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Uber stock set to launch at $45 a share

May 10, 2019 - 3:12 PM

Shares will be priced at $45 for the initial public offering (IPO), valuing the startup at more than $82 billion, according to a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission

UBER. Security guards stand in front of Uber headquarters as ride share drivers from Uber and Lyft stage a protest on May 08, 2019 in San Francisco, California. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Rideshare drivers strike as Uber poised to go public

May 09, 2019 - 2:51 PM

Strikes taking place on May 8 highlight a dilemma for rideshare firms, which have faced challenges from regulators and traditional taxi operators for using a business model relying on independent contractors

PROTEST. Rideshare drivers for Uber and Lyft stage a strike and protest at the LAX International Airport, over what they say are unfair wages in Los Angeles, California on May 8, 2019. Photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

Uber steers toward blockbuster IPO as road looks rocky

Apr 11, 2019 - 12:33 PM

Uber's IPO could result in a valuation close to $100 billion – an impressive figure but below some earlier estimates

UBER. The Uber logo is displayed on a car on March 22, 2019 in San Francisco, California. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Startup launches helicopter ride-sharing service

Apr 03, 2019 - 2:30 PM

Tech startup Ascent offers ride-sharing in the skies

CHOPPER SERVICE. Ascent offers helicopter ride-sharing in select parts of the Luzon island region in the Philippines. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Uber filed paperwork for IPO, says report

Dec 08, 2018 - 2:28 PM

The move, as reported by the Wall Street Journal, comes a day after Lyft launched the process to take the company public with a stock offering

UBER. This file photo taken on March 10, 2017 shows Uber signage outside the entrance of the ride-hailing giant's office in Hong Kong. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Uber wants to overturn UK ruling that drivers are employees

Oct 31, 2018 - 12:41 PM

About 40,000 Uber drivers in the UK will not get the national minimum wage and paid holiday time if Uber succeeds in overturning the ruling

UBER. A picture taken on December 28, 2016 in Paris shows the logo of Uber.  File photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

Uber, Lyft implement monthly subscription plans in U.S.

Oct 31, 2018 - 11:45 AM

The ride-sharing rivals try to lower monthly travel costs for passengers with a new subscription model

UBER. Uber and US rival Lyft are trying new ways to make rides cheaper. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Exercise, recipe videos coming to a Grab ride near you

Oct 15, 2018 - 5:00 PM

(UPDATED) Soon, Grab riders will be able to watch people in motion and yummy dishes while enduring the traffic

Photo from IDOOH and Active8me

Grab ‘superapp’ update rolling out by Q3 this year

Jul 11, 2018 - 4:01 PM

Grab users will no longer be greeted by the booking screen map with an update that completely overhauls the app’s home screen

NEW LOOK. Ride-hailing will be just one component of the new app with the major user interface update that will be rolled out.

Grab insists P2-per-minute charge 'legal'

Jul 11, 2018 - 10:49 AM

After the LTFRB imposed a P10-million fine on Grab Philippines, the company says it is studying all legal options

LEGAL. Grab Philippines country head Brian Cu says P2 per minute fare is legal. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LTFRB fines Grab for P10M over P2-per-minute charge

Jul 10, 2018 - 5:22 PM

Grab Philippines is also ordered to reimburse commuters through rebates, although it can still appeal the LTFRB decision

Grab plans to impose fee on riders who cancel trips

May 08, 2018 - 6:30 PM

The ride-hailing company plans to begin charging passengers for trip cancellations within the next 100 days. The amount is still undetermined.

BETTER SERVICE. Grab Philippines marketing head Cindy Toh says a set of rules and regulations will be rolled out for passengers. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

'We need better options': Grab PH users dissatisfied with driver cancellations

Apr 24, 2018 - 4:21 PM

The current dissatisfaction has metamorphosed into an actual Facebook group called 'GrabPH Complaints,' where users are sharing their sentiments and stories

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

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.

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

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

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

Should LGUs regulate habal-habal, motorcycle ride-sharing apps?

