Uber snaps up electric bike company Jump Bikes

The popularity of electric scooters and bikes pushes the ride-hailing firm into a new market
Uber is leaping into the bike-rental industry with the purchase of Jump Bikes, as chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi seeks out new growth areas with his first acquisition.
The ride-hailing giant agreed to pay more than $100m in cash and stock to buy the electric-bicycle provider, a person familiar with the matter said, asking not to be identified because the figure isn’t public.
Technology news site TechCrunch first reported acquisition talks. Uber declined to disclose the terms of the deal, which the companies unveiled in a joint statement Monday.
Read more Denmark demands former Uber drivers pay millions in unpaid taxes With the acquisition of Jump, Uber will now be in the business of owning and operating fleets of electric bikes. Dockless conveyances — electric scooters, traditional bicycles, electric bikes and mopeds — are becoming more prominent in San Francisco and other US cities. ..

Uber to Buy Jump, Maker of Electric Bicycles, After Bike-Sharing Test

Uber to Buy Jump, Maker of Electric Bicycles, After Bike-Sharing Test Photo Uber said it reached an agreement with Jump Bikes, a provider of battery-powered bicycles, for an undisclosed sum. Credit Eric Risberg/Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — Uber started a pilot program in San Francisco to allow its customers to reserve “pedal-assist” electric bicycles within its ride-hailing app in January. Now, Uber says it plans to buy the company behind the bike-sharing service and bring that capability to other cities around the world.
In a blog post Monday morning, Uber said it reached an agreement with Jump Bikes, a provider of battery-powered bicycles, for an undisclosed sum. It would be the first acquisition for Uber since Dara Khosrowshahi took over as the company’s chief executive in August.
Uber did not say how much it paid for the bike start-up, but TechCrunch reported earlier that Jump was considering an acquisition from Uber for more than $100 million.
Even as Uber is backing away from..

Housing market stuck in mud as Halifax reports highest ever prices

The number of mortgage approvals is falling while Communities Secretary Sajid Javid's plans to reform the buying process are well intentioned but tepid
The housing market remains stuck in a pool of thick mud.
According to the Halifax, the UK’s largest lender, prices in the first quarter of 2018 were up by 2.7 per cent year on year, taking the average to a fresh record of £227,871, but they actually fell a bit in February and the outlook is cloudy at best.
Of more concern is that the number of approvals is low by historic standards, and falling, despite the lender arguing that a competitive mortgage market has made for home loans that are at their most affordable in a decade.
Read more UK house prices fall in February for first time since last May House price growth weakest in four years in May says Halifax House price growth hits three year low, but buyers still priced out MD Russell Galley referenced that fact in his comments on the latest Halifax House Price Index, noti..

Brexit: UK businesses face storm of flawed legislation as ministers rush through laws, warn experts

Scrutiny likely to be minimal and mistakes will 'undoubtedly' made, many of which won’t be noticed until they are in force, Hogan Lovells says
UK businesses face a “storm” of flawed and poorly scrutinised laws, rushed through by government ministers with minimal parliamentary oversight after Brexit, top lawyers have warned.
Thousands of pieces of legislation must be amended or else they simply will not apply after 29 March 2019 when the UK leaves the EU. With Brexit taking up much of the government and parliament’s time, the task of trawling through laws to make these changes will be rushed and mistakes “undoubtedly” made, many of which won’t be noticed until they are in force, Hogan Lovells said.
It warned that it was looking increasingly likely that the process of redrafting legislation would take place within government departments and without appropriate consultation.
Read more FCA needs £30m extra for Brexit but the real cost will be higher still Analysis by the l..

City regulator to keep companies' treatment of loyal customers a top priority as it faces £30m Brexit bill

The FCA also revealed in its business plan that it's facing a £30m Brexit bill this year
The City regulator says the treatment of existing customers by financial firms remains a top priority over the next year, with a focus on insurance prices and competition in the current account and cash savings market.
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has been conducting an investigation into how companies treat their loyal customers as opposed to the treatment prospective new clients receive.
Read more FCA needs £30m extra for Brexit but the real cost will be higher still The watchdog said in its business plan for 2018/19, published on Monday, that while many firms “have made progress in putting customers more firmly at the centre of their business models, they need to further improve both competition and their standards of treatment for existing customers”.
The particular areas the FCA is looking into include understanding firms’ pricing practices in retail general insurance; as..

FCA needs £30m extra for Brexit but the real cost will be higher still

Work is being put on hold, but while the FCA says its day to day activities will continue a bomb like Brexit will inevitably hit activities beyond those considered to be low priority
Brexit has already collectively cost the citizens of this country billions, and the bills keep on coming in. One of them is from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), which says it needs an extra £30m to deal with the thing this year.
It’s true that that sum represents little more than a rounding error compared to the overall cost, and the City provides the funding for its regulator, so that might not seem like such a big deal. But it is.
Y’see, while some of the money will come from an extra levy on regulated businesses, and some will come out of the watchdog's reserves, and some will come from new firms it will take on the role of supervising, there will still be a gap representing just under half of that.
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Hungary Election Gives Orban Big Majority, and Control of Constitution

Hungary Election Gives Orban Big Majority, and Control of Constitution Photo Voters outside a polling station in the Ujbuda district of Budapest on Sunday. Credit Marton Monus/MTI, via Associated Press BUDAPEST, Hungary — Prime Minister Viktor Orban of Hungary, who has set about transforming this former Soviet bloc member from a vibrant democracy into a semi-autocratic state under one political party’s control, appeared to have won a sweeping victory in national elections on Sunday, with 93 percent of the vote counted.
By securing two-thirds of the seats in Parliament, Mr. Orban’s party, Fidesz — along with its ally, the Christian Democrats — now has the power to change the Constitution and further bend the nation to his will.
“Hungary won a big victory,” Mr. Orban told a crowd of supporters gathered on the bank of the Danube just before midnight. He added that there was still “a big fight ahead” but that the parliamentary majority would allow him to continue to protect Hungary.
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