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UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 13, 2017, 8:18 p.m.

Uber seals multibillion-dollar investment from Softbank

Japanese technology conglomerate SoftBank has reached a deal with Uber to invest billions in the ride-hailing giant.


Unable to beat them, cabbies join Uber and Lyft in ride sharing

Taxi companies across the U.S. waged a bitter, high-profile battle to keep Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. from bringing the sharing economy to cabs. Now the cabbies are adopting …


U.K. panel rules Uber drivers have rights on wages, time off

Uber lost the latest round in the battle over its operating model Friday, when a British panel ruled that the company’s drivers are workers, not independent contractors, in a decision …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 8, 2017, 6:37 p.m.

Uber says it will bring its flying taxis to Los Angeles in 2020

In just over two years, Uber says it will let commuters soar over Los Angeles’ snarled traffic in flying taxis.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 6, 2017, 5:50 p.m.

Uber tackles sex assault problem by pledging $5M to training

Uber is pledging $5 million over the next five years to seven organizations that work to prevent sexual assaults, a move aimed at helping the ride-hailing service combat its own …


Uber rides into credit card market with no-fee card

Ride-hailing giant Uber on Wednesday unveiled a new no-fee, co-branded credit card with British bank Barclays that it hopes becomes a major part of consumers’ everyday spending habit.


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 22, 2017, 10:28 p.m.

Uber, Lyft put pressure on local taxis

There have been mixed reactions from local taxi companies to the news of ride-hailing services Uber and Lyft beginning operations in Pullman. Uber and Lyft, which allow people to hail …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 19, 2017, 6:19 p.m.

Google parent leads $1B Lyft investment, deepening Uber rift

Google’s parent company is throwing its financial support behind ride-hailing service Lyft, deepening its rift with market leader Uber.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 30, 2017, 9:41 p.m.

Uber, Lyft launch in Pullman after rocky start

Two weeks after the Pullman City Council amended its taxicab licensing code to fit background check requirements of “transportation network companies,” ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft officially launched Friday morning …


Uber gets the green light in Pullman

The ride-hailing company Uber may now operate its business in Pullman without requiring its drivers to provide fingerprints after the Pullman City Council amended its taxicab licensing code at its …


Court blocks Seattle law letting Uber, Lyft drivers unionize

A federal appeals court has temporarily blocked Seattle’s first-in-the-nation law allowing drivers of ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft to unionize over pay and working conditions.


Sources: Feds probe Uber’s tracking of Lyft drivers

The Justice Department in Manhattan is investigating whether Uber illegally used software to track drivers for Lyft, its main ride-hailing competitor, to gain an advantage in attracting and recruiting drivers, …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 31, 2017, 2:20 p.m.

Uber offers free ice cream

From 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Spokane Uber users can order free ice cream from The Scoop.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 30, 2017, 7:07 p.m.

Former Expedia CEO takes helm of Uber on Wednesday

New Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi will begin work with an employee meeting Wednesday morning at the company’s San Francisco headquarters.


UberEATS offers 99-cent delivery for one day only for all Spokane area eaters

Customers who enter the SPOKES99 promo code in the UberEATS app will receive the discount Aug. 29.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 28, 2017, 1:13 p.m.

Expedia confirms CEO Dara Khosrowshahi’s job offer from Uber

Barry Diller, board chairman of the travel booking site, said in a note to employees Monday that he believes Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi intends to take the new post.


Former GE CEO Immelt out of running to lead challenged Uber

Former General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt has taken himself out of the running to lead Uber as the ride-hailing giant seeks to overcome its ethical scandals and turn itself into …


Judge clears way for Seattle rideshare drivers to unionize

For the second time this month, a federal judge has rejected a challenge to Seattle’s first-in-the-nation law allowing drivers of ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft to unionize over …


H&R Block taps former Uber exec to serve as CEO

H&R Block Inc. has named a former Uber executive as its new CEO.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 15, 2017, 11:49 a.m.

Uber settles with FTC over allegations it failed to protect customer data

Uber has agreed to settle accusations by America’s top consumer protection agency that the ride-hailing company failed to protect consumers’ sensitive data, a misstep that allegedly allowed employees to access …


More Uber woes: Exec resigns; investor sues ousted CEO

Uber Technologies Inc. faced a fresh round of turmoil Thursday, with its global operations chief resigning and a major investor suing the ride-hailing company’s former CEO.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 1, 2017, 10:28 a.m.

UberEATS launches food delivery service in the Spokane area

Rideshare giant Uber has partnered with more than 100 local restaurant to launch its UberEATS service in Spokane.


UPDATED: Mon., July 31, 2017, 1:28 p.m.

With Uber in turmoil, Lyft’s ridership surpasses all of 2016

Ride-hailing service Lyft carried more passengers through June this year than it did in all of last year as it capitalized on missteps by Uber.


UPDATED: Mon., July 31, 2017, 4:19 p.m.

Spokane eyes tougher regulations for Uber, Lyft after outcry from cab companies

With no new rules in sight from the state Legislature, Spokane signed contracts with the popular ride-hailing services last week with the promise city laws would be rewritten. Traditional taxi …


Conor Sen: What happens if Uber or Lyft outcompetes public transit?

The brief history of tech-enabled ride-sharing is not really a story about transportation, but a story of clashes with regulators. Uber and Lyft vs. cities and courts. Municipalities have tried …


UPDATED: Thu., July 20, 2017, 7:58 p.m.

Uber, Lyft not putting a dent into parking revenue at Spokane International

Ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft are being welcomed at Spokane International Airport, where parking revenue has remained steady.


UPDATED: Thu., July 13, 2017, 1:18 p.m.

Man charged with killing wife in Uber car pleads not guilty

SEATTLE – A man accused of drunkenly shooting his wife to death during an Uber ride in Seattle pleaded not guilty Thursday to second-degree murder. Cameron Espitia, 31, who is …


UPDATED: Thu., July 13, 2017, 10:54 a.m.

Uber cedes control in Russian market with Yandex merger

Uber is ceding control of the Russian market by agreeing to merge its ride-sharing business in the country with Yandex, the Russian search-engine leader that also runs a popular taxi-booking …


Authorities: Two men raped woman in home after Uber ride from Seattle

Authorities say two men raped an intoxicated woman in her home after sharing an Uber ride from a bar in Seattle.


Seattle police: Man says he doesn’t recall killing wife in Uber car

A man told investigators he didn’t remember shooting and killing his wife inside an Uber employee’s car, saying he had been drinking and “not having a good night” with her …