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Uber wants half of all London rides to be shared

Uber will steer Londoners towards carpooling in future, even though the bulk of passengers prefer travelling individually or with people they know.

The company's UK head of public policy, Andrew Byrne, hinted at the company's shift in direction in a meeting with MPs this week. Parliament's Transport Committee is examining how to reduce traffic in cities, calling on Byrne to represent Uber and answer questions about the company's impact on congestion.

Although Uber has consistently claimed it doesn't make traffic worse by adding thousands of cars to the roads, Byrne said the company hoped more of its London customers would use carpooling.


Expedia CEO, who fled to the US after the Iranian revolution: 'Our president has reverted to the short game' (EXPE)

Dara Khosrowshahi, the Iranian American CEO of travel company Expedia, believes the US will be seen as a "smaller nation" as a result of President Donald Trump's immigration ban.

Trump signed an executive order on Friday that has temporarily halted visa holders from seven majority-Muslim countries — including Iran — from traveling to the US. Refugee arrivals into the US have also been temporarily barred.

"I believe that with this executive order, our president has reverted to the short game," said Khosrowshahi in an internal memo seen by Business Insider.

"The US may be ever so slightly less dangerous as a place to live, but it will certainly be seen as a smaller nation, one that is inward-looking versus forward thinking, reactionary versus visionary," the memo continued.


What Wall Street expects from Apple's earnings call today (AAPL)

Apple reports earnings for its first quarter of fiscal 2017 after market close today. It's the holiday quarter, which is always Apple's biggest.

Investors are expecting its revenues, which have declined year-on-year for the past three consecutive quarters, to rebound this quarter.

But they will also be focused on whether its services business — the App Store, Apple Music, and Applecare warranties — is becoming Apple's second firehose of profit after hardware sales.

Here we map out analyst estimates going into Tuesday's earnings.

Consensus revenue: $77.4 billion Consensus EPS: $3.23 Consensus 12-month price target: $133

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Seedcamp cut its TransferWise stake just as Andreessen Horowitz upped its shares

Seedcamp has sold part of its stake in TransferWise, shortly after US investor Andreessen Horowitz reportedly upped its own investment.

According to TechCrunch, Seedcamp has sold a minority part of its stake in the money transfer firm, in an exit that sees 80% of its €5 million (£4.3 million) fund return to investors.

That follows on from a Sky News report claiming Andreessen Horowitz increased its existing investment in TransferWise by buying shares from existing, unspecified angel investors.

Seedcamp retains the bulk of its stake in TransferWise and the fund's cofounder Reshma Sohoni said the return might encourage angel investors to take bigger risks in Europe.


Peter Capaldi is leaving 'Doctor Who' — and here's who could replace him

LONDON — Peter Capaldi is to leave "Doctor Who" this December after four years as the Time Lord in the BBC's iconic sci-fi franchise.

Capaldi will retire from the Tardis after the 2017 Christmas special. He first took on the role in 2013, replacing Matt Smith, who has gone on to star in Netflix drama "The Crown."

Capaldi announced his decision on BBC Radio 2 on Monday evening. He said:

"One of the greatest privileges of being Doctor Who is to see the world at its best. From our brilliant crew and creative team working for the best broadcaster on the planet, to the viewers and fans whose endless creativity, generosity and inclusiveness points to a brighter future ahead. I can’t thank everyone enough. It’s been cosmic."


The world's largest tech fund is considering a $1 billion plus investment in WeWork

(Reuters) - Japanese technology giant SoftBank is considering an investment of more than $1 billion (£800 million) in coworking space provider WeWork, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

The deal could be among the first from SoftBank's $100 billion (£80 billion) technology fund, which was announced last October and is being described as the largest fund of its kind in the world.

SoftBank and WeWork declined to comment.

WeWork is currently valued at nearly $17 billion (£14 billion) and SoftBank's valuation of the company is expected to be at or above this figure, the WSJ said, citing the sources.


10 things in tech you need to know today (GOOG, AAPL)

Good morning! Here is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday.

1. Tech firms are planning to meet to discuss filing documents in support of a lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump's immigration ban. Google, Airbnb, and Netflix are among the companies invited.

2. The UK tech industry did not react well to the immigration ban. It was described as a "very dark and worrying time" in an internal memo sent by fintech firm TransferWise.

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Lyft has surpassed Uber in daily downloads for the first time ever

The recent backlash against Uber has had a positive outcome for one company: its main competitor, Lyft.

According to analyst firm App Annie, the ride-hailing app had its best day ever on Sunday. For the first time, Lyft was downloaded more times than Uber by US users on iOS, and Lyft's daily downloads more than doubled its average from the past two weeks, a representative for the firm told Business Insider.

Here's Lyft's current position in the App Store's free travel apps list:

Lyft has also been trending in Apple's App Store throughout Monday and has climbed the top free apps chart to No. 4, surpassing Uber, which is in 13th place.

Here's a look at Lyft's position in the App Store, as of Monday:

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People aren’t comfortable using virtual assistants like Siri and Alexa in public

Virtual assistants are supposed to be a linchpin of tech’s future. Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Samsung, and others have all made big investments in the tech. Many of them are using the idea of a disembodied, information-fetching helper as a selling point for new devices.

But while these assistants are


Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos says the company is working on ways to fight Trump's immigration ban (AMZN)

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos says that the company has reached out to Congress to fight President Donald Trump's recent and much-criticized executive action on immigration, according to a company-wide e-mail obtained by The Verge.

"This executive order is one we do not support. Our public policy team in D.C. has reached out to senior administration officials to make our opposition clear. We’ve also reached out to congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle to explore legislative options," Bezos wrote in that e-mail, his first public statement on the immigration order.

On Friday, President Trump signed