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  • Don’t cry for me, Ubertina

    Don’t cry for me, Ubertina

    Uber has been in trouble for a while. The company was built on a bro-tastic, anything goes attitude that goes way back to God View and the targeted harassment of journalists. In short, it was built on an original sin that was never washed clean. There are two takeaways circulated in the Valley this week regarding Travis Kalanick’s departure. The first is similar to this one: Travis… Read More

  • Alibaba is in talks to invest in Uber’s Southeast Asia rival Grab

    Alibaba is in talks to invest in Uber’s Southeast Asia rival Grab

    Alibaba could substantially increase its business interests in Southeast Asia with an investment in Uber rival Grab. Bloomberg reports that Alibaba President Jack Ma is considering joining an upcoming $1.4 billion funding round for Grab which will be led by SoftBank, a company with many links to Alibaba. Separately, TechCrunch has confirmed with a source that Alibaba has held meetings with… Read More

  • Emil Michael, Uber’s SVP of business, has left the company

    Emil Michael, Uber’s SVP of business, has left the company

    Uber has confirmed that Emil Michael, one the company’s top executives, has left the company. Earlier today Michael sent an internal email to staff that he would be leaving the ride-hailing company, according to a report from Recode. Michael, who served as the company’s senior vice president of business, has long been a controversial figure outside of the company (he was the… Read More

  • Uber has fired more than 20 people over harassment probe

    Uber has fired more than 20 people over harassment probe

    Uber has fired more than 20 people involved in a harassment probe, TechCrunch has confirmed. The ride share company began investigating at least 215 employees after the company was hit with sexual harassment claims earlier this year and has so far found at least 20 employees to be at fault in a wide array of discriminatory, bullying and other harassing actions. First reported in Bloomberg… Read More

  • Uber’s New York manager, Josh Mohrer, joins Tusk Ventures as managing director

    Uber’s New York manager, Josh Mohrer, joins Tusk Ventures as managing director

    Tusk Ventures has hailed the former general manager of Uber’s New York operations, Josh Mohrer, as its new managing director. Mohrer’s departure comes at a tough time for Uber. The company is still recovering from a series of very public missteps involving payments to drivers, sexual harassment, potential intellectual property theft, bad executive behavior, and the deployment… Read More

  • Stealthy Boxbot wins the Pear prize for UC Berkeley with a tech for autonomous last-mile delivery

    Stealthy Boxbot wins the Pear prize for UC Berkeley with a tech for autonomous last-mile delivery

    It was a long road that took the two founders of Boxbot from drinks at Drake’s Dealership to winning the prestigious Pear Berkeley Challenge, but both Austin Oehlerking and Mark Godwin are very at home on the road. The still-in-stealth technology they developed was so impressive that it won the Pear competition, along with some seed investments. Read More

  • Waymo’s claims of trade secret theft could result in criminal case

    Waymo’s claims of trade secret theft could result in criminal case

    When Waymo sued Uber earlier this year, claiming that its former employee stole 14,000 documents containing trade secrets about its self-driving car project and took the documents to Uber, it was a stain on Uber’s reputation. Now, it looks like the damage could be more extensive — the judge in the civil case has referred the theft claims to the U.S. Attorney for a possible… Read More

  • Waymo’s lawsuit against Uber is going to trial, judge rules

    Waymo’s lawsuit against Uber is going to trial, judge rules

    Waymo’s lawsuit against Uber, its competitor in the automated vehicle business, is going to trial. Judge William Alsup ruled that Uber could not force the lawsuit over theft of trade secrets into private arbitration. Instead, the trial will play out publicly, with evidence being presented mostly in the open. This is not the scenario that Uber wanted. Waymo, the self-driving car subsidiary… Read More

  • Uber enters Myanmar with a licensed taxi service

    Uber enters Myanmar with a licensed taxi service

    Uber has launched its service in Myanmar, the Southeast Asian country formerly known as Burma, over a month after going public with its expansion plan. With a population of 50 million people and rapidly increasing internet adoption, Myanmar is seen by many tech firms as a market with much growth potential. Grab, Uber’s chief rival in Southeast Asia, entered the country’s… Read More