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News, The Snitch Uber Wins: Settles Suit, Dodges Trial, Drivers Remain Contractors

Uber Wins: Settles Suit, Dodges Trial, Drivers Remain Contractors

It seems San Francisco-based Uber has weaseled its way out of being a responsible capitalist yet again, even if CEO Travis Kalanick's $62 billion company might be pretending it just lost big.  Late Thursday, the gig economy darling announced…
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News, The Snitch Report: With Eye on Self-Driving Cars, Uber Buys 100,000 Mercedes

Report: With Eye on Self-Driving Cars, Uber Buys 100,000 Mercedes

The word out of Germany today is San Francisco-headquartered Uber is buying 100,000 Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedans — not for the world's largest and most obnoxious rap video ("I got 99 problems/but an employee ain't one"), but in order to…
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News, The Snitch UPDATED: Another Uber Driver Awarded Unemployment Benefits

UPDATED: Another Uber Driver Awarded Unemployment Benefits

This post has been updated.  A former Uber driver from the San Diego area has successfully applied for unemployment benefits with the state of California, SF Weekly has learned. The case of driver Patrick Ely appears to be the first…
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News, The Snitch Uber Launches New Service That's Basically a Bus — Only Worse

Uber Launches New Service That's Basically a Bus — Only Worse

This week, the beleaguered ride-hail company launches a new service in San Francisco called Smart Routes, whereby Uber drivers can…
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News, The Snitch Uber Investigating Executive for Tracking Buzzfeed Reporter's Ride (Update)

Uber Investigating Executive for Tracking Buzzfeed Reporter's Ride (Update)

Update, Thursday, 9:02 a.m.: Uber issued a statement this morning, saying that it has hired data privacy expert Harriet Pearson to conduct an in-depth review of its privacy program and recommend changes. The company will respond to Senator Franken's questions…
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News, The Snitch Obama Campaign Head David Plouffe Joins Uber

Obama Campaign Head David Plouffe Joins Uber

Uber has gained a valuable ally as it prepares to battle two assembly bills that would impose new regulations on app-based chauffeur services — one of which will go before the Senate this week. David Plouffe, a political strategist best…
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News, The Snitch Uber Charges Up to $470 Per Ride at Outside Lands (Update)

Uber Charges Up to $470 Per Ride at Outside Lands (Update)

Update, Monday, 1:01 p.m.: Valleywag's Kevin Montgomery has published a few more stratospheric Uber rates, including a $470 ride and a $391 ride — both well over the $275 price of a 3-day pass for the festival. Sadly, Uber czar Travis…
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News, Your Humble Narrator Surge City: It's Uber's City, and the Rest of Us Are Just Paying (Exorbitant) Rent

Surge City: It's Uber's City, and the Rest of Us Are Just Paying (Exorbitant) Rent

When the world grew too strange and terrible for even Hunter S. Thompson, he found solace by thumbing through the Book of Revelation. Thompson, however, existed in a very different San Francisco than our 140-character iteration of the place; Gog…
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