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Uber's latest update allows the ride-hailing app to track user location data even when the application is running in the background. The change in location data gathering is quite apparent — after the update is completed, Uber prompts users to accept the new policy by enabling their phones to make the change.

When Patricia Gentile was settling in as the new president of North Shore Community College in Massachusetts — about twenty miles north of Boston — she remembers looking out her window and seeing something strange.

"All of these cars rolling up, and tons of folks getting in and out," Gentile says, thinking about that January day a couple years ago.

"So I asked my assistant, 'What's going on down there?' "

Turns out that's where students were picked up and dropped off, but Gentile wondered why there were just so many cars.

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Miami-Dade County taxi drivers protested Tuesday outside Government Center Station in Downtown Miami, for equal rights as they compete with new ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft. 



Since companies like Uber and Lyft started legal operations in Miami-Dade County last May, cabbies have struggled to keep up with what they call cheaper and more unregulated competition.



“Since Uber came to Miami-Dade County we lost everything,” Jean Jules, a single father of two and taxicab driver in Miami, said.

The U.S. government wants to help you take your hands off the wheel.

The Department of Transportation on Tuesday issued its Federal Automated Vehicle Policy, which outlines how manufacturers and developers can ensure safe design of driverless vehicles, tells states what responsibilities they will have and points out potential new tools for ensuring safety.

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A revolution in South Florida began in early June 2014. That revolution is due to end this week. It’s a change in how we hire and pay someone we don’t know to drive us someplace.

 

It was almost two years ago that Uber launched its service in Miami-Dade County. Uber began three weeks after competitor Lyft started it’s own app-based transportation service, but quickly came to dominate the market throughout South Florida for both riders tapping on its app and drivers signing up to drive passengers in their own cars.

 

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For almost two years, Uber and and Lyft have all but ignored the rules regulating the taxi industry and operated anyway.

Last year, Palm Beach and Broward counties okayed a set of rules making transportation network companies -- as they call themselves --- legal. This week, Miami-Dade took the first step toward doing the same.

It's actually the second time the Miami-Dade commission has moved toward allowing Uber and others to operate legally. The first effort was successfully stopped by the taxi industry.

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Miami-Dade County commissioners on Wednesday granted preliminary approval to a proposed ordinance that would legalize ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft.

 

The approval came after Commission Chair Jean Monestime unexpectedly withdrew a competing proposal before the commission meeting on Wednesday morning. Uber and its drivers had strongly opposed Monestime's proposal, which the company said would "make it impossible" to operate in Miami-Dade County.

 

A new poll shows that a majority of Floridians think that ride sharing services should be regulated.  

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App-based taxi services like Uber and Lyft are back in business in Broward County.

In a meeting much shorter than the last one on this issue, commissioners voted 6-2 on an ordinance that opens pathways for the apps to come back online for Broward residents.

Representatives from Uber said they could turn the app back on as soon as Thursday.

Broward County Mayor Tim Ryan says this is a win for residents.

Taxi Companies Sue State Over Uber, Lyft

Sep 8, 2015
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Taxi companies in Tallahassee and Broward County are suing the state over app-based transportation services, alleging that Florida officials aren't requiring Uber and Lyft to prove that the way they calculate trip distances --- and charges --- is accurate.

The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services certifies taxi drivers' meters --- which measure distances, and, consequently, charges --- but doesn't do anything to ensure that the GPS-based systems on Uber and Lyft drivers' cell phones, also used to calculate charges, are correct, according to the lawsuit.

Palm Beach County Votes To Keep Uber

Aug 19, 2015
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Palm Beach County lovers of Uber, fear not. The car service is sticking around, at least until September.

The County Commission voted Tuesday afternoon to reject an ordinance that requires Uber drivers to get an FBI level two background check and register their vehicles with their insurance companies.

Last month Broward County adopted more regulations for Uber. The car service then left the county.

Commissioners backtracked on their decision because of public demand. Now Uber may return to Broward.

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As of Friday, Uber is no longer in business in Broward County, after the company called the county's regulations "onerous" this month.

County commissioners drafted a lawsuit stating Uber has not complied with the state's background check and insurance regulations.

Miami-Dade's new transit director, Alice Bravo, told Miami New Times she hopes Miami will move toward becoming "car-optional."

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Uber launched a new initiative called Uber Urban Partnership on Monday in a push to expand the ride-sharing service's presence in South Florida -- and on a grand scale.

 

The initiative, also known as UberUP, aims to hire 10,000 new drivers in the area, providing customers with faster and more reliable service. Likewise, Uber says it hopes that hiring new drivers will create jobs for local communities.

 

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Two weeks ago, the city of Key West police department announced that it would start arresting drivers for app-based ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft.

Now it's followed through. On Friday evening, according to the police department, an undercover officer arranged for a ride from the airport to a local hotel.

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Today on the Florida Roundup, how Carnival Corporation got the go-ahead from the U.S. to cruise to Cuba and how it will affect the island. 

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Cuban dissidents are still experiencing violence on the island, but is it a sign that Obama's normalization policy is not working?

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