Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick.

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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Farmstr now delivers organic farm food, testing partnership with Uber

Surprise, surprise — there’s another food delivery service in Seattle. This time it’s Farmstr, the new organic food marketplace that connects farmers directly with consumers. The company just began testing a delivery option to 11 zip codes within Seattle on Wednesdays and Fridays, and is starting with produce only. CEO and founder Janelle Maiocco is looking at a number… Read More

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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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Vancouver city attorney: Uber is a ‘taxicab,’ and thus illegal in our town

UberX is illegal in Vancouver, Wash., but the transportation startup doesn’t appear to be leaving town any time soon. As noted by BikePortland.org this morning, Vancouver Assistant City Attorney Brent Boger penned a memo late last month that basically called out Uber for failing to follow regulations outlined by the city for taxicabs. UberX, which allows everyday people to… 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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Battling Uber: Flywheel rolls out scheduled for-hire pickups to Seattle airport

While UberX, Lyft, and Sidecar have been approved by lawmakers to operate in Seattle, for-hire companies are trying to stay competitive with apps like Flywheel. Flywheel, a San Francisco-based company that provides fleets from Eastside For Hire, Apple4Hire, United for Hire and others with app-based technology, is rolling out a new feature in Seattle that allows passengers to schedule rides in… Read More

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Portland legalizes Airbnb — is Uber next?

Airbnb will soon become legal in Portland, Ore., after city leaders agreed to issue licenses that will allow people to rent out their bedrooms. “We are thrilled that Portland is joining the ranks of innovative cities around the world that are moving forward and embracing the sharing economy,” Airbnb wrote in a blog post. “Portland was… 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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Cool hack: Here’s how to find your Uber passenger rating

One unique part about companies like Uber and Lyft is the ability for riders to rate their drivers, and vice versa. The transparent grading system helps the startups monitor driver performance, while also giving passengers a way to provide feedback on their experience. But while Uber and Lyft riders can see driver ratings, it’s not possible to… Read More

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Uber launches in Oregon, but stays away from Portland for now

Uber is now operating in Oregon, but has yet to conduct business in the state’s most populous city. The transportation startup launched its UberX service in Salem and Eugene earlier this week, allowing citizens to hail rides from people driving their own personal cars. But Uber is still staying out of Portland. As we highlighted in January,… Read More

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Denver Police chief opens investigation into Uber incident, issues public apology to Seattle man

Denver Police Chief Robert White has launched an investigation into an incident involving an officer who told a Seattle man that the Uber ride he was taking was illegal. In a letter posted on Twitter from the Denver Police account, Chief White publicly apologized to Dave Cook, the Seattle man who recounted the incident in a post on GeekWire over 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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Uber gives away free ice cream to Oregonians while Portland still not allowing service to operate

In what’s become somewhat of a tradition, Uber is delivering ice cream to people in 38 countries around the world today. Most customers will have to pony up a few bucks for their sweet treats. However, a close look at the list of 144 cities featured in the promotion — a huge spike from the 33 cities included last year — reveals… 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