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EU privacy regulators to discuss Uber hack next week
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union privacy regulators will discuss ride-hailing app Uber's [UBER.UL] massive data breach cover-up next week and could create a task-force to coordinate investigations.

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Russian Fancy Bear hackers' UK link revealed
When notorious Russian hackers hired servers from a UK-registered company, they left a trove of clues.

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Sneaky Gmail phishing attack fools with fake Google Docs app
Google Docs was pulled into a sneaky email phishing attack on Tuesday that was designed to trick users into giving up access to their Gmail accounts.

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Mother Angry After School's Robocall Keeps Mispronouncing Daughter's Name As A Racial Slur

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Galaxies collide in stunning picture
A NEW image captured by NASA Hubble space telescope shows ‘doomed duo’ galaxies colliding and then trying to destroy one another.

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Tesla just built the world's largest battery, thanks to a bet - CNET
The lithium-ion battery in South Australia will be energised within days, all thanks to a Twitter bet between two billionaires.

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The surprise hit character of season 2 has some choice responses to serve up to your nosy family members.

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The absolute best Xbox One Black Friday deals and discounts - CNET
We scoured the depths of the internet to find all the best Black Friday deals for all your Xbox needs.

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Facebook Messenger testing Snapchat-style 'streaks' feature - CNET
Another day, another Facebook ripoff of a Snapchat feature.

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Black Friday 2017: Best Xbox, PS4 and Nintendo gaming deals - CNET
Looking for sweet deals on game consoles and video games? You've come to the right place.

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The 35 best Black Friday 2017 deals you can get right now (updated) - CNET
Happy Thanksgiving. Nearly all the Black Friday online deals are already available now. Here are the absolute best ones we've found so far.

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Destroy the powder in the GMC Sierra All Mountain Concept - Roadshow
I can't imagine it would be comfortable on the street.

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ISS astronauts will still have a turkey feast this Thanksgiving - CNET
Turkey, mashed potatoes and corn bread is on the menu, despite orbiting over 400km above the Earth.

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Tech Turkeys 2017: The lowest points in tech this year - CNET
A list of the low points and most embarrassing moments in tech this year.

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The biggest Tech Turkeys of 2017 - CNET
Things get serious, quickly, in this gritty reboot of our annual collection of the lowest points in tech.

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Are TVs really cheaper than ever? We go back a few decades to see - CNET
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Despicable tea? An adorable Minions cafe bursts out of Japan - CNET
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Tesla's all-electric semi truck will start at $150,000 - Roadshow
The entry model will have a 300 mile range, or for $180,000 you can get a version with a 500 mile range.

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Oculus Rift drops to $349 on sale, along with game bundles - CNET
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Hold on to your wallets: Steam's Autumn sale is now live - CNET
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Will Uber’s Data Breach Cover-up be the Final Straw for Its Most Loyal Users?
Customers could start deserting the ride-hailing company after a strong of scandals

(DETROIT) — Uber has managed to hold the title of world’s largest ride-hailing service despite its seemingly endless string of scandals.

Its latest misbehavior involving a data breach cover-up revealed this week could be the impetus for people to ride elsewhere — or keep looking the other way.

Hackers were able to steal data for 57 million riders and drivers, and Uber concealed it for a year after paying $100,000 in ransom for the stolen information to be destroyed.

Riders and business experts say that while Uber’s problems such as workplace sexual harassment, drivers with criminal records and other past infractions are serious, stolen data hits people directly and could make them mad enough to delete the app. Then again, riders have fled from the service before, but enough have stayed because of the Uber’sconvenience so the latest scandal-of-the-week may not make much of a difference. The brand is so well-known for quickly responding to ride requests that it’s often used as a verb for such trips, no matter which service is summoned.

Michael Pachter, a technology analyst based in Los Angeles, said he uses Uber five to 10 times a month.

“I don’t blame the drivers for the company transgressions, and view Uber as the glue that facilitates drivers willing to drive me around,” he said.

But for Vermont resident Jay Furr, the breach was the “final straw.” He had stuck with Uberdespite recent problems because of the service. But now he’ll use Lyft, Uber’s main competitor, when he goes to the airport for frequent business trips.

“Why reward crooked behavior?” he asked. “The only way they will learn is if they lose business.”

For much of the past year, Uber has been mired in well-publicized problems. A female former engineer blogged that her boss had propositioned her for sex, exposing widespread sexual harassment. A federal judge urged prosecutors to investigate allegations that Uberstole technology from Waymo, Google’s autonomous vehicle unit. The Justice Department is investigating whether Uber used a bogus app to deceive inspectors in several cities, and in London, authorities decided not to renew Uber’s operating license in part for failing to report crimes.

Earlier this week the state of Colorado fined Uber $8.9 million for allowing employees with serious criminal or motor vehicle offenses to drive for the company. Then came the stolen data, which has touched off more government inquiries.

The scandals have damaged Uber’s brand reputation over time, said Robert Passikoff, president of Brand Keys Inc., a New York-based customer research firm. The company’s polling has found that in 2015 Lyft passed Uber as the most trusted of ride-hailing brands, and trust in Uber has been eroding ever since. Consumers will give technology companies the benefit of the doubt for a long time. But with Uber, “That well of forgiveness isn’t bottomless,” Passikoff said.

Passikoff doesn’t measure the impact on ridership and Uber won’t discuss it. But Lyft says its share of the U.S. market has risen 3 percentage points since August to 33 percent. It’s up from 12 percent two years ago as Lyft has expanded with more drivers in major U.S. cities.

In the data breach, Uber has said that for riders, hackers got only names, email addresses and telephone numbers. They did not get personal information such as trip details or credit card and Social Security numbers. For about 600,000 drivers in the U.S., hackers got driver’s license numbers, and the company has offered them free credit monitoring services.

While Uber drivers lost personal data and face uncertainty over identity theft, it appears they’ll stick with Uber. Many drive for Lyft as well.

Nate Tepp, who drives Uber in Seattle, said he doesn’t plan to leave, nor does he think other drivers will.

“All they are doing is cutting out 60 to 65 percent of their income,” Tepp said of drivers who might consider leaving. That estimate is based on his own split between Uber and Lyft fares.

Tepp also thinks the last three to four months at Uber have been different and things have “started to go in drivers’ favor.” This includes adding an option for riders to tip.

He is also somewhat forgiving about the hacking — and the subsequent cover-up. After all, companies are hacked often, he said.

“Does it make me happy? No. Does it (make me angry) to the point that I am going to stop making money through that company? No,” he said.

New Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi could do little but admit the problem and promise ethical behavior in the future. “We are changing the way we do business, putting integrity at the core of every decision we make and working hard to earn the trust of our customers,” he wrote in a blog post.

Marlene Towns, a professor at Georgetown University’s business school who studies brand values, said Uber is testing the boundaries of how many scandals people will endure. While data breaches are personal to people, she still thinks Uber will get through this scandal as well.

“We have a short memory as consumers,” she said. “We tend to be if not forgiving, forgetful.”

 

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The current state of Bitcoin and Ethereum

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