Here’s Why Uber Prices Are Soaring and You Can’t Find a Cab

The number of drivers and for-hire cars on the streets plunged during the pandemic, frustrating those seeking rides as the city starts to recover.

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Yellow Cabs and Subways: Everything Old Is New Again

Fewer taxis are on the streets, but for many New Yorkers, cabs and subways are inspiring a nostalgic (and budget-conscious) fervor.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #lyft-inc, #new-york-city, #taxi-and-limousine-commission, #taxicabs-and-taxicab-drivers, #transit-systems, #uber-technologies-inc

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Uber and Lyft Ramp Up Efforts to Shield Business Model

Gig economy companies are backing state laws in New York and elsewhere that would cement drivers’ status as contractors in exchange for a union.

#car-pooling-and-ride-sharing, #collective-bargaining, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #law-and-legislation, #lyft-inc, #new-york-state, #organized-labor, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries

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Uber and Lyft Surges: What to Know

The companies say they are charging extra because they don’t have enough drivers to match rebounding customer demand.

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How ‘The Drivers Cooperative’ Is Trying to Compete With Uber and Lyft in N.Y.

About 2,500 drivers in New York are organizing to create what they say is a better deal for drivers than what the ride-hailing giants offer.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #cooperatives, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #lyft-inc, #new-york-city, #uber-technologies-inc

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The Costly Pursuit of Self-Driving Cars Continues On. And On. And On.

Many in Silicon Valley promised that self-driving cars would be a common sight by 2021. Now the industry is resetting expectations and settling in for years of more work.

#accidents-and-safety, #aurora-innovation-inc, #automobiles, #driverless-and-semiautonomous-vehicles, #google-inc, #musk-elon, #trucks-and-trucking, #uber-technologies-inc, #urmson-chris-p-1976, #waymo

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Why Are Tech Companies Pretending to Be Governments?

The decision-making theatrics of Amazon, Facebook and other tech companies underscore the need for government to play a larger role.

#amazon-com-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #relocation-of-business, #social-media, #the-end-of-the-myth-from-the-frontier-to-the-border-wall-in-the-mind-of-america-book, #uber-technologies-inc

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Warren Buffett Fights Proposals on Climate and Diversity

The Berkshire chief opposes shareholder proposals on climate and diversity.

#berkshire-hathaway-inc, #buffett-warren-e, #emanuel-ariel-z, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #morris-william-endeavor-entertainment, #uber-technologies-inc, #united-states-economy, #walsh-martin-j

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Why Do British Uber Drivers Deserve Better Benefits?

Gig work doesn’t have to be a race to the bottom.

#doordash-mobile-app, #employee-fringe-benefits, #labor-and-jobs, #lyft-inc, #supreme-court-of-the-united-kingdom, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries

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In a First, Uber Agrees to Classify British Drivers as ‘Workers’

The new legal classification, which follows a U.K. court ruling last month, will entitle the workers to more pay and benefits, but stops short of making them employees.

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In First, Uber Agrees to Classify British Drivers as ‘Workers’

The new legal classification, which follows a U.K. court ruling last month, will entitle the workers to more pay and benefits, but stops short of making them employees.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #great-britain, #labor-and-jobs, #minimum-wage, #pensions-and-retirement-plans, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #supreme-court-of-the-united-kingdom, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries

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Uber drivers are entitled to worker benefits, a British court rules.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #decisions-and-verdicts, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #great-britain, #supreme-court-of-the-united-kingdom, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries

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Uber, After Buying Postmates, Lays Off More Than 180 Employees

The layoffs include most of the executive team at Postmates, the food delivery app that Uber bought last year.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #car-services-and-livery-cabs, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #delivery-services, #food, #khosrowshahi-dara, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #mobile-applications, #postmates-inc, #uber-eats, #uber-technologies-inc

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Biden Should Help Protect Uber and Lyft Drivers

The Biden administration has an opportunity to restore basic labor protections to the people who deliver our groceries and drive for Uber and Lyft.

#albertsons-inc, #car-services-and-livery-cabs, #doordash-mobile-app, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #labor-department-us, #lyft-inc, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries

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Food Delivery Is Keeping Uber Alive. Will It Kill Restaurants?

Uber built a business on the backs of drivers and, now, restaurants. But the company’s chief Dara Khosrowshahi says it’s not part of the ‘menace economy.’

