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VR is no match for the empathetic generation | Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff

Look and learn: ‘I wonder if emotional VR is necessary for some of my peers, given how empathetic they are already’ Photograph: Michael Probst/AP Virtual reality The Observer Virtual reality is no match for the empathetic generation Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff Pioneers of virtual reality are enabling us to experience everything from childbirth to sexism. But for […]

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More than 600,000 Londoners sign petition to save Uber

Sadiq Khan said: ‘All companies in London must play by the rules – particularly when it comes to safety.’ Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters Uber The Observer More than 600,000 Londoners sign petition to save Uber Sadiq Khan defends TfL’s decision to revoke licence over security concerns More than 600,000 people have signed a petition calling for […]

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Why Uber’s fate could herald backlash against ‘digital disruptors’

A backlash against the decision to refuse Uber’s licence and the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, who has endorsed the decision, is growing. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images Uber The Observer Why Uber’s fate could herald backlash against ‘digital disruptors’ Are Silicon Valley’s giants at last being reined in by the regulators? Giuliana Ingegneri is worried […]

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More than 500,000 sign petition to save Uber as firm hits back at London ban

Play Video 1:50 Mixed reactions after Uber stripped of London licence – video Uber More than 500,000 sign petition to save Uber as firm hits back at London ban Strong online support for the ride-sharing firm as chief executive vows to show that it is a ‘great company meaningfully contributing to society’ More than half […]

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‘There is life after Uber’: what happens when cities ban the service?

Uber has lost its license to operate in London, which followed in the footsteps of several other cities and countries. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA Uber ‘There is life after Uber’: what happens when cities ban the service? After London stripped the service of its license, stories from Austin, Alaska and Denmark offer a preview of what […]

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I’m glad it’s all over for Uber in London – and I work for them | anonymous

‘Uber’s strategy was always to dominate the London market by undercutting competitors, such as black cabs.’ Photograph: James Gourley/REX/Shutterstock Uber Opinion I’m glad it’s all over for Uber in London – and I work for them Anonymous As a driver, I enjoyed the early years. Then the company slashed fares in an attempt to crush […]

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More than 400,000 sign petition to save Uber as firm hits back at London ban

Uber’s loss of licence was welcomed by London’s cab drivers. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA Uber More than 400,000 sign petition to save Uber as firm hits back at London ban Strong online support for the ride-sharing firm as chief executive vows to show that it is a ‘great company meaningfully contributing to society’ Hundreds of thousands […]

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Transport union wants Australian audit of Uber following London ban

Australia’s Fair Work Ombudsman is examining whether Uber drivers’ contracts breach federal workplace laws. Photograph: Geoffroy van der Hasselt/AFP/Getty Images Uber Transport union wants Australian audit of Uber following London ban Ride-sharing service should be assessed to ensure it is operating up to community standards, Transport Workers Union says Uber should be audited to ensure […]