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All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘on-demand car services’

Google, Uber Moving in on Each Other’s Turf?

It’s possible that Google and Uber, two companies which, at least historically, have been friendly, are developing a bit of a rivalry. Uber has announced a “strategic partnership” with Carnegie Mellon University that will see the creation of the “Uber Advanced Technologies Center” near the school’s campus. “The center will focus on the development of key long-term technologies that advance …

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Uber Rides Are Now Cheaper in 48 Cities

Car service Uber has just cut rates in nearly 50 cities across the US. Uber’s not saying exactly what the rate cut will be, but it’s guaranteeing that it will reduce cost for riders while still maintaining wages for drivers. In fact, the company is making that point a key part of the initiative. In the past, Uber has implemented …

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Uber Sued in Hometown, Accused of Misleading Users over Background Checks

Uber is under fire from more cities – now including the one in which it is headquartered. San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon says that Uber has made “false or misleading statements to consumers and for engaging in a variety of business practices which violate California law.” He specifically addresses Uber’s driver background checks. Though the very first thing you …

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Uber Facing Lawsuit from the City of Portland, Oregon

On-demand ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft often operate in legal grey areas, residing somewhere between illegal and kind-of legal – depending on the specific laws of the cities in which they launch. Most of the conflicts that arise between local governments and Uber have to do with current on-the-books laws regulating taxi services and the acquisition of permits. This …

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Lyft Has Best Week Ever After Uber’s Run of Bad PR

Uber hasn’t had a good few months, PR wise – and the past couple of weeks have been brutal. When one of your executives says that the company should start digging up dirt on journalists who criticize the company, well, it’s bound to generate some bad press. And then when one of your execs actually does breach privacy and access …

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Uber Going After Journos Has ‘No Basis in Reality’ Says Company

The bad press for Uber has just gone a bit meta. According to a report from BuzzFeed, an Uber VP recently proposed an idea to combat the negative press the company’s been receiving as of late. According to Emil Michael, Uber could, in theory, dig up dirt on critical journalists and use that to fight back. Now, instead of stories …

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Lyft Now Lets Your Boss Pick Up the Cost

Uber has Uber for Business, and now Lyft has Lyft for Work. The pink-mustachioed company has just introduced a new way for companies to pay for their employees’ rides – when appropriate of course. Lyft for Work allows companies to issue Lyft credit to employees that carry certain restrictions. For instance, a credit can come with the caveat that it …

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Shuddle Shuttles Your Kids Around, Uber Style

Any parent knows there’s simply never enough time in the day. Timmy needs to be at practice at five, but Susie has piano lessons at 5:30. Plus, you have a meeting to get to all the way across town. What to do? A new service, launching today in San Francisco, wants to be the solution. It’s called Shuddle, and it’s …

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Uber Thinks You Might Want a Flu Shot with Your Ride

Part promotional effort, part PR corrective maneuver, and part desire to do something good – Uber is giving out free flu shots right now. If you live in Boston, New York, or Washington D.C., Uber will coordinate a flu shot for up to 10 people per Uber request – at least for the next few hours. The promotion ends at …

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Uber Driver Reportedly Smashed a Passenger’s Head with a Hammer

It’s Monday, and on-demand car service Uber is facing another PR nightmare after a driver in San Francisco allegedly smashed a passenger in the side of the head with a hammer. The incident happened last week, and the San Francisco Chronicle first reported it on Friday. According to police, 26-year-old Patrick Karajah has been charged with assault with a deadly …

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Women’s-Only Uber-Like Car Service Readies Launch, Could Face Tricky Legal Issues

If you asked a handful of women whether or not they feel 100 percent safe in taxis, Uber, or Lyft cars – I’m willing to bet the the predominant answer would be not really. Sure, the majority of the time taxi rides go off without incident, but there are those stories – incidents of attempted sexual assault and the like …

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Uber Launches API, Affiliate Program for Developers

Uber thinks that “any app with a map is a potential Uber API partner” – so with that in mind, the on-demand car company is opening the Uber API to all developers. Uber is launching the API with eleven flagship partners who have already begun to use it –  Expensify, Hinge, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, Momento, OpenTable, Starbucks, Tempo Smart …

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