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #khosrowshahi-dara, #mobile-applications, #restaurants, #silicon-valley-calif, #uber-eats, #uber-technologies-inc

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Uber Jettisons Flying Car Project

A day after handing its autonomous car project to a Silicon Valley start-up, Uber is ridding itself of another expensive operation.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #car-services-and-livery-cabs, #driverless-and-semiautonomous-vehicles, #joby-aero-inc-joby-aviation, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #start-ups, #uber-elevate, #uber-technologies-inc

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Uber Giving Self-Driving Car Project to a Start-Up

Company executives once said having cars that can drive on their own would be a salvation for their business. But the effort turned into a legal and financial headache.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #computers-and-the-internet, #driverless-and-semiautonomous-vehicles, #khosrowshahi-dara, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #pittsburgh-pa, #start-ups, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #uber-technologies-inc, #urmson-chris-p-1976

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‘Field of Broken Dreams’: London’s Growing Taxi Graveyards

Confronted with deserted streets during the pandemic, drivers are turning in their rented black cabs by the hundreds.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #taxicabs-and-taxicab-drivers, #uber-technologies-inc

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Prop 22 in California Is a Bad D

A voter-approved measure strips them of basic protections enjoyed by employees in other businesses.

#automobiles, #california, #doordash-mobile-app, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #instacart, #labor-and-jobs, #lyft-inc, #referendums, #uber-technologies-inc

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Pandemic Pushes N.Y.C. Cabbies to the Brink: ‘I Can’t Hold On’

While some businesses have adapted to virus restrictions, the yellow cab industry is especially suffering.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #lyft-inc, #new-york-city, #shutdowns-institutional, #taxicabs-and-taxicab-drivers, #uber-technologies-inc, #unemployment

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Fight Over Gig Workers Persists Despite Win for Uber and Lyft

A successful ballot measure in California makes drivers and other workers contractors, but the companies face continued pushback.

#california, #car-services-and-livery-cabs, #collective-bargaining, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #lyft-inc, #new-york-state, #organized-labor, #politics-and-government, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #uber-technologies-inc

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Why California’s Prop 22 Puts Our Labor Laws in Danger

The gig companies wrote new labor laws that are almost impossible to change.

#doordash-mobile-app, #employee-fringe-benefits, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #lyft-inc, #postmates-inc, #referendums, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries

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Uber and Lyft Drivers in California Will Remain Independent

The victory of Proposition 22, the most expensive initiative in the state’s history, could help gig companies remake labor laws throughout the country.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #delivery-services, #doordash-mobile-app, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #gonzalez-lorena-1971, #herrera-dennis-j, #law-and-legislation, #lyft-inc, #proposition-22, #referendums, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries

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It’s a Ballot Fight for Survival for Gig Companies Like Uber

A group that also includes Lyft and DoorDash has spent nearly $200 million to support a California proposition that could save them from a new labor law.

#california, #car-services-and-livery-cabs, #doordash-mobile-app, #employee-fringe-benefits, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #instacart, #khosrowshahi-dara, #labor-and-jobs, #lyft-inc, #mobile-applications, #political-advertising, #postmates-inc, #uber-technologies-inc, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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Appeals Court Says Uber and Lyft Must Treat California Drivers as Employees

The ruling adds new urgency to a ballot measure in the state that would exempt the companies from a new labor law intended to give gig workers more employment rights.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #employee-fringe-benefits, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #lyft-inc, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #uber-technologies-inc

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Seattle Passes Minimum Pay Rate for Uber and Lyft Drivers

The city became the second in the nation to create a compensation standard for ride-hailing drivers, after New York.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #lyft-inc, #minimum-wage, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #seattle-wash, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries

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Uber Can Continue Operating in London, Judge Rules

After a battle with transportation regulators, the ride-hailing firm was granted an 18-month license.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #decisions-and-verdicts, #london-england, #transport-for-london, #uber-technologies-inc

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Uber and Lyft Could Gain From U.S. Rule Defining Employment

The Labor Department proposal would most likely treat drivers and other gig workers as contractors, not employees.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #labor-department-us, #lyft-inc, #minimum-wage, #overtime, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries

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Driver Charged in Uber’s Fatal 2018 Autonomous Car Crash

Investigators said the woman had been watching a video on her phone when the vehicle killed a pedestrian in Arizona.

#driver-distraction-and-fatigue, #driverless-and-semiautonomous-vehicles, #herzberg-elaine-1968-2018, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #uber-technologies-inc

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Uber Is Hurting Drivers Like Me in Its Legal Fight in California

We’re in limbo as the ride-hailing company spends millions fighting a new state law.

#california, #car-services-and-livery-cabs, #chauffeurs-and-drivers, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #living-wage, #taxicabs-and-taxicab-drivers, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries

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Former Uber Security Chief Charged With Concealing Hack

Joe Sullivan, who led Uber’s security team through the company’s most tumultuous period, was fired by the company’s newly installed chief executive in 2017.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #justice-department, #sullivan-joe-1968, #uber-technologies-inc

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Uber and Lyft Threaten to Shut Down in California

The companies, under legal pressure to reclassify their drivers as employees, said they would halt rides unless an appeals court gives them permission to continue.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #decisions-and-verdicts, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #lyft-inc, #uber-eats, #uber-technologies-inc

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Uber and Lyft Are Toying With Drivers’ Livelihoods

Both are threatening to pull out of California this week over a law requiring them to treat their workers as full-fledged employees.

