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Uber responds to report that it tracked users who deleted its app

 Uber tracked former users even after they deleted the app from their iPhones, a practice that eventually earned CEO Travis Kalanick a scolding from Apple chief executive Tim Cook, the New York Times reports. Uber is pushing back on the allegations, saying that the tracking is a common industry practice used to prevent fraud and account compromise. Uber allegedly used a practice called… Read More
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Apple threatened to drop Uber’s app over iPhone tracking (updated)

Uber is no stranger to trouble, but it may have landed in some especially hot water two years ago. New York Times sources claim that Apple CEO Tim Cook held a face-to-face meeting in early 2015 to call out Uber's Travis Kalanick (and threaten to remo...

"In other personal pursuits," the profile reads, "[Kalanick] once held the world’s second-highest score for the Nintendo Wii Tennis video game."

Unfortunately, that's all we get. There's no other detail in the profile to corroborate the claim, and Kalanick's name doesn't appear anywhere on Twin Galaxies, the organization that tracks video game high scores and world records.

The claim apparently goes back to an anecdote from Uber investor Chris Sacca. Back in 2015, the investor noted on Twitter that he'd "never, ever want to compete" with Kalanick. When pressed to expand on that comment, Sacca took to Medium with a story about his dad's failed attempt to beat Kalanick at the Wii Sports minigame. Read more...

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Uber CEO Travis Kalanick claimed he was the 2nd best Wii Tennis player in the world

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Buried deep within the New York Times sprawling profile of Uber CEO and co-founder Travis Kalanick is an unusual detail: he's a record-holding gamer.

"In other personal pursuits," the profile reads, "[Kalanick] once held the world’s second-highest score for the Nintendo Wii Tennis video game."

Unfortunately, that's all we get. There's no other detail in the profile to corroborate the claim, and Kalanick's name doesn't appear anywhere on Twin Galaxies, the organization that tracks video game high scores and world records.

The claim apparently goes back to an anecdote from Uber investor Chris Sacca. Back in 2015, the investor noted on Twitter that he'd "never, ever want to compete" with Kalanick. When pressed to expand on that comment, Sacca took to Medium with a story about his dad's failed attempt to beat Kalanick at the Wii Sports minigame. Read more...

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boy CEO, once had a very uncomfortable confrontation with Apple CEO Tim Cook, who is a grown-up. 

Back in 2015, Uber tried to disguise the fact that the company was secretly tracking iPhones, even if the ride-hailing app had been deleted. 

As a new, oh-so-juicy profile in the New York Times points out, the scheme didn't go over well with Cook. 

Obviously, losing the iPhone market would have been disastrous for Uber, so Kalanick promised to cut it out. 

Before, he had tried to hide the practice—called fingerprinting—by geofencing Apple's headquarters, "a way to digitally identify people reviewing Uber’s software in a specific location. Uber would then obfuscate its code from people within that geofenced area, essentially drawing a digital lasso around those it wanted to keep in the dark." Read more...

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Tim Cook once scolded Uber’s Travis Kalanick into submission

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Travis Kalanick, Silicon Valley's bad boy CEO, once had a very uncomfortable confrontation with Apple CEO Tim Cook, who is a grown-up. 

Back in 2015, Uber tried to disguise the fact that the company was secretly tracking iPhones, even if the ride-hailing app had been deleted. 

As a new, oh-so-juicy profile in the New York Times points out, the scheme didn't go over well with Cook. 

Obviously, losing the iPhone market would have been disastrous for Uber, so Kalanick promised to cut it out. 

Before, he had tried to hide the practice—called fingerprinting—by geofencing Apple's headquarters, "a way to digitally identify people reviewing Uber’s software in a specific location. Uber would then obfuscate its code from people within that geofenced area, essentially drawing a digital lasso around those it wanted to keep in the dark." Read more...

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Waymo says Uber hid a LiDAR device based on its technology

The legal battle Waymo waged against Uber is getting more and more intense, and the Alphabet-owned division is showing no signs of slowing down. It has just accused the ride-hailing company of covering up a trade secret theft in a new set of court of...

The Cupertino-based company was granted a permit by the California DMV to test cars on public roads in April, but the details on just what exactly it had planned were few and far between. We knew the permit applied to three self-driving Lexus RX540h SUVs, but not much more. 

Thanks to documents obtained by Business Insider, we now have a preliminary — emphasis on preliminary — look at how Apple intends to challenge Uber and Google in the race for self-driving dominance.  Read more...

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New documents provide a glimpse into Apple’s self-driving car program

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Apple's secretive self-driving car project just got a little less mysterious. 

The Cupertino-based company was granted a permit by the California DMV to test cars on public roads in April, but the details on just what exactly it had planned were few and far between. We knew the permit applied to three self-driving Lexus RX540h SUVs, but not much more. 

Thanks to documents obtained by Business Insider, we now have a preliminary — emphasis on preliminary — look at how Apple intends to challenge Uber and Google in the race for self-driving dominance.  Read more...

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The Cupertino-based company was granted a permit by the California DMV to test cars on public roads in April, but the details on just what exactly it had planned were few and far between. We knew the permit applied to three self-driving Lexus RX540h SUVs, but not much more. 

Thanks to documents obtained by Business Insider, we now have a preliminary — emphasis on preliminary — look at how Apple intends to challenge Uber and Google in the race for self-driving dominance.  Read more...

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New documents provide a glimpse into Apple’s self-driving car program

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Apple's secretive self-driving car project just got a little less mysterious. 

The Cupertino-based company was granted a permit by the California DMV to test cars on public roads in April, but the details on just what exactly it had planned were few and far between. We knew the permit applied to three self-driving Lexus RX540h SUVs, but not much more. 

Thanks to documents obtained by Business Insider, we now have a preliminary — emphasis on preliminary — look at how Apple intends to challenge Uber and Google in the race for self-driving dominance.  Read more...

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Uber’s head of diversity will be speaking at TC Sessions: Justice

 I’m excited to announce that Bernard Coleman, Uber’s global head of diversity and inclusion, will be speaking in a fireside chat at TC Sessions: Justice, our day-long event about diversity, inclusion and social justice. Coleman joined Uber earlier this year in January, and has had to hit the ground running in light of sexual harassment allegations and the release of Uber’s… Read More
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Uber allows more time for sexism probe, expects report by end of May

 Uber’s management is expecting an external investigation of its workplace culture to report by the end of May. Read More
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Uber employees thought it’d be a good idea to paint a ‘#Undelete’ mural

 Well, this is something else. A bunch of mostly male Uber employees decided to get together to spray taint (paint) a wall in San Francisco, basically begging people to reinstall the app if they’ve deleted it in light of all the scandals at Uber, The Verge reported. The employees painted “Undelete.” Why “Undelete”? Well, it refers to the days when we all freaked… Read More