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Uber appeals arbitration ruling in Waymo case

Waymo alleges that Uber and its subsidiary Otto used crucial autonomous-car technology stolen by a former key Waymo engineer. In a ruling last week, U.S. District Judge William Alsup said that Uber and Waymo do not have [Read entire story]

San Francisco could ban sidewalk delivery robots

Delivery robots, a sci-fi idea that recently entered real-world testing, would be banned from San Francisco sidewalks under legislation Supervisor Norman Yee introduced on Tuesday. “Seniors, children, people with [Read entire story]

SF to Uber: Provide driver info — it’s the law

City Attorney Dennis Herrera on Thursday went to court to compel Uber to provide the names and addresses of all its local drivers so the city can notify them of their obligation to get a business license, something San [Read entire story]

Chariot drivers vote to join Teamsters

Chariot drivers vote to join Teamsters A majority of the 215 drivers signed union authorization cards, the Teamsters said on Tuesday, crediting Chariot and its owner, Ford Motor Co., for staying neutral during the union [Read entire story]

Uber fights to block SF’s demand for drivers’ names, addresses

“The tax collector’s office is asking us to give them personal information of drivers — including their home address — without their consent and will put that information on a public website,” Wayne Ting, [Read entire story]

Airbnb’s long, complex history with San Francisco

Room for improvement From a SoMa rent-making scheme to a company worth $31 billion, Airbnb has grown up a lot over the past decade — and often clashed with its hometown. Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia offer airbeds for [Read entire story]

Airbnb settles SF suit, agrees to register all local hosts

Echoing Airbnb’s refrain about why most of its hosts rent to travelers, Herrera said: “The settlement will also make it easier for residents who follow the rules to supplement their income by renting out a spare room [Read entire story]

Uber claims it will having flying cars in Texas and Dubai by 2020

[...] he took to a Dallas stage on Tuesday to announce that Uber will offer a flying-car taxi service in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and Dubai by 2020 — something he said “fits cleanly into our mission” and Uber’s [Read entire story]

Ford’s Chariot bus drivers to weigh joining Teamsters union

Teamsters Local 665 said a majority of Chariot drivers have signed cards authorizing a vote about union representation. “These are working-class jobs paying well above the minimum wage,” Chariot CEO Ali Vahabzadeh [Read entire story]

California tells Uber it’s sloppy about ditching drunk drivers

California regulators want to slap a $1.13 million fine on Uber for failing to investigate and/or suspend drunk drivers, according to an order filed by the state Public Utilities Commission, which regulates ride-hailing [Read entire story]

Uber’s first diversity report shows male, white, Asian dominance

Uber on Tuesday released its first report on diversity in its workplace, showing that the San Francisco ride-hailing company faces the same underrepresentation of women and minorities — most notably among executives [Read entire story]

Uber vows to delete ‘cult of the individual’

Amid a swirl of scandals, three senior women executives at Uber held a call on Tuesday about the beleaguered company’s plans to improve a workplace seen as hostile and sexist, its search for a No. 2 to help its [Read entire story]

Intel to pay $15.3 billion for Mobileye in major self-driving deal

In the biggest deal yet in the race to build driverless cars, Intel is paying $15.3 billion for Mobileye, an Israeli company that makes sensors to help autonomous vehicles perceive the world around them. “This [Read entire story]

Airbnb, hotels dispute whether commercial hosts are increasing

Airbnb makes a big — and growing — chunk of its revenue from commercial operators, according to a study financed by the hotel industry. The home-rental company disputed the report as misleading and inaccurate, and [Read entire story]

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick quits Trump advisory council

Amid controversy over President Trump’s immigration ban that spurred a #DeleteUber movement, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick will resign from the president’s economic advisory council, the company confirmed on Thursday. A [Read entire story]

High-tech Uber vehicles back in SF — this time for mapping

Five Ford Fusions bristling with rooftop equipment and labeled “Uber Advanced Technologies Center” were ready to hit San Francisco streets starting Wednesday morning, but they will not be functioning as self-driving [Read entire story]

Lyft drivers say they are happier, better paid than Uber drivers

The survey, conducted through email this month, is among the largest independent polls of drivers. “It’s clear that Uber is the dominant force,” said Harry Campbell, who drives for both services, as well as [Read entire story]

Startup plans digital license plates

[...] a San Francisco company called Reviver wants to reinvent the plates, with an interactive digital display called rPlate that can automatically update DMV registration, display messages and images and handle vehicle [Read entire story]

Bill would slap steep fines on self-driving cars without permits

In one whirlwind week in late December, Uber went from proudly rolling out robot taxis on the streets of San Francisco to halting its self-driving vehicle tests after California regulators revoked the cars’ [Read entire story]

Limo driver gets trapped in ‘Lyft hell’ by phone number mistake

Limo driver gets trapped in ‘Lyft hell’ by phone number mistake In mid-December, Matthais Leul’s cell phone number accidentally got listed in the search results when anyone Googled the word “Lyft.” Ironically [Read entire story]