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Erdogan says Uber 'finished' in Turkey

Jun 02, 2018 - 6:39 PM

'Our Prime Minister made the announcement. We have our system of taxis,' adds the Turkish President

ROADBLOCKS. A picture taken on December 28, 2016 in Paris shows the logo of Uber. Since its debut in 2010, Uber has grown into a worldwide phenomenon despite regulatory hurdles and resistance from traditional taxi operators. File photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

Uber's 'flying taxi' prototypes shown off at Uber Elevate

May 09, 2018 - 11:43 AM

Commercialization of the flying taxis may begin around 2023, and can be summoned on-demand just like a ridesharing car

ECRM-003. Attendees view a subscale sized model of the Uber flying taxi concept eCRM-003 during the second annual Uber Elevate Summit on May 8, 2018 at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles, California. Uber won't build the flying taxi itself but aviation company partners will use the eCRM-003 (common reference model) as a framework around which they can build aircraft for the Uber Air aerial ride-hailing service. Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP


Indonesia's Go-Jek eyes Philippine ride-hailing market

Apr 22, 2018 - 8:35 PM

After Uber's exit, a dominant Indonesian startup sets its sights on the country. More and more local firms are also applying for accreditation.

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Apr 19, 2018 - 1:53 PM

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Grab: Riders not informed of P2-per-minute travel charge

Apr 18, 2018 - 2:55 PM

Grab Philippines head Brian Cu maintains the travel charge is legal, and 'went to the drivers, it was reinvested by way of incentives or promos for passengers'

NOT INFORMED. Grab Philippines head Brian Cu admits riders were not informed of the P2-per-minute charge they included in their fare scheme mid-2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PCC to pursue review of Grab-Uber deal despite Uber closure

Apr 16, 2018 - 6:30 PM

The Philippine Competition Commission also gives Grab and Uber until Tuesday, April 17, to explain why they failed to continue operating the platform as previously ordered

Senators slam Grab's 'predatory pricing, overcharging'

Apr 16, 2018 - 2:55 PM

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian calls on the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board to require Grab to provide a breakdown of charges in its receipts

AFTERMATH. Discussion with the Philippine privacy watchdog comes after Uber sold its entire Southeast Asian business to rival Grab. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

LTFRB to Grab: Explain 'illegal' P2-per-minute travel charge

Apr 12, 2018 - 10:32 AM

(UPDATED) The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board orders Grab Philippines to explain why its transportation network company accreditation should not be suspended or cancelled over the allegation

HEARING. Grab will appear at the LTFRB on April 17 to explain the extra P2-per-minute charges they employed mid-2017.

Did Grab 'illegally' charge its riders higher fare?

Apr 11, 2018 - 7:50 PM

(UPDATED) Since mid-2017, Grab has been charging its riders an extra P2 per minute per ride, without approval from the LTFRB

ILLEGAL? Grab Philippines says they are transparent with their fares. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

LTFRB lowers Grab surge pricing cap amid illegal fare allegation

Apr 11, 2018 - 4:51 PM

Effective immediately, the 1.5x surge pricing cap applies to all ride-hailing services offered by Grab

LOWER SURGE. Grab spokesperson Leo Gonzalez says the company will comply with the LTFRB ruling. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

LTFRB: Uber can only operate until April 15

Apr 11, 2018 - 4:30 PM

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board says Uber should resolve its issues with the Philippine Competition Commission before closing down – 'the sooner, the better'

HEARING. LTFRB holds a special hearing on the renewal of Uber's accreditation on April 11, 2018. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Lawmaker: Grab charges 'illegal' fares, owes customers refund

Apr 10, 2018 - 1:51 PM

PBA Representative Jericho Nograles alleges that Grab 'illegally' charges its customers P2 per minute of travel. Grab officials say the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board was informed about this.

ILLEGAL CHARGES? A lawmaker questions to fares charged by Grab Philippines.

