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Uber says that 20% of its rides globally are now on UberPool

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Sao Paulo mayor to authorize Uber with mileage fee

The mayor of Sao Paulo, South America’s largest city, laid out regulations on Tuesday to allow the use of Uber and other ride-hailing apps in exchange for a mileage fee, triggering anger among taxi drivers who blocked major avenues.

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Chilean cabbies block traffic in protest against Uber

Thousands of Chilean taxi drivers honked their horns and blocked traffic Thursday in a protest against ridesharing service Uber.
Uber’s service is not regulated in Chile, but the government considers it illegal. The government responded to the protest saying it is up to Congress to pass a law addressing Uber and another ridesharing app used in Chile, called Cabify.

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Mississauga bans UberX and other ride-sharing services

All non-traditional taxi companies ordered to immediately stop picking up passengers.

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Quebec tables bill that would force Uber drivers to pay for taxi permits

Controversial ride-hailing company Uber Technologies Inc. could pull up stakes in Quebec after the provincial government introduced legislation that would force its drivers to pay for taxi permits.
Quebec’s Liberal government tabled a bill on Thursday requiring all remunerated passenger transportation services to operate using a taxi permit or face fines as high as $5,000. Companies could be on the hook for up to $50,000. The goal is to enforce a single taxi regime for the province.

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Uber X launches in Adelaide with free trips

Uber will launch its ride-sharing service Uber X in Adelaide with free trips despite previously threatening not to operate in South Australia.
Last month the service threatened to abandon its plans due to prohibitive start-up costs of more than $700 and red tape which included vehicle inspection every six months.

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Drivers unite to take on Uber

Uber drivers are banding together to fight for what they believe are fair working conditions from the company that has become the symbol of the ‘gig’ economy.

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Apple invests in Chinese Uber rival Didi Chuxing

Apple has invested $1bn (£693m) in Didi Chuxing, the car-hailing app that has a greater market share than US rival Uber in China.
Tim Cook, chief executive, said that the move would help Apple to better understand the Chinese market.

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Uber Brussels launches luxury service UberBLACK

After UberX, the popular private car service that uses only professional drivers, Uber today launched UberBLACK in Brussels. The US ride-sharing service created the brand to cater specifically to the more “demanding customer”, who appreciates luxury cars and suit-clad chauffeurs, reports Le Soir.

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Welcome to Uber Earth

Do you remember when you first heard about Uber? Did you think you would hear about it again? Did you expect you would hear about it over and over, for years and years?

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Transport officials crack down on Uber drivers

Last month, Uber slashed the cost to become a driver and announced it was now a “ride-share” operation, so its drivers didn’t need professional licences.
In response, the New Zealand Transport Agency has sent 296 letters to people considering driving for Uber, reminding them of the penalties for operating passengers services without a special endorsement on their licence and certificate of fitness for vehicles.

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Rupert Murdoch Is Reportedly a Small Investor in Uber

Uber’s unusually close relationship with the media isn’t stopping at new board member Arianna Huffington.
News Corp. NWS -1.10% chief Rupert Murdoch reportedly owns a small stake in the ride-hailing company, according to a report from Recode citing anonymous sources. The media mogul investment doesn’t appear to be direct (he is not noted on Uber’s cap table), but rather it may be through an investment vehicle.

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Why UberPOP is being scrapped in Sweden

Controversial car-hailing service UberPOP is set to be dropped in Sweden following a series of court convictions of its drivers, its parent company announced on Wednesday.

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Uber Recognizes New York Drivers’ Group, Short of a Union

Uber announced an agreement on Tuesday with a prominent union to create an association for drivers in New York that would establish a forum for regular dialogue and afford them some limited benefits and protections — but that would stop short of unionization.

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See also: David Plouffe remarks on creation of independent drivers guild…

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Uber seeks new rules as Hungary considers ban on popular app

BUDAPEST, Hungary – Uber says it wants to meet with Hungarian authorities seeking to ban the ride-hailing app and help develop new market regulations.

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Uber Has Found A Perfect Fit In Romania, But Why?

When Uber arrived in Bucharest’s point-to-point transport market in February 2015, few of the city’s inhabitants had likely ever heard of the ride-sharing app. But this is a capital city with a population of almost 2 million people and it was recently declared the second most congested European city.
Since its launch last year 80,000 people have used Uber in Bucharest. It’s one of the fastest growing ride-sharing communities in Central and Eastern Europe. UberX – its low-cost service – has grown tenfold in the same period. But why the perfect fit?

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Queensland hits Uber drivers with AU$125,000 in fines over 78 hours

The state’s police force conducted a blitz over the recent long weekend thanks to the passage of new laws increasing the fines for people caught driving for Uber in Queensland.

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Drivers fear closure as Uber moves to Dartford

Independent and family-run cab companies – some of which have been in the town for decades – say they fear closing or downsizing after budget taxi firm Uber started advertising for more drivers, specifically from Dartford.

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Uber piles pressure on US taxi financiers

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Uber To Launch Ride-Sharing Service In Jakarta

A new carpooling service is set to be launched in Jakarta this week by PT Uber Teknologi Indonesia that will allow customers going to destinations near one another to share a ride and split the cost.
The app is named uberPOOL, and users will be able to save up to 50 percent if they opt to use the new service instead of UberX, said the company’s president director Mike Brown.

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Pinellas transit agency to pay for half of Uber ride

PINELLAS PARK, Fla. (AP) – The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority says it will cover half of a passenger’s Uber bill if they’re going to or from a bus stop in a designated zone.
The Tampa Bay Times reports (http://bit.ly/1VzSAyP) that the partnership, which also works with United Cab, is the first of its kind in the country.

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Uber to launch UberX service in Berlin: Welt am Sonntag

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Ride-hailing service Uber [UBER.UL] aims to launch its UberX service, which uses licensed professional drivers, in the German capital Berlin after failing to find enough drivers in some of the country’s other cities, Uber’s Germany chief Christian Freese told a newspaper.

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Uber drivers in Penang get vocal over low-fare rate

Over 50 Uber drivers in Penang are crying foul against Uber for not taking their complaints into account, The New Straits Times reports. The issue brought forward concerns the low-fare rate that was imposed by the management, which is said to be affecting drivers’ source of income.

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Uber could be alternative to discontinued bus service, CSDM commissioner suggests

Parents outraged with school commissioner’s suggestion
Some parents fighting to save school bus service are outraged after a commissioner from Montreal’s largest French school board suggested they use Uber as an alternative to get their kids to school.

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Judge: Women can sue Uber over alleged sexual assaults

SAN FRANCISCO — Two women who allege that Uber drivers sexually assaulted them, one in Boston and the other in South Carolina, can sue the ride-hailing company, a federal judge said.
The women showed the possibility that the drivers were Uber employees who acted within the scope of their employment, U.S. District Judge Susan Illston in San Francisco ruled Wednesday.
Uber had argued that the drivers were independent contractors and at least one of them may not have used the company cellphone app, where customers book rides, before the alleged assault.

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Uber and Lyft to leave Austin after failed vote

Both ridesharing companies wanted to avoid stricter background checks.

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