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Uber cops $412,500 fine for 2 million spam emails

- October 26, 2023 2 MIN READ

Uber Australia has been fined $412,500 by regulator the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) after the rideshare and food delivery company sent more than 2 million emails in breach of Australian spam laws. An ACMA ivestigation concluded that Uber sent marketing emails to customers without an unsubscribe option, and on top of that, more… Read more »

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Ride-share companies post billions in losses annually, so is that the special skill they bring in partnering with public transport?

- February 23, 2023 4 MIN READ

Why do Uber, Lyft, Didi, OLA, and other ride-sharing companies want to partner with public transport agencies? For Uber and Lyft, the reason is simple: their business plans were based on eventually using driverless vehicles to eliminate their main cost, the labour cost of the driver. But human drivers won’t be replaced for some time.… Read more »


The NSW government is giving the taxi industry nearly $1 billion – coz Uber – and you’re going to pay for it on every ride until 2030

- November 7, 2022 2 MIN READ

The NSW Government has upped its total compensation package to taxi licence holders for the rideshare’s introduction by $260 million to total $905 million. A media release from outgoing Transport minister David Elliott, who will depart politics at the March 2023 election, bragged that the compensation was more than double the Victorian Government package and… Read more »

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A teenager is reportedly behind Uber’s latest cybersecurity breach, gaining ‘full access’

- September 20, 2022 3 MIN READ

Uber has experienced a significant cyber breach, with an 18-year-old reportedly gaining access to the tech giant’s internal systems and databases after tricking an employee. Uber on Friday confirmed it was investigating a “cyber security incident”, and that it had taken a number of its internal communications and engineering systems offline while this was taking… Read more »

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How Uber ignored the law, lobbied and exploited anger to go global

- July 13, 2022 3 MIN READ

Uber’s strategy was clear from the outset: move quickly into markets, operate with dubious legality, create a critical mass of demand, and deal with the consequences later. Now a trove of over 124,000 internal files from Uber – including messages between executives and internal briefing notes – has revealed the scope of the company’s market… Read more »

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Why Uber signed a gig economy deal with the Transport Workers’ Union

- June 30, 2022 3 MIN READ

Uber Australia has struck a historic agreement with the Transport Workers’ Union – a statement of principles that re-regulate work in the Australian rideshare and food delivery industry. This is a major shift to industrial relations in the gig economy. Uber and its rival platforms have largely treated their workforce as independent contractors, not employees… Read more »

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Uber cops $26 million fine after admitting it misled more than 2 million Australians over its cancellation fee

- April 26, 2022 2 MIN READ

Ridesharing company Uber has admitted it misled customers when it warned them of additional fees for cancelling trips and has agreed to wear a $26 million fine following action by consumer watchdog the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission. Uber has admitted that it breached the Australian Consumer Law by making false or misleading statements in… Read more »

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The NSW government is planning to compensate the taxi industry for Uber’s arrival with another $1 billion package

- March 24, 2022 2 MIN READ

Rideshare and taxi users in NSW will be slugged with an ongoing $1 surcharge as part of a whopping $1 billion compensation package for the taxi industry being considered by the NSW government, more than six years after Uber was legalised in the state. When rideshare was legalised in late 2015, the then-Baird government announced… Read more »

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Uber gobbles up Car Next Door

- January 20, 2022 2 MIN READ

Australian startup Car Next Door has sold to the US tech giant Uber after a decade in business. The price of the acquisition was not disclosed The peer-to-peer car rental platform first launched in Sydney in 2012 and now operates in all capital cities except Darwin, as well as the Gold Coast, Cairns,Launceston, and Newcastle.… Read more »


Investigation finds Uber ‘interfered’ with the privacy of 1.2 million Australians following 2016 cyber attack

- July 27, 2021 3 MIN READ

A three-year investigation into a cyber attack that stole data from Uber belonging to 1.2 million Australia has found that the US tech company failed to act appropriately in response and paid the cyber criminals responsible a bug bounty for the breach. Privacy Commissioner Angelene Falk’s review said Uber “interfered” with the privacy of around… Read more »


Your 90-second guide to the day in tech

- February 23, 2021 3 MIN READ

Hello and welcome to Tuesday. Don’t forget to tune in for the Startup Daily show on Ausbiz.com.au  every weekday, 2-2.45pm. Watch online, download the ausbiz app or via 7Plus.   Eftpos taps fintech advice eftpos has launched a fintech advisory committee in collaboration with FinTech Australia to give the startups a direct say in how to access and leverage the… Read more »