There's always been controversy surrounding Uber and its employees... or should I say drivers?
In the U.S., the company has reached settlements over certain benefits with drivers and has faced calls for a union, but now the complaints have come from overseas. Two drivers in London sued Uber over pay.
The company ultimately lost the lawsuit and while it's against just two drivers, Uber still plans to appeal. However, it's broader implications among the rest of the country could impact more drivers.
For its part, Uber argued that its UberX drivers received about 16 pounds per hour, vs. the minimum wage in the U.K. of a little more than 7 pounds per hour.
The judges argued that Uber isn't merely an "application provider." Instead it's a transportation provider, even though technically Uber connects riders with independently contracted drivers.
It's a fine line. But one that will likely be challenged in more countries more often as time goes on.
This time, the company has targeted food ordering. While it's not available in all cities, it is available in most major cities and allows users to "Place an Order."
The new feature is part of the app's recent update on iOS devices - perhaps a shot reminding Apple that it can keep pace with its most recent updates as well.
When zooming around the map, users can find restaurants that they may like. If they feel it's somewhere they want to order from, they can look for more information and menu items. So long as the restaurant partakes in delivery through various services, users can connect to those services via Google Maps.
It may seem like a small step forward and in reality, it is. But it's little steps like these that make big advances over time.
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Likewise, the E.U. has also expressed concern regarding Yahoo! because of the company's breach on more than 500 million accounts. The lapse in user protection actually happened a few years ago, but just recently came to light not long after Verizon (VZ) - Get Report announced it would buy Yahoo! for a little over $4.83 billion.
As for Facebook and its WhatsApp property, it's not the first time it's had issue overseas. Most recently and perhaps most notably, WhatsApp ran into resistance in Brazil when the country wanted certain information handed over about some of its users.
When WhatsApp wouldn't play ball - and its hard to when the service is fully encrypted - Brazil actually shut the service down in the country for a short period of time.
In the specific case with the E.U., it's worried about what kind of user data WhatsApp is sharing and why it is doing for supposedly undisclosed purposes.
Shares of Facebook closed at $131.29 Friday, up 1.2%.
This article is commentary by an independent contributor. At the time of publication, the author held no positions in the stocks mentioned.