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Why were still waiting on the Postmates S-1

In a wide-ranging conversation at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco last week, Postmates co-founder and chief executive officer Bastian Lehmann made light of the company’s lack of IPO documents. The San Francisco-based on-demand delivery business was expected to publicly file its IPO prospectus in September in preparation for a fall exit, sources familiar with the matter told TechCrunch this summer. September, however, has come and gone, and we’re still waiting on Postmates to release the critical document. “The reality is that we will IPO when we believe we find the right…

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Sources: Lilium is looking to raise up to $500M for its electric flying taxis

“Flying cars” — airborne vehicles designed for urban and other short-distance commutes to replace conventional private automobiles — are (at best) still years away from being a reality, with significant safety, technology and business model hurdles to clear before they ever hit the sky. Now, sources tell us that one of the more promising startups in the field, the German startup Lilium, wants to put itself into pole position by ramping up its financial position. Lilium has been talking to investors to raise a big round of funding, between $400…

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Startups Weekly: SoftBanks second act

Hello and welcome back to Startups Weekly, a weekend newsletter that dives into the week’s noteworthy startups and venture capital news. Before I jump into today’s topic, let’s catch up a bit. Last week, I noted some challenges plaguing mental health tech startups. Before that, I wrote about Zoom and Superhuman’s PR disasters. Remember, you can send me tips, suggestions and feedback to kate.clark@techcrunch.com or on Twitter @KateClarkTweets. If you don’t subscribe to Startups Weekly yet, you can do that here. accelerating its IPO plans and targeting a September listing. We don’t…

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Uber loses Arianna Huffington and Benchmarks Matt Cohler as board members

Uber has lost two of its board members today. Arianna Huffington, CEO at Thrive Global, and Benchmark General Partner Matt Cohler‘s resignations from the board went into effect today, according to two Uber filings with the SEC. “Given Thrive’s growth, it has become clear to me that I will no longer be able to give my Uber board duties the attention they deserve, so I will be stepping down,” Huffington said. “It has been an unforgettable three-year ride, and I’m grateful to have been able to work alongside my fellow…

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Startups Weekly: The Peloton IPO (bull vs. bear)

Hello and welcome back to Startups Weekly, a newsletter published every Saturday that dives into the week’s noteworthy venture capital deals, funds and trends. Before I dive into this week’s topic, let’s catch up a bit. Last week, I wrote about the proliferation of billion-dollar companies. Before that, I noted the uptick in beverage startup rounds. Remember, you can send me tips, suggestions and feedback to kate.clark@techcrunch.com or on Twitter @KateClarkTweets. A bullish perspective: Peloton, an early player in the fitness tech space, has garnered a cult following since its founding in…

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Uber to ban riders with low ratings: will you pass the test?

Failure to tip, a refusal to chat even where you sit could influence how drivers rate you and under a new policy could see you banned Will your Uber rating be docked if youdont tip? What side of the car should you sit on? Small talk or silence? Since Uber first began to allow users to check their ratings on the app in 2017, riders have harbored growing anxiety about how many stars their behavior in the back seat will earn them. Now those are being magnified by another new…

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Great fanfare as Uber gets its stock on the road, but app stalls in New York

Could this be the moment the sentiment on Wall Street turned against the tech sector? Ubers stock market debut came with all the usual razzmatazz of a big American technology IPO. The chief executive spent weeks making sweeping statements about how the business was just getting started and had new worlds to conquer everything from pizza delivery to international freight. In the background, investment bankers whipped up buyers for the transportation stock of the 21st century. And, when immediately went into reverse. Priced at $45 a share, valuing Uber at…

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Uber Hails a Ride to Wall Street, and More Car News This Week

They’re growing up now! Uber, once the enfant terrible of the tech industry, put on its big kid pants and publicly filed for IPO this week, attempting to prove, once and for all, that it’s got its crap together. Its filing reveals a sprawling company that’s made strides since ex-CEO Travis Kalanick was dropping Boober jokes back in 2014—but one that also has a few big, hulking problems on the horizon, like fighting drivers on employee classification issues and, you know, achieving profitability. Also in transpo people and companies trying…

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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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This Uber Driver Gives Passengers A Menu Of 5 Ride Types They Can Choose From

Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: LuisLovesGoats uber_george George now has more than 4,000 Twitter followers and shared a clearer picture of his menus for all future passengers in the area Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: Jjaaaypaz baeleybabe Almost finished… To complete the subscription process, please click the link in the email we just sent you. Read more: http://www.boredpanda.com/ride-type-menu-uber-driver-george/

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Transportation Weekly: Didi woes, how Nuro met Softbank, Amazons appetite

Welcome back to Transportation Weekly; I’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch. This is the second edition and seriously people, what happened this week? Too much. Too much! Never heard of TechCrunch’s Transportation Weekly? Catch up here. As I’ve written before, consider this a soft launch. Follow me on Twitter @kirstenkorosec to ensure you see it each week. (An email subscription is coming). Off we go … vroom. ONM … There are OEMs in the automotive world. And here, (wait for it) there are ONMs — original news manufacturers. (Cymbal…

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Uber sues NYC to contest cap on drivers

Uber filed a lawsuit against New York City, The Verge reported. The company wants to overturn New York City’s rule that caps the number of new ride-hailing drivers. Last summer, the city approved legislation that halts the issuing of new licenses to drivers for 12 months. It has been a multi-year fight between Uber and New York City. NYC mayor Bill de Blasio has been in favor of new legislation to regulate ride-hailing companies for years. And the NYC Council finally voted in favor of such a new rule back…

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Best Uber Ever? Driver Installs Gaming Console for Riders

How awesome is this? Reddit user and rideshare driver BeefJuicyHot recently showed off what’s waiting for riders that step into his vehicle. In a follow-up post on Imgur, he explains how he created his retro gaming setup. For a display he used a 2016 Samsung Galaxy Tab; for the controller he used an SF30 Pro bluetooth gaming controller; for the actual games, he used an Arc Browser gaming emulator; and finally he mounted the whole setup to a Headrest Bar Mount. You can find the original post on reddit for…

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Argo AI acquires permit to test autonomous vehicles in California

Argo AI, the self-driving car startup that burst onto the scene in 2017 with $1 billion in backing from Ford, has obtained a permit to test its autonomous vehicles in California. The permit, issued by the California Department of Motor Vehicles, is for one vehicle and two drivers. Unlike other self-driving car companies, California isn’t the first, or even third, market where Argo AI is testing its tech. The company, founded by former Google self-driving project veteran Bryan Salesky and Uber Advanced Technologies Group’s former engineering lead Peter Rander, has…

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45 Photos From Taxi And Uber Rides That People Just Had To Share

#8 Sign In A Taxi Cab #9 Funding Our Uber Driver’s Vacations! #10 This Bangkok Taxi Driver Being A Real Bro #11 How To Receive 5 Stars As An Uber Driver #12 My Uber Driver Had An NES Set Up In The Backseat #13 I Don’t Think The Uber Riders Will Find My Halloween Decoration As Funny As I Do #14 My Friend Is A Lyft Driver And Turned His Car Into A Voter Registration Booth #15 He Wrote In The Comment That He Will Have A Cat With Him…

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