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Uber prevails in German court, yet service called 'probably illegal'

08/28, 3:20pm

Operations can resume, but judge's ruling will be troublesome for future hearings

The Hamburg, Germany court system has reauthorized Uber to operate, at least temporarily. Despite the resurrection, which was based on a technicality, the court did dictate that the service was "probably illegal" as drivers for the service lack a passenger transportation license, similar to the situation that Lyft faced in New York City.

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Uber testing 10-minute food delivery service UberFresh in California

08/26, 5:10pm

Test taking place in Santa Monica, offers daily lunch item in three-hour window

Ride share service Uber is apparently looking to expand into some other functions, as the company is testing a service dubbed UberFresh starting today. The program is attempting to deliver lunch to people in a short time frame, utilizing a menu specific to the area being tested. The service is only being offered for a limited time, but a successful test could mean the program would be expanded further.

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Uber launches API, enabling third-party app integration

08/20, 10:54am

Hyatt, United, Starbucks, Tripadvisor among early partners

Uber has released an anticipated API that will let third-party developers integrate its ridesharing services into their own apps. The company says it is already working with 11 high-profile partners, including Starbucks, United, OpenTable, TimeOut, Tempo, Hinge, Tripadvisor, Tripcase, Hyatt, Mememo, and Expensify. Apps based on the API will be able to show available rides and/or price and time estimates, and make use of a person's trip history.

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Uber tests Corner Store same-day deliveries in Washington D.C.

08/19, 2:44pm

Uber users can order from list of products for delivery to their location

Uber is testing potential delivery services again, by providing customers with goods from local retail outlets. Named Uber Corner Store, the experimental retail service will let Uber users request products from a list of over 100 items through the app, delivered shortly afterward to the customer by one of Uber's own fleet of drivers.

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Uber allowed to resume services in Berlin after ban suspended

08/18, 1:59pm

Judge allows rideshare company to return to business, ban lasted only four days

Uber fans in Berlin can rejoice for the time being, as the company has been given the go-ahead to resume its UberPop and UberBlack services today for the time being. A judge from the Berlin Administrative Court suspended the municiple ban, allowing the ride-sharing service to return to business. There is no time frame on how long the suspension will last.

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Berlin terminates Uber service, company subject to fines for defiance

08/14, 3:10pm

Company aims to fight ruling, calls decision 'not progressive'

Berlin, Germany has banned the Uber unlicensed cab service from city limits, citing concerns for passenger safety and the unregulated nature of the drivers for the service. The firm itself is liable for a fine of $33,000 per fare, with drivers themselves seeking riders likely to be hit with a $26,500 charge by authorities as well.

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Uber starts private beta testing of UberPool car pooling option

08/06, 5:55am

UberPool lets customer share Uber ride for a cheaper fare

Cab-hailing service Uber is looking to lower the cost of rides for its customers, by offering the option to car-pool with other users. Rolling out as a private beta, UberPool will allow customers to hail a car as normal, but it will attempt to find others requesting a similar journey so the car can be shared, with the cost significantly reduced for each UberPool participant.

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Uber closes Javascript hack exposing driver review of passengers

07/28, 9:40am

Review score of customers by Uber drivers pulled from view

Cab-hailing service Uber has patched a hole which allowed passengers to find out their average score based on reviews from Uber drivers. A Javascript hack which surfaced over the weekend polled Uber servers for the passenger score, giving a response between 1.0 and 5.0, though Uber has been quick to close the loophole in order to protect its driver review system.

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Proposed French law may require Uber drivers to go home between fares

07/24, 3:02pm

Anti-Uber law proposal demands headquarter visits by drivers

French legislators are continuing to work against app-based driver services, by proposing a new law changing the way they operate. The proposal from the French Senate would require drivers for car-service companies to return to their headquarters, or in the case of a driver using Uber or a similar service, a parking garage or their home, between clients.

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Seoul seeks ban of Uber, develops own taxi-booking mobile app

07/22, 7:09am

South Korean capital aims to stop Uber over unregistered taxi services

South Korean capital Seoul could potentially ban Uber in the city, in favor of its own still-in-development app. The city government advised that it would try to ban the car-hailing app, as current South Korean law makes it illegal to provide any sort of fee-based transportation service via privately-owned vehicles not registered to do so with local authorities.

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Uber ride results in 10-minute car chase in Washington D.C.

