What the hell Uber? Uncool bro. « Joe's Security Blog. Howdy ho!
This is one of those interim posts where I’m not posting something cool, but rather something that’s bothering me. You know, like a blog post? Anyways, I downloaded Uber the other day and its pretty cool and handy. The only qualm I had was with all the permissions it asked for. You can see the permissions the app wants to use by viewing the “AndroidManifest.xml” file inside the APK. just open the thing with 7zip and view it.
The easiest way I’ve seen is to use a tool like xml-apk-parser. Now we can get a clearer picture of what the heck it wants permission to use: Christ man! “A lot of the best tech startups are ideas that have been around for years” 72 Percent of Airbnb's NY Rentals Are Illegal, Report Says. New York City.
Getty Images A whopping 72 percent of Airbnb’s listings in New York are illegal, according to a new state report, and together with city regulators, the office of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is actively cracking down on the room-rental service. Covering four years of data provided to the attorney general after a court battle, the report indicates that more than a third of the listings posted on the online marketplace are run by large-scale operators, not permanent residents, and generate more than a third of the revenue.
In New York City, laws are in place to prevent people from renting out their residences for less than 30 days, unless the tenants are also home. Schneiderman is looking to shut down these operations, which are essentially run like hotels. Uber Fired a Driver Over a "Hateful" Tweet About the Company. Recommended by Nitasha Tiku "I Still Unload": This Man Is a "Nullo" Who Removed His Penis and… Angelina Jolie's Kids Goddamn Obsessed With Her Marriage to Brad Pitt.
Against Sharing. Kazi drives a Toyota Prius for Uber in Los Angeles.
He hates it. He barely makes minimum wage, and his back hurts after long shifts. Uber interdit en Allemagne. Why is Uber so scared of a much smaller competitor? - Quartz. Uber, the online car service, is reportedly running a secret operation to recruit drivers from competitor Lyft that involves canceling thousands of ordered rides, and wasting drivers’ time.
While some are outraged at the dirty-tricks aspect of the hiring campaign, there isn’t enough attention to being paid to why Uber is going to such lengths to add drivers to its network—and what it means for the company’s future. After all, Uber has raised $1.5 billion dollars and operates in 92 North American cities, not to mention its numerous outposts around the world, while Lyft has raised $350 million and only works in 64 US cities. Uber is more well known, and it seems miles ahead of Lyft, with its dreams of expanding beyond car services into logistics and hopes of replacing everything from car rental to car ownership.
The company’s cut-throat tactics indicate that if there is an Achilles’ heel somewhere, it lies in the drivers the car service platforms rely on to provide service. Uber perd une bataille contre une association de taxis, Industrie & Services. Ces applications qui « vendent » les places de stationnement public. Dans certains quartiers de San Francisco, il faut souvent s'armer de patience avant de trouver une place de parking.
Il n'est pas rare de devoir "tourner" plusieurs dizaines de minutes. La pénurie est telle que les conducteurs à la recherche d'un emplacement représenteraient 30 % du trafic automobile, selon une estimation officielle de la municipalité, qui travaille avec plusieurs sociétés pour résoudre ce problème. En attendant, ils sont plusieurs à avoir flairé le bon filon. Deux applications proposent ainsi d'acheter une place de parking publique. Leur principe est simple. "C'est un moyen intelligent de gagner un peu d'argent avec une place que vous alliez de toute façon quitter", résume la société Monkey Parking. Uber rival accuses car service of dirty tactics - Jan. 24, 2014. Gett, an Uber rival, is accusing Uber of questionable tactics regarding its competition.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) Gett, which allows users to order cars with a smartphone app, claims that Uber employees in New York ordered and canceled over a hundred of its cars during a span of three days last week. The Uber employees received the Gett drivers' cell phone numbers from the order. On Tuesday, an Uber employee texted the drivers in an attempt to recruit them. In screenshots of the texts provided to CNNMoney, Uber offered Gett drivers money to come work for their company. Uber acknowledged the tactics went overboard. Uber-nasty? Staff submits 5,560 fake ride requests - Aug. 11, 2014. NEW YORK (CNNMoney) Uber employees have ordered and canceled more than 5,000 rides from rival Lyft since last October, according to new data provided by Lyft.
The data was obtained at CNNMoney's request when reporting another story on the companies' competition. It's the latest in a pattern of aggressive and questionable tactics by Uber to control the car-on-demand market, according to rivals. Uber-nasty? Staff submits 5,560 fake ride requests - Aug. 11, 2014.