In a damning letter released today, a former Uber employee, Richard Jacobs, claims that the company engaged in several illegal practices, including hacking, trade secret theft and surveillance - all in an effort to emerge at the top of the competitive ride-hailing market.
It's no exaggeration to say map apps like Google Maps and Apple Maps have transformed the way we get from A to B, replacing paper maps, guesswork, and friendly strangers with the power of our smartphones. But if you're using these apps in default mode, you may not be getting to your destination as quickly as possible - here are some tips to change that.
For years, Uber systemically scraped data from competing ride-hailing companies all over the world, harvesting information about their technology, drivers, and executives. Uber gathered information from these firms using automated collection systems that ran constantly, amassing millions of records, and sometimes conducted physical surveillance to complement its data collection.
Modded scooters cracking the 100km/h mark and faster isn't a new phenomenon. But we don't often get to see someone stupid enough to ride a hot-rodded mobility scooter on regular roads and record it at the same time. Today, I present exhibit A.
Rental cars have hard lives full of frequent abuse from hoons and careless drivers alike, but Mercedes-Benz's parent company Daimler apparently took it to a whole new level. According to a report in Germany's Der Spiegel, Daimler rented a Tesla Model X to test and dismantle for research purposes. Not purchased -rented.
Uber recently revealed that hackers stole data on 57 million passengers and drivers in October 2016, and instead of warning consumers about the breach, the company paid the hackers to stay quiet.
The maiden voyage of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket will have some interesting cargo, Elon Musk revealed on Twitter. Musk's own cherry red Tesla Roadster playing "Space Oddity" over its stereo system will be aboard the rocket with its final destination being Mars' orbit.
Just kidding! He made it all up.
In Elon Musk's version of a high-wire juggling act, there's a new semi to build, a new Roadster, the Model Y, a Hyperloop system on the US east coast, tunnels in LA, a space company to run, and 450,000 orders for the Model 3 to fulfil. On Wednesday, the Tesla CEO added another item to the list: a new high-speed transit system to connect the City of Chicago with O'Hare Airport. Why not.
California regulators have shot down what appeared to have been a very ill-advised plan to let self-driving car manufacturers dodge liability for crashes if the cars weren't maintained to industry-written specifications, the Associated Press reported. No such maintenance requirements exist for standard human-driven vehicles, and the California Department of Motor Vehicles was only considering the proposal after it was suggested by General Motors.
Uber has confirmed that data for about 2.7 million customers in the United Kingdom was stolen in the 2016 breach that affected at least 57 million people worldwide. Reports revealed last week that Uber tried to keep the hack secret for more than a year, and even paid the hackers $US100,000 to delete the information and stay mum about the whole mess.
The drama surrounding an explosive letter written by former Uber employee Richard Jacobs keeps heating up, with Uber executives testifying in court today to try to undermine it.