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Portland posts full report on Uber's dirty dealings with Greyball

The city of Portland, Oregon has released its full report on illegal operations by ride-sharing company Uber in 2014. The report [PDF], compiled in April and released earlier this week, details the city's findings on Uber's use of the "Greyball" program to evade city officials during the two-week period in December, 2014 when …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Sep 2017
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FBI probing Uber over use of 'Hell' spyware to track rival biz Lyft

The FBI is investigating allegations that Uber used its "Hell" program to track drivers from rival firm Lyft. The Wall Street Journal reports that one part of the investigation, led by the FBI's New York Office and Manhattan US Attorney's office, is into whether "Hell" counted as unauthorised computer access. An Uber …
Andrew Silver, 8 Sep 2017
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So thoughtful. Uber says it won't track you after you leave their vehicles

Amid heavy criticism over how it handles user privacy, Uber has agreed to not track riders after their trips end. The ride-hailing company has infamously faced legal suits on previous occasions over privacy issues, including software for tracking high-profile individuals, the acquaintances of Uber employees and even drivers …
Andrew Silver, 29 Aug 2017
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Ride-snare: Lyft ruse helps cops cuff suspect in tech CEO murder case

A police officer in Fayette County, Georgia, has nabbed a murder suspect by appropriating the Lyft vehicle he figured the perp hoped to use as a getaway car. Albert DeMagnus, CEO of an IT business named Computer Management Services, was stabbed to death during a June 23 home invasion. He was discovered by his wife, whereupon …
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Congresscritters float benefits for gig workers

Two US legislators are drafting bills to provide "gig" contract workers many of the same benefits afforded to those who work full time. Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) and and Representative Suzan DelBene (D-WA) have announced to their respective houses bills that would allow contract workers with companies like Uber, Lyft, and …
Shaun Nichols, 25 May 2017
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Google, Lyft, IBM mix microservices into management mesh

Microservices architecture, in which monolithic apps get broken down into a set of distinct services, goes well with containers and orchestration. Containers (eg, Docker) provide a way to manage and run microservices so that they're insulated from each other, and orchestration (eg, Kubernetes) provides a way to juggle all the …
Thomas Claburn, 24 May 2017
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Uber sued by ex-Lyft driver tormented by app maker's 'Hell' spyware

A former Lyft driver is suing Uber alleging the ride-summoning biz spied on his movements and violated privacy, competition, and communications laws. Plaintiff Michael Gonzales, who drove for Lyft from 2012 through November 2014, filed suit in San Francisco, California, on Monday, claiming Uber developed and deployed software …
Thomas Claburn, 25 Apr 2017
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Lyft drops $27m on the table to make annoying driver lawsuit go away

A federal judge has accepted a proposed $27m settlement to resolve a dispute between ride-sharing service Lyft and more than 200,000 current and former drivers in California. The drivers sued Lyft in 2013 arguing that they should be classified as employees rather than independent contractors – the same issue that has dogged …
Thomas Claburn, 17 Mar 2017
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The Pew 'gig economy' study is here, and it's grim

Around 56 per cent of "gig economy" workers say the income they get from those services is essential to making ends meet. This according to a study from Pew Research, which interviewed 4,579 workers from various app-based services including dial-a-ride, cleaning and laundry, and food and grocery delivery apps. Pew estimates …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Nov 2016
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Uber, Lyft drivers shamed for 'racial bias' by uni eggheads

Passengers who use Uber and Lyft to dial up rides are often subject to racial and gender discrimination, claim researchers. A joint study [paywalled] by Stanford, MIT, and Washington University has found that drivers for the smartphone-based car services are more likely to refuse or cancel rides if they believe the passenger …
Shaun Nichols, 31 Oct 2016
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Waze to go, Google: New dial-a-ride Uber, Lyft rival 'won't vet drivers'... What could go wrong?

Google is apparently planning to launch a ride-sharing service to compete with Uber and Lyft. The Wall Street Journal cites a single source in reporting that the Mountain View advertisement broker will expand a small pilot program launched this summer in which the Waze navigational app can be used by people to organize car …
Shaun Nichols, 31 Aug 2016
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Speaking in Tech: Uber and Lyft tell Austin: Hell no, we won't give you the finger

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Hosted by Sarah Vela and Ed Saipetch. This week the dynamic duo discuss Uber, Ford, Twitter, Cisco and more. Our special guest this week is Ben Kepes, technology evangelist, investor, commentator and business adviser. Here are the details: (1:00) Uber drama in Austin (8 …
Team Register, 11 May 2016
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Lyft, Uber throw Texas-sized tantrum over Austin driver law

Uber and Lyft have suspended operations in Austin, Texas, after failing to amend a city law requiring drivers to be fingerprinted. The two ride-booking app makers said on Monday that they were closing shop in the Texas state capital after voters rejected their bid to amend a city law mandating fingerprinting for all drivers …
Shaun Nichols, 9 May 2016
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Drive for Lyft or Uber in SF? Your wallet is about to get lighter

The City of San Francisco will soon be requiring people who drive for ride-sharing services Lyft and Uber to have a business license. The city's Treasury Office said that it has begun notifying via mail drivers of transportation network companies (such as Uber and Lyft) that they have 30 days to obtain a license from the city …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Apr 2016
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Uber is bombarding us with painfully probing subpoenas, cries Lyft

Lyft has asked a judge to block taxi app rival Uber from using the courts to cunningly extract information about its operations. In a filing [PDF] to the Northern California District Court, Lyft asks that Uber be stopped from getting any further internal memos and other details using subpoenas. Uber filed the subpoenas while …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Feb 2016
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Lyft to drivers: Here's $12.25m, now shut up about employee rights

Lyft has agreed to pay out a $12.25m out-of-court settlement to end the class-action battle between itself and its drivers. The proposed settlement [PDF], awaiting approval from Judge Vince Chhabria of the California Northern US District Court, would end the legal battle between the ride-sharing company and California drivers …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Jan 2016
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Uber rival Lyft bags $248m as Saudi investor and pals buy a slice

Kingdom Holding, the investment firm of billionaire Saudi prince Alwaleed bin Talal, said it had led a group of investors to buy a piece of Uber peer-to-peer ride-share app rival Lyft for $247.7m (£166m). The cash injection amounts to a 5.3 per cent slice of the San Francisco-based ride hailing outfit. According to Reuters, …
Kat Hall, 24 Dec 2015
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Judge adds new army to Uber driver suit

A US judge has issued a ruling that will expand the pool of drivers who can take part in a class action lawsuit against dial-a-ride giant Uber. Judge Edward Chen of the Northern California US District Court said that an agreement Uber had signed with drivers from 2014 to 2015 containing an opt-out clause in the class action …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Dec 2015

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