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A photo illustration shows the Uber app and London-themed postcards in London in June 2018. (Simon Dawson/Illustration/Reuters)
When a passenger or driver is harmed in one country, it can do damage to Uber's brand around the world. In its filing, the company cites examples of cases abroad that have hurt the company's image, such as a 2014 incident when an Uber driver in India was convicted of kidnapping and raping a female passenger. The company also warns that in Latin America there have been numerous reports of both drivers and passengers using the service being victimized by violent crime -- such as armed robbery, violent assault and rape.
A sign marks a pickup point for the Uber car service at LaGuardia Airport in New York. (Seth Wenig/AP)
The company's top rival therefore isn't Lyft — it's Amazon, according to analysts. The company's new businesses include freight forwarding, food and package delivery. That's why the company thinks it's worth twice as much as Ford Motor Co. or four times as much as Fiat Chrysler.
But there are major impediments to that vision, my colleagues write: “For one thing, it hasn’t yet been able to solve the problem of food arriving cold upon delivery.”
Uber's food service, Uber Eats, maintains vast troves of data that predict food preparation time or recommend food and restaurants to customers. But beyond the algorithms, reality is hindering the business. Food isn't ready for pickup, drivers who run in to pick up orders can't park, and food often arrives to the customer late.
“We are still barely scratching the surface when it comes to huge industries like food and logistics, and how the future of urban mobility will reshape cities for the better,” Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi wrote in a letter that is part of the company’s filing to go public.
The FCC on Thursday voted unanimously across party lines to reject China Mobile International USA Inc.'s long-ago filed application. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)
The Federal Communications Commission in a unanimous decision banned China Mobile, a telecom giant with a U.S. subsidiary that operates at a key position for international phone traffic.
Republican FCC Chairman Ajit Pai charged that the firm is “owned and controlled by the Chinese government,” a connection that raised a “significant risk” that authorities there could “conduct activities that would seriously jeopardize the national security, law enforcement and economic interests of the United States.”
Some of the agency's Republicans and Democrats even encouraged the FCC to take additional steps to block other Chinese-tied telecom giants from operating in the United States or selling equipment here. They're calling for scrutiny as White House and Chinese officials are engaged in tense negotiations over tariffs the United States imposed.
China Mobile didn't respond to a request for comment.
Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, Blue Origin and owner of The Washington Post, introduces a newly developed lunar lander “Blue Moon.” (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)
Bezos unveiled a life-size mock-up of the lander his company, Blue Origin, is developing to carry cargo and supplies to the surface of the moon ahead of a human landing.
Davenport writes, “he made an emotional case for humanity to expand out into the cosmos, a passion he has held since he was a child and has called the most important work he is doing today.”
Bezos and Trump have clashed on many issues, but the tech mogul lauded the administration's proposal to get people back to the moon quickly.
“I love this,” he said. “It’s the right thing to do. For those of you doing the arithmetic at home, that’s 2024. And we can help meet that timeline, but only because we started three years ago. It’s time to go back to the moon — this time to stay.”
But neither the Trump administration nor Bezos have been very transparent about how much such an endeavor would cost. Bezos didn't say what the lander, dubbed “blue Moon,” would cost or when it would be ready to fly. The White House also has provided no details on how it would achieve that or cost estimates, and the rocket NASA would use to get there has suffered delays and is billions over budget.
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Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes's op-ed in the New York Times calling for the breakup of the social network drew widespread attention in Silicon Valley and in Washington, where some politicians have suggested the company should be probed for antitrust violations.
Hughes appeared on NBC News to share why he wrote the op-ed, and what it means for his relationship with Zuckerberg:
— NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) May 9, 2019
Chris Hughes is right. Today’s big tech companies have too much power—over our economy, our society, & our democracy. They’ve bulldozed competition, used our private info for profit, hurt small businesses & stifled innovation. It's time to #BreakUpBigTech. https://t.co/rZMftEwlkN— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) May 9, 2019
I don't think breaking up Facebook will improve how it manhandles democracy.— Christopher Mims 🎆 (@mims) May 9, 2019
I do think it would increase competition in new, interesting and useful ways. https://t.co/X1qjYNbVmG
This piece by Facebook co-founder @chrishughes is a big deal. And it would indeed be harder to break up Facebook in the future than it is now. Facebook is working on integrating their apps, making it more difficult to disentangle them. https://t.co/2all3KX1kn— Sarah Frier (@sarahfrier) May 9, 2019
None of the ideas in here are new. They have been repeated for a few years by a small coterie of neo-Brandeisians. Yet this is the most powerful statement because of who said it. https://t.co/DO2BbVzckg— Kim-Mai Cutler (@kimmaicutler) May 9, 2019
Facebook’s statement on the Chris Hughes’ “Break Up Facebook” op-ed is much angrier than usual. (Via @Hadas_Gold) pic.twitter.com/V6zdeuu9or— Alex Kantrowitz (@Kantrowitz) May 9, 2019
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