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So your battery is low, eh?

Uber knows this, and has explored screwing you if it is.

Why?  It might go dead -- and then you might shortly be dead.  So therefore fisting you is perfectly fine, and all because you invited them into your device and nothing prohibits them from exploiting anything they learn as a consequence.

One of the things you may not realize is that Uber can tell when your phone battery is about to die. In an episode of NPR’s The Hidden Brain, Uber’s head of economic research Keith Chen says when you hit accept to download, you give Uber the permission to know this in order to tell when to switch to low-power mode.

While that’s interesting, what’s even more revealing is how much people are willing to pay surge pricing depending on their phone’s battery level. Chen says users will pay up to 9.9 times in surge if their battery is critical just so they’re not stranded wherever they are (of course, assuming that your driver doesn’t cancel on you after your phone’s dead.)

Just wait until someone gets raped as a result of Uber trying to hammer them not based on demand for cars but based on the stolen knowledge that the user's battery in their phone is almost out of power.

And you wonder why I believe the people who run these companies -- all of them -- need to be in prison?

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