A short history of the many, many ways Uber screwed up

UBER CEO TRAVIS Kalanick resigned late Tuesday night from the company he cofounded in 2009. While he’ll remain on the board of directors, Kalanick’s departure comes after months of reports of a toxic workplace culture, cutthroat business tactics, and the occasional public embarrassment.

A unicorn apart: Among private tech firms, Airbnb has pursued a distinct strategy | The Economist

UNTIL recently “Uber envy” afflicted many top executives at Airbnb, a platform for booking overnight stays in other people’s homes. So admits a big investor in the firm. The two companies often raised money at the same time, and the ride-hailing giant reliably received more cash and closer attention.

Uber uses artificial intelligence to figure out your personal price hike | ZDNet

Uber has admitted using artificial intelligence to charge customers based on what they are likely to be willing to pay. The ride-hailing service says that the new system is based on AI and algorithms which estimate fare rates that groups of customers will be willing to pay depending on destination, time of day, and location.

One Year After Fleeing Austin, Uber and Lyft Prepare a Fresh Invasion

IT HAS BEEN a year since Uber and Lyft pulled out of Austin, after residentsvoted to maintain strict regulations the ridehailing companies refused to abide, including fingerprinting of drivers.

Uber and Lyft had fought hard for more permissive rules, spending $8 million on the campaign (nearly seven times the previous record for a municipal election in the city).

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