Celebrate Independence Day at a battlefield

Celebrate Independence Day at a battlefield

Several Civil War battlefields are offering a Fourth of July celebration with choices of activities, including concerts, fireworks, military displays and demonstrations, old-fashioned children’s games and more. Some occur on Saturday, July 2. Antietam National Battlefield, Sharpsburg, Md., is offering a free concert, beginning at 7:45 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9:45 p.m. on July […]

Celebrate Independence Day at a battlefield
Several Civil War battlefields are offering a Fourth of July celebration with choices of activities, including concerts, fireworks, military displays and demonstrations, old-fashioned children’s games and more. Some occur on Saturday, July 2. Antietam National Battlefield, Sharpsburg, Md., is offering a free concert, beginning at 7:45 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9:45 p.m. on July […]

Q. and A.: How (and Why) to Camp in the National Parks

Chris Santella’s new book, “Fifty Places to Camp Before You Die” (Abrams Books),showcases some of the world’s most beautiful campsites.

Chris Santella’s new book, “Fifty Places to Camp Before You Die” (Abrams Books),showcases some of the world’s most beautiful campsites.

UPDATE 2-News Corp bolsters UK soccer line-up with talkSPORT deal

LONDON, June 30 (Reuters) – Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp
has agreed to buy the owner of Britain’s talkSPORT in a
$292 million deal that unites The Sun newspaper’s sports
coverage with the commercial radio network that broadcasts
Premier League and FA Cu…

LONDON, June 30 (Reuters) - Rupert Murdoch's News Corp has agreed to buy the owner of Britain's talkSPORT in a $292 million deal that unites The Sun newspaper's sports coverage with the commercial radio network that broadcasts Premier League and FA Cup soccer.

News Corp offers to buy UK’s Wireless Group for about $296 mln

June 30 (Reuters) – News Corp has agreed to buy
London-listed broadcaster Wireless Group in a 220.3
million pound ($296 million) deal, which will give the U.S.
media company access to the UK and Ireland radio markets.

June 30 (Reuters) - News Corp has agreed to buy London-listed broadcaster Wireless Group in a 220.3 million pound ($296 million) deal, which will give the U.S. media company access to the UK and Ireland radio markets.

Erratum: The bacterial DnaA-trio replication origin element specifies single-stranded DNA initiator binding

Nature534, 412–416 (2016); doi:10.1038/nature17962In Fig. 2c of this Letter, the rectangle at the bottom right corner was erroneously labelled ‘ADP’ rather than ‘ATP’; this has now been corrected online.

Erratum: The bacterial DnaA-trio replication origin element specifies single-stranded DNA initiator binding

Nature 536, 7617 (2016). doi:10.1038/nature18932

Authors: Tomas T. Richardson, Omar Harran & Heath Murray

Nature534, 412–416 (2016); doi:10.1038/nature17962In Fig. 2c of this Letter, the rectangle at the bottom right corner was erroneously labelled ‘ADP’ rather than ‘ATP’; this has now been corrected online.

How to train yourself to become a morning exerciser

You plan a workout for the evening, but then something comes up — a happy hour, a deadline for work, or maybe even a Tinder date. And there goes your exercise for the day. If this keeps happening to you, there’s a logical solution: shift your workout …

You plan a workout for the evening, but then something comes up -- a happy hour, a deadline for work, or maybe even a Tinder date. And there goes your exercise for the day. If this keeps happening to you, there's a logical solution: shift your workout schedule to the morning.

Today is Uber London’s fourth birthday!

The taxi-hailing app is considered both brilliant and controversial, depending on who you ask. Here we’ve documented the company’s journey to a $50 billion valuation.

Disclaimer: it’s been a bit of a bumpy one…

uber X
©Uber

Uber celebrates four years of service in London 

29 June 2016

Uber has been operating in London since 2012 when it launched 90 cars in the capital. In the same year Uber rolled out services to Toronto and Sydney with a soft launch in Singapore taking place in early 2013. 

Uber introduces business profiles 

19 November 2015

Uber has introduced a new feature which allows all of its users to switch between their personal and business profiles, so that business trips are charged straight back to the company.

This will cut down on the need to keep receipts and file expense forms, but could also lead to some red faces if users forget to switch between accounts. 

Read more here.

Uber chief jumps ship 

The man in charge of Uber’s international expansion is leaving the taxi-app company, following regulatory challenges in Europe.

