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Uber Fired 15 People in Email Using Comic Sans

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There are many unkind ways to end a working relationship, but leave it to Uber to show a true flourish of cruelty.

Uber cleaned out half of its Chicago-based support staff on Friday. In emails obtained by the Daily Dot, the employees were terminated by a representative of ZeroChaos, the third-party HR firm that managed the contractors. The emails were written in, of all things, Comic Sans—the world’s most reviled and visually offensive font. Read More

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As Uber Secures $1.2 Billion in Funding, CEO Admits to Company’s ‘Significant Growing Pains’

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Uber’s public image has suffered in the past few weeks, what with its Senior Vice President blaming Sarah Lacy for sexual assault against female passengers, and its CEO following up with a preeeeetty unprofessional and unapologetic tweetstorm.

But that didn’t stop the company from announcing the completion of a $1.2 billion funding round today. An Uber spokesperson said the company’s now valued at $40 billion, according to Re/code. Read More

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Uber Drivers Don’t Want to Drive Carpooling New Yorkers

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Back in August, Uber said they’d be rolling out a new feature where you could turn your ride into a carpool by picking up additional passengers and splitting the costs, beating out Lyft’s nearly identical announcement by mere hours. Uber will start offering this feature in New York City tomorrow, and they’re “excited” as usual, according to their blog, help New Yorker’s add another random variable to their drunked, late-night Ubering.

Uber drivers, however, aren’t as excited as the guys at the top raking in the major cash. A number of drivers told Newsweek that they’re just going to turn the service off, and that “not many drivers accept UberPool rides. And those who did try it, hated it.” Read More

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Private Helicopter App ‘Blade’ Will Now Bring You to Your Private Jet

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This Thanksgiving, while you’re stuck in traffic, remember: there’s always a better way to travel — especially when you can afford an upgrade.

This week, Blade, the Uber-for-helicopters that would probably prefer not to be constantly referred to as “the Uber for helicopters,” is expanding its service to ferry people between Blade’s midtown NYC helipad and Teterboro airport. Read More

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Times Op-Ed Calls For Firings At Uber ‘While There’s Still Time’

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Last week, it was revealed that Uber leadership, from the CEO down to its regional managers, is guilty of serious abuse of power, executive overreach and, at very least, what should be career-ending gaffs.

But Uber Senior Vice President Emil Michael hasn’t, in fact, been fired and CEO Travis Kalanick is barely sorry, which has the tech world asking the Great Uber Question: How do you hold a venture-backed startup responsible for erratic and thuggish behavior? Read More

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Uber Executive Says Sarah Lacy Is Personally Responsible For Sexual Assault Against Women in Cabs

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It seems like just yesterday we were all talking about Uber trying to absolve themselves of their asshole image in the public opinion. Because that was just yesterday. It was also fun while it lasted, but it didn’t even last the whole day.

Last night, Buzzfeed Editor in Chief Ben Smith published a series of remarks made by Uber Senior Vice President Emil Michael over dinner. Mr. Michael suggested that the proper response to hostile journalists would be to spend a million dollars on an opposition research team which would dig up details on the private lives of those journalists in order to harass and target their families. Read More

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Uber For Business Launches to Make Life Even Better for People With Expense Accounts

Corporate cars. (Screenshot via Uber)

Getting a cab is pretty freaking easy these days, especially if money is no object to you. But now, Uber is making it even easier — provided you are rich and important enough to have a corporate expense account.

“Today, Uber is truly open for . . . business,” Uber’s blog announces, sounding disappointed in itself. “We’ve heard from loyal users that the ability to use a shareable business account would make their lives a lot more seamless — and a lot more Uber.” Read More