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Obama adviser David Plouffe joins Uber to move company beyond challenges of ‘big taxi cartel’

Uber is adding some political muscle to its operations as it continues to engage in a regulatory battles across the globe. The heavily-funded transportation service has named David Plouffe — best known for helping to get Barack Obama elected in 2008 — as its Senior Vice President of Policy and Strategy. “I couldn’t be more excited… Read More

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Live blog: Seattle set to legalize Uber, Lyft at City Council meeting

Update: Seattle legalizes Uber, Lyft to operate without caps We’ve just settled in here at City Hall as Seattle’s lawmakers prepare to set regulations that will legalize transportation startups like Lyft, UberX and Sidecar. You can read more about today’s meeting in our report from earlier today, but here’s the low-down: Councilmembers plan to discuss and… Read More

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Seattle prepares to legalize Uber, Lyft on Monday

Finally, after nearly a year-and-a-half of discussion, the Seattle City Council is set to vote on legislation Monday that will legalize transportation startups like UberX, Lyft and Sidecar. Councilmembers plan to discuss and potentially vote to approve a revised ordinance that came out of a negotiation process organized by Mayor Ed Murray. But given how drawn out and tumultuous… 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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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

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Seattle mayor postpones cease-and-desist letter for Uber, Lyft, Sidecar

Taxi drivers and those working for transportation network companies (TNC) will have another week to iron out an agreement that will allow Uber, Lyft and Sidecar to operate legally in Seattle. Representatives from the San Francisco-based startups, taxi companies and City officials have spent the past month-and-a-half working with a negotiator to establish a new regulatory framework. Mayor Ed… Read More

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Frustrated Uber drivers form association to ‘protect dignity’ as Uber jabs at Teamsters

Uber and UberX drivers angry with how they’ve been treated formed a new association on Sunday. With the help of Teamsters Local 117, an organization that represents taxi drivers and helps unions across the Puget Sound region, the drivers approved by-laws and elected a leadership council for the “App-Based Drivers’ Association.” “Job security, wage gouging, public safety, and… Read More

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King County proposes ride-sharing legislation: No caps with emphasis on safety

While the City of Seattle figures out how to regulate app-based transportation companies like UberX, Lyft and Sidecar, King County officials are taking matters into their own hands. King County Executive Dow Constantine today proposed legislation to regulate these “Transportation Network Companies” — “TNC” for short — which allow everyday drivers to shuttle people around… Read More

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Upset Uber drivers launch new association to ‘promote public safety’ in Seattle

Fed up with how they’ve been treated, angry drivers from Uber and UberX are forming an association. Hundreds of drivers working for the San Francisco-based transportation startup will gather on Sunday just south of Seattle to launch the association. Teamsters Local 117, an organization that helps unions across the Puget Sound region, is supporting the new group that’s… Read More

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Seattle may issue cease-and-desist letter to UberX, Lyft in 3 weeks

In less than three weeks, Seattle may issue a cease-and-desist letter to transportation companies like Lyft, Uber and Sidecar. Representatives from the San Francisco-based startups, taxi companies and City officials are currently in the midst of a negotiation process to establish a new regulatory framework that would allow Lyft, Uber and Sidecar to operate legally in Seattle. The… Read More

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Tacoma City Council to discuss regulations for Uber, Lyft, Sidecar

While Seattle has been trying to figure out how to regulate companies like UberX, Lyft and Sidecar for well over a year, Washington’s third-biggest city is just getting started. Just a 45-minute drive down from Seattle on Interstate-5 is where the Tacoma City Council will meet this afternoon to discuss ways to regulate the app-based transportation startups. All… Read More

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Lyft partners with MetLife to ‘develop insurance solutions’

In an attempt to offer more protection for drivers and passengers, Lyft today announced a new partnership with MetLife. Details are scant, but the transportation company noted today in a blog post that it will “develop insurance solutions,” with MetLife in the coming months. “This arrangement is designed to help Lyft continue setting the highest… Read More

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Protestors attack Uber vehicles in Seattle, vow to take down a ‘disgusting tech company’

Uber is already battling the Seattle City Council over laws and regulations allowing the operation of its business. Now, though, it looks like the transportation company has a new opponent in the Emerald City. A group called The Counterforce, which has protested against tech companies in the past, spent Saturday evening “chasing down Uber cabs and… Read More