Neil Wass, the senior vice president for Europe, Middle East and Africa and Asia-Pacific will leave Uber at the end of the year, according to the Financial Times.

Uber reportedly bids $3bn for Nokia’s Here mapping business

8 May 2015

Taxi-app Uber has bid for Nokia’s Here mapping business in a bid to reduce its dependence on Google, reports suggest. 

Read more here 

Uber and Lyft drivers could soon be subject to stricter background checks

27 April 2015

A US court is mulling over a bill that would subject Massachusetts-based drivers for companies like Uber and Lyft to criminal background checks. 

That safety provision is just one outlined in a bill that is designed to regulate ride-sharing companies without stifling them.

Read more here

Uber under attack for alleged discrimination against blind passengers

21 April 2015

A court case that alleges Uber discriminates against blind passengers will be allowed to proceed despite an attempt by Uber to have it thrown out, a California judge ruled. 

The lawsuit, which concerns several alleged incidents in which Uber drivers refused service to blind passengers with service animals, represents another battle over whether Uber should be governed by the sale rules that cover taxis, buses and other public transportation companies.

Read more here

Uber in “sharing economy” standoff with UK government

20 March 2015 

Uber is in a standoff with the government over whether or not it is part of the sharing economy in the UK, Techworld can reveal. 

The San Francisco-headquartered company has expressed an interest in joining the newly-created, government-backed Sharing Economy UK (SEUK) trade body but there are a number of obstacles that need to be overcome beforehand.

Read more here.

Uber back in court after Californian taxi firms accuse it of false advertising

19 March 2015

Taxi companies in California have sued Uber Technologies in a federal court, charging the ride-hailing smartphone app company with misleading advertising regarding the safety of its rides.

Uber has made false and misleading advertisements regarding the safety of rides on its UberX platform, and criticised the safety of taxi rides offered by the taxi companies, the 19 firms said in a lawsuit filed Wednesday in the US District Court for the Northern District of California, San Francisco division.

Read more here

Uber and Lyft business model faces challenge over driver status

11 March 2015

The two companies want to classify their drivers as contractors rather than employees, which means they are not subject to employment protection law.

In separate cases, two federal judges said the status of the companies’ drivers will need to be decided by juries. If the drivers are considered employees, they could be entitled to minimum wages and any tips that customers pay, as well as other benefits. In that sense, the case is seen as a legal test that could affect other companies in the “sharing economy.”

Read more here

Uber seeks direction with deCarta mapping purchase

4 March 2015

Uber has bought mapping and location company deCarta in a bid to both improve its driver performance and develop new services.

California-based DeCarta  holds a variety of data pertaining to mapping, local search and turn-by-turn navigation. Its global location based services were used by Google Maps (2005-2008) and are used today by GM OnStar, Ford Sync, Samsung, Inrix, Blackberry and over 25 mobile operators worldwide.

Read more here

Uber founders make it into Forbes billionaire list

3 March 2015

Uber founders Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp are new arrivals in the Forbes annual ranking of the world’s billionaires, with a net worth each of $5.3bn. Ryan Graves, who five years ago reputedly replied “hire me :)” to a tweet about a job with an unknown startup, is now worth $1.4bn. Nice money if you can get it, but old new technology money dominates the rankings….

Read more here

Personal data on 50,000 Uber drivers exposed in breach

2 March 2015

The names and license plate numbers of about 50,000 Uber drivers were compromised in a security breach last year, the company revealed Friday.

Read more here

Uber hopes to attract customers worldwide through Starwood Hotels partnership

25 February 2015

Uber is set to start rewarding its customers each time they stay in a particular hotel. 

The ride-hailing service is teaming up with Starwood Hotels & Resorts to boost the use of its app among the well-traveled crowd. Through the partnership, members of Starwood’s guest loyalty program can link their accounts with Uber accounts and earn Starwood credits whenever they take an Uber ride. They’ll earn more credits if they take the ride while staying in one of the hotel company’s 1,200 properties in 100 countries.

Read more here

Uber raises an extra $1bn to meet investor demand

20 February 2015

Uber released more stocks in a bid to raise an extra $1 billion and meet investor demand. 

The latest expansion brings the total amount of money Uber raised from the funding round to $2.8 billion. The extra cash injection doesn’t increase Uber’s valuation, which is still $40 billion.

