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Ex-Uber data chief Kevin Novak joins LA-based startup Tala in big win for LA ecosystem

In a huge win for the early stage financial services startup Tala (and for the Los Angeles tech ecosystem), Uber‘s former data chief, Kevin Novak has agreed to join the company as its Chief Data Officer. Novak’s achievements at Uber can’t be understated. He was the inventor of dynamic pricing, …

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Nissan will kick off self-driving Leaf EV taxi service test in March

Nissan is the latest automaker to make its autonomous vehicle testing intentions clear – it’ll begin a pilot of self-driving Nissan Leaf electric vehicles that can be hailed using a smartphone app much like an Uber or a Lyft, starting in March on Japanese roads. This isn’t something Nissan is …

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Uber data breach from 2016 affected 57 million riders and drivers

Uber faced a data breach in 2016 that affected some 57 million customers, including both riders and drivers, revealing their names, email address and phone numbers. That affected group included 50 million riders, and 7 million drivers, and around 600,000 driver’s license numbers for US drivers were also included in …

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Baidu and electric vehicle startup NIO lead $195M investment in Chinese limo booking app

Chinese internet giant Baidu is continuing its push into the automotive space after it led a RMB 1.3 billion ($195 million) Series B investment in Shouqi Limousine & Chauffeur, an offshoot of the state-owned Shouqi Group which was Beijing’s first licensed ride-hailing app. NIO Capital, the investment arm of billion-dollar electric car …

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Judge delays Waymo/Uber trial until December 4th

This morning, Judge William Alsup ruled that the Waymo v. Uber trial would be delayed until December 4th. The trial had initially been expected to start with jury selection on October 10th. Ultimately, this gives Waymo additional time to review new documents associated with the Stroz report in advance of …

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