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Crunch Report | Facebook Fixing Its Election Ads Problem

GM is hoping to have 20 new electric vehicles by 2023, Uber is partnering with Westfield Malls to offer pick-up spots and lounges and Facebook is hiring 1,000 more people to help combat election ad interference. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

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Uber offers free rides, Lyft suspends surge pricing in Las Vegas after deadly mass shooting

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In the chaotic wake of the deadliest mass shooting in recent U.S. history, Uber and Lyft have altered their prices in Las Vegas so people could exit the chaos without being charged exorbitant fees.

The swift moves come after ride services have been criticized in the past for price gouging in the aftermath of disaster.

According to a statement, Uber waived all fares “around the affected area” on Sunday night and continues to offer free rides for some shooting-related trips.

Lyft announced it had suspended its “Prime Time” surge functionality in Las Vegas Read more…

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The timing is crucial. It's a contentious moment for Uber, especially in London. Last week, Transport for London (TfL) confirmed it would not renew Uber's license to operate in the city. The TfL's reasoning was rather blunt and critical.   Read more...

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The biggest test for the new Uber is right now in London

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An Uber executive quit this week. That alone is not shocking given the number of employees who had fled the ride-hailing giant over the last year. 

But the departure of Jo Bertram is something a bit different. She served as the general manager of Northern Europe over the last four years, and her resignation arrived on the eve of Uber’s new CEO arriving in London to meet with the city’s regulators. 

The timing is crucial. It’s a contentious moment for Uber, especially in London. Last week, Transport for London (TfL) confirmed it would not renew Uber’s license to operate in the city. The TfL’s reasoning was rather blunt and critical.   Read more…

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Uber launching shopping mall lounges and pickup/dropoff points with Westfield

 Uber is launching dedicated mall pickup and dropoff points in a new partnership with Westfield, across all of its 33 U.S. shopping center locations. The ride-hailing company is also going to set up a special waiting lounge at Westfield’s Century City shopping center near Santa Monica Boulevard, which will incorporate sleek, modern fixtures and furnishings and bring some of that… Read More

Enter the "Uber Lounge," a new initiative in partnership with Westfield to open physical pick-up and drop-off locations that offer Uber riders and drivers—or anyone really—seating as well as ride assistance in some locations. The development is a grand showing of Uber's branding, an advertisement beyond billboards and digital displays in cities across the U.S. 

The new lounges will appear at all 33 of Westfield's shopping centers in the U.S., starting with Century City in Los Angeles and roll out over the next few weeks. Uber described the area as featuring an "ultra-modern design, sleek seating, and other amenities" in a blog post Monday. But viewers can judge for themselves: Read more...

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Uber to open super sleek lounges in 33 malls across U.S.

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Uber wants its customers to relax, and not just when they’re in cars. 

Enter the “Uber Lounge,” a new initiative in partnership with Westfield to open physical pick-up and drop-off locations that offer Uber riders and drivers—or anyone really—seating as well as ride assistance in some locations. The development is a grand showing of Uber’s branding, an advertisement beyond billboards and digital displays in cities across the U.S. 

The new lounges will appear at all 33 of Westfield’s shopping centers in the U.S., starting with Century City in Los Angeles and roll out over the next few weeks. Uber described the area as featuring an “ultra-modern design, sleek seating, and other amenities” in a blog post Monday. But viewers can judge for themselves: Read more…

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Uber loses Europe chief amid London license denial

Uber's lead for Northern Europe, Jo Bertram, is leaving the company. The move comes less than two weeks after London's transport regulator, TfL, announced its decision to revoke Uber's private hire operator licence in the city. Should the decision be…

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Uber’s Northern Europe chief departs after London license loss

 Uber’s regional general manager for Northern Europe, Jo Bertram, is leaving the company. The news was reported earlier by Reuters and confirmed by an Uber spokesman who forwarded the departure email sent by Bertram and a reply from Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty, Uber’s head of EMEA.  Read More

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Greece wants to force Uber into hiring full-time taxi drivers

Greece, a country with a lot of debt and an angry taxi lobby, is the latest to ponder anti-ride-sharing legislation. The country reportedly plans to force ride-sharing firms like Uber and Taxibeat to ink three-year contracts with licensed drivers, ef…

Despite Kalanick's looming presence over Uber, the people actually running the company now were not happy with his scheme. 

"The appointments of [former Xerox CEO Ursula Burns] and [former Merrill Lynch chief John Thain] to Uber's Board of Directors came as a complete surprise to Uber and its Board," Uber said in a statement. "That is precisely why we are working to put in place world-class governance to ensure we are building a company every employee and shareholder can be proud of."  Read more...

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Uber is definitely not happy with Travis Kalanick’s board appointments

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Ousted Uber CEO but still-Uber-board-member Travis Kalanick named two new directors to Uber’s board without consulting anyone else at the ride-hailing company he founded. 

Despite Kalanick’s looming presence over Uber, the people actually running the company now were not happy with his scheme. 

“The appointments of [former Xerox CEO Ursula Burns] and [former Merrill Lynch chief John Thain] to Uber’s Board of Directors came as a complete surprise to Uber and its Board,” Uber said in a statement. “That is precisely why we are working to put in place world-class governance to ensure we are building a company every employee and shareholder can be proud of.”  Read more…

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Despite Kalanick's looming presence over Uber, the people actually running the company now were not happy with his scheme. 

"The appointments of [former Xerox CEO Ursula Burns] and [former Merrill Lynch chief John Thain] to Uber's Board of Directors came as a complete surprise to Uber and its Board," Uber said in a statement. "That is precisely why we are working to put in place world-class governance to ensure we are building a company every employee and shareholder can be proud of."  Read more...

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Uber is definitely not happy with Travis Kalanick’s board appointments

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Ousted Uber CEO but still-Uber-board-member Travis Kalanick named two new directors to Uber’s board without consulting anyone else at the ride-hailing company he founded. 

Despite Kalanick’s looming presence over Uber, the people actually running the company now were not happy with his scheme. 

“The appointments of [former Xerox CEO Ursula Burns] and [former Merrill Lynch chief John Thain] to Uber’s Board of Directors came as a complete surprise to Uber and its Board,” Uber said in a statement. “That is precisely why we are working to put in place world-class governance to ensure we are building a company every employee and shareholder can be proud of.”  Read more…

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