Read more here

Buying Uber might give Google a ride into the future

3 February 2015

Google has already invested at least $258 million into Uber but there are a few reasons why a complete buyout makes perfect sense.

The companies are heading in some of the same directions. Both Uber and Google are now working on driverless car technology and transportation and delivery services. Uber announced the creation of the “Uber Advanced Technologies Centre” in Pittsburgh through a partnership with Carnegie Mellon University, which will focus on long-term technology in the areas of mapping, vehicle safety and “autonomy technology.

Were Google to acquire Uber, it might head off a possible confrontation between the companies as both push deeper into developing similar services.

Read more here 

Uber backs driverless car research with new technology centre

3 February 2015

Uber will open a technology centre near the Carnegie Mellon University to help put driverless cars on the road.

The research team, based near the Carnegie Mellon campus in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, will focus on mapping, car safety technology and driverless robotics.

Read more here

Uber passenger who alleged Delhi rape sues in US

29 January 2015

A passenger who says she was raped and sexually assaulted by an Uber driver in New Delhi sues Uber in a US court, alleging that the company was negligent and that its commitment to passenger safety comes second to profits.

Read more here 

Uber woos European cities with the promise of 50,000 new jobs in 2015

19 Janurary 2015

Uber promises 50,000 new jobs in Europe in 2015 alone, in an bid to get more cities on the continent to approve its ride-hailing service.

Read more here.  

Can Uber still be classed as a startup?

19 January 2015

Can Uber still be classed as a startup if CEO Travis Kalanick successfully creates 50,000 jobs across Europe this year? The company believes it can, but others aren’t so sure. 

Many of the world’s largest technology companies, including Google and Facebook, still consider themselves to be startups in one sense or another. Indeed, they see being a startup as more of a state of mentality as opposed to how old the company is, how large its revenues are or how many staff it employs. 

When asked if Uber is still a startup, a spokesperson for the company said: “I have not heard otherwise.”

Read more here

Uber gives Boston the gift of data

13 January 2015 

Boston city officials will be the first to dip their fingers into Uber’s pot of data, under new plans laid out by the mobile car-summoning service.

The effort, Uber says, is geared toward city planning in areas that include managing urban growth as well as improving traffic flows and congestion. By seeing how residents travel across a city, for instance, municipalities might have better information for creating or reducing parking zones, Uber says. Uber’s data would add to the trip records from traditional taxi and other car service providers that local regulators already receive.

Read more here

Uber controversies and conflicts around the world mapped by data analysis firm Silk

8 January 2015

Troublesome Uber is encountering opposition from courts and taxi drivers in nearly every city it operates in. The extent of the controversies has made it difficult for some people to keep up, but data analysts at Silk have now created a number of visualisations depicting each of Uber’s regulatory conflicts around the world.

Read more here

Uber expands Momentum Rewards programme to UK drivers

7 January 2015

Uber has expanded its driver perks programme from the US to the UK as part of an effort to sign up more taxi drivers to its service.

Read more here

Uber looks to hire hundreds of people globally but just 13 in UK

6 January 2015

Uber is expanding aggressively worldwide but it is clearly chasing some markets more than others. Data released at the end of last year by data analysis firm Silk suggests that Uber is particularly keen on growing its operations in Asia.

Uber wants to recruit 144 non-drivers in Asia, 81 in Europe, 29 in South America, 28 in Oceania, 17 in Africa and six in the Middle East, according to data sent to Techworld at the end of December.

In the UK, Uber is recruiting for 13 positions, with seven of those falling under operations, two under local marketing and support and two under public policy and communication. There are no engineering positions being advertised in the UK, despite the well-established engineering communities around clusters like London’s Silicon Roundabout and Cambridge.

Read more here 

Uber makes U-turn after upping fares near Sydney hostage crisis

15 December 2014

Uber is offering the public free journeys after it was criticised for upping the price of journeys around the area where hostages are being held in Sydney, Australia.

Uber increased fares by four times due to high demand in Sydney’s central business district (CBD) following a hostage crisis in a cafe.

Read more here 

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The taxi-hailing app is considered both brilliant and controversial, depending on who you ask. Here we've documented the company's journey to a $50 billion valuation.

Disclaimer: it's been a bit of a bumpy one...

uber X
©Uber

Uber celebrates four years of service in London 

29 June 2016

Uber has been operating in London since 2012 when it launched 90 cars in the capital. In the same year Uber rolled out services to Toronto and Sydney with a soft launch in Singapore taking place in early 2013. 

