The NY Times and Business Insider report that Uber is holding acquisition talks with food delivery startup Postmates. Earlier this year Uber was reported to be holding acquisition talks with Grubhub. But those talks reportedly fell through. In mid-June Grubhub announced it was merging with Just Eat. Postmates is smaller than Grubhub, and would be more amenable to a take-over.
Gizmodo reports nonprofit watchdog group American Oversight is suing the US Justice Department and five other agencies. The lawsuit concerns the deployment of federal police against protesters in Portland and other cities to counter Black Lives Matter protests. It accuses government officials of unlawfully withholding public records under the Freedom of Information Act.
David Hasselhoff's classic show, "Knight Rider", is coming back. Deadline reports James Wan is attached to produce a new film adaptation of Knight Rider. The film will be produced through his Atomic Monster production company and Spyglass Media. Plot details for this latest installment are being kept under wrap. Gizmodo reports the project will be a present-day take that will maintain the anti-establishment tone of the original.
A man’s encounter with COVID-19 likely led to him experiencing life-threatening catatonia. Gizmodo reports Swedish doctors say it erased days of his memory. The man was able to recover without serious brain damage thanks to prompt treatment. However, the doctors warn that the man’s case may highlight a never-before-seen form issue. We don't know the extent of neurological complications that can be caused by the coronavirus.
In yet another high-profile instance of cybersecurity crime, a Twitter user on Thursday leaked 20GB worth of confidential Intel documents. The Twitter user says they received the documents from an anonymous hacker, and the files had been stored on a file-sharing service. Gizmodo reports that according to the leaker, the folder contains classified information under NDA, or a non-disclosure agreement. What is unknown at this time is what the files actually reveal.
In 2019, a Runner’s World survey found that 84% of women have said they experienced some kind of harassment that left them feeling unsafe. So, why in the world would anyone post their running routes on social media? According to Gizmodo, that's a terrible idea. Many apps allow people to access the times, locations, and sweaty selfies of complete strangers online. In fact, most of these running apps encourage this sort of social broadcasting.
Homebound customers of Uber Technologies more than doubled their orders from the company's food-delivery service in the second quarter but demand for ride-hailing trips only marginally recovered from pandemic rock-bottom. Fred Katayama reports.
Uber driver Johan Nijman faces a difficult decision as federal unemployment aid expires: risk failing to pay for groceries and even lose his home, or resume driving and potentially catch COVID-19 as a diabetic. This report produced by Yahaira Jacquez.
Uber has joined up with Thames Clippers for the launch of its new service UberBoat. The service, which commences in London on Monday, will allow users topurchase tickets for Thames Clippers boats in advance through the Uber app andthen use QR technology to board. The payment will be processed using Uberaccount details. Passengers will be able to use the service across a fleet of20 boats on the River Thames, with departures from 23 piers across London.
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California’s Air Resources Board wants to cap emissions from vehicles being used for companies like Uber and Lyft. These rideshare app businesses have an infamously tumultuous history with labor regulators in their home state. However, Gizmodo Earther reports they seem far more receptive to going green than they are to sufficiently compensating their workforce. The proposal would mandate that 60% percent of miles traveled by Uber and Lyft vehicles be in electric vehicles by 2030.
Business Insider reports that Uber is using its resources to help track and trace the corona virus. Uber unveiled an initiative to share user data on drivers or riders who may have come into contact with coronavirus-infected individuals. The data will be shared with global public health officials to aid contact tracing efforts. Public health officials will be able to view the data and give Uber advice on the step it can take to minimize exposure to their customers and employees.