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Lyft is Partnering with Slickdeals to Give People Free Cab Rides

Maybe she's so happy because she's riding somewhere for free. (Screengrab: Facebook)

Lyft has partnered with Slickdeals, the crowd-sourced site for deals and coupons, to offer a free ride to new customers.

Download the app, use the promo code SLICKDEALS, and you’re set for a free ride valued up to $50, as long as it’s your first time using the service.

This offer, which lasts until the New Year’s Eve ball drops, is valid in more than 30 cities across the U.S., but sadly not in NYC. Read More

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Booting Up: Aereo’s CEO Is Really Confident The Supreme Court Will Rule In His Favor

Effective? (Photo: Uber)

Aereo CEO Chet Kanojila said he’s confident that the Supreme Court will rule in his favor.  “I can’t imagine they won’t be on the side of innovation,” he said. [New York Times]

Uber launched an ad campaign mocking Lyft on Facebook in hopes of luring customers away from its lower-priced competitor. [AdAge]

Michael Sippey, Twitter’s VP of Product, is moving into an advisory role at the company then eventually leaving. [TechCrunch]

You can soon buy brands’ overpriced t-shirts through a new Spotify app. [Telegraph]

This happened: “Apple’s Phil Schiller unfollowed Nest CEO Tony Fadell on Twitter” [Verge]

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Startup Rundown: Frankly Is the Snapchat of Texting, and Farmers Are Using the Internet

Real snazzy. (Shapeways)

Bling out your Citibike Today in things you didn’t know you needed, Tomorrow Lab has partnered with Shapeways to create a gold, 3D-printed Citibike key. In case you’re not an avid Citibike user, “keys” are what Citibike’s annual members use to release the bikes from their holding contraptions. The new 3D-printed key, which is still in prototype phase, is printed in “gold steel,” and is meant to be worn on a string around the neck like the geekiest, chunkiest jewelry of all time. This might be proof that just because you can 3D-print it, doesn’t mean you should. Read More

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Booting Up: Meet the CEBros Behind Bang With Friends

Colin Hodge. (Photo: Valleywag)

Meet Colin Hodge, the 28-year-old CEBro behind Bang with Friends, the “sex positive brogrammer in search of a viral loop.”  [Valleywag]

Digg’s CEO described its upcoming Google Reader replacement as “very clean, very simple, and very fast.” It’s expected to be released at the end of June. [Fast Company]

Nobody knows what’s going on with the acquisition of Waze. It’s now rumored that Google is interested in purchasing the Israeli company. Betabeat might buy it too, who knows. [TechCrunch]

Lyft, the on-demand ridesharing app for normals, raised $60 million in funding led by Andreessen Horowitz. [Business Insider]

A “bookless library” is set to open in Texas offering 100 e-readers for loan if you needed another reason not to move to San Antonio. [Salon]

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Uber’s New Policy on Ridesharing: We’ll Start Doing It, as Long as Our Competitors Aren’t Caught

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Today, Uber CEO bestowed unto the world a white paper on ridesharing. And in classic Uber fashion, the policy finds a workaround to traditional law-abiding. The company says it will launch the service if it sees its competitors (Lyft, Sidecar, etc.) operating for 30 days with “tacit approval” from law officials, i.e. if no one gets in trouble.

The San Francisco-based company said its decision was formed after seeing its ridesharing competitors circumvent laws by providing “non-licensed transportation for compensation.” Uber’s core business of being “everyone’s private driver” has caught flak from several cities for operating a livery company without official approval. Read More

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Startup News: Spotify Reminds Us That Music is Awesome and Taxi Companies Hate Losing Money/E-Hailing Apps

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Spotify Finds Its Voice If you didn’t know that music is great, Spotify’s new commercial is going to make sure you know it. The online music distributor’s first foray into TV advertisements premiered Monday during NBC’s The Voice, featuring a person enjoying the best crowd surf ever accompanied by a monologue on the general awesomeness of Read More

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Booting Up: All Innovation Everything

(Photo: Mike MIka)

Weird guys spying on women through their webcams sounds like something your dad made up in high school to keep you from getting a MacBook. Actually, it’s very real–and very creepy. [Ars Technica]

Some awww for your Monday morning: a dad hacked Donkey Kong so that his daughter could play as Paulina and rescue Mario. Who run the world? [Reddit]

“In fact, ‘innovation’ is something of a magic word around here, shape-shifting to fit the speaker’s immediate needs.” Finally someone fucking said it. [San Francisco Chronicle]

If you can’t catch a cab at SXSW, employees of ride-sharing service Lyft will give you a piggy back ride. Gimmicky! [AllThingsD]

Hookup app Grindr is responsible for revolutionizing the way we connect with each other? Sure why not. [New York Times]