Uber is developing AI to figure out if your drunk ass is drunk 

If you’re feeling paranoid, you’re not alone. You’ve probably noticed stuff you’ve discussed out loud popping up as sponsored ads on social media. That’s not a coincidence. This isn’t to say that Facebook and Google are listening to you, necessarily—though they definitely have that ability—but big tech is most…

Cool and slightly judgy Uber driver profiles passengers with perfect Spotify playlists 

Getting picked up in an Uber or a Lyft always involves a low-stakes gamble for whether or not there will be any good music to listen to during your ride, but a driver who goes by @TEEJUS___ on Twitter recently revealed his secret trick to making riders happy. Apparently, he has compiled 11 masterful Spotify playlists…

Uber announces the one cool thing about our coming techno-dystopia: Flying taxis

Not to be ungrateful about having a pocket-sized device that enables us to communicate in ways that, just a few generations ago, would have been thought of as magical, but—it’s 2017, damn it. Where are the flying cars? If midcentury depictions of the 21st century are to be believed, we should have been able to soar…

Uber's toxic environment of sexual harassment is becoming a movie

As revelations of the culture that’s allowed sexual harassment to thrive in Hollywood continue to fill the news cycle, there’s undoubtedly some studio exec or screenwriter who’s framing a pitch for the inevitable film about the allegations that have been brought against Harvey Weinstein and more. That’s actually fine…

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick resigns after pressure from investors

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick’s unspecified leave of absence just turned into a permanent vacation, as The New York Times reports he’s handed in his resignation after significant pressure from some major shareholders. He’ll retain his seat on the board of directors, as well as “control of a majority of Uber’s voting…

Uber board member makes sexist joke during sexual harassment meeting

Uber CEO and co-founder Travis Kalanick just announced that he’s taking a leave of absence from the company because he’s basically the worst, but his awfulness is far from Uber’s only problem. Much like Fox News, it seems like it’s a company that is basically rotten to the core, which an Uber board member named David…

Uber CEO takes leave of absence amid harassment investigations, general badness

Uber’s alleged culture of sexual harassment, confirmed shady business practices, and memos on interoffice boning have gotten the rideshare tech company so much bad press in recent months, it’s surprising that it didn’t happen earlier: The Associated Press reports that Uber co-founder and CEO Travis Kalanick has taken…

Uber’s CEO uses the company’s lactation rooms as a meditation space

Expressing what we can only assume is an absolutely inexhaustible thirst for inner peace, a bizarre anecdote from Arianna Huffington suggests that embattled Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has begun using his company’s lactation rooms as a meditation space. Kalanick—who just fired 20 of the company’s employees over ongoing…

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Read This: No, Uber’s CEO was never the second-best “Wii Tennis” player in the world

A relatively unimportant line in a recent New York Times profile of Travis Kalanick, noted super-douche and embattled CEO of Uber, has been raising the eyebrows of video game fans. Repeating a nifty anecdote that has been published by numerous journalists and even Uber itself, Times reporter Mike Isaac writes that…

World’s greatest Uber driver has an NES in the back seat

Uber’s been thirsty for some good press lately, what with the ride-sharing juggernaut’s unsavory business practices—from the spying to the sexism to its own CEO’s general douchiness—coming to light. They’ll be grateful, then, for the little bit of ingenuity displayed by a Durham, North Carolina Uber driver, who…

It’s been a good week on the internet for hating corporate goons

2017 has been a good year for hating things on the internet. Sure, people are, increasingly, mad online, and political debate has splintered into a billion competing planetoids of paranoid conspiracy, venomous infighting, and vain “signal boosting.” And yet the massive focal points of our collective ire have been…