Uber introduces business profiles 

19 November 2015

Uber has introduced a new feature which allows all of its users to switch between their personal and business profiles, so that business trips are charged straight back to the company.

This will cut down on the need to keep receipts and file expense forms, but could also lead to some red faces if users forget to switch between accounts. 

Read more here.

Uber chief jumps ship 

The man in charge of Uber's international expansion is leaving the taxi-app company, following regulatory challenges in Europe.

Neil Wass, the senior vice president for Europe, Middle East and Africa and Asia-Pacific will leave Uber at the end of the year, according to the Financial Times.

Uber reportedly bids $3bn for Nokia's Here mapping business

8 May 2015

Taxi-app Uber has bid for Nokia's Here mapping business in a bid to reduce its dependence on Google, reports suggest. 

Read more here 

Uber and Lyft drivers could soon be subject to stricter background checks

27 April 2015

A US court is mulling over a bill that would subject Massachusetts-based drivers for companies like Uber and Lyft to criminal background checks. 

That safety provision is just one outlined in a bill that is designed to regulate ride-sharing companies without stifling them.

Read more here

Uber under attack for alleged discrimination against blind passengers

21 April 2015

A court case that alleges Uber discriminates against blind passengers will be allowed to proceed despite an attempt by Uber to have it thrown out, a California judge ruled. 

The lawsuit, which concerns several alleged incidents in which Uber drivers refused service to blind passengers with service animals, represents another battle over whether Uber should be governed by the sale rules that cover taxis, buses and other public transportation companies.

Read more here

Uber in “sharing economy” standoff with UK government

20 March 2015 

Uber is in a standoff with the government over whether or not it is part of the sharing economy in the UK, Techworld can reveal. 

The San Francisco-headquartered company has expressed an interest in joining the newly-created, government-backed Sharing Economy UK (SEUK) trade body but there are a number of obstacles that need to be overcome beforehand.

Read more here.

Uber back in court after Californian taxi firms accuse it of false advertising

19 March 2015

Taxi companies in California have sued Uber Technologies in a federal court, charging the ride-hailing smartphone app company with misleading advertising regarding the safety of its rides.

Uber has made false and misleading advertisements regarding the safety of rides on its UberX platform, and criticised the safety of taxi rides offered by the taxi companies, the 19 firms said in a lawsuit filed Wednesday in the US District Court for the Northern District of California, San Francisco division.

Read more here

Uber and Lyft business model faces challenge over driver status

11 March 2015

The two companies want to classify their drivers as contractors rather than employees, which means they are not subject to employment protection law.

In separate cases, two federal judges said the status of the companies' drivers will need to be decided by juries. If the drivers are considered employees, they could be entitled to minimum wages and any tips that customers pay, as well as other benefits. In that sense, the case is seen as a legal test that could affect other companies in the "sharing economy."

Read more here

Uber seeks direction with deCarta mapping purchase

4 March 2015

Uber has bought mapping and location company deCarta in a bid to both improve its driver performance and develop new services.

California-based DeCarta  holds a variety of data pertaining to mapping, local search and turn-by-turn navigation. Its global location based services were used by Google Maps (2005-2008) and are used today by GM OnStar, Ford Sync, Samsung, Inrix, Blackberry and over 25 mobile operators worldwide.

Read more here

Uber founders make it into Forbes billionaire list

3 March 2015

Uber founders Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp are new arrivals in the Forbes annual ranking of the world’s billionaires, with a net worth each of $5.3bn. Ryan Graves, who five years ago reputedly replied “hire me :)” to a tweet about a job with an unknown startup, is now worth $1.4bn. Nice money if you can get it, but old new technology money dominates the rankings....

Read more here

Personal data on 50,000 Uber drivers exposed in breach

2 March 2015

The names and license plate numbers of about 50,000 Uber drivers were compromised in a security breach last year, the company revealed Friday.

Read more here

Uber hopes to attract customers worldwide through Starwood Hotels partnership

25 February 2015

Uber is set to start rewarding its customers each time they stay in a particular hotel. 

The ride-hailing service is teaming up with Starwood Hotels & Resorts to boost the use of its app among the well-traveled crowd. Through the partnership, members of Starwood's guest loyalty program can link their accounts with Uber accounts and earn Starwood credits whenever they take an Uber ride. They'll earn more credits if they take the ride while staying in one of the hotel company's 1,200 properties in 100 countries.

