Uber seals multibillion-dollar investment from Softbank

DETROIT (AP) — Japanese technology conglomerate SoftBank has reached a deal with Uber to invest billions in the ride-hailing giant.

Uber Technologies Inc. confirmed the investment in a statement Sunday without giving details.

Delivery app goPuff hopes to add booze

URBANA — Have a 2 a.m. case of the munchies?

In Champaign-Urbana, there's now an app for that.

Introducing goPuff — a drugstore delivery service where everything from Chubby Hubby ice cream to Charmin bath tissue is just one smartphone click away, guaranteed to be delivered as soon as possible from an Urbana warehouse.

Wired In: Kathleen Hu

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood chats with a high-tech difference-maker. This week, meet KATHLEEN HU, a University of Illinois student who is heading the technology side of DIBBS, a start-up to fight hunger and reduce food waste. Her web platform connects food retailers to food pantries so that excess food doesn't go to waste.

Building permits, Nov. 12, 2017

Listed are permits for all new single-family and multifamily residences as well as commercial and industrial work and residential remodeling costing more than $25,000.

Permits are listed by applicant, description, site and cost.


Andrew Fell Architecture & Design, new duplex at 308 1/2 E. Clark St., $450,000.

Just Askin': Making way for Hotel Vib

Why is the parking lot at 401 N. Neil St. closed?

To make way for what will eventually be the Hotel Vib by Best Western.

Today's Special: Panera Bread launches delivery service

CHAMPAIGN — Panera Bread has launched its own delivery service.

Colin Balsbaugh, manager of the location at 1765 W. Kirby Ave., C, in the Old Farm Shops, said the eatery now offers home or office delivery at his location and at ones at 616 E. Green St. in Campustown and 1903 Convenience Place near Market Place Shopping Center.

Next stop for UI-founded company: Space, thanks to NASA contract

CHAMPAIGN — A company founded by a University of Illinois physics professor has raised more than $1.5 million in venture funding this year, graduated from the UI Research Park's EnterpriseWorks incubator and this week announced it was selected for a project by NASA.

Business listings, Nov. 12, 2017

These applications for assumed business names were filed with the Champaign County Clerk's Office:

Beard Up Bro, 1001 Francis Drive, #4, C, Kiel Hodges, same address.

Blessed Bucket Boutique, 706 Balsam Drive, St. Joseph, Nicole Pruemer, same address.

CarXessories, 1001 Francis Drive, #4, C, Kiel Hodges, same address.

U.K. panel rules that Uber drivers have wage, shift rights

LONDON (AP) — Uber lost the latest round in the battle over its operating model Friday, when a British panel ruled that the company's drivers are workers, not independent contractors, in a decision with broad implications for the so-called gig economy.

Champaign fitness center closes abruptly

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