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Apr 09, 2018 - 8:48 PM

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Does PCC understand Grab-Uber deal? Grab says operations can't be 'separate'

Apr 09, 2018 - 5:39 PM

'They want us to be independent and that's a contradiction,' Grab Philippines Head Brian Cu says in a press briefing at the Uber office in Mandaluyong

DEAL. Grab Philipines holds a press briefing on April 9, 2018 on the Philippine Competition Commission order for Uber to continue operations . Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

No newly accredited ride-hailing apps yet – LTFRB

Apr 09, 2018 - 2:30 PM

LTFRB Board Member Aileen Lizada makes the statement after Transportation Assistant Secretary Elvira Medina said 4 new companies have been accredited

TNVS. LTFRB Board Member Aileen Lizada talks to reporters during a TNVS forum held by Grab on January 9, 2018. File photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Better for Uber to stop operations on April 8 – LTFRB

Apr 07, 2018 - 9:07 PM

'Their apps might be up but is the back system in place? Is the full support in place?' LTFRB Board Member Aileen Lizada says following the Philippine Competition Commission order for Uber and Grab to continue separate operations pending a review of their deal

CLOSE DOWN. The LTFRB wants Uber to close down if they don't want enough manpower to deal with customer grievances. PHOTO FROM SHUTTERSTOCK

PCC releases interim measures pending review of Grab-Uber deal

Apr 07, 2018 - 2:54 PM

'This virtual monopolization of the market by Grab can harm the riding public,' says Philippine Competition Commission Chairman Arsenio Balisacan, as the country's antitrust body conducts an in-depth review of the deal

ORDER. PCC directs Uber Philippines to continue letting Filipinos availing of its ride-sharing services beyond April 8. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

No migration of personal data to Grab in Uber app shutdown – privacy commission

Apr 06, 2018 - 4:51 PM

Grab Philippines head Brian Cu says the only data shared by Uber is driver data – which will only be available once the driver has given his consent

DATA. National Privacy Commission and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board conducted a joint press briefing regarding the Uber-Grab acquisition. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

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Apr 06, 2018 - 9:00 AM

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PCC asks Uber, Grab to continue separate operations beyond April 8

Apr 05, 2018 - 4:35 PM

(UPDATED) But Uber Asia Pacific chief business officer Brooks Entwistle says the company no longer has the capital and people to continue its operations in the Philippines and 7 other markets

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Apr 04, 2018 - 8:47 PM

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the ceremonial distribution of the Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOAs) to the Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries at the Sultan Kudarat Sports and Cultural Center in the Municipality of Isulan, Sultan Kudarat on April 2, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Uber drivers' transition to Grab pushes through amid PCC review

Apr 04, 2018 - 12:20 PM

Grab says it will 'prepare the necessary documents and share information required' by the Philippine Competition Commission

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Apr 04, 2018 - 12:10 PM

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PH Competition Commission begins review of Grab-Uber merger

Apr 03, 2018 - 7:10 PM

This is after the Philippine Competition Commission's preliminary assessment shows that the transaction may hurt commuters and drivers

PCC warns Grab-Uber deal may have 'far-reaching impact' on commuters

Apr 02, 2018 - 5:10 PM

The Philippine Competition Commission notes that Uber's exit would lead to Grab monopolizing the ride-sharing market

Bring in Indonesia's Go-Jek to compete with Grab in PH – lawmaker

Mar 31, 2018 - 10:58 AM

Makati Representative Luis Campos Jr also says lawmakers are counting on the Philippine Competition Commission to go over the Uber-Grab deal

GO-JEK. Based in Jakarta, Go-Jek is the most popular ride-hailing and logistics services app in Indonesia. Photo from Shutterstock

[OPINION] How the looming Grab monopoly will impact on Filipino commuters

Mar 29, 2018 - 1:34 PM

With Uber out of the way, Grab now enjoys monopoly status in many Southeast Asian countries such as the Philippines. This loss of competition will almost surely mean fewer choices, higher fares, and lousier service for Pinoy commuters.

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Grab: When Uber shuts down, not all 20,000 drivers have moved to us

Mar 28, 2018 - 9:23 PM

Because of sheer volume, not all former Uber drivers will be onboarded by Grab on April 8

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KIM'S FIRST TRIP ABROAD. This video grab taken from footage released by China Central Television (CCTV) on March 28, 2018 shows Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shaking hands during their meeting in Beijing on March 27, 2018. AFP PHOTO / CCTV

Philippines' privacy watchdog summons Grab after deal with Uber

Mar 27, 2018 - 7:20 PM

With Grab becoming the biggest ride-sharing platform in the Philippines after the exit of Uber, the National Privacy Commission wants to ensure that the company is properly protecting users' data

AFTERMATH. Discussion with the Philippine privacy watchdog comes after Uber sold its entire Southeast Asian business to rival Grab. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

As Uber gives up Philippine operations to Grab, what now for commuters?

