Uber non verrà incriminata per l’incidente dell’anno scorso

I giudici hanno deciso che non ci sono gli estremi per incriminare Uber per l’incidente avvenuto l’anno scorso nel quale un’auto a guida automatica investì e uccise una donna in Arizona.

La guidatrice, che al momento dell’incidente era probabilmente impegnata ad utilizzare il suo cellulare, si potrebbe trovare ad affrontare le accuse di omicidio.

Uber non affronterà la causa con la famiglia della vittima poiché aveva patteggiato pochi giorni dopo l’incidente.

Tutta la vicenda dell’incidente era stata poi caratterizzata dalle rivelazioni di un impiegato di Uber che riferiva di alcuni problemi di sicurezza rilevati ed ignorati nelle loro auto a guida automatica.

“After a very thorough review of all evidence presented, this office has determined that there is no basis for criminal liability for the Uber corporation”[Link]

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Uber e i propri conducenti

by Matteo Scandolin

Che nello stato di New York devono essere assunti dalla società, e non essere considerati “contractors”.

Though the decision only applies to the three drivers and to “similarly situated” drivers, it could have larger ramifications for the gig economy. Namely, if full-time gig workers continue to be deemed employees, companies like Uber, Postmates, and Rover could be forced to pay more benefits. [link]

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I soliti casini di Uber

by Matteo Scandolin

Era da un po’ che non linkavamo pezzi che parlano della cultura tossica che vige a Uber. Rimediamo subito: se ne va la capa delle risorse umane (“Chief People Officer”). Una delle persone che dovrebbe fare in modo che sia possibile lavorare bene nell’azienda era, be’, pare non fosse proprio una santa.

They alleged Hornsey had used discriminatory language and made derogatory comments about Uber Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion Bernard Coleman, and had denigrated and threatened former Uber executive Bozoma Saint John, who left the company in June.

“This person ultimately was the reason behind (Saint John’s) departure from Uber,” the anonymous employees said in an email, referring to Hornsey. [link]

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WTF is happening at Uber?

[Recode’s Johanna Bhuiyan] said it’s extremely unlikely that Kalanick would be pushed out as CEO any time soon because of how many allies he has on the board.

“What could change that is if Arianna Huffington — who’s really smart about her image, really good at managing her PR — if it becomes too toxic to be on Travis’s side, if she flipped,” she said. “Up until now, she’s defended him really staunchly, has said he’s evolving. She’s seen change in him.”

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Uber president Jeff Jones is quitting, citing differences over ‘beliefs and approach to leadership’

Jones, said sources, determined that this was not the situation he signed on for, especially after Uber CEO Travis Kalanick announced a search for a new COO to help him right the very troubled ship.

That was not the reason for Jones’ departure, sources said, even though it meant that Kalanick was bringing in a new exec who could outrank him. Instead, these sources said, Jones determined that the situation at the company was more problematic than he realized.

It surely seems they’re melting.

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Your Company’s Culture is Who You Hire, Fire, and Promote

Instead of letting your company become a corporate version of “The Hunger Games,” leadership should do the responsible thing: actively prioritize behavior that’s congruent with company values.
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The “No Asshole Rule” dictates that no matter how great a candidate may be, being an asshole is an automatic deal breaker. The way this can be implemented is through what I call the “One Red Flag Rule.” This is based on the observation that pathological traits are sporadically, not continually, expressed (except for severe cases).

And here we go.

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It would be ‘dangerous to change’ Uber’s culture at this point, says Gene Munster

Speaking from a hypothetical Uber investor’s perspective, “I would like to see the people that actually did this be held accountable, but I wouldn’t like to see the culture change, as crazy as that sounds,” he said. (Munster is not an investor in the company.)
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But Uber got where it did on the strength of its aggressive take-no-prisoners culture embodied by CEO Travis Kalanick, says Munster, and trying to change that could be “dangerous.”

This is ridiculous. It means that we can ignore fundamental human values as long as it gives us a profit. I don’t say that it had never happened before – ’cause, you know, it did actually happen, in a wide variety of occasion, even in our private lives – but we should be better than this, and we should build better places to work and profit accordingly.

Investors should demand more character, more strength from companies they invest in.

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I am an Uber survivor

I knew that some reported life at Uber sucked, but there’s too many stories around, now, to ignore that Uber’s culture is shit. When a company’s culture is shit, there’s only one person to blame: its CEO.

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How Uber Used Secret Greyball Tool to Deceive Authorities Worldwide

The program, involving a tool called Greyball, uses data collected from the Uber app and other techniques to identify and circumvent officials. Uber used these methods to evade the authorities in cities such as Boston, Paris and Las Vegas, and in countries like Australia, China, Italy and South Korea.

Un-fucking-believable.

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Susan J. Flower awful year at Uber

It’s a horror-story kind of thing, a must read. Uber’s CEO Travis Kalanick has promised an “urgent investigation”, let’s see if it’s genuine interest in something like this never happening again or just a PR stunt.

There’s a comment on the original post that struck me, wrote by “Adam”:

Post all of your documented evidence after blurring out the private details. We need to see if it is really sexism or feminist delusion. It is very commonplace to whine about sexism and call everything sexist in the Bay Area. So I am very skeptical of this story.

Conspiracy, conspiracy everywhere.

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Arianna Huffington is an Uber board member

Not a smart move from a very smart woman.

For articles with “Uber” in the headline, Huffington can simply recede from the discussion. But what about pieces that are topically contiguous to Uber? Like transportation funding, highway safety, union politics and so on? How broad will be her recusal?

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