Tech Tent: Uber at a crossroads

Tech Tent: Uber at a crossroads

Stream or download the latest Tech Tent podcast Listen to previous episodes on the BBC website Listen live every Friday at 15:00 GMT on the BBC World Service On the Tech Tent podcast this week, we explore the stunning resignation of Uber chief executive Travis Kalanick. We also hear why Indian IT workers are suffering mass lay-offs – and we ask whether virtual reality could have a more serious purpose beyond games and entertainment. Uber…

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Uber chief executive Kalanick resigns

Uber chief executive Kalanick resigns

Uber boss Travis Kalanick has resigned as chief executive after pressure from shareholders. Mr Kalanick will remain on the board of the firm, however. His resignation comes after a review of practices at the firm and scandals including complaints of sexual harassment. Last week he said he was taking an indefinite leave of absence following the sudden death of his mother in a boating accident. ‘Bold decision’ Five major Uber investors demanded Mr Kalanick’s immediate…

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Uber: Travis Kalanick's rollercoaster reign

Uber: Travis Kalanick's rollercoaster reign

There is no doubt that Travis Kalanick, the billionaire founder of the Uber lift-sharing platform, built a company that is one of the giants of Silicon Valley. However, recent months have seen him make a series of apologies for both his own behaviour and that of members of his leadership team. He has now told staff he is going to take some time away from the firm. He is set to have fewer responsibilities upon…

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Uber loses another top executive Emil Michael

Uber loses another top executive Emil Michael

Emil Michael, Uber’s senior vice-president and a close ally of chief executive Travis Kalanick, has left the company, employees have been told. His departure was said to be one recommendation of a report by former US Attorney-General Eric Holder about the company’s culture and practices. Uber said the board had voted unanimously to adopt all the report’s recommendations. However, its contents will not be released until Tuesday. Mr Holder was asked to undertake the review…

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Uber fires 20 staff after harassment investigation

Uber fires 20 staff after harassment investigation

Uber has fired more than 20 people, and is taking other actions against staff, after a harassment investigation. The taxi-app firm said the sackings related to sexual harassment, bullying and issues about poor company culture. Uber has been under fire over its treatment of women staff since a former employee wrote a scathing blog post about her experience. It led to two investigations and the uncovering of 215 complaints about harassment and other allegations. Uber…

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Uber and Lyft ordered to share data with San Francisco

Uber and Lyft ordered to share data with San Francisco

Ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft have been ordered to hand over details about their San Francisco operations. The city attorney wants access to four years’ worth of data about driver practices and the areas they serve. Dennis Herrera said he wanted to ensure they were complying with local laws on safety, accessibility and not creating “a public nuisance”. Uber and Lyft have 15 days to comply or face charges of contempt and other court-imposed penalties….

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These Leather iPhone Cases are High Fashion, but Über Functional

These Leather iPhone Cases are High Fashion, but Über Functional

Photos Credit: Nordstrom Do you have somewhere to go that you want to look hot, but you don’t want to carry a bulky purse with you? Maybe a concert where you need to be able to move to the music without fumbling around with your bag or clutch? Or maybe a date where you want to look good, but you don’t want your date to see your entire life spilling out of your everyday carryall?…

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Uber sued by car-share stab victim

Uber sued by car-share stab victim

A woman who was attacked with a knife in an Uber car is suing the ride-sharing company. Chicago resident Jennifer Camacho says another passenger slashed her face several times while using Uber Pool. The service lets strangers share a car to reduce the cost of a trip. But Uber said the “altercation” did not involve the company and its insurance provider has refused to compensate Ms Camacho because the assault was not considered accidental. Ms…

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