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Sidecar CEO responds to Uber’s questionable recruiting tactics: ‘I can’t say I’m surprised’

The Verge story that published earlier this week and exposed Uber’s questionable recruiting tactics was a shock to many. After learning how Uber’s independent contractors take Lyft rides as a way to recruit new drivers — and sometimes canceling those rides to avoid being caught by Lyft — many vowed never to use Uber again. Sidecar CEO Sunil Paul, however,… Read More

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UberX drivers quit working in Seattle to protest lower wages

Some UberX drivers in Seattle are no longer working for Uber as a way to protest how they’ve been treated by the transportation company. About 100 drivers from a new group called Seattle Ride-Share Drivers Association gathered Wednesday to show their frustration with a recent price reduction Uber has implemented. Back in June, Uber lowered prices for… Read More

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Poll: Will Uber’s questionable marketing tactics force you to choose Lyft, or a taxi?

The Verge has a fascinating story today that examines Uber’s questionable recruiting tactics that is part of an attempt to take down its largest competitor. Internal documents show that Uber hires independent contractors to take Lyft rides as a way to convince drivers to leave Lyft and work for Uber. Some of these recruiters cancel Lyft rides to… Read More

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Tech Moves: Chef names new VP of Engineering, Lyft COO leaves after tension with founders; and more

—Jez Humble has joined Chef as the company’s Engineering Vice President. Prior to joining Chef, Humble was a principal at ThoughtWorks, where he led product and consulting efforts focused on team collaboration and software development efficiency. In addition, Humble is the co-author of “Continuous Delivery: Reliable Software Releases through Build, Test, and Deployment Automation,” a book about… Read More

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Uber, Lyft not a top priority for Portland leaders, official says

On a conference call with reporters Tuesday to discuss the hiring of expert campaigner David Plouffe, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick rattled off some impressive stats. Just four years after launching in San Francisco, his transportation company — which has raised $1.5 billion and is valued at $18 billion —  is helping drivers earn money and passengers get… Read More

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Lyft says Uber employees tricked its drivers, canceled more than 5K rides since October

It’s no secret that Uber and Lyft don’t exactly like each other. But now the competition may be reaching excessive levels. Using information from Lyft, CNN Money reports today that 177 Uber employees have ordered and then canceled 5,560 Lyft rides since last October. The purpose was to lower the amount of available Lyft drivers on the road, while… Read More

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Uber, Lyft rolling out ways to share rides with strangers heading in the same direction

Late Tuesday, Uber announced a new way for people to carpool with others who are riding on similar routes called UberPool. Today, Lyft is rolling out its own carpooling option with Lyft Line. Lyft Line, which is now available in San Francisco, lets users share Lyft vehicles with others heading in the same direction and as a result, reduce their… Read More

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Once foes, now friends: Uber, for-hire drivers team up for ‘Driver Appreciation Day’

Earlier this year, drivers from for-hire companies in Seattle would attend City Council meetings and publicly voice their displeasure with new startups like Uber and Lyft. Now, though, those feelings have appeared to go away. Less than a month after the Seattle City Council passed legislation to legalize transportation network companies (TNCs) like Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar, the… Read More

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Number of UberX drivers in Seattle soars past 2,000

If you’re looking for a ride in Seattle these days, waiting for an Uber vehicle will likely not take more than 10 minutes. That’s because there are more Uber drivers on the city’s roads than ever. This is particularly true for UberX, Uber’s cheaper service that allows everyday people to use their own vehicles to transport people… Read More

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Seattle City councilmember explains why he voted against law that legalized Uber, Lyft

A majority of the Seattle City Council voted on Monday to approve a new regulatory framework for transportation startups like UberX, Lyft, and Sidecar. But there was one councilmember who stood up and voiced concern with the new legislation that sets requirements for the startups, also known as Transportation Network Companies (TNCs). Mike O’Brien does not think the… Read More

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Seattle legalizes Uber, Lyft to operate without caps

Transportation startups like UberX, Lyft, and Sidecar will finally be able to legally operate in Seattle. The City Council today voted 8-1 to approve legislation that provides a new regulatory framework for the San Francisco-based startups, also known as transportation network companies (TNCs). Monday’s vote ends a 15-month process that saw the city originally approve laws… Read More

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Seattle City Council repeals law that capped UberX, Lyft and Sidecar drivers

Earlier this year when the Seattle City Council set initial regulations for Uber, Lyft and Sidecar, it seemed nobody was happy — taxi drivers included — with the regulations approved by the councilmembers. Fast forward five months, and my how things have changed. The Seattle City Council today voted 6-3 to repeal an ordinance that had capped the number of active… Read More

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Uber and Lyft still collecting signatures, as Seattle City Council considers new agreement

Despite reaching an agreement to allow Uber, Lyft and Sidecar to operate in Seattle legally, a coalition group is still collecting signatures from citizens — just in case the city’s lawmakers don’t approve the new set of rules. Earlier this month, the San Francisco-based startups — also known as transportation network companies (TNCs) — reached a new deal with… Read More

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Full text: How Uber and Lyft struck a deal in Seattle

The City of Seattle this morning released the full outline of the agreement that paves the way for Uber, Lyft, Sidecar and other app-based transportation networks to continue operating in Seattle without caps on their service. The deal, announced by Mayor Ed Murray yesterday, would allow the companies to continue operating in the city without any limit on the… Read More

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Seattle mayor reaches deal to legalize Uber, Lyft and Sidecar, without driver limits

It looks like UberX, Lyft and Sidecar are here to stay in Seattle. After more than one year of City Council meetings, protests and debate, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray today announced an agreement between the major industry players, the taxi industry and city officials that will let app-based transportation services such as Lyft, Sidecar and… Read More

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American Express partners with Uber, lets users pay for rides with reward points

Last week, Lyft offered discounted cell phone bills and cheap spa treatments to drivers. Now, Uber is offering American Express rewards to cardholders who user their service. American Express today announced the new integration, which allows members of its loyalty rewards program to earn double the amount of points when they pay for Uber rides with their AmEx card…. Read More

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Uber to partner with non-profits in Seattle, will bring ‘innovation to community giving’

Fresh off its $17 billion valuation, Uber today announced a new initiative in Seattle that will establish partnerships with local non-profits. Called Uber Impact, the program will use Uber’s technology and brand to help create a campaign for one non-profit each month. “In the same way that Uber has changed the way people move around their… Read More