Uber has rightfully taken heat for its past privacy overreaches: Tracking riders after they get dropped off, tracking Lyft drivers, tracking and circumventing law enforcement, tracking critical journalists. A lot of tracking in situations where people expected not to be tracked!
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Earlier this year, hundreds of companies began to publicly flee participation in the alt-right website Breitbart's marketing network. One of those companies was Uber. But in a new lawsuit, Uber claims that its contracted advertising agency fraudulently continued to place ads on Breitbart, and the case seems poised to rock the seedy world of digital ads.
In August, the US Department of Justice reportedly launched a preliminary investigation into Uber to look into whether the ride-sharing service violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. An Uber spokesperson told the Wall Street Journal that the company was cooperating with the investigation, and a new report indicates that Uber has already dug up some shady dealings on its own.
In March, The New York Times revealed that Uber was evading and deceiving law enforcement officials in a number of cities through an internal software program called Greyball. The program goes to alarming lengths of surveillance to sidestep regulators, and an investigation by the city of Portland reveals how it was used to circumvent government officials there.
Waymo, the self-driving car company spun out of Google, just scored a major win in its ongoing legal battle against Uber. Waymo is suing the ride-hailing company, claiming that a former Waymo employee stole trade secrets about its autonomous vehicle technology and took them to Uber, where Uber then incorporated them into its own cars.
Less than a week into the new job and Uber's new CEO faces yet another federal investigation into the company. Sounds like hell. It is. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has launched a probe into secret software Uber used between 2014 and 2016 that was internally referred to as "Hell", The Wall Street Journal reported. The program could reportedly track Lyft drivers and was allegedly used to lure drivers back to Uber that were working for both the company as well as its competitor.
Holden's muscling in on the increasing popularity of ride-sharing and gig economy opportunities like Uber and UberEats by going straight to the source — the drivers themselves. It's set up an all-inclusive rental for its brand new cars for gig economy drivers, with flat rates starting at a couple of hundred bucks a week.
Uber held an all-hands meeting today to welcome its new CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi. The new hire was joined by board member Arianna Huffington and former CEO Travis Kalanick in what was mostly a drama-free induction of the new leader to the company — a company that Khosrowshahi claims he will take public in as few as 18 months.
Uber had an eventful weekend. When Jeff Immelt, former CEO of GE, pulled out of the running for the position of new CEO at the ride sharing startup, it looked like it would be back to the drawing board for the company's directors. But within a matter of hours, Dara Khosrowshahi, head of Expedia, pulled off a last minute victory in the contentious battle to run Silicon Valley's most troubled company.
Uber's board was widely expected to be prepared for a vote finalising its punishing search for a new CEO to replace Travis Kalanick, who resigned earlier this year amid a storm of allegations he oversaw a widespread culture of sexual harassment.
As Uber and Waymo frantically prepare for the October trial over self-driving technology, we're getting more and more insight into what went on in the months leading up to Uber's $US680 million ($860 million) acquisition of the autonomous trucking startup Otto. Text messages between Otto co-founder Anthony Levandowski and former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, as well as a deposition with Kalanick, were made public recently and shed light on how the pair bonded before officially going into business together.
Uber is closing in on a pick to replace its former CEO Travis Kalanick, who departed the ride-hailing giant under a storm of allegations he tolerated a widespread culture of sexual harassment and mistreated drivers.