#california, #car-services-and-livery-cabs, #khosrowshahi-dara, #labor-and-jobs, #lyft-inc, #mobile-applications, #paid-time-off, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries

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Uber and Lyft Consider Franchise-Like Model in California

Under pressure to classify their freelance drivers as full-time employees, the ride-hailing companies are discussing another option.

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I Am the C.E.O. of Uber. Gig Workers Deserve Better.

Gig workers want both flexibility and benefits — we support laws that could make that possible.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #employee-fringe-benefits, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #uber-technologies-inc, #united-states, #wages-and-salaries

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Uber’s Ride-Hailing Business Craters, but Deliveries Surge in Pandemic

Uber said revenue fell 29 percent in the second quarter because people traveled less, but food deliveries soared.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #company-reports, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #delivery-services, #khosrowshahi-dara, #uber-eats, #uber-technologies-inc

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Star Technologist Who Crossed Google Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison

Anthony Levandowski, a onetime star Silicon Valley engineer of self-driving cars, had pleaded guilty to stealing trade secrets.

#automobiles, #computers-and-the-internet, #driverless-and-semiautonomous-vehicles, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #google-inc, #industrial-espionage, #intellectual-property, #levandowski-anthony, #uber-technologies-inc, #waymo

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Uber and Lyft Drivers Win Ruling on Unemployment Benefits

A federal judge’s decision in New York is a key victory in efforts to secure the protections extended to other workers.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dearcy-hall-judge-lashann, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #lyft-inc, #new-york-state, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #uber-technologies-inc, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance

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Massachusetts Sues Uber and Lyft Over the Status of Drivers

A lawsuit by the state’s attorney general adds to pressure on the companies to consider their drivers full-time employees.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #healey-maura-1971, #labor-and-jobs, #lyft-inc, #paid-time-off, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #uber-technologies-inc, #unemployment-insurance, #wages-and-salaries

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Want More Diversity? Some Experts Say Reward C.E.O.s for It

Only a small number of large companies have tied executive compensation to goals for hiring and promotion of workers from underrepresented groups.

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Are Uber and Lyft Drivers Well Paid? It Depends on the Study

Uber and Lyft hailed a Cornell paper’s conclusion that their drivers make solid wages. But others have questioned the researchers’ approach.

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Uber to Buy Postmates for $2.65 Billion

The ride-hailing company’s core business has struggled in the pandemic, and it is betting on growth of its Uber Eats division.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #delivery-services, #postmates-inc, #start-ups, #uber-eats, #uber-technologies-inc, #venture-capital

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What Hong Kong’s Pandemic Experience Taught Uber About Other Cities

The city was among the first to close and among the first to reopen. But Uber’s lessons there could be difficult to duplicate elsewhere.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #coronavirus-reopenings, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #hong-kong, #khosrowshahi-dara, #masks, #sars-severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome, #uber-technologies-inc

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Uber Makes Offer to Buy Postmates Delivery Service

The ride-hailing company has been trying to expand its food-delivery business to compensate for the collapse of its main business.

#delivery-services, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #mobile-applications, #postmates-inc, #uber-eats, #uber-technologies-inc

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Uber Rides Cost More? OK

Many gig-based business models help customers take advantage of workers. Let’s stop giving tech companies a free ride.

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EBay’s Critics Faced an Extreme Case of an Old Silicon Valley Habit

Six former employees were recently named in federal charges that were an indication of the lengths some companies will go to hit back at detractors.

#detectives-private, #ebay-inc, #extortion-and-blackmail, #hewlett-packard-company, #tesla-motors-inc, #uber-technologies-inc

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Sorry, eBay and Uber. You’re Hated.

Why the middlemen are the internet’s villains.

#airbnb, #amazon-com-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #ebay-inc, #facebook-inc, #uber-technologies-inc

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Did Washington Get in Uber’s Way?

Uber had been courting Grubhub for months, but the food-delivery rival will sell itself to a European rival instead. Regulations are partly to blame.

#amazon-com-inc, #facial-recognition-software, #federal-reserve-system, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #grubhub-inc, #just-eat-takeaway-com, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #uber-technologies-inc, #united-states-economy

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Just Eat Takeaway to Acquire Grubhub for $7.3 Billion

The Dutch food delivery company beat out Uber to buy Grubhub, whose chief executive will oversee operations in North America.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #delivery-services, #doordash-mobile-app, #groen-jitse, #grubhub-inc, #just-eat-takeaway-com, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #uber-eats, #uber-technologies-inc

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Uber’s Bid for Grubhub Shows That Deals Aren’t Dead Yet

Mergers are taking a hit during the pandemic, but there’s still an appetite for certain types of transactions.

#alexion-pharmaceuticals-inc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elliott-management, #grubhub-inc, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shareholder-rights-and-activism, #uber-technologies-inc

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