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Investigative Journalist Laurie Segall Discusses New Book

Memoir, "Special Characters", Details Rise of Tech

As a Tech Correspondent for CNN, Laurie Segall had a front row seat for the rise of the tech scene and the likes of Facebook, Twitter and Uber. In her new memoir Special Characters, Segall takes readers along for the wild ride. Recently she joined David Lamb on Alabama News Rising to discuss her new book.   Categories: Money Matters,…

Governor Kay Ivey Signs Statewide Ride-Sharing Bill Into Law

Ridesharing companies like Uber can now operate statewide in Alabama. Governor Kay Ivey signed the ride-sharing bill into law Thursday morning at the capitol. The law allows companies such as Uber and Lyft to operate throughout Alabama. The governor says it is another step in creating more jobs for the state. Officials say the law will go into effect on July 1,…

Uber Tackles Sex Assault Problem by Pledging $5m to Training

Uber is pledging $5 million during the next five years to fund sexual assault prevention groups as well as train its own employees. The move was announced Monday and is aimed at helping the ride-hailing service combat its own problems and society as a whole. Uber’s image has been tarnished by findings of sexual harassment of employees and multiple reports…

Uber Plans to Issue its Own Credit Card with Barclays

Riding-sharing company Uber plans to launch its own credit card, partnering with the British bank Barclays. The card will be coming later this year, Barclays said last week. Uber would be the first of the riding-sharing companies to have a co-branded credit card, which are a popular way for companies to cement customer loyalty. They typically give points or credits…

Uber May Face Fine Over Handling of Drunk-Driving Complaints

California regulators have recommended that Uber be fined $1.13 million for failing to investigate and/or suspend drivers who are reported by a passenger to be intoxicated. The state requires ride-hailing companies to have a zero-tolerance policy for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The order by regulators with the state Public Utilities Commission says investigators “found no evidence…

Uber to Ban ‘Greyball’ Tool Used to Stymie Regulators

Uber is dismantling a secret weapon it used against local regulators who have been trying to curtail or shut down its ride-hailing service in some cities around the world. The about-face announced Wednesday comes less than a week after a report published in The New York Times exposed the existence of a technology feature nicknamed “Greyball” that identified regulators posing…

Lyft One Step Closer to Operating in Montgomery

Last year ride sharing company Uber set up shop in Montgomery. Now, Uber could be getting some competition. The Montgomery City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve the transportation network company permit for ride sharing company Lyft. The San Fransisco based company is a taxi like service that allows customers to request pick-up and rides using their mobile devices through the company’s…

Data: Self-driving Cars Needing Less Human Help Than in Past

Self-driving car prototypes appear to be getting better at negotiating California streets and highways without a human backup needing to intervene. California regulators released documents Wednesday which report data from 11 companies that have been testing the technology on public roads. The reports catalog the number of times in 2016 that humans took control from a car’s software. Waymo, as…

San Francisco Mayor To Uber: Quit The Self-Driving Car Rides

The mayor of San Francisco is demanding that Uber stop picking up passengers in self-driving cars as part of the ride-hailing company’s newly launched service in his city. Mayor Ed Lee says through spokeswoman Ellen Canale that his concern is public safety and he wants Uber to suspend the service until it gets permission from state regulators. Lee joins California…

Uber at the Montgomery Regional Airport

It’s official, the Montgomery Regional Airport is now Uber friendly. The agreement was reached Friday after the airport submitted a proposal to Uber back in May. Before the agreement was reached, Uber drivers could drop people off at the airport but couldn’t pick them up. Officials with the airport say this is an important step in improving the experience for passengers….