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Anthony Levandowski, the controversial former Google engineer at the center of the major lawsuit between Uber and Waymo over trade secrets last year, is the subject of a new extensive, scathing, head-spinning story featured in this month’s New Yorker. One of the many incredible details is an alleged crash where Levandowski took a self-driving car where it wasn’t meant to go, resulting in a Google exec getting severely injured.

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has said that he’ll pull out of a conference in Saudi Arabia called the Future Investment Initiative. The conference, known informally as Davos in the Desert, has become a focal point for people upset about the October 2 disappearance of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, believed to have been murdered in the Saudi consulate in Turkey at the behest of the Saudi government.

Uber announced it was “getting serious about safety” in April — just shy of a decade since Uber was founded — and pointed to a number of forthcoming features that would support that declaration.

On Wednesday, CEO Dara Khosrowshahi asserted in a blog post that the company was “raising the bar on safety” with another round of new safety updates. Unfortunately, it looks as though Australians might not be able to enjoy them.

Uber wasn't a thing back in the 80s. Heck, it wasn't a thing before 2009. But with the magic of the internet, we can imagine what it was like... if you had to install Uber via DOS and type a bunch of crap via text prompts.

UberPool has been live in Sydney for awhile now, and it launched in Melbourne back in June. But I hadn't actually tried it until recently. This is mostly because of surge pricing and some not-great experiences in the past, so I was disillusioned with the company.

Also, I'm a weird loner whose anxiety flares up at the prospect of making potential small talk with presumably normal people.

But then I saw how cheap it was and decided to take a punt...

As an Uber driver, you have to deal with low wages, an uncertain future, and the possibility of getting yelled at by the company’s billionaire founder. There’s also the more common issue of drunk people puking in your back seat. But a news report claims passengers in Miami are getting hit with fees even after they kept their puke to themselves, a practice called “vomit fraud”.

Earlier this week, ridesharing giant Uber's Chief People Officer Liane Hornsey resigned under allegations that she systematically shot down internal complaints about racial discrimination within the company — indicating at least some prior concerns about a toxic company culture of wild abandon during the tenure of former CEO Travis Kalanick have continued under his successor, Dara Khosrowshahi.