Jan 24, 2018 - 10:21 PM

A technical working group is formed to deliberate on possible amendments to the law to make way for the services provided by apps like Angkas and GrabBike

ANGKAS. Services of apps like Angkas and GrabBike have been suspended because laws to regulate the use of motorcycles for hire are not yet in place. File photo

Uber caps driver hours to 10 in Britain

Jan 17, 2018 - 1:13 PM

After 10 hours of driving, drivers will not be able to log on to the app. They are required to take an uninterrupted 6-hour break to be able to log in again

LONDON UBER. This file photo taken on September 22, 2017 shows a man holding a smartphone showing the App for ride-sharing cab service Uber in London. Photo by Ben Fathers/AFP

Uber, DPWH join forces for better traffic planning

Dec 05, 2017 - 3:35 PM

The ride-hailing company will share traffic data with the government to help analyze how infrastructure projects affect traffic

Rappler readers share how they really feel about Manila traffic and parking issues

Dec 05, 2017 - 1:39 PM

Traffic has not only affected our personal schedules, but also takes time away to spend with loved ones. This Rappler-led survey digs deeper into how traffic changes our lives every single day

Court blocks Uber ride-sharing in Israel

Nov 27, 2017 - 9:21 PM

The Tel Aviv district court judge's injunction ordering the services to stop from Wednesday comes after a court challenge from a taxi drivers' union and a separate ride-hailing app

With emojis, hugot phrases, even Hangul, people shared how traffic made them feel

Nov 20, 2017 - 5:02 PM

On Friday, November 17, Uber screened their Boxes film live along 5th Avenue, BGC – and invited passers-by to share their thoughts on traffic in Manila

Uber gives green light for sale of stake to Japan's SoftBank

Nov 13, 2017 - 10:50 AM

(UPDATED) 'We've entered into an agreement with a consortium led by SoftBank and Dragoneer on a potential investment,' a company statement says

CONVERSATION: How can we help solve parking and traffic problems in the city?

Nov 08, 2017 - 4:48 PM

Congestion is an issue that affects motorists, commuters, and everyone who needs to move around Metro Manila. Read on what people have to say about the metro's traffic and parking issues

Unlocking better opportunities in our cities

Nov 07, 2017 - 12:05 PM

When we free up our roads and parking spaces, we create room for progress – and more breathing space for our lives

Competition policy enforcement in the digital age

Sep 30, 2017 - 11:26 AM

The decisions to be made by the Philippine Competition Commission in coming months, as it fully implements the Philippine Competition Act, will set the tone for competition regulation in Philippine markets

Uber license renewal in London rejected

Sep 22, 2017 - 9:18 PM

Uber is not a 'fit and proper' private car hire operator, says London's transport authority

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. Photo by AFP/Lionel Bonaventure

Uber is not perfect, and we should not be afraid to point that out

Aug 16, 2017 - 5:41 PM

If we continue to push for solutions that only benefit a fraction of the public then we continue to be part of the problem

Simalakama mengatur transportasi berbasis aplikasi daring

Aug 04, 2017 - 2:05 PM

Sistem ride sharing bisa menghemat waktu perjalanan masyarakat dan mengurangi tingkat pengangguran

TRANSPORTASI BERBASIS APLIKASI. Seorang pengemudi Go-Jek di jalanan Jakarta. Foto oleh Adek Berry/AFP

WATCH: Life #BeforeUBER

Jul 16, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Beyond convenience the ride sharing app has offered life changing opportunities for these Filipinos


What was your life like #BeforeUBER?

Jun 21, 2017 - 6:30 PM

Everyone has an Uber story What s yours?

Uber probe of cut-throat workplace triggers firings

Jun 07, 2017 - 3:15 PM

The terminations came as the ride sharing firm looked into 215 claims of discrimination harassment unprofessional behavior bullying retaliation and physical security

PH app FleetShare offers 'unlimited rides' for P3,999 a month

Apr 03, 2017 - 5:25 PM

But the app has a couple of restrictions – destinations must be within 15 kilometers from pickup locations and only a passenger s first 40 bookings are given priority

UNLI-RIDES. Fleetshare has an interesting ride-share concept but the asking price may scare off customers. Screenshot from Fleetshare website and app

Can we transform the concept of ride-sharing in the Philippines?

