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Google and Uber: cooperation or competition?

While the situation looks prickly, it will be a while before things pan out for the hot young ride-hailing service and its Internet titan partner

New York

WHEN Google's venture capital arm poured more than US$250 million into Uber in 2013, it looked like a match made in tech heaven.

Google, with billions of dollars in the bank and house-by-house maps of most of the planet, seemed like the perfect partner for Uber, the hugely popular ride-hailing service.

Bliss between the Internet titan and the hot young company, however, has proved fleeting.

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