

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Uber defends business model at UK's Supreme Court [Video]

Uber defends business model at UK's Supreme Court

Uber was defending its business model on Tuesday at Britain's Supreme Court in a battle over rights in the workplace that could have ramifications for millions of Britons earning a living in the gig..

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Uber offers COVID-19 contact tracing service [Video]

Uber offers COVID-19 contact tracing service

Uber Technologies told Reuters it has quietly launched a service to give public health officials quick access to data on drivers and riders presumed to have come into contact with someone infected with..

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Uber Looking To Buy Postmates [Video]

Uber Looking To Buy Postmates

The NY Times and Business Insider report that Uber is holding acquisition talks with food delivery startup Postmates. Earlier this year Uber was reported to be holding acquisition talks with Grubhub...

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Americans mark Juneteenth from coast to coast [Video]

Americans mark Juneteenth from coast to coast

Thousands marched in U.S. cities to mark Juneteenth, a holiday commemorating the end of Black slavery that carries special resonance this year. Gavino Garay has more.

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Grubhub Gets Acquired By European Food-Delivery Service [Video]

Grubhub Gets Acquired By European Food-Delivery Service

Just Eat Takeaway, a food-delivery service based in Europe, bought Grubhub. According to Gizmodo, while sales have spiked, operation costs have also been high. The acquisition of Grubhub makes it the..

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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

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Uber, Lyft and DoorDash pause services in cities with curfews due to protests

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Uber launches hourly ride booking option in some U.S. cities

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Uber hit hard as ride demand drops amid virus

Uber has cut 3,000 jobs from its workforce, its second major wave of layoffs in two weeks, as the coronavirus slashed demand for rides. The ride-hailing giant will be closing or consolidating 45..
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Uber uses Zoom to layoff about 3,700 as coronavirus pandemic puts brakes on business

Uber, which has seen its ride-hailing business drop 80% in the COVID-19 crisis, used Zoom conference calls to lay off 3,700 employees last week.
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Some U.S. city transit agencies turn to Uber as ridership drops during coronavirus crisis

U.S. cities that have idled mass transit during coronavirus lockdowns are turning to an unusual partner to get essential workers to hospitals, warehouses and factories: ride-hailing company Uber.
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In CA: Governor scolds rural counties reopening ahead of his orders, says it's 'big mistake'

Gavin Newsom says Yuba and Sutter counties are putting employees and residents at risk. In other news, the state sues Uber and Lyft for failing to comply with new gig worker rules. And the high court..
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Grabbing an Uber? Buckle up and bring your face mask to combat coronavirus

As cities and states come out of COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, Uber is working on technologies to ensure both drivers and riders have masks in place.
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Jobless Claims by Uber and Lyft Drivers Revive Fight Over Labor Status

California’s move to aid gig workers may break federal rules. But the state said it had few options after the ride-hailing companies resisted other benefits.
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Coronavirus and Paid Sick Leave: A Quarantined Uber Driver's Quest

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A Quarantined Uber Driver’s Quest for Paid Sick Leave

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

Uber and Lyft drivers are hitting a wall in their efforts to apply for the coronavirus jobless benefits promised by Congress as state agencies say they are not ready to handle a class of workers who..
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Uber to start shipping car disinfectants to drivers

Uber Technologies Inc will begin shipping disinfecting car spray to selected drivers in areas most affected by the coronavirus outbreak, an executive said on Thursday.
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Uber provides free meals, discounted rides for health care workers

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Drivers Say Uber and Lyft Are Blocking Unemployment Pay

States like New York and California have made gig workers eligible for jobless benefits and sick days. But the companies have resisted complying.
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Uber is my primary income source. Each time I drive, I risk contracting coronavirus

I'm not just endangering myself, I'm putting my family at risk. Uber should compensate drivers in cities affected by the outbreak.
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Coronavirus hits Florida economy in threat to Trump's re-election hopes

Since the coronavirus outbreak hit Florida this month, Uber driver Nelson Aliaga has lost a third of his business.
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Uber, Lyft suspend pooled rides in U.S., Canada to limit spread of coronavirus

Uber Technologies Inc and Lyft Inc Tuesday began suspending shared rides on their ride-hailing platforms in the United States and Canada to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
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Walmart, Uber and Others Tweak Sick-Leave Policies as Coronavirus Spreads

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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

Previously, riders had to wait until a trip was complete to provide feedback on how it went.
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Uber closing office in downtown Los Angeles

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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Judge denies Uber's, Postmates' request to halt California gig worker law

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

A British Uber driver, previously cleared of a sword attack on police outside Buckingham Palace, was convicted on Monday of a plot to kill people in the name of Islam at London tourist destinations..
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Uber gets permit to restart testing its self-driving cars in California

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Uber suspends 240 accounts in Mexico to prevent coronavirus spreading

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Uber Technologies Inc will put self-driving vehicles on Washington, D.C. roads Friday with human drivers in control, the ride share company said on Thursday, as it seeks to collect data for future..
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Phoenix delays airport ride-hailing fee hike as Arizona court weighs in

The U.S. city of Phoenix will delay a planned fee hike for pickup and dropoff ride-hailing services at its Sky Harbor International Airport over which Uber Technologies Inc had threatened to leave,..
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In California: Is your Uber driver going to start charging you more?

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Uber driver goes great lengths to make you smile

He's not kidding when he says, "Ready for the best Uber ride of your life?" Just watching him from afar has made our day.  
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Uber tests feature allowing some California drivers to set fares

Uber Technologies Inc on Tuesday said it is testing a feature that allows some drivers in California to set their own fares, hoping the change will help it show that its drivers are independent..
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Los Angeles Rethinks Taxis as Uber and Lyft Dominate the Streets

The cab business is down 75 percent in less than a decade. The plan is to make taxis a lot more like their app-hailed rivals.
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Uber, Florida officials huddle to combat human trafficking ahead of Super Bowl 2020

Florida's attorney general, Uber, Lyft and other groups are using education to combat human trafficking at the next month's Super Bowl in Miami.  
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Uber stops upfront ride pricing in response to California worker law

Uber Technologies Inc on Wednesday informed its California customers that it would switch to providing estimates as opposed to fixed prices for its rides in response to a new law that makes it harder..
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The Biggest California Stories in 2019

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In win for Uber, Lyft, judge strikes down New York City's cruising cap

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U.S. lawmaker says Uber must take action after disclosing sexual assault reports

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