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Uber’s Hacking Mess Is Another Setback To A Turnaround Effort

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THE appointment of Dara Khosrowshahi as head of Uber Technologies Inc this summer was supposed to mark the beginning of a new chapter. The company had been racing from one disaster to the next, leading to boycotts, lawsuits, criminal probes, an executive exodus and an investor-led mutiny against the co-founder. Somehow, the new chief executive…

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Ex-Sabah Minister Allegedly Threatens Uber Driver With Gun

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KOTA KINABALU – A former Sabah minister during the Berjaya era is said to have threatened an Uber driver with words and a gun after allegedly banging into the driver’s car from behind. The former minister was said to have tried driving off following the ‘accident’, but the Uber driver identified as Chin Wong Seng,…

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Uber Loses Employment Rights Case In Britain

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  LONDON: US ride-hailing company Uber on Friday lost its appeal against a landmark court ruling in Britain that would give drivers the right to paid holidays and the national minimum wage. The London employment tribunal upheld an October 2016 judgment in a case that is being closely watched for the wider implications for Britain’s…

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Ridesharing Helps Reduce Traffic Congestion

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KUALA LUMPUR – Traffic congestion in the capital can be reduced by 91 per cent by adopting ridesharing services to their full potential, according to a Boston Consulting Group’s (BCG) study commissioned by Uber. Uber Malaysia & Singapore General Manager Warren Tseng said the study was part of Uber’s #UnlockingCities Campaign which sought to empirically…

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Portland Probe Finds Uber Used Software To Evade 16 Govt Officials

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A sweeping investigation by the city of Portland, Oregon, found that Uber Technologies Inc used a software tool to intentionally evade 16 government officials whose job it was to regulate the ride-services company, city officials said. When Uber began operating in Portland in December 2014, it did not have any permits, so it used a…

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Rent Proton For RM45 Daily For Uber Service

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KUALA LUMPUR – Those seeking to generate their own income can now apply to be a Uber driver by renting Proton cars from just RM45 a day. Called the Quick Ride, the service follows the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the e-hailing service provider, national automaker Proton and Quick Ride Sdn Bhd,…

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SPAD-Uber Discussions On Best Ways To Ensure Passengers’ Safety And Comfort

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KUCHING – The Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) and Uber are discussing on the best measures to take to ensure the safety and comfort of users of this taxi service. Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri today said the department took note of the recent robbery committed by a Uber driver…

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Uber And Careem Banned From Airport Pickups In Saudi Arabia

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RIYADH: Drivers from ride-hailing services Uber and Careem are barred from picking up passengers from Saudi Arabia’s airports, Al Madina newspaper reported, quoting a spokesman from the kingdom’s General Directorate of Traffic. Traffic authorities would punish any violators found transporting passengers on airport grounds, Colonel Tareq Al-Rubaiaan was quoted as saying. Airport regulations have long…

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Singapore Rattles Sharing Economy With Rule Change For Airbnb, Uber

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SINGAPORE: Singapore, a keen early adopter of the sharing economy, has fired a warning shot across the bow of Airbnb and Uber with tighter rules that could shake up their business models and growth ambitions in Asia. The rules, some say, are a sign that even governments sympathetic to companies that allow citizens to rent…

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Uber Driver In KK Denies Flashing Housewife

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KOTA KINABALU – A 35-year-old Uber driver, who is alleged to have flashed his private parts while ferrying a housewife and her child, has lodged a counter report denying the claims. Kota Kinabalu police chief Asst Comm M. Chandra said that the suspect had denied flashing or fondling his private parts while driving the 25-year-old…

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Uber CEO Quits Trump’s Business Advisory Group

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SAN FRANCISCO: Uber Technologies Inc chief executive officer Travis Kalanick quit President Donald Trump’s business advisory group on Thursday amid mounting pressure from activists and employees who oppose the administration’s immigration policies. Critics included Uber drivers, many of whom are immigrants themselves. “Joining the group was not meant to be an endorsement of the president…

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Uber Lost More Than US$800mil In Third Quarter 2016: Bloomberg

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Privately held ride-hailing company Uber Technologies Inc lost more than US$800mil (RM3.58bil) in the third quarter, Bloomberg reported. The company’s US$800mil (RM3.58bil) in losses did not include its operations in China, Bloomberg said, citing a person it said was familiar with the matter. In the previous quarter the company’s loss significantly exceeded US$800mil (RM3.58bil), including…

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Uber Launched In Congested Bangladesh

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DHAKA: Uber launched its on-demand car ride services in the perennially jammed Bangladeshi capital Dhaka on Nov 22, saying it would help reduce congestion in one of the world’s largest metropolises. Dhaka is the 33rd city in South Asia where the smartphone taxi app is now available. The city’s first Uber ride was made by…

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Uber Tech Confirms KWAP’s Investment

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KUALA LUMPUR: Uber Technologies Inc has confirmed it received an investment from Kumpulan Wang Persaraan (Diperbadankan) (KWAP), Malaysia’s public-sector pension fund. Uber’s chief executive officer (CEO)/co-founder, Travis Kalanick, said the company was delighted about the investment from one of the biggest pension funds in South-East Asia. “Malaysia has demonstrated its forward-looking position in embracing new…

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Uber And Grabcar Platform To Be Taxed?

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Finance Ministry has no plans to tax Uber and Grabcar drivers but is looking at taxation on the service platform. Second Finance Minister Datuk Johari Abdul Ghani said this was because the Uber and Grabcar application platform raked in millions of ringgit in profits from their operations in the country. “We (ministry)…

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Big Blue Founder To Support Parti Pribumi If Uber, GrabCar Allowed

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KUALA LUMPUR: Big Blue Taxi Services founder Datuk Shamsubahrin Ismail (pic) has threatened to throw his weight behind Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia if the Cabinet does not review the decision to allow e-hailing services Uber and GrabCar. “For me, it’s no go. We will fight all the way and will support Parti Pribumi and (Tan…

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Uber-Cool Ex-Minister

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PETALING JAYA – Tan Sri Abdul Wahid Omar has found a new part-time job – literally – driving for Uber, the ride-sharing app that is gaining popularity here and worldwide. Pictures of the former Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department and a passenger have been making their rounds on social network with many praising him…

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Cabbies Confront Ride-Sharing (Uber And Grab) Drivers

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  GEORGE TOWN – Some 50 Penang taxi drivers caused a ruckus near the Queen Victoria Memorial Clock Tower in Jalan Tun Syed Sheh Barakbah here when they blocked at least three cars whom they believed were Uber and Grab (ride-sharing services) vehicles. The group was quite aggressive as they grabbed a handphone belonging to…

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Taxi Drivers In Hungary Demand Uber To Be Shut Down

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BUDAPEST: Taxi drivers in Hungary’s capital demonstrated on Jan 18 against ride-hailing service Uber, whose growing popularity they find unpalatable amid new regulations setting a fixed tariff for traditional taxi firms that is higher than Uber’s. Taxis blocked a major road crossing in central Budapest and drove around in city streets blocking much of the…

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