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California governor signs law making gig workers employees

Sep 19, 2019 - 9:56 AM

The law challenges the business model of the rideshare platforms and others which depend on workers taking on 'gigs' as independent contractors.

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


Uber trims more staff as it seeks a route to profit

Sep 11, 2019 - 6:45 PM

San Francisco-based Uber is cutting about 265 people from its engineering group and another 170 or so jobs from its product team

UBER IPO IN MOTION. In this file photo taken on May 8, 2018 the Uber logo is seen at the second annual Uber Elevate Summit at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles, California. File photo by Robyn Beck/AFP

Gig economy challenged as California lawmakers approve landmark bill

Sep 11, 2019 - 6:07 PM

Under Assembly Bill 5, workers in California must be designated as employees if their work or performance is controlled by the company, and part of that company's regular business

RALLY FOR RIDESHARE DRIVERS. Ride-share drivers and supporters with the Independent Drivers Guild protest outside New York City Hall as they rally for wage enforcement and a drivers' bill of rights, on September 10, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Ex-Google engineer charged with theft of autonomous car secrets

Aug 28, 2019 - 10:30 AM

'All of us have the right to change jobs, none of us has the right to fill our pockets on the way out the door,' says US Attorney David Anderson

WaYMO. A Waymo self-driving car pulls into a parking lot at the Google-owned company's headquarters in Mountain View, California, on May 8, 2019. Photo by Glenn Chapman/AFP


Uber now has 'Quiet Mode' for passengers wanting silence

May 16, 2019 - 8:23 PM

The Quiet Mode option for the Uber Black service lets users pick if they want to have a quiet ride, one with a hearty chat, or have no preference either way

Tech giants vow to double number of women managers by 2022

May 15, 2019 - 11:31 PM

Alibaba, BNP Paribas, Booking.com, IBM, L'Oreal and Uber were some of the high-profile companies to sign a pledge at the second 'Tech For Good' summit taking place in Paris

Maurice Levy (L), chairman of the Supervisory Board of Publicis Groupe, IBM TECH FOR GOOD. President and CEO Virginia Rometty (C) and Jean-Paul Agon CEO of L'Oreal arrive ahead of a "Tech For Good" meetup at Hotel Marigny in Paris on May 15, 2019, held to discuss good conduct for technology giants. Photo by Bertrand Guay/AFP


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

Sony to compete with Uber in Japan with own ride-hailing app

Apr 22, 2019 - 2:13 PM

Sony has its own ride-hailing app in Japan

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Uber sets IPO in motion, seeks to 'ignite opportunity'

Apr 12, 2019 - 7:04 PM

The filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission contains no specific pricing or timing for the market debut for Uber, which according to media reports is expected to raise some $10 billion

UBER IPO IN MOTION. In this file photo taken on May 8, 2018 the Uber logo is seen at the second annual Uber Elevate Summit at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles, California. File photo by Robyn Beck/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


After Lyft, here are 6 other tech companies planning for an IPO

Mar 30, 2019 - 11:57 AM

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Uber to buy Mideast rival Careem for $3.1 billion

Mar 26, 2019 - 4:26 PM

'Careem and Uber are joining forces. We have reached an agreement in which Uber will acquire Careem for $3.1 billion,' a joint statement reads.

Lyft revs up for an IPO seeking to raise $2.4 billion

Mar 18, 2019 - 8:30 PM

(UPDATED) Lyft's launch is the first of what is expected to be a wave of IPOs from venture-backed startups worth more than $1 billion, known in Silicon Valley as 'unicorns'

LYFT. The Lyft logo is displayed on a car on March 11, 2019 in San Francisco, California. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

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


Grab to ask PCC to reconsider P12-M fine

Oct 26, 2018 - 6:17 PM

The PCC is penalizing Grab for supposedly failing to keep its pre-Uber acquisition prices and quality of service, among other alleged violations of interim rules

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Antitrust watchdog fines Grab P16 million over Uber deal

Oct 17, 2018 - 11:08 AM

(UPDATED) Philippine Competition Commission slaps Grab with a fine of P12 million and Uber with P4 million for causing 'undue difficulties' to the review of their deal

Months after Uber left, where are the new ride-hailing firms?

Oct 06, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Almost 6 months have passed but the new firms have yet to make a dent in the ride-hailing market

Singapore watchdog fines Grab, Uber $9.5M over merger

Sep 24, 2018 - 1:40 PM

The Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore says the merger significantly reduced market competition and led to higher fares

Toyota pours $500M into driverless car tieup with Uber

Aug 28, 2018 - 10:15 AM

The deal aims at 'advancing and bringing to market autonomous ride-sharing as a mobility service at scale,' says Toyota


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Antitrust body OKs Grab-Uber deal, sets conditions

Aug 10, 2018 - 1:04 PM

Any breach of the fair pricing conditions and service quality commitments set by the Philippine Competition Commission will subject Grab to fines of up to P2 million per violation

Uber hits brakes on self-driving trucks

Jul 31, 2018 - 12:30 PM

The company is refocusing on developing autonomous cars, one of which had killed a woman pushing a bicycle in a street in Arizona earlier this year

Madrid taxis join Barcelona strike against Uber

Jul 29, 2018 - 12:05 AM

Taxi drivers in Spain demand that the number of ride-hailing vehicles should be limited

STRIKE. Taxi drivers block the Gran Via in Barcelona on July 28, 2018. Taxi drivers in Madrid went on strike in solidarity with Barcelona cabbies protesting against "unfair competition" from Uber and Cabify. File photo by Josep Lago/AFP


Uber’s head of HR resigns reportedly after discrimination probe

Jul 12, 2018 - 12:02 PM

Internal investigations reportedly find that Liane Hornsey, the company's head of human resources, dismissed allegations of racial discrimination

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. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP


Road block for Uber-Grab deal in Singapore

Jul 05, 2018 - 8:08 PM

The Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (CCCS) criticizes both companies for going ahead with the deal despite restrictions imposed in March to pause the transaction while an anti-competition probe was underway

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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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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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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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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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