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UPDATED: Wed., April 8, 2020

Virus outbreak delivers tech darlings a harsh reality check

Just as the coronavirus outbreak has boxed in society, it’s also squeezed high-flying tech companies reliant on people’s freedom to move around and get together.

Uber doesn’t have a license to operate in Spokane, but hundreds of its drivers do

Hundreds of drivers are licensed to drive for Uber in Spokane, but the company itself is not.

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 7, 2020

Uber to let riders use PIN codes to help identify right car

Uber is offering riders a four-digit PIN code to help ensure they’re getting into the right car.

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 24, 2019

Former Uber CEO Kalanick to resign from company’s board

Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is severing ties with the ride-hailing company he co-founded a decade ago after a series of scandals that ultimately led to his downfall.

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 19, 2019

Uber, Lyft to stop Phoenix airport trips over higher fees

Uber and Lyft said they will make good on their threats to stop taking customers to and from the airport in the nation’s fifth-largest city, creating confusion next year for …

Uber loses $1.5 billion in value after reporting thousands of sexual assaults in its rides

Uber’s stock market value fell by as much as $1.5 billion Friday as investors turned against the ride-hailing giant after it said more than 3,000 sexual assaults took place during …

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 5, 2019

Uber reports more than 3,000 sexual assaults on 2018 rides

Uber acknowledged more than 3,000 sexual assaults were reported during U.S. Uber rides in 2018.

UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 25, 2019

Uber loses license in London over safety, vows to appeal

London’s transit authority on Monday refused to renew Uber’s operating license over concerns about impostor drivers, with the ride-hailing company vowing to appeal the decision as it struggles to secure …

Uber to let users record audio of rides in Brazil, Mexico

Uber is planning to let passengers and drivers record audio of rides in Brazil and Mexico as part of a pilot and in the hopes of addressing safety concerns.

UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 14, 2019

New Jersey seeks $640M from Uber for misclassifying workers

New Jersey is seeking more than $640 million from Uber in taxes and penalties, saying the ride-hailing company misclassified its drivers as independent contractors.

UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 11, 2019

Uber CEO walks back comment on Saudi writer’s slaying

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi is being criticized for calling the murder of a Washington Post columnist “a mistake” and comparing it to the death of a pedestrian struck by one …

Bill giving protections to Uber drivers, others moves ahead

California lawmakers have sent the governor a bill that would give new wage and benefit protections to workers at so-called gig economy companies such as Uber and Lyft.

Ex-Google worker charged with stealing secrets sold to Uber

A former Google engineer was charged Tuesday with stealing closely guarded secrets that he later sold to Uber as the ride-hailing service scrambled to catch up in the high-stakes race …

UPDATED: Mon., July 29, 2019

Uber lays off 400 employees from global marketing team

Uber is laying off 400 employees in marketing, about a quarter of the marketing team’s global workforce of 1,200 people.

UPDATED: Tue., July 9, 2019

Uber offers riders more legroom, less chatting at a price

Uber passengers can now get a more spacious ride and a less talkative driver – if they’re willing to shell out a few extra dollars.

Facebook’s currency Libra faces financial, privacy pushback

Facebook is getting a taste of the regulatory pushback it will face as it creates a new digital currency with corporate partners.

UPDATED: Wed., June 12, 2019

Uber tests drone food delivery, launches new autonomous SUV

Uber is testing restaurant food deliveries by drone.

Robert B. Reich: Gig work is great – for the employers

Uber just filed its first quarterly report as a publicly traded company. Although the company lost $1 billion, investors may still do well because the losses appear to be declining. …

UPDATED: Wed., May 29, 2019

Uber to boot riders from app if they repeatedly misbehave

Uber passengers who habitually leave their trash behind and disrespect their drivers may soon get the boot.

Report: Many Uber, Lyft drivers fail to respond to recalls

One out of six Uber and Lyft drivers in the New York City and Seattle areas are driving vehicles with outstanding recalls.

UPDATED: Fri., May 10, 2019

Uber’s hyped-up IPO hits a few potholes on its first day

After much hype leading up to the largest initial public offering in five years, Uber hit a few potholes on its first day of trading, closing down 8% and reflecting …

UPDATED: Wed., May 8, 2019

Uber, Lyft drivers protest across the U.S., overseas

Some drivers for ride-hailing giants Uber and Lyft turned off their apps Wednesday to protest what they say are declining wages at a time when both companies are raking in …

Uber riders can buy transit tickets on app for Denver

Riders in Denver will soon be able to buy tickets for public transportation using the Uber app, the latest step on the ride-hailing company’s mission to become a one-stop shop …

Uber looks to raise up to $9B in initial public offering

Ride-hailing giant Uber is aiming to raise $9 billion in its mammoth public stock offering that, while smaller than initially expected, still dwarfs most stock market debuts.

UPDATED: Tue., April 23, 2019

Seattle-area ride-hail driver charged with sexual assaults

A Seattle-area ride-hail driver is facing criminal charges following the sexual assault of passengers, authorities said.

UPDATED: Fri., April 19, 2019

Toyota, SoftBank fund, Denso invest $1 billion in Uber

Japan’s top automaker Toyota, auto parts maker Denso and internet company SoftBank’s investment fund are investing $1 billion in car-sharing Uber’s technology unit.

UPDATED: Thu., April 18, 2019

Uber rolls out feature urging riders to ‘check your ride’

Uber is releasing a new feature to help riders ensure they’re getting into the right vehicles.

UPDATED: Tue., April 9, 2019

Retailers try to lure customers with free Uber rides

While shoppers are getting everything from morning coffee to complete work wardrobes delivered to their homes, some businesses are working with ride-hailing company Uber to entice customers back through their …

Uber acquires Mideast competitor Careem for $3.1 billion

Ride-hailing service Uber announced on Tuesday it has acquired Mideast competitor Careem for $3.1 billion, giving the San Francisco-based firm the commanding edge in a region with a large, young, …

Michigan man pleads guilty to 6 murders in 2016

A man charged with killing six strangers between picking up rides for Uber pleaded guilty to murder on Monday in Michigan.