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Malaysia Authorizes E-Hailing Operations, Rivals Grab and Uber Expand

Malaysia Authorizes E-Hailing Operations, Rivals Grab and Uber Expand

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia — In a report last Thursday, two laws were passed by the Malaysian legislature that will legitimize e-hailing operations. The news comes in the wake of ride-hailing companies Grab and Uber’s expansion plans. Malaysia’s Land Public Transport Act and the Commercial Vehicles Licensing Board (CVLB) Act did not have provisions that allowed ride-sharing companies to run legally. With the law’s amendment, the companies can now have their own business license that suits the nature of the service. Ride-hailing was agreed upon last year by the Cabinet of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, despite cab driver groups protesting […]

Ride-Hailing Firm Grab Slated to Raise $2.5 Billion Via Didi Chuxing and Softbank

Ride-Hailing Firm Grab Slated to Raise $2.5 Billion Via Didi Chuxing and Softbank

In a report last Monday, ride-hailing company Grab announced its plan to raise $2.5 billion to reinforce its mobile payment platform and maintain dominance in Southeast Asian market over rival Uber. The investment program will be lead by the Softbank Group of Japan and Chinese ride-hailing app Didi Chuxing in what is considered the biggest single fundraising in Southeast Asia. According to Reuters, the company will be worth over $6 billion once the financing round is done. Grab’s anticipated growth comes in the wake of rival firm Uber’s growing concerns. In recent months, Uber has dealt with a criminal investigation […]

New Uber Airport Service in Madrid to be Investigated by Anti-Monopoly Watchdogs

New Uber Airport Service in Madrid to be Investigated by Anti-Monopoly Watchdogs

Madrid, Spain — Last Sunday, the Madrid government urged its anti-monopoly guardians to evaluate Uber’s new airport service over speculations that it is breaking fair market competition. The Uber airport service takes passengers from the Madrid Bajaras airport to the center of the city. It charges a tax duty of 15 to 29 euros, which is a far cry from the fixed rate of 30 euros—the standard Madrid airport taxi price.   Earlier this year, taxi drivers have staged 3 strikes to protest ride-sharing apps. They claim Uber is not properly regulated because they only use VTC registrations used for […]

Uber Patches Website Security Flaw

According to reports last Thursday, Uber has patched a security problem that compromised its sign-in service and left its subdomain vulnerable to attacks. The security flaw was reported to Uber on April 7, but they only began addressing the issue on June 6, claiming that the report fell through the cracks. Researcher and security expert Arne Swinnen said that Uber was in danger of a subdomain takeover, explaining that the problem was the SSO which was based on shared cookies. If one subdomain was compromised, the rest could be exposed. Swinnen said Uber had countermeasures to prevent it, but a […]

Newly Opened Lyft Hubs across US Gets New Drivers on the Road in a Few Hours

Ride-sharing company Lyft is investing some of its newly acquired funding to open more hubs to get drivers to get on the road as quickly as it can. Currently the company has 9 hubs in different cities and is opening a 10th in the next few months. At present, Lyft has hubs set up in Los Angeles, Seattle, Boston, Chicago, and newly opened ones in Atlanta and Phoenix. Lyft driver applicants can get on the road in as quick as an hour or two after passing background checks, according to Lyft’s general manager on Northern California operations, Mihir Gandhi. The […]

Uber Unaware of Waymo Data Theft Before Lawsuit According to New Filing

Uber’s response to District Judge William Alsup’s queries in the Uber v. Waymo lawsuit claims that they were not aware of any stolen proprietary information until Waymo filed a lawsuit Waymo, the self-driving car unit of Alphabet Inc, Google’s parent company, filed a case against Uber over trade secret theft.  The issue came about when former Waymo star engineer Anthony Levandowski left the company to create an autonomous trucking company named Otto, which was then acquired by Uber. Uber said it was not aware that Levandowski downloaded any of Google’s proprietary information. Waymo disputed Uber’s account. Source: Tech Crunch

The Anti-Distracted Driving Act at a Glance

The Anti-Distracted Driving Act at a Glance

The Anti-Distracted Driving Act or R.A. No. 10913, which aims to promote the responsible use of electronic devices on the road and protect citizens from vehicular accidents, has become law on July 21, 2016. Here are five things you should know about this Act: The Act covers all kinds of land transportation vehicles, whether public or private. All motorists using hand-held mobile phones, computers and any similar electronic devices while driving, even when temporarily stopped at a red light,  are liable under the Act. Hence, sending or reading messages on a mobile device, making or receiving calls, playing electronic games, […]