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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

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Meet Wagon: An Uber for delivering giant objects

Back in 2008, Mike Hanson decided to do a little A/B test on Craigslist. He listed the same piece of furniture online twice — one with delivery included, and the other without. “I received so many calls from buyers interested in purchasing the couch with delivery that I had to pull the ad after just one hour,”… 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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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

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Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Seahawks star Richard Sherman make TIME’s 100 most influential list

TIME released its annual list of 100 most influential people in the world and several tech leaders made the cut this year. Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos, who had made the list in previous years, was deemed “tech’s most enduring innovator,” by TIME. Here’s what PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel wrote about Bezos: Twenty years ago Jeff Bezos… Read More