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  • Current Event
    4 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +17 +1

    Uber kept new drivers off the road to encourage surge pricing...

    Andrew Lane is a regular Uber customer with some fond memories of the service. Last year on President's Day he was the lucky rider selected for an "Ubercade" upgrade. "They sent over a free limo with secret service agents and everything. I got my girlfriend and we cruised by her ex-boyfriend's place. It was awesome."

  • Expression
    4 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +21 +1

    Undercover Police Are Targeting Uber And Lyft Drivers To

    Undercover police operations have been systematically targeting Uber and Lyft drivers by issuing citations totaling thousands of dollars in places like Madison and Pittsburgh. In Madison, a police sting operation from the weekend resulted in $1,300 in fines for drivers of both e-hailing companies.

  • Expression
    4 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +11 +1

    Can We Trust Uber?

    I was a big fan of the Uber service since I first saw one of the initial prototypes of the product. Yet, over time, I’ve started to trust the company less and less, causing me to increasingly wonder about the leadership team. The news from August that Uber gave contractors phones and credit cards to create fake Lyft accounts in an attempt to recruit drivers and create false demand (which led to 5,000 lost rides) was the last straw. I’m no longer using Uber, at least until I can trust the brand.

  • Analysis
    4 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +20 +1

    How Chicago's red light ticketing turned yellow lights into cash

    Confronted with questions about a flurry of red light camera tickets stamped with yellow times below the 3-second minimum, Mayor Rahm Emanuel 's administration said the fluctuation of hundredths of a second was normal — imperceptible to anyone behind the wheel of a car.

  • Analysis
    4 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +5 +1

    Uber Receives a Big Fat "F" From Better Business Bureau

    Riders aren't pleased with the company's "surge pricing". The ride-share company has received an F grade from the Better Business Bureau due to consumer complaints. The evaluation was done in March 2014, with the results having been recently announced.

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +15 +1

    Ashton Kutcher Defends Uber Against 'Shady Journalist'

    One day after Uber's SVP of business suggested his company spend millions of dollars hiring people to investigate the private lives of its most vocal critics in the media, actor/entrepreneur Ashton Kutcher, an investor of Uber, defended the company on Twitter.

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +15 +1

    Uber's Emil Michael isn't going anywhere, report says

    Despite pressure to fire Uber executive Emil Michael after his controversial remarks surfaced this week, at least two investors in the company and CEO Travis Kalanick are still firmly behind him, according to a new report. Bloomberg reported on Friday that Michael was integral to Uber's financing round in June that valued it at $17 billion, as well as in the company's deal with Spotify.

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +13 +1

    Taxi medallions have been the best investment in America for years. Now Uber may be changing that.

    When Uber first launched as a fledgling ride-for-hire service in San Francisco four years ago, it was a tech and transportation curiosity, a niche company for the kind of people who travel in black town cars. Since then, the company has transformed from yet another app to a billion-dollar behemoth with major public policy implications.

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +9 +1

    We Can’t Trust Uber

    UBER, the popular car-service app that allows you to hail a cab from your smartphone, shows your assigned car as a moving dot on a map as it makes its way toward you. It’s reassuring, especially as you wait on a rainy street corner. Less reassuring, though, was the apparent threat from a senior vice president of Uber to spend “a million dollars” looking into the personal lives of journalists who wrote critically about Uber. The problem wasn’t just that a representative of a powerful...

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by TNY
    +16 +1

    Overstock must pay $6.8 MILLION for deceptive comparison pricing

    After a trial, Overstock.com, the popular online seller, has been ordered to pay $6.8 million after being found to have used deceptive advertising that gave consumers the false illusion that they were getting a bigger bargain. Alameda Judge Wynne Carville found that Utah-based, internet retailer Overstock.com had violated California laws intended to protect consumers from deceptive advertising practices...

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by KondoR
    +19 +1

    Judge Shuts Down Uber In Spain, Pending Taxi Association Court Action

    We might be at the point of losing count of the number of places Uber is being shut down at this point. Now, after a series of protests by taxi associations in Spain, a Madrid judge has ordered ride-sharing app Uber to cease all activities as of today. The judge accepted the ‘cautionary measures’ put forward by the Madrid Taxi Association, pending a future court case the organisation wants to file against Uber.

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +1 +1

    Uber intros surge pricing during Sydney hostage siege, then backtracks after user outcry

    Uber briefly charged its users in downtown Sydney a minimum $100 to escape an armed hostage crisis, a result of automatic surge pricing meant to get more drivers online. An executive in the city's Central Business District (CBD) sent Mashable screenshots of the Uber app that showed the company was charging up to four-times the normal rate because "demand is off the charts."...

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by socialiguana
    +23 +1

    Merry Christmas From Uber: Here's A $2 Booking Fee

    Everyone's favorite rideshare app has decided that Christmas Eve is the perfect time to slip through a small change to its Uber Taxi service. Nothing big. Just a $2 fee every single time you want to hail a cab through Uber. Motherboard has a copy of the email that Uber (very quietly) sent to UberT users, on this, a day when everyone will totally be paying attention to their emails. UberT currently works as a hailing system for yellow or boro cabs — use the app to get a ride...

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +16 +1

    The Business of Fake Diplomas

    With a four-year college degree generally averaging around $80,000, a diploma is the most expensive piece of paper most people ever earn. Though it’s just a flimsy sliver of dead tree embossed with a stamp and signed by the lords of higher education, it’s also a symbol of the hard work -- the blood, sweat, and tears -- that went into being admitted. Unless, of course, you purchase your certificate from one of the dozens of websites offering fake diplomas for as little as $400.

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +15 +1

    Dish used “small business” discount to save $3 billion at taxpayer expense

    Dish took advantage of discounts intended for small businesses to save $3.3 billion in an auction of public airwaves, making a "mockery" of the small business program, according to a member of the Federal Communications Commission. Dish used companies it owns in order to place $13.3 billion worth of winning bids in an auction of wireless airwaves that can be used for cellular networks. Results of the auction were announced last week. But Dish only has to pay $10 billion because it...

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by Chubros
    +17 +1

    Revenge porn boss wants Google to remove his “identity related” info

    What do you do if you're a revenge porn site operator and the Federal Trade Commission has barred you from publishing nude images of people without their consent? You demand that Google remove from its search engine links to news accounts about the FTC's action and other related stories, citing "unauthorized use of photos of me and other related information."

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by grandsalami
    +5 +1

    The Pigeon King and the Ponzi Scheme that Shook Canada

    The Pigeon King delivered his closing statement to the jury dressed in his only suit. His name was Arlan Galbraith, and he was representing himself. He had abruptly fired his lawyer nearly two years earlier, during the long lead up to the trial, and then ignored the judges who advised him to hire another. He seemed adrift but also supremely confident.

  • Analysis
    3 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +30 +1

    Criminals barter for your Social Security number and the most intimate details of your personal life

    When Target was breached in 2013, it didn't take long for credit and debit card data stolen from its systems to start flooding the underground forums and storefronts that trade in such merchandise. One was Rescator – a black market outpost that former Washington Post reporter-turned-cybersleuth Brian Krebs discovered was selling more than 1 million of the stolen cards at prices ranging from $20 to $100.

  • Analysis
    3 years ago
    by aj0690
    +32 +1

    Fake Diplomas, Real Cash: Pakistani Company Axact Reaps Millions

    Seen from the Internet, it is a vast education empire: hundreds of universities and high schools, with elegant names and smiling professors at sun-dappled American campuses. Their websites, glossy and assured, offer online degrees in dozens of disciplines, like nursing and civil engineering. There are glowing endorsements on the CNN iReport website, enthusiastic video testimonials, and State Department authentication certificates bearing the signature of Secretary of State John Kerry.

  • Analysis
    3 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +13 +1

    Uber gutted Carnegie Mellon’s top robotics lab to build self-driving cars

    This January, as much of the world was getting over its post-holiday hangovers, people began disappearing from Carnegie Mellon University's robotics center. At first it was only a few individuals, mostly software developers. Then it became an entire team, and eventually the group included the center's director. They weren't going far.

  • Analysis
    3 years ago
    by timex
    +30 +1

    Four Columbia House insiders explain the shady math behind “8 CDs for a penny”

    Any music fan eager to bulk up their collection in the ’90s knew where to go to grab a ton of music on the cheap: Columbia House. Started in 1955 as a way for the record label Columbia to sell vinyl records via mail order, the club had continually adapted to and changed with the times, as new formats such as 8-tracks, cassettes, and CDs emerged and influenced how consumers listened to music.

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by rawlings
    +2 +1

    How Utah Became a Bizarre, Blissful Epicenter for Get-Rich-Quick Schemes

    Three years ago I walked out of my house and put a .32 pistol to my head.” Jared Allen, a property manager from Idaho, chokes up as he tells this story, a tear running down his weathered face. Jared didn’t kill himself that day. He fell to the ground and begged the Lord for help, and soon, his brother-in-law arrived from Canada with a dietary supplement he had designed, EMPowerplus Q96.

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by macavoy
    +2 +1

    Whole Foods faces NYC probe for overcharges

    Rip-off on aisle four. The city has launched a probe of Whole Foods Markets after investigators nabbed the upscale food purveyor for routinely overcharging customers on groceries during dozens of inspections dating back to at least 2010, the Daily News has learned. The most recent spate of violations came during a sting operation the Department of Consumer Affairs conducted in the fall that specifically checked the accuracy of the weight marked on pre-packaged products.

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by geoleo
    +8 +1

    Uber managers arrested in France over 'illicit' taxi service

    Two managers of the taxi-ordering app Uber have been arrested in France. A spokeswoman for the Paris prosecutor said they were in custody for questioning over "illicit activity". Uber, which puts vetted drivers in touch with passengers, is unpopular with registered drivers in many cities because they tend to undercut prices. A recent French taxi-drivers' strike turned violent. The US company is banned in some places, but it says it will keep operating in France.

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by TNY
    +16 +1

    Whole Foods CEO admits overcharging: 'Straight up, we made some mistakes'

    A week after a New York City investigation found that Whole Foods Market Inc. stores were overcharging for pre-packaged products, the company's co-chief executives admitted pricing mistakes were made. The statement comes a year after the Austin, Texas, grocer agreed to pay nearly $800,000 in penalties for overcharging in California stores.

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by trails
    +2 +1

    How Uber Hides Behind Its Algorithm

    The disingenuous ways Uber hides behind its algorithm.

  • Analysis
    3 years ago
    by socialiguana
    +9 +1

    Lenovo Installing Immortal Crapware

    Lenovo has again been caught playing fast and loose with customers’ privacy and security. First, it was Superfish. Now, it’s vulnerable crapware that won’t go away, even if you reformat or replace your hard drive. Read on for the full story…

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by larylin
    +24 +1

    Ashley Madison Code Shows More Women, and More Bots

    After searching through the Ashley Madison database and private email last week, I reported that there might be roughly 12,000 real women active on Ashley Madison. Now, after looking at the company’s source code, it’s clear that I arrived at that low number based in part on a misunderstanding of the evidence. Equally clear is new evidence that Ashley Madison created more than 70,000 female bots to send male users millions of...

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by yuriburi
    +18 +1

    Uber 'surge' hangover: $500 for a 20-minute cab ride?

    Uber warned on its website that New Year’s Eve customers should not be surprised by “surge pricing” due to the high holiday demand. And, yet, many were. Actually, “surprised” is probably not the word. Maybe “shocked” is more like it, for customers who ended up paying nearly 10 times the normal rate for a ride. Uber defends surge pricing this year, just as it has in the past, noting that it’s the simple economics of supply and demand driving the rates.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by geoleo
    +16 +1

    Uber's CEO Is Being Sued For Price-Fixing

    Travis Kalanick, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Uber, really didn't want to deal with a lawsuit brought against him by one angry former customer: for the past three months, his lawyers have been trying to get the judge to drop the case, which claims that Uber's pricing algorithm violates antitrust laws. But yesterday, Manhattan judge Jed Rakoff ruled that he won't dismiss the suit, which is seeking class-action status on behalf...

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by geoleo
    +33 +1

    Microsoft Slammed for 'Sneaky' Windows 10 Updates

    Microsoft ‘Upgradegate’ irks Windows users. Microsoft has some explaining to do. It’s not “just” Chinese consumers who are up in arms about what some are calling forced updates to Windows 10, but a noisy group of U.S. users are also steamed about a change to the update process that they say tried to dupe them into upgrading their older version of Windows. The issue? Microsoft quietly changed how the upgrade process worked, according to reports on Reddit, PC World, software support forums, and elsewhere.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by bradd
    +2 +1

    Apple Is Fighting A Secret War To Keep You From Repairing Your Phone

    It's no secret that Apple makes a ton of money by charging 'astronomical' fee for replacing and fixing display and other components of iPhone and iPad (as well as Mac line). For instance, the company charges $599 for replacing the display on the iPad Pro tablet. Which sounds insane when you realize that you can almost certainly purchase a new iPad Pro under $700. And this is what most people do. A Huffington Post article notes that this behavior has contributed significantly in "generating heaps of e-waste."

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by aj0690
    +18 +1

    Vancouver’s real estate is ‘fuelled by a money laundering bubble’: Market analyst

    There is no denying that the real estate market in Vancouver is red hot – prices have been rising with no end in sight. But one market analyst thinks we will see the bubble burst. Marc Cohodes used to run one of the largest hedge funds on Wall Street. Now, he’s eyeing the Canadian housing market.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by geoleo
    +31 +1

    Ashley Madison admits using fembots to lure men into spending money

    After nearly a year of radio silence, the infidelity hookup site Ashley Madison has finally released a statement about what's next for the company. Among other things, the company's new executive team admits that it used fembots to lure men into paying to join the site, which promised the men discreet affairs with willing women. In fall 2015, Ashley Madison made headlines when a hacker or hackers known as Impact Team released massive data dumps from the company's source code, member databases, and then-CEO Noel Biderman's e-mail. The member database contained the names of...

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by Chubros
    +34 +1

    Reviewers for 'Shadow of Mordor' Were Paid Off, Says the FTC

    Turns out there might not be ethics in gaming journalism, after all. A new order by the Federal Trade Commission might give GamerGate reason to pick up pitchforks again. Warner Bros. has just settled with the FTC over charges that it “deceived consumers” during the marketing campaign for 2014’s Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. Per the FTC, Warner Bros. failed to disclose it paid online influencers, like YouTube phenom PewDiePie, to positively promote one of its games in content presented as “reviews.” As a result, the FTC has proposed Warner Bros. must be upfront about paid marketing in the future...