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Growing tension between Uber, Google

An illustration picture shows the logo of car-sharing service app Uber on a smartphone next to the picture of an official German taxi sign

Uber hired Google’s communications and policy chief Rachel Whetstone to take the place of David Plouffe. This comes just a few months after it hired the former presidential adviser Plouffe to deal its crises and relationships with regulators.

Mr Plouffe, who joined Uber in August, will continue to advise CEO Travis Kalanick on policy and strategy and will take a seat on the company’s board. But he will no longer hold a day-to-day communications position.

Ms Whetstone’s appointment highlights the developing tension between Uber, which is investing in its own mapping and autonomous-driving technology, and Google, which became one of its largest investors after leading 2013’s $258 million funding round. As previously reported, Uber has been viewed as a potential buyer of Nokia’s mapping unit, in order to reduce its dependence on Google Maps.


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