Mar 26, 2018 - 7:50 PM

'Obviously, it is not good. From a duopoly, it becomes a monopoly,' warns an economist

TAKE OVER. Starting July 8, all Uber drivers will migrate to the Grab platform after a merger deal. Uber office in Mandaluyong City. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Uber drivers in Southeast Asia moving to Grab in 2 weeks

Mar 26, 2018 - 1:55 PM

(UPDATED) Uber's operations in Southeast Asia, including the Philippines, will only be available until April 8, following the sale to Grab

Ride-hailing firm Grab buys Uber's Southeast Asia operations

Mar 26, 2018 - 10:21 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Singapore-based Grab is taking over the ride-sharing and food delivery operations of Uber in the region, with the California-based company to receive a 27.5% stake in the business in return

Dashcam video shows final seconds before fatal Uber crash

Mar 22, 2018 - 4:20 PM

(UPDATED) The driver is seen looking down at something for nearly 5 seconds before finally gazing up the instant before the car hit a woman in Tempe, in the US state of Arizona on Sunday

DARK STREET. The pedestrian hit by the Uber self-driving car is slowly lit up by the headlights of the car moments before being hit. Screen shot from Twitter @TempePolice.

Uber self-driving car kills Arizona pedestrian

Mar 20, 2018 - 10:23 AM

The Uber vehicle was in autonomous mode, with an operator behind the wheel, when it hit a woman walking in the street in the city of Tempe late Sunday, according to the San Francisco-based company

UBER. In this file photo taken on September 13, 2016, pilot models of the Uber self-driving car are displayed at the Uber Advanced Technologies Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. File photo by Angelo Merendino / AFP

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Mar 09, 2018 - 12:59 PM

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Uber selling Southeast Asia operations to Grab – report

Mar 09, 2018 - 10:19 AM

Reports say the deal will also give Uber a 20% to 30% stake in Grab


Grab, Uber partners can now drive ‘worry-free’

Mar 05, 2018 - 8:17 PM

With the LTFRB now accepting again franchise applications, Grab and Uber drivers no longer have to worry about getting apprehended on the road for being ‘colorum’

FIRST. Juliet Bulaon, Grab partner, is the first applicant who finished processing her application for Provisional Authority on March 5, 2018. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

LTFRB to accept franchise applications for lease-to-own cars but...

Mar 02, 2018 - 4:34 PM

TNVS operators with lease-to-own vehicles under the Toyota Financial Services can apply for franchise

PROCESS. LTFRB will start processing franchise applications for transport network vehicle services on March 5, 2018. File Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Growing number of studies suggest ride-hailing services worsen traffic

Feb 27, 2018 - 2:01 PM

The US studies find that the availability of ride-hailing services only puts more individuals in cars, which increases traffic volume


U-Hop operations suspended in Batangas

Feb 16, 2018 - 2:53 PM

Batangas City Councilor Oliver Macatangay says the city council suspended U-Hop operations as the operators have yet to secure Certificates of Public Convenience from the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board

LTFRB: Hatchbacks also allowed in Metro Cebu, Pampanga

Feb 15, 2018 - 4:27 PM

Hatchback units are allowed to operate under ride-hailing services only within a 3-year period according to the LTFRB

REGULATION. LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra III appeared at the Senate committee on public service hearing on February 15, 2018. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Uber loss leapt to $4.5B in 2017 as final quarter showed hope

Feb 14, 2018 - 2:59 PM

The losses grow from the $2.8 billion it lost in 2016

UBER. The ride-sharing leader reports losses for the final 3 months of 2017. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP


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Feb 12, 2018 - 8:17 PM

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LTFRB raises ride-hailing vehicle cap to 66,750

Feb 12, 2018 - 2:30 PM

(UPDATED) The transport regulatory body also orders hatchback units to operate within Metro Manila only and should charge lower rates compared to sedans

QC police arrests Uber driver for allegedly harassing female rider

Feb 05, 2018 - 1:51 PM

Uber partner-driver Troy Silva is accused of harassing his sleeping female passenger