Read more here

Uber raises an extra $1bn to meet investor demand

20 February 2015

Uber released more stocks in a bid to raise an extra $1 billion and meet investor demand. 

The latest expansion brings the total amount of money Uber raised from the funding round to $2.8 billion. The extra cash injection doesn't increase Uber's valuation, which is still $40 billion.

Read more here

Buying Uber might give Google a ride into the future

3 February 2015

Google has already invested at least $258 million into Uber but there are a few reasons why a complete buyout makes perfect sense.

The companies are heading in some of the same directions. Both Uber and Google are now working on driverless car technology and transportation and delivery services. Uber announced the creation of the "Uber Advanced Technologies Centre" in Pittsburgh through a partnership with Carnegie Mellon University, which will focus on long-term technology in the areas of mapping, vehicle safety and "autonomy technology."

Were Google to acquire Uber, it might head off a possible confrontation between the companies as both push deeper into developing similar services.

Read more here 

Uber backs driverless car research with new technology centre

3 February 2015

Uber will open a technology centre near the Carnegie Mellon University to help put driverless cars on the road.

The research team, based near the Carnegie Mellon campus in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, will focus on mapping, car safety technology and driverless robotics.

Read more here

Uber passenger who alleged Delhi rape sues in US

29 January 2015

A passenger who says she was raped and sexually assaulted by an Uber driver in New Delhi sues Uber in a US court, alleging that the company was negligent and that its commitment to passenger safety comes second to profits.

Read more here 

Uber woos European cities with the promise of 50,000 new jobs in 2015

19 Janurary 2015

Uber promises 50,000 new jobs in Europe in 2015 alone, in an bid to get more cities on the continent to approve its ride-hailing service.

Read more here.  

Can Uber still be classed as a startup?

19 January 2015

Can Uber still be classed as a startup if CEO Travis Kalanick successfully creates 50,000 jobs across Europe this year? The company believes it can, but others aren't so sure. 

Many of the world's largest technology companies, including Google and Facebook, still consider themselves to be startups in one sense or another. Indeed, they see being a startup as more of a state of mentality as opposed to how old the company is, how large its revenues are or how many staff it employs. 

When asked if Uber is still a startup, a spokesperson for the company said: "I have not heard otherwise."

Read more here

Uber gives Boston the gift of data

13 January 2015 

Boston city officials will be the first to dip their fingers into Uber's pot of data, under new plans laid out by the mobile car-summoning service.

The effort, Uber says, is geared toward city planning in areas that include managing urban growth as well as improving traffic flows and congestion. By seeing how residents travel across a city, for instance, municipalities might have better information for creating or reducing parking zones, Uber says. Uber's data would add to the trip records from traditional taxi and other car service providers that local regulators already receive.

Read more here

Uber controversies and conflicts around the world mapped by data analysis firm Silk

8 January 2015

Troublesome Uber is encountering opposition from courts and taxi drivers in nearly every city it operates in. The extent of the controversies has made it difficult for some people to keep up, but data analysts at Silk have now created a number of visualisations depicting each of Uber’s regulatory conflicts around the world.

Read more here

Uber expands Momentum Rewards programme to UK drivers

7 January 2015

Uber has expanded its driver perks programme from the US to the UK as part of an effort to sign up more taxi drivers to its service.

Read more here

Uber looks to hire hundreds of people globally but just 13 in UK

6 January 2015

Uber is expanding aggressively worldwide but it is clearly chasing some markets more than others. Data released at the end of last year by data analysis firm Silk suggests that Uber is particularly keen on growing its operations in Asia.

Uber wants to recruit 144 non-drivers in Asia, 81 in Europe, 29 in South America, 28 in Oceania, 17 in Africa and six in the Middle East, according to data sent to Techworld at the end of December.

In the UK, Uber is recruiting for 13 positions, with seven of those falling under operations, two under local marketing and support and two under public policy and communication. There are no engineering positions being advertised in the UK, despite the well-established engineering communities around clusters like London’s Silicon Roundabout and Cambridge.

Read more here 

Uber makes U-turn after upping fares near Sydney hostage crisis

15 December 2014

Uber is offering the public free journeys after it was criticised for upping the price of journeys around the area where hostages are being held in Sydney, Australia.

Uber increased fares by four times due to high demand in Sydney’s central business district (CBD) following a hostage crisis in a cafe.

Read more here 



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