Mar 15, 2017 - 12:15 PM

Getting from point A to point B in Metro Manila is not a comfortable task Grab s newest service GrabShare aims to do something about that

In U.S., Uber skids have rival Lyft steering for passing lane

Mar 07, 2017 - 10:57 AM

A socially responsible and driver friendly reputation buoys Lyft as Uber faces questions about its culture

LYFT. An 'Amp' sits on the dashboard of a Lyft driver's car. The apparatus lights up in a color assigned specifically to one passenger for easier ride identification. Sullivan/Getty Images for Lyft/AFP

Uber to pay $20-M to settle charge it misled drivers in US

Jan 20, 2017 - 12:39 PM

Uber exaggerates its income potential in certain cities according to the US Federal Trade Commission

STALLED. The ride-sharing company has been going through some bumps in the road lately. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

LTFRB rejects 15,000 Uber, Grab applications

Jan 05, 2017 - 11:56 PM

Applicants submitted incomplete requirements or did not appear at hearings

TNVS CONSULTATION. A photo from the LTFRB Central Office with the Board Officials during the consultation with TNVS operators. Photo by LTFRB.

Only 1 in 20 trips affected by fare shock – Uber PH

Dec 22, 2016 - 6:25 PM

Uber PH addresses concerns about its new upfront fare system

UPFRONT FARES. Photo from Uber

Hearing-impaired Uber driver recalls rare instance of discrimination

Oct 13, 2016 - 8:28 PM

With over 1 500 trips under his belt Mike – one of the drivers under Uber s Beethoven Initiative – recalls the one time a passenger made him feel bad about his disability

BEETHOVEN INITIATIVE. Uber's program is named after the famous deaf composer.

Ride-share battle ends with Didi buying Uber China operations

Aug 01, 2016 - 2:21 PM

3rd UPDATE As part of the merger Didi Chuxing will also take a stake in Uber

This file picture taken on March 20, 2016 shows an Uber Station being seen outside a hotel in Chengdu, in southwest China's Sichuan province. Greg Baker/AFP

Getting around Manila through tech-based carpooling

Jul 10, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Services like Wunder and uberPOOL indicate that Filipinos are more open to sharing their rides even with complete strangers to get around Manila s congested roads

SHARING RIDES. Apps like Wunder and uberPOOL allow riders to look for co-passengers using technology. Photo from Wunder's Facebook page

Uber's carpool service aims to move more people in fewer cars

Jun 15, 2016 - 12:41 PM

uberPOOL aims to provide passengers with cheaper fares while using fewer cars – its contribution to help ease Metro Manila s traffic woes

CARPOOLING WITH TECHNOLOGY. Uber launches its latest service, uberPOOL, which aims to move more people with fewer cars. Photo by Katerina Francisco/Rappler

France fines Uber 800,000 euros over ride-sharing service

Jun 09, 2016 - 10:10 PM

UPDATED San Francisco based Uber will appeal the French court s ruling immediately according to lawyers

(FILES) This file photo taken on June 17, 2015 shows a person using the French version of the Uber app to order a UberPop cab in Paris.  Uber was fined 800,000 euros (900,000 dollars) in France on June 9, 2016, half of which was suspended, over its UberPOP ride-sharing service. Two of UberPOP's senior executives in Western Europe were also fined 30,000 euros and 20,000 euros, with half of those sums also suspended.The use of UberPOP in France was halted last July amid a storm of opposition to the service from taxi drivers. / AFP PHOTO / THOMAS OLIVA

Didi Chuxing denies initial public offering reports

May 16, 2016 - 6:00 PM

An earlier report says the ride hailing app and service is targeting a New York listing in 2017 but the company denies this saying it does not have IPO plans as of now

DIDI CHUXING. A commuter shows the Didi Chuxing app on her iPhone in Beijing, China, May 13, 2016. Photo by How Hwee Young/EPA