The Amazonification of Uber • ZebethMedia

It’s been six months since Uber hosted Go, Get, a global smorgasbord of product reveals and features that covered everything from booking party buses and voice ordering for Uber Eats to linking travel plans to Gmail and skipping the food lines at sports stadiums. The product reveals aren’t just about creating new revenue streams or […]

Uber withdraws petition to annul new ride-hailing regulations in Kenya • ZebethMedia

Uber has applied to withdraw a petition in Kenya challenging the new ride-hailing regulations that capped commissions at 18%, and required taxi apps operating to acquire licenses. Coulson Harney, the law firm representing Uber, filed the notice of withdrawal bringing to an end its push to have the new digital ride-hailing regulations annulled. “Take notice […]

Loop lassos ex-Uber talent and money to finally fix freight invoicing • ZebethMedia

Matt McKinney was a data science manager at Uber, helping launch Uber Freight, along with software engineer Shaosu Liu. One of the main problems the pair saw there was that while they were able to grow the top line, they found it difficult to grow the bottom line because they were “losing a bunch of […]

Uber tests push notifications, a feature literally no one wants • ZebethMedia

Uber recently launched its new advertising division and in-app ads. Apparently, those ads aren’t staying within the app. Instead, ads from other companies are being sent out as push notifications, much to the chagrin of some Uber users. Over the weekend, people turned to Twitter to complain about the notifications, sharing screenshots of ads, including […]

Uber to freeze fake rider account names, pilot front-facing video recording • ZebethMedia

Uber is releasing a suite of new safety features geared towards the driver, including freezing fake rider account names and piloting a front-facing video recording tool to replace a driver’s dashcam. The safety features follow a feedback period from drivers that Uber began this summer. It looks like drivers have been having a hard time […]

New Zealand Uber drivers win case declaring them employees • ZebethMedia

A group of Uber drivers in New Zealand won a landmark case Tuesday against the ride-hail company which will force Uber to treat them as employees, rather than independent contractors. New Zealand’s employment court decision only applies to four drivers who were part of a class action lawsuit filed last July, but the ruling may […]

Uber pilots electric cab offering in India • ZebethMedia

Uber has started offering electric vehicles to customers in certain parts of the Delhi-NCR region and says it will be expanding its efforts over the coming months. The electric cabs are currently only available for pre-scheduled trips. “As the leading mobility app in India, we are committed to supporting the Indian government’s emission goals. Expect […]

Uber scales back in Pakistan • ZebethMedia

Uber is scaling back its operations in Pakistan, the latest in a series of efforts from the ride-hailing firm as it looks to improve its financial performance. The company says its marquee app is ceasing operations in five of the six cities where Uber had launched and expanded to over the years. The eponymous service […]

Federal gig worker proposal tanks Uber, Lyft and DoorDash stocks • ZebethMedia

The stock prices of Uber, Lyft and DoorDash slid on Tuesday after the Department of Labor announced proposed changes to how workers should be classified. The prospective guidance is intended to “combat employee misclassification,” the federal agency said. Investors swiftly drove Uber’s share price down by more than 10% to $24.61, while Lyft’s tanked more […]

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