07/10, 1:42pm

Passengers subjected to car chase over possible $2,000 Uber driver fine

A driver for transportation service Uber effectively kidnapped their passengers for a period of time, according to reports. Ryan Simonetti, CEO of Convene, and two other passengers were allegedly involved in a 10-minute chase in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, caused by the driver refusing to pull over for a D.C. taxi inspector in an attempt to avoid a $2,000 fine.

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Senior Apple Maps engineer makes jump to Uber

07/08, 12:52pm

Credited with helping to develop original iOS Maps app

A senior Maps engineering manager at Apple, Chris Blumenberg, has left the company to work at ridesharing service Uber, according to reports. Blumenberg was with Apple for over 14 years, and is credited with helping to develop the original iOS (then iPhone OS) Maps app, as well that platform's version of Safari. Uber, notably, has been rising in popularity, and is closely associated with Google.

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London transport authority refers Uber dispute with cabs to High Court

05/29, 1:13pm

Transport for London requests ruling over Uber legality in UK

Uber is not breaking the law by offering an app-based private hire service in London, the city's transport authority has ruled. While Transport for London (TfL) has sided with Uber and other similar services, the authority has referred the matter to the High Court and asked for a legally binding ruling, because of the considerable interest by disgruntled black cab drivers.

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Briefly: Uber pilots cars with child seats, LinkedIn cuts CardMunch

05/08, 2:33am

Uber launches uberFamily pilot service in NYC

Uber has announced a new pilot service, uberFamily, launching first in New York City. The cab-hailing service is offering users vehicles that are equipped with car seats for children. The seats will be installed by those who are trained and certified to do so, and accommodates children aged one year and up. Available for a $10 surcharge, those interested in trying out the service in the New York City area must enter "FAMILY" as a code in the app to access the option.

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Google Maps apps for iOS, Android get lane guidance, offline maps

05/06, 1:27pm

Uber joins as optional transit method

Google has updated its iOS and Android versions of Maps with a slate of new features. One of the most important is lane guidance during turn-by-turn navigation, telling drivers to switch or hold lanes as necessary. At the moment, lanes are only being displayed in the US and in "parts of Canada and Japan," according to Google. Navigation has also been upgraded with easier access to alternate routes while traveling.

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Briefly: Uber in Beijing, Madame Tussauds creates Zuckerberg waxwork

04/24, 8:09am

Uber launches in Beijing, China, operates in 100 markets

Transportation service Uber has launched its service in its 100th market, with Beijing, China being the milestone location. The new addition to Uber's roster comes just under four years after the service first started in San Francisco, with the company also launching a commemorative page showing all locations it currently operates and highlighting Uber stories posted on Twitter.

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Briefly: Uber's courier service, Twitter acquires Cover startup

04/07, 10:52pm

Uber announces UberRush courier service, beginning exclusively in New York City

Ride service app Uber has announced the testing of its new courier service, UberRush. Beginning in New York City, UberRush will appear on users' home screens, allowing customers to have small goods delivered by bike or foot courier. As opposed to an on-demand delivery service that is based on an order, UberRush has couriers picking up objects from Uber users and delivering them to a specific address as determined by the customer. The base fare for deliveries is $15, with delivery zoning factoring in potential additional costs. UberRush will become available to users starting tomorrow.

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Briefly: Uber iOS app updated, increased Canaccord Apple target price

03/03, 9:48pm

Uber update replaces SMS with push notifications

Uber has announced its update for its iOS app, featuring a shift from SMS message notifications to push notifications. Soon to include real-time information regarding its recently announced surge pricing, the taxi travel app now accepts PayPal as a fare payment option, meaning no credit card is required. Uber is free to download through iTunes.

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New French law forces 15-minute wait for Uber, SnapCar, LeCab cars

12/30, 3:24pm

French taxi driver anger forces change in transport law

Start-ups offering app-based driver services in France will have to wait for 15 minutes before picking up a customer from January onwards, according to a new bill by the French government. The bill, which affects Uber, LeCab, SnapCar, and other similar services, is an attempt by the government to appease taxi drivers in the country, those who stand to lose heavily from the start-ups.

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Transport service Uber hit with San Fran class action suit

11/15, 5:03pm

Suit filed against Uber on behalf of San Fran cab drivers

A San Francisco attorney announced yesterday that his firm had filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of San Francisco cab drivers charging Uber with creating unfair business competition in violation of state and local regulations. Uber is an app-based company operating in several large cities across the United States, providing a way for its users to have access to transportation services without going through local competitors. The lawsuit alleges that Uber circumvents existing California and San Francisco law, depriving "law-abiding taxicab drivers" of fares that should be theirs.

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