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Morning Report: Uber’s Positive Press Push Passes

Morning Report: Uber is back to bad news today. So much for a narrative change.

Whether intentionally designed to shift the conversation surrounding its operations or not, Uber’s recent disclosure-driven press cycle focusing on its GAAP revenue growth and non-GAAP losses didn’t last very long.

The press push, led by a set of notable list of financial revelations to Bloomberg, generated a different sort of headline than Uber has recently endured. Uber’s public narrative recentered on its rapid growth and stubborn losses—if temporarily.

The company likely preferred the top line chatter over the bottom line fretting, but after the popular international company’s press coverage year-to-date, even deficit-squawking must have felt like a break.

And, speaking of breaks, here’s TechCrunch’s own Megan Rose Dickey from this morning:

Dickey goes on to note: “In the past few months, a gazillion people have left Uber.” This was tempered slightly to allow that a “gazillion” may be “bit of an exaggeration.”

The only thing wrong there is that her use of “bit” may be an exaggeration.

From the Crunchbase Daily:

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Reltio raises $40M for data management

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Open source deals accelerate this year

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