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April 15, 2017
Uber says growth strong as it gives a peek at earnings
San Francisco (AFP) April 14, 2017
Uber on Friday provided a glimpse at its earnings, saying it is growing strong while working to overhaul company culture at the scandal-dented on-demand ride service. "We're fortunate to have a healthy and growing business, giving us the room to make the changes we know are needed on management and accountability, our culture and organization, and our relationship with drivers," Uber's North America regional general manager Rachel Holt said in an email statement to AFP. The San Francisco-based c ... read more

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