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50,000 Uber Drivers Had Their Personal Data Compromised

Uber’s driver database was accessed by an unknown third party, compromising the personal information of about 50,000 drivers. So far there have been no reports of unauthorised use of the information.


Uber Wants To Create 20,000 Jobs In The Australian Economy, But What Sort Of Jobs Are They?

If you’re a subscriber to Uber in Australia, you received a curious email yesterday. “Uber creating 20,000 new jobs in Australia in 2015″ was the subject, and the crux of the missive was to tell subscribers that despite what they may have heard from incumbent operators, Uber is doing good things for the economy. So what are these 20,000 new jobs Uber wants to create in Australia, and can it pull it off? The devil, as always, is in the detail.


'Uber For Helicopters' Is Gross, Absurd, And I Want To Use It Every Day

Helicopter rides are fun and fast; and ridesharing apps are booming. These are the core ideas behind Gotham Air, a helicopter rideshare service that promises to get you from helipad to airport in six minutes. Do you need it? Definitely not. Is it amazing? We tried it — and yes, it absolutely is.


Cute Animals Are The New Battleground For Uber And The Taxi Industry

Uber is at war with the taxi industry. Between citizen’s arrests, State Government raids and massive fines, the ride-sharing service has bent noses out of shape all over Australia. The war for our streets between the multi-billion dollar app giant and the local taxi industry monolith is now taking a turn for the adorable (and the ridiculous). The weapons are adorable animals, and the objective is to win hearts and minds. Welcome to the world’s most transparent PR war for Australia’s transportation dollar.


Uber Australia Is Delivering Kittens For You To Love And Hold Today In Six Different Cities

Get ready for an app-based explosion of adorable today: Uber is bringing #UBERKITTENS to Australia! You get a kitten delivered to your office or home to play with. One that you can love and hold and pat and play with and OH GOD I WANT ONE.


Report: Uber Is Building A Robotics Factory For Self-Driving Cars

Uber, which is notorious for more or less ignoring its drivers’ needs already, is apparently looking to one-day cut out the middleman entirely. According to a report from TechCrunch, the on-demand car service is building a robotics research lab to “kickstart autonomous taxi fleet development”. Because at least robots won’t get all uppity about sketchy loans and unfair wages.


Uber Is Punishing Drivers For Following The Law 

Uber drivers attempting to follow the law are getting screwed by Uber in California. A Buzzfeed investigation revealed that Uber suspended at least 12 drivers last month for properly registering their cars as commercial vehicles. To get their jobs back, Uber said the drivers had to re-register the cars as personal vehicles, which is a clear violation of DMV rules.


The Rise And Rise Of Uber In Australia

Uber launched in Australia 2 years ago, in October 2012. If you haven’t heard of it, here’s a quick recap. Uber is a car ride-sharing service backed by Google – it allows you use its app to catch a ride from one of its drivers. Just about anyone with a car can be a driver – not just taxis, but also serviced cars and even ordinary people (like this). The benefit for the average person is simple. Because drivers don’t need to pay for expensive taxi licenses, Uber rides are generally cheaper than taxis (or so they claim).


NYC Taxi Medallion Prices Have Fallen Almost 25% Since Last Year

The New York Times’ Upshot blog reports that regular New York City taxi medallion prices have fallen about 23 per cent since last year’s peak. A medallion now sets taxi drivers back about $US805,000. Why are prices plunging? Uber. Well, probably.


The Best Times To Find An Uber Tonight

Last New Year’s Eve, I ordered an Uber car from the Sydney casino not long after midnight and it arrived in minutes (to the amazement of my tipsy friends). But the service is much more popular now, and will be tonight — surge pricing be damned. Interestingly, Uber Australia has posted this graph of expected NYE demand. These are the best times to ride tonight.