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Feature Paypal are the owners of iZettle, they have just invested $500m in Uber. The PayPal and iZettle system are two of the credit card systems that have been approved by Transport for London to be fitted as fixed systems into the rear of taxis in London. Both PayPal and iZettle are used by many from within the taxi industry across the UK, while in London, Taxiapp has direct links with PayPal in relation to the system that they provide in conjunction with their payment solutions. VW invested $300 million in Gett, they have now launched their own ride-sharing app in Rwanda called Move.

“Rightly or wrongly, technology has started to over-ride what are seen as traditional working values” Esso, partnered with Tesco, in turn Tesco partnered with Uber via their Clubcard system, although this ends in July 2019. Esso are a company used by the taxi industry. Toyota are major investors in Uber technologies.

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UberEats, include McDonalds and Anheuser-Busch, a company whose brands include Budweiser, Stella Artois and Becks. No doubt most of us have all succumbed to the need for a Big Mac every now and again, or fancied a Budweiser whilst watching Manchester United on Sky Sports. In short, the tentacles of any corporate behemoth reach further than the value of our work ethics as sole-traders, so where does that leave us as sole-traders and ultimately businessmen and women. Everybody works differently, everybody has their own values, their own moral compass and their own businessnous. Unilateral agreement on working practices within the industry are almost impossible to impose because one persons meat is another persons poison, no matter how loud somebody shouts nothing will change that.

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If you have Sky television or read any News international publication, Rupert Murdoch owns a minority stake in Uber. Premier League Football, Sky and BT sport are part of a £4.46bn deal for the rights to show 160 games this season, again, linked to Murdoch and therefore linked to Uber. Troy Carter at Spotify, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, Airbnb co-founder Brian Chesky, Goldman Sachs, BlackRock, Morgan Stanley, are all Uber investors. It is highly likely that we've all used some of the products or services attached to any of these companies at some point. Other companies linked to Uber in some way, either via media representation or in some other format such as

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