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Hyperloop founder goes on immediate leave following sexual assault 'smear campaign'

The co-founder of tube-traveling startup Hyperloop One and a key Uber investor has left the company effective immediately following allegations of sexual assault. Shervin Pishevar said in a statement on Tuesday that he had decided to "take an immediate leave of absence from my duties" in order to pursue a lawsuit that he filed …

Denied: Uber's request to skip to UK Supreme Court to appeal workers' rights

Uber’s request to leapfrog the Court of Appeals and go straight to the UK Supreme Court in its bid to appeal a decision on workers’ rights, has been knocked back. The private taxi app biz had wanted to skip the Court of Appeals and have its case heard in front of the higher court, but its application has been denied. It’s the …
Rebecca Hill, 5 Dec 2017
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Uber hack: EU data protection bods launch taskforce

The European Union’s group of data protection watchdogs has launched a taskforce into the Uber data breach that affected 57 million users worldwide. The Article 29 Working Party discussed the breach, which took place in October 2016 but was only revealed last week, at its November plenary meeting yesterday. The taskforce will …
Rebecca Hill, 30 Nov 2017

We go live to the Uber-Waymo court battle... You are not going to believe this. The judge certainly doesn't

Uber caught one of its employees trying to steal documents and save them to his personal computer. He resigned. And then Uber paid him $2m. And hired him back for a year as a consultant for $1m, offering a $1.5m end-of-contract payoff. And paid his lawyer $3m. If that sounds highly improbable to you, you are not alone. Judge …
Kieren McCarthy, 29 Nov 2017

Uber says 2.7 MEEELLION(ish) UK users affected by hack

Uber has finally come up with a figure for the number of UK-based riders and drivers affected by its massive data breach: 2.7 million. The taxi hire firm has been slammed by regulators around the world for keeping the hack, which happened in October 2016, quiet for the best part of a year. To make matters worse, when it …
Rebecca Hill, 29 Nov 2017
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Uber hack coverup: Your next US state lawsuit arrives in four minutes

Challenged on Monday by US senators to explain its failure to report that it had allowed hackers to grab records on 57 million customers and drivers and then paid hush money in an attempted year-long coverup, Uber has been presented with its second state-backed lawsuit for not alerting authorities to the pilfering. The first …
Thomas Claburn, 29 Nov 2017

Judge stalls Uber trade-secret theft trial after learning upstart 'ran a trade-secret stealing op'

A judge today delayed the start of a trade-secret theft case against Uber – after evidence suggesting the upstart operated a secret trade-secret-stealing unit was revealed at the last minute. US district judge William Alsup said it would be a "huge injustice" for the trial to start as scheduled next week, after he was sent a …
Kieren McCarthy, 28 Nov 2017
Uber office in San Francisco

Uber, quit shoveling money into the fire for one second and explain that hack – US senators

Five US senators on Monday asked ersatz taxi biz and lawsuit magnet Uber to provide more details about how it allowed hackers in 2016 to pilfer personal information for 57 million customers and drivers. The data theft, revealed last week and not to be confused with a May 2014 security blunder, led to a $100,000 bung to the …
Thomas Claburn, 28 Nov 2017
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Russian regulator says да to Uber/Yandex merger

The Federal Antimonopoly Service of the Russian Federation has given its approval to the combination of Uber's services with those of local Google analog Yandex. The merger was floated in July 2017, with Uber saying the merger would be good for all parties. And well it may: Russian economic policy favours local – and …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Nov 2017
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EU's data protection bods join the party to investigate Uber breach

The massive Uber data breach will be discussed by the European Union's data protection authorities next week. The group, known as the Article 29 Working Party, is meeting on November 28-29 and has put the hack, which affected 57 million users, high on its agenda. A spokeswoman for the group, which is chaired by Isabelle …
Rebecca Hill, 24 Nov 2017
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You're such a goober, Uber: UK regulators blast hushed breach

Brit regulators, security agencies and MPs have slammed Uber for covering up the massive data breach of 57 million customer and driver records. The company – already in hot water in London for its failure to toe the regulatory lines required of a taxi firm – has been widely condemned for concealing the 2016 breach. The UK's …
Rebecca Hill, 22 Nov 2017

Uber: Hackers stole 57m passengers, drivers' info. We also bribed the thieves $100k to STFU

Uber's CEO Dara Khosrowshahi today revealed hackers broke into the ride-hailing app's databases and stole personal information on 57 million passengers and drivers – information including names, email addresses, and phone numbers. And the cyber-thieves made off with 600,000 US driver records that included their license numbers …
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Uber slapped with $9m fine for letting dodgy drivers pick up punters

Colorado watchdogs today hit Uber subsidiary Rasier with an $8.9m fine for allowing drivers with felony convictions and/or major moving violations to pick up folks using the ride-hailing app. Rasier is the part of Uber that contracts with drivers. The US state's Public Utilities Commission (PUC) identified 57 Uber drivers …
Thomas Claburn, 20 Nov 2017
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MPs draft bill to close loopholes used by 'sharing economy' employers

A draft UK law bill intended to close loopholes in so-called "gig economy" employment practices has been published today by Parliament's Work and Pensions and Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committees. The joint report and draft bill is intended to address the use bogus "self-employment" status as a route to …
Kat Hall, 20 Nov 2017
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Uber sued over alleged rapes as #MeToo web rally reveals more sex assault claims

Two unnamed women allegedly raped by Uber drivers sued the transit app biz today for sexual assault and unlawful business practices. The complaint, filed in a US district court in San Francisco, California, today seeks damages, stricter screening for drivers, insurance coverage for riders, and disclosure of the number of …
Thomas Claburn, 14 Nov 2017
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Softbank gets Uber A-OK for $9 BEEELLION investment cash splurge

Cash-flinging Japanese tech firm Softbank will sink up to ten billion dollars into Uber, following a vote of approval by the taxi app's board. In addition to the direct purchase of $1bn Uber shares, Softbank also wants to buy out other investors' shares up to a total of $9bn, according to financial newswire Bloomberg. …
Gareth Corfield, 13 Nov 2017
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Ride-share upstart 'Fasten' revealed as Hive of insecurity

Boston-based ride-hailing hopeful Fasten has coughed to a million-customer data breach that happened because someone left a database lying around unsecured. The breach was turned up by cloud-crowd Kromtech, whose Bob Diachenko wrote late last week that the company had a misconfigured Apache Hive database exposed on the …
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Uber loses appeal against employment rights for workers

Taxi firm Uber has today lost its appeal against a ruling that its drivers should be classed as workers rather than self-employed. In October 2016, the Central London Employment Tribunal ruled that two Uber drivers, James Farrar and Yaseen Aslam, were Uber staff and entitled to holiday pay, paid rest breaks and the minimum …
Kat Hall, 10 Nov 2017

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