College

This Startup Gets College Kids Jobs as Dildo Merchants, Liquor Evangelists, Nail Polish Bloggers

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No job description is more soul-suckingly droll than a campus work study gig — anyone who’s ever been forced to give a campus tour for minimum wage can attest to that. Unfortunately, those are often the only jobs available to students with full-time course loads and no cars.

Enter Campus Job, an online market that connects college kids to unlikely employers for part time jobs during the school year. The service officially launched earlier this month and is seeing over 1,000 new signups each week. Read More

Sharing is Caring

Combine Uber With Driverless Cars, and Nine Out of Ten Vehicles Become Obsolete

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The world is covered in unused cars — absolutely blanketed with them. All day, our cars sit useless in driveways and parking garages, sitting idle for far longer than we’re actually driving them. But what if when we got out of our car, it automatically drove off to give someone else a lift, and then kept doing so, day in, day out?

A pair of researchers from the University of Texas have published a report outlining the possible impacts of Shared Automated Vehicles (SAVs). For the study, the team simulated a hypothetical cab service of self-driven cars like the kind Google has already developed. They found that in a dense enough urban area — this example used Austin, Texas — the system would replace about nine out of ten vehicles while “maintaining a reasonable level of service,” as measured by the time people spent waiting for a ride. The test was run entirely on paper, modeled mathematically using Austin’s existing daily traffic data. Read More

CRIME

Flyers Bearing Swastika and Uber Logo