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Uber resumes service in Philippines, despite ban

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The ride-hailing app Uber has resumed service in the Philippines today, despite a one-month ban handed down by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board.

The board issued an order for Uber to halt the service over it's defiance of an order to cease accepting new driver applications.

Uber said it had appealed the one-month suspension, and was resuming services as it awaited for a decision.

Uber drivers accused of colluding over 'surge' pricing

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Uber drivers in London and New York are being accused of finding secret ways to trick the app's algorithms and of organising mass 'switch offs' in a bid to force 'surge' pricing.

Academics at Warwick Business School and New York University say they have found evidence that some drivers have 'developed practices to regain control, even gaming the system'.

The team say they interviewed drivers on both sides of the Atlantic and analysed 1,012 blogs on the Uberpeople.com platform.

One blog contributor is quoted in the study as saying: "Guys stay logged off until surge."

A spokesperson for Uber says: "This behaviour is neither widespread nor permissible on the Uber app, and we have a number of technical safeguards in place to prevent it from happening."

Los Angeles Uber driver helps passenger in labour give birth

An Uber driver made a special delivery after trying his hand at midwifery when a pregnant woman went into labour in the back of his car in Los Angeles.