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Good news: taxi hailing app Hailo and Coors Light are partnering to give out $10 cab credits at participating bars. Bad news: You’ll have to go to places like Johnny Utah’s to get it.
It’s part of the startup’s #CelebrateSafe program that’s hoping to make the holiday season a bit safer for those blacked out on mulled wine. “We’ll be collecting your awesome photos and reposting so others know to #CelebrateSafe!,” the website writes.
The city’s e-hail pilot has been up and running for several weeks now, which means the startups participating are starting to get real data back. Hailo shared some numbers with Betabeat, and the usage patterns are exactly as this outer boroughs denizen suspected: 40 percent of rides originate outside of Manhattan, as opposed to 3 percent of overall cab rides.
No one who’s ever desperately tried to catch a cab in Queens in the middle of the day will be surprised by this. We’d use a signal flare if it would help.
Just last week, Uber made a grab for headlines by delivering ice cream across the globe. Well, we don’t want to stoke the feud or anything, but today Hailo one-upped them. Some eagle-eyed employee watching the #royalbaby livestream spotted Kate Middleton’s parents climbing out of a Hailo cab to visit their aristocratic descendant, the heir to the throne of Great Britain.
Understandably, the company is now crowing about it on Twitter:
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Glasshole Missed Connection Betabeat finally had the distinct pleasure of trying the dorky looking face computer we love to mock so much at a party last night at Meetup HQ. We (only slightly drunkenly) approached a tall white dude donning Google Glass and timidly asked if we might be able to try it on. When we slipped on the device (in slate!), the display was incredibly blurry–not due to our eyesight, but because Glass specifically calibrates to the wearer’s eye. It was hard as hell to see, but the voice commands worked almost seamlessly, impressive since we were at a loud party.
The device’s functionality is fairly limited: you can take a picture, record video and get directions to and from places. It also has the added benefit of making you look like a complete dork while somehow also attracting swaths of attractive ladies to get up real close to your face.
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If this back-and-forth keeps up, we’re all going to get whiplash. Bloomberg News reports that once again, the courts have blocked the Taxi and Limousine Commission’s ehail pilot program, just days after it was given the all-clear. The black car business has appealed the dismissal of its suit against the program, and an appeals court judge has granted a temporary injunction until there’s a decision.
Good thing this broke after the end of TechCrunch Disrupt, or we might have had a disruptors’ riot on our hands.
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Guess the Taxi and Limousine Commission is willing to let bygones be bygones. Last week, Hailo launched a “beta test” of its ehail app; almost as quickly, the TLC said that actually Uber was the only company that’d officially been accepted into the pilot program, meaning Hailo had no clearance to operate. But at a TechCrunch Disrupt panel this morning, CEO Jay Bregman announced they’ve got the go-ahead and will begin operations today.
He got a couple of minutes to shine, calling for a round of applause for the TLC, before the panel turned into a tiff between the TLC’s Ashwini Chhabra and Sidecar CEO Sunil Paul.
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Well, that sure didn’t take long. On Tuesday, a judge dismissed the lawsuit against the city’s taxi apps pilot program. And today, Hailo began rolling out a beta test of its own app for yellow cabs.
Earlier today, “founding passengers” received a chipper email from CEO Jay Bregman, which announced: “I can’t tell you how long I have waited to say this; Hailo Beta is LIVE in New York City! Think of Hailo as The Taxi Magnet – the app that brings Yellow Cabs to you.”
A pilot program for smartphone apps that would allow New Yorkers to hail yellow cabs at the press of a button may be delayed by a court injunction filed today by organizations representing the black car industry.
Your heart-shaped Birchbox. Tired of cellophane-wrapped boxes full of chocolate-flavored fat? On February 7, Birchbox is launching a limited edition V-day box—the “We Heart” Collection. For $36 you can have goodies like nail polish, bobby pins and some mascara product advertised as “triple action,” in case you’re not getting any this year.
Newsreels Tonight at 6 p.m. marks the premier of “MAKERS: Women Who Make America,” at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. This video and broadcast initiative is a collaborative effort between AOL and PBS that aims to communicate stories of revolutionary women who help shape today’s world.
Dell’s board of directors were said to vote last night on a $23 billion deal to take the company private, with private equity firm Silver Lake Management, Microsoft and company founder Michael Dell among the key players. [AllThingsD]
Competition between on-demand taxi service startups continues to simmer. Later this month, New York City will launch its pilot program for e-hailing yellow cabs. Meanwhile, Uber competitor Hailo is launching a subsidiary in Tokyo. [TechCrunch]
Nearly half of single women research prospective dates on Facebook before they meet, according to Match.com. Also in the survey, promiscuous sexters! Thirty-two percent of singles have sent a sext, while 51 percent of singles have received a sext, which by our math means some of you are sending more than your fair share. [Mashable]
A group of Florida investors is hosting something called the “pitch house” at the Startup Conference next week. Sounds like a pilot. [Nibletz]
Benchmark Capital’s Bill Gurley, Chamath Palihapitiya of Social + Capital Partnership and SurveyMonkey’s Dave Goldberg talked Venture Capital and IPOs. [Bloomberg Television]
Twitter is hiring engineers to beef up security after a recent hacking attempt. [Wired]