Wednesday, January 17, 2018

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How Uber evades the authorities

Uber’s Secret Tool for Keeping the Cops in the Dark, published in Bloomberg. An excerpt.

From San Francisco, Uber routinely protected foreign offices from police raids by rendering computers unusable, often shielding evidence from warranted officials.

This method is called Ripley. It sounds like those things we see in the movies.

When I'm in Manila, I prefer Grab than Uber. The cars arrive earlier, and the fares are generally lower. When I'm running late, or if I have a plane to catch, I hail the regular cab.

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