Uber's China Strategy Shifts Into Reverse

Didi Chuxing has announced a historic deal to acquire the Chinese ride-sharing operations of rival Uber, which threw in the towel after years of unsuccessful efforts to grow its business in what may prove to be the world’s most challenging technology market. Under the agreement, Didi Chuxing acquired all of Uber China’s assets, including its brand, data and business operations. The deal calls for Uber to receive 5.89 percent of the combined entity with preferred equity interest, which is the equivalent of a 17.7 percent stake in Didi Chuxing.

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Autonomous taxis: Why you may never own a self-driving car

Nissan Renault prototype autonomous vehicle
The combination of ride-hailing and ride-sharing solutions with autonomous vehicles may revolutionize personal transportation by making vehicle sharing the norm, rather than the exception.

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Male Snubbing Ride-Sharing Service Postpones Launch

Chariot for Women, a ride-sharing service that excludes males 13 and older, reportedly has postponed its launch to sometime this summer due to heavier-than-anticipated demand. The company originally had planned to debut the service in Boston next week. Chariot for Women is open to all women, including transgender women. Children, including boys under the age of 13, also may ride. The premise for the gender-restricted service is pretty straightforward: Disturbing stories about Uber drivers abound.

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Uber deploys fleet of mapping cars to collect street-level imaging data

Article Image App-based ridesharing service Uber is using a fleet of vehicles to collect street-level mapping data, with the goal of improving routing and ETA data, a company spokesperson confirmed on Monday.

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Uber to allow background location tracking in privacy policy update

Starting July 15, ridesharing service Uber will update its privacy policies to allow tracking of a user’s location in the background, the company revealed in a blog post.

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Uber's first-ever public acquisition of maps firm deCarta to lessen reliance on Apple, Google

Ridesharing startup Uber has finally shown its hand in the mergers and acquisitions market, picking up small navigation and geospatial services firm deCarta in a move that some say is designed to help Uber lessen its dependence on mapping services from Apple and Google.

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Google poised for an Apple-like feud with Uber over ridesharing and self-driving cars

The once-tight relationship between Google and ridesharing service Uber has reportedly frayed as the two companies make moves into each others’ territory, a split reminiscent of the tension between Google and Apple over Android.

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Underhand tactics? Lyft says Uber employees have ordered and canceled 5,560 Lyft rides

Ride-sharing service Lyft has claimed that over the last 10 months people working for rival firm Uber have ordered and canceled 5,560 Lyft rides in an effort to reduce the number of Lyft vehicles on the road and to waste drivers’ time. 

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2014/08/12/underhand-tactics-lyft-says-uber-employees-have-ordered-and-canceled-5560-lyft/

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