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Forty-year-old local resident Mike, checked his cell phone recently, just outside the main entrance to St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, while waiting for an Uber car to pull up.

“Hi I’m Michael,” he said as he greeted the Uber driver before jumping into the back seat of the dark grey sedan.

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A self-driving car operated by Uber struck and killed a pedestrian who was walking her bicycle in Tempe, Ariz., Sunday night. The incident could be the first pedestrian death involving a self-driving vehicle.

The car was in autonomous mode but had a human riding along to take control of the vehicle if necessary, according to the Tempe Police Department. The victim, 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg, was struck while walking outside a crosswalk, police said. She was immediately transported to a local hospital, where she died.

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The Columbus City Council has eliminated a cap on taxi licenses, despite a seeming lack of demand.

A ride-hailing company is looking to expand its presence in the area. Uber is launching a partnership with local transit boards to study ways to improve transportation options.


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Uber has upended the taxi cab business with its ride sharing model that lets average people double as a delivery service. Now it’s trying to do the same with the shipping industry.

The Gig Economy

Jul 31, 2017
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Employment is taking on a different meaning as more and more people are joining the gig economy. Some American workers are making their living through holding second jobs, freelancing or working multiple short-term contracts. The job market is evolving past the traditional one-job employment. 

Today we are talking about the how the gig economy is changing the workforce, how to work in the gig economy and Uber's role in it.

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Uber's leadership already has a lot on its plate, starting with finding a new CEO after former chief Travis Kalanick resigned abruptly last month. But that's not all the tech giant has to do. For the business to survive, Uber also has to repair its relationship with drivers, which leaders at the company say is "broken."

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The chief of Uber has resigned. Travis Kalanick, under pressure from his top investors, announced his departure Tuesday night. The move, which comes as a surprise to employees, plunges one of the largest private companies on Earth into an even bigger leadership vacuum.

A week ago, Kalanick said he was stepping away from his position as CEO temporarily, taking a leave of absence to mourn his mother, who recently died in a boating accident, and to work on his leadership, to grow into "Travis 2.0."

It's easy enough for people who live in cities to hail a ride, either from a taxi or a service like Uber or Lyft. There's plenty of demand, and plenty of drivers. A startup is trying to bring a similar service to rural America, but it has required some creative thinking.

The town of Van Wert sits on the western edge of Ohio. It's a stretch of flat farm country punctuated with grain silos and a stone castle that's listed as the nation's first county public library.

Tech Tuesday: E-Books, Self-Driving Ubers, and Kid's Tech

Sep 20, 2016
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Uber unleashed four self-driving cars to the streets of Pittsburgh last week. The partnership with the ride-share company is part of the city’s plan to brand itself as a tech friendly hub. Uber is speeding ahead in the race against competitors like Google, which don’t have plans to unveil autonomous cars till 2020. Plus, a look at trends in e-book reading and a guide on choosing a smartwatch for kids.

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The Kardashians are always sharing and boasting about new products.  These woman, and other "influencers" are being paid a great deal to promote certain products, and audiences often don't appreciate it. Also, Uber continues to expand and hopes to grow to be number one for public transport. And, the iPhone 7 is set to be released this week, leading to speculation about it's new features. 

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The Ohio Senate is considering a bill that would create one set of statewide regulations for ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft.

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Ride-sharing giant Uber will considerably expand its Ohio workforce by adding 10,000 more drivers in the state next year, including 3,000 in Columbus alone.