BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) now offers Uber integration to all users

BlackBerry has just announced that it has partnered with Uber to bring BBM users around the world access to the ride-on-demand service through its application. BBM Messenger users on both the Android and iOS platforms will now be able to book an Uber ride via the dedicated icon in the BBM Discover menu.

More importantly, you’ll be able to call your Uber without leaving the BBM application or having to install the dedicated Uber app on their smartphones. When the new Uber service is launched from the Discover menu, the service will ask users to sign in with their …


The woman who took down Uber gives her first interview since speaking up

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Eight months ago, engineer Susan Fowler published a blog post describing a culture of sexism and sexual harassment throughout Uber. 

Her words set off a firestorm at Uber that led to the ouster of founder Travis Kalanick as CEO, predated widespread allegations of sexual harassment against venture capitalists in Silicon Valley this summer, and even seems to draw a trail through this month’s Harvey Weinstein news

Throughout it all, Fowler has remained quiet in public, save for some light commentary on Twitter. The former Uber engineer, who now edits a technical publication for the payments company Stripe, gave her first interview since hitting publish on Feb. 19 to Maureen Dowd at the New York TimesRead more…

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Uber is definitely not happy with Travis Kalanick's board appointments

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Ousted Uber CEO but still-Uber-board-member Travis Kalanick named two new directors to Uber’s board without consulting anyone else at the ride-hailing company he founded. 

Despite Kalanick’s looming presence over Uber, the people actually running the company now were not happy with his scheme. 

“The appointments of [former Xerox CEO Ursula Burns] and [former Merrill Lynch chief John Thain] to Uber’s Board of Directors came as a complete surprise to Uber and its Board,” Uber said in a statement. “That is precisely why we are working to put in place world-class governance to ensure we are building a company every employee and shareholder can be proud of.”  Read more…

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Uber beware: Didi-backed Taxify is coming after you in London

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A new ride-sharing app is ready to give Uber a headache, at least in London.

Estonian company Taxify, backed by China’s Didi Chuxing, is launching in the UK capital with the outright aim of snatching thousands of drivers and passengers away from Uber. 

Operating in 19 countries across Europe, Central America, and Africa, Taxify has 3,000 potential UK drivers who have signed up ahead of Tuesday, Sept. 5, when it will start its service.

In order to encourage Londoners to download and use the app, Taxify is offering a 50% discount to riders during September.  Read more…

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Report: Months after departing Uber as CEO, Travis Kalanick seeks a way to regain influence at Uber

Back in June we told you how a combination of five major Uber stockholders got together to push out Travis Kalanick, the CEO and founder of ride–shairing firm Uber. But without the ability to run Uber, privately valued at close to $70 billion, it seems that Kalanick was growing bored and missed the business he started. According to a report published Sunday, the former executive is seeking to win back some influence at the company by helping Sprint parent SoftBank make an investment in Uber.

By getting SoftBank to purchase shares of Uber currently controlled by large stakeholders, Kalanick’s …

Report: Months aftrer departing Uber as CEO, Travis Kalanick seeks a way to regain influence at Uber

Back in June we told you how a combination of five major Uber stockholders got together to push out Travis Kalanick, the CEO and founder of ride–shairing firm Uber. But without the ability to run Uber, privately valued at close to $70 billion, it seems that Kalanick was growing bored and missed the business he started. According to a report published Sunday, the former executive is seeking to win back some influence at the company by helping Sprint parent SoftBank make an investment in Uber.

By getting SoftBank to purchase shares of Uber currently controlled by large stakeholders, Kalanick’s …

Uber adds ability to book rides for others who lack smartphones

Uber’s had a tough time in the news lately, only last week
seeing the
resignation of its CEO, Travis Kalanick. This, however, is a new week! And with
that comes a new feature from the ride-sharing company – the ability to book
rides for someone else, regardless of whether or not they own a smartphone.

 

While the person who requests the ride must still be
billed, entering a pickup address other than the GPS location of the requester will
automatically prompt the user about booking the ride for someone else. At this
point, the user can select a rider from their address book …

Uber founder Kalanick resigns after getting pressured by five major stockholders

Controversy after controversy required Uber founder Travis Kalanick to continuously put out fires. But the private ride-hailing company that is valued at $68 billion might have grown too large and unwieldy for the executive to run, and late last night the 40-year old quit as CEO of the company. Kalanick, who helped start the firm back in 2009, always seemed to be at the center of a crisis or two or three. Uber drivers have been accused of committing crimes like sexual assault, and Kalanick himself is the subject of an internal investigation after being accused of sexual harassment by a …

Uber trips will get more expensive as the company adds add route-based pricing in 14 American cities

In a bid to generate further income and recover from its $2.8 billion 2016 losses, Uber is adding route-based pricing to its transport services. In addition to charging customers based on distance, travel time, and regular/peak hours, Uber will also expect more money for covering routes in high demand. For example, riding from the suburbs to a downtown establishment may cost more than the opposite route.

The company has implemented an algorithm to predict what customers are absolutely willing to pay in order to get to a certain destination. The final fare will be …

N.Y. Times: Tim Cook threatened to remove the Uber app from the App Store

According to a report in today’s New York Times, Apple CEO Tim Cook met with Uber CEO Travis Kalanick at Apple headquarters back in 2015. At this meeting, Cook made it clear that Apple wasn’t happy with a hidden feature of Uber’s app that was able to identify and tag which of Uber’s members were using an iPhone. At first, the wool was being pulled over the eyes of Apple engineers as this capability was hidden from the tech firm. Even after the app was removed from a particular iPhone, users would still be tagged, something which violated Apple’s anti-fraud rules.

Eventually, Apple discovered …