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Uber Said Close to Raising Funding at Up to $40B Value

bloomberg.com — Uber Technologies Inc. is close to raising a round of financing that would value the mobile car-booking company at $35 billion to $40 billion, according to people with knowledge of the situation. T. Rowe Price Group Inc.

Uber tried to dig up dirt on taxi industry

sltrib.com — "Many organizations, corporations and campaigns have hired for a role of this nature and continue to do so," Kristin Carvell, a spokeswoman for Uber, wrote in an e-mail. Uber has been dealing with a growing controversy after Emil Michael, vice president for business, told BuzzFeed's editor that the company would be willing to pay to dig up a reporter's personal details to retaliate for negative coverage.

Uber under fire after series of missteps

bdlive.co.za — LIKE Google and Facebook before it, Uber may now be in need of adult supervision. CEO Travis Kalanick dealt with a wave of criticism this week from remarks that one of his top lieutenants, Emil Michael, made about snooping on journalists.

Uber execs under fire: Upstart ride-sharing service faces scrutiny

charlotteobserver.com — SAN FRANCISCO Like Google and Facebook before it, Uber may now be in need of adult supervision. Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick is dealing with a wave of criticism from remarks that one of his top lieutenants, Emil Michael, made about snooping on journalists.

Uber’s Michael Said to Retain Support Amid Controversial Remarks

bloomberg.com — Emil Michael, the Uber Technologies Inc. executive whose criticisms of journalists led to calls for his firing this week, is so far withstanding that pressure. That's because the 42-year-old executive has been central to the startup's growth, playing a role in everything from a financing round in June that valued Uber at $17 billion, to its partnerships and international expansion, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

Uber Sought Researchers to Dig Up Dirt on Taxi Industry

bloomberg.com — Uber Technologies Inc., which is facing criticism after an executive suggested he was willing to pay to investigate reporters' lives, has taken steps to hire researchers to "weaponize facts" against the taxi industry. Uber's rapid growth -- the mobile car-booking service is now in more than 220 cities across the globe -- has triggered fierce opposition from taxi and limousine groups.

Beleagured Uber hires law firm to investigate security breaches at ride-sharing service

vancouversun.com — Some consumers have taken to social media to promote the hashtags #BoycottUber and #deleteuber.

Uber Hires Hogan Lovells for Internal Privacy Review

bloomberg.com — Uber Technologies Inc. hired law firm Hogan Lovells ' data-privacy experts to conduct an internal data-privacy review, moving to tamp down criticism after an executive discussed prying on journalists' private lives. Uber said in a blog post today that it hired Harriet Pearson, formerly the chief privacy officer at International Business Machines Corp.

Uber may need an adult to ride along

seattletimes.com — Originally published Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 6:55 PM Like Google and Facebook before it, Uber may now be in need of adult supervision. Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick is dealing with a wave of criticism this week from remarks that one of his top lieutenants, Emil Michael, made about snooping on journalists.

Uber May Need Adult Supervision as Controversy Builds

bloomberg.com — Like Google and Facebook before it, Uber may now be in need of adult supervision. Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick is dealing with a wave of criticism this week from remarks that one of his top lieutenants, Emil Michael, made about snooping on journalists.
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Nov 25, 2014

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Nov 25, 2014

FBI Files Say Hedge Fund Analyst Made Millions on Tips From @Dell Insider bloom.bg/1zoHz7S via @BloombergNews

Nov 25, 2014

@DelRey maybe he can also save time by going on the carpool lane!?

Nov 25, 2014

Missouri Governor to Send More National Guard Troops After Violence Flares in Ferguson, via @nytimes nyti.ms/1yRh4rV

Nov 25, 2014

RT @tannercurtis: RT @NYTNational: Protesters march up Seventh Avenue in New York City, following the grand jury decision in Ferguson. pic.twitter.com/fAWJLRtIjA

Nov 24, 2014

RT @BloombergTech: Ooops! Twitter CFO Anthony Noto publicly -- and mistakenly -- tweets about a deal plan. bloom.bg/1FlD683 via @sarahfrier

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