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Uber fixes bug that exposed third-party app secrets

Uber has fixed a bug that allowed access to the secret developer tokens of apps that integrated with the ridesharing service, according to the security researchers who discovered the flaw. In a blog post, Anand Prakash and Manisha Sangwan explained that a vulnerable developer endpoint on Uber’s back-end systems — since locked down — was mistakenly spitting back client secrets and server tokens for apps authorized by the Uber account owner. Client secrets and server tokens are considered highly sensitive bits of information for developers, as they allow apps to communicate…

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Spanish anti-Uber taxi strike ends after government agrees new regulation

A national six-day taxi driver strike in Spain has ended after the government agreed to pass regulation that will allow the country’s autonomous communities to cap the number of private hire vehicle permits within their cities. The VTC licenses are used by Uber and local ride-hailing rival Cabify to offer professional driver services in the country. So the government’s decision looks likely to limit the size of their businesses in regional markets which choose to uphold the cap. Previous decisions by European courts have essentially closed down Uber’s p2p (non-professional driver)…

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Emil Michael, Ubers SVP of business, has left the company

Uber has confirmed that Emil Michael, one the companys top executives, has left the company. Earlier today Michael sent an internal email to staff that he would be leaving the ride-hailing company, according to a report from Recode. Michael, who served as the companys senior vice president of business, has long been a controversial figure outside of the company (he was the executive who suggested that Uber could and should perform opposition research on journalists). His departure was reported to be one of the recommendations that was set before Ubers…

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Stealthy Boxbot wins the Pear prize for UC Berkeley with a tech for autonomous last-mile delivery

It was a long road that took the two founders of drinks at Drakes Dealership to winning sponsored by the firm of the same name that awards $250,000 to a startup founded by students, alumna or professors from the University of Berkeley along with some seed investments from Afore Capital and Automa Systems, an early Uber competitor that eventually turned into an Uber for trucking. That company was on the cusp of signing a term sheet and raising capital when Uber approached Godwin with an offer he couldnt refuse. Arcimoto,…

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