Uber Facing Ban In Turkey After Erdogan Backs Taxis

Uber Facing Ban In Turkey After Erdogan Backs Taxis

An anonymous reader quotes a report from SBS: Uber faces being banned in Turkey after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the ride-hailing app was “finished” on Saturday following an intense lobbying campaign from Istanbul taxi drivers. Erdogan’s comments, in a late-night speech Friday in Istanbul, came after the government agreed new rules that are expected to severely complicate Uber’s operations in Turkey. Drivers of Istanbul’s yellow taxis have over the last months waged an intense campaign to have Uber banned, saying the company is eating into their business without having a proper legal basis for work. “This thing emerged called Uber or Muber or whatever,” said Erdogan. “But this issue is now finished. It’s over now. Our Prime Minister (Minali Yildirim) made the announcement. We have our system of taxis,” he said.
“Yildirim’s government last month issue a directive sharply hiking fines and threatened to blacklist companies whose vehicles illegally work as taxis,” reports SBS.

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Visa says it is experiencing a service disruption preventing some Visa transactions in Europe from being processed

Visa says it is experiencing a service disruption preventing some Visa transactions in Europe from being processed


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Visa says it is experiencing a service disruption preventing some Visa transactions in Europe from being processed  —  Card giant confirms it is suffering an outage and is investigating the cause  —  Visa’s payment network has crashed across the UK and Europe, sparking chaos as transactions are failing or being denied.