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The secret software Uber once used to keep Lyft drivers off the road

Pharma news - April 13, 2017 - 8:16am

The more one reads about Uber's leadership and the manner in which it goes about conducting business and treating its employees, the harder it becomes to give the company the benefit of the doubt when a new bombshell report emerges. Indeed, it seems that we can't even go a few days without seeing Uber appear in the news for all the wrong reasons.

The latest black mark on Uber's reputation comes from Amir Efrati of The Information who writes that the ridesharing company, from 2014 through 2016, utilized a top-secret piece of software called "Hell" which was designed to keep the number of Lyft drivers on the road as low as possible.

Citing an employee who claims to have worked on the software, "Hell" was able to track the location of Lyft drivers looking for passengers. Further, the software was also able to identify which drivers also happened to work for Uber as well. With that information in tow, requests for rides were more likely than not routed to Uber drivers who also operated as Lyft drivers, even if other Uber drivers were closer to a passenger's designated pickup location.

The rationale behind the software was simple: if individuals working for both Uber and Lyft were constantly kept busy picking up riders via the Uber app, it would necessarily diminish the number of available Lyft cars on the road.

Axios adds:

In addition to using fake passenger accounts to see driver locations, Uber noticed that it could track each driver's habits, and even figure out which ones were driving for both services by matching their locations. Uber then targeted these dual drivers with additional promotions to get them to shift more time to Uber, and routed rides to keep them busy and not picking up Lyft passengers.

While this allegation may seem outlandish at first glance, remember that Uber is the same company that had employees make and then cancel 5,560 Lyft rides in order to decrease driver availability, and in turn, make Lyft seem like a less appealing venture relative to Uber.


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Cop Charged In Shooting of Autistic Patient's Unarmed Caregiver

Pharma news - April 13, 2017 - 7:54am

The Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office is pursuing a case against North Miami Police Officer Jonathan Aledda.


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Experts say police who dragged passenger had other options

Pharma news - April 13, 2017 - 7:45am

CHICAGO (AP) — Airport police officers called to remove a passenger who refused to leave a United Express flight essentially walked into what law enforcement experts say was a no-win situation: enforcing a business decision by a private company.


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Insight: Ballooning bills - More U.S. hospitals pushing patients to pay before care

Reuters Health News - April 13, 2017 - 7:21am
(Reuters) - Last year, the Henry County Health Center in Iowa started providing patients with a cost estimate along with pre-surgery medical advice.
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Bristol-Myers to license two drugs to Biogen, Roche

Reuters Health News - April 13, 2017 - 7:00am
(Reuters) - Bristol-Myers Squibb Co said on Thursday it would license two of its drugs to Biogen Inc and Roche Holding AG for an upfront fee of $470 million.
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Three years on, hopes fade for those trapped in Ukraine war

Pharma news - April 13, 2017 - 6:26am

After three years of war, Irina and her husband Arkady have all but lost hope of ever seeing the day the big guns fall silent and Ukraine becomes whole again. "It will be hard for us to be one with Ukraine again," 50-year-old Arkady told AFP without revealing his surname. Irina has kept a daily war journal that is filled with notes underscored with grief and pain from the first page to the last.


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Chemical weapons experts in Turkey to investigate; UK confirms sarin use

Pharma news - April 13, 2017 - 6:16am

By Anthony Deutsch AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Global chemical weapons investigators have gone to Turkey to collect samples as part of an inquiry into an alleged chemical weapons attack in neighbouring Syria last week that killed 87 people. The fact-finding mission was sent by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague to gather bio-metric samples and interview survivors, sources told Reuters on Thursday. Syrian authorities have repeatedly denied using any chemical weapons.


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NASA Orbiter Spies A Small Mesa On Mars

Pharma news - April 13, 2017 - 5:37am

The space agency released an image, captured using the MRO’s HiRISE camera, showing a mesa in the Noctis Labyrinthyus region.


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U.S.-backed forces launch new attacks on Islamic State in Syria: statement

Pharma news - April 13, 2017 - 5:25am

U.S.-backed forces fighting Islamic State in Syria launched a new phase of their offensive on Thursday, a statement said, but they have not yet begun to attack the militant group's stronghold of Raqqa city in an apparent delay in the operation. The multi-phased campaign by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance made up of Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighting groups, was launched in November and aims ultimately to drive the jihadists from Raqqa, their de facto Syrian capital. Officials in the Kurdish YPG militia, a powerful component of the SDF, said last month that assaults on Raqqa city itself would start in early or mid-April.


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Cholera spreading in Somalia, 50,000 cases foreseen: WHO

Reuters Health News - April 13, 2017 - 5:17am
GENEVA (Reuters) - More than 25,000 people in famine-threatened Somalia have been struck by cholera or acute watery diarrhoea and the deadly epidemic should double by this summer, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Friday.
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United Airlines Passenger Files Court Papers

Pharma news - April 13, 2017 - 4:55am

The airline issued an apology for forcibly removing one of its passengers from an aircraft at Chicago O'Hare airport.


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The Solar System May Soon Boast Another Dwarf Planet

Pharma news - April 13, 2017 - 4:38am

Fresh observations have revealed that DeeDee, an objects in the outskirts of the solar system, is massive enough to be spherical — the criterion necessary for astronomers to consider it a dwarf planet.


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Mike Coffman Faces Backlash At Town Hall For Supporting Trump

Pharma news - April 13, 2017 - 4:26am

Republican Mike Coffman faced criticism at a town hall meeting Wednesday, for backing the Obamacare repeal policy.


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Toyota's New York concept targets casual off-roaders

Pharma news - April 13, 2017 - 4:22am

Toyota's New York Auto Show car is a crossover for those who prefer to scroll rather than stroll in the great outdoors. Toyota says that the bright orange and white SUV 'lite' is the first vehicle to capitalize on what it calls the 'Casualcore' lifestyle it imagines most successful American Generation Yers live. "We focused on how a crossover vehicle can add fun and value to casual adventures both in and out of the city, thinking about how someone would use it, and what they would love to do with it," said Kevin Hunter, President of Toyota's Calty Design Research Inc. in Newport Beach, California, which undertook the project.


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Exclusive: North Korea oil imports, airline among possible U.S. sanctions targets - sources

Pharma news - April 13, 2017 - 4:17am

By David Brunnstrom and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Despite sending a naval force to the Korean peninsula, the Trump administration is focusing its North Korea strategy on tougher economic sanctions, possibly including an oil embargo, banning its airline, intercepting cargo ships and punishing Chinese banks doing business with Pyongyang, U.S. officials say. U.S. President Donald Trump has approved a preliminary broad approach on North Korea and asked his national security team to craft a more detailed framework for new international sanctions and other actions to counter Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs, one official said.


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All the President's Flip-Flops

Pharma news - April 13, 2017 - 4:00am

In February 2017, Jon Stewart noted that Donald Trump had a remarkable affinity for a certain phrase: “Believe me.”* Trump used it over and over, which made Stewart wary: “Nobody says ‘believe me’ unless they are lying.”


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Airplane maker ATR signs $536M, 20-aircraft deal with Iran

Pharma news - April 13, 2017 - 3:57am

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — European airplane manufacturer ATR said Thursday it sealed a $536-million sale with Iran Air for at least 20 aircraft, the latest aviation firm to strike a deal following Iran's nuclear accord with world powers.


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At Chinese border with North Korea, trade cools but few signs of strain

Pharma news - April 13, 2017 - 3:56am

By Philip Wen and Joseph Campbell DANDONG, China (Reuters) - Despite heightened tension on the Korean peninsula and North Korea warning of a nuclear strike against any sign of U.S. aggression, there were few signs of strain on Thursday on the main border post between China and the reclusive nation. In Dandong, through which about three-quarters of China's trade with North Korea flows, long queues of trucks heading in both directions formed across the Friendship Bridge, despite what locals said was a relative lull due to the North's most important national holiday on Saturday marking the birth of founder president Kim Il Sung. China has signed up to wide-ranging United Nations sanctions designed at halting Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile programs, and local traders told Reuters that blanket bans on key North Korean commodities exports like coal, iron ore powder and precious metals have dealt a blow to business.


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Japan scrambles jet fighters at record pace as Chinese military activity rises

Pharma news - April 13, 2017 - 2:49am

Japan's air force scrambled fighter jets to chase away foreign aircraft at record pace in the year to March 31, government figures showed on Thursday, as Chinese military activity in and around the East China Sea escalated. Japan worries that China's probing of its air defenses is part of a push to extend its military influence in the East China Sea and western Pacific, where Japan controls an island chain stretching 1,400 km (870 miles) south towards Taiwan. "Recently we have seen Chinese military aircraft operating further south and that is bringing them closer to the main Okinawa island and other parts of the island chain," Japan's top military commander, Admiral Katsutoshi Kawano, told a briefing in Tokyo.


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New study on Monsanto weedkiller to feed into crucial EU vote

Reuters Health News - April 13, 2017 - 2:39am
LONDON (Reuters) - Results of a new animal study into possible health risks of the weedkiller glyphosate will be published in time to inform a key EU re-licensing vote due by the end of 2017, according to the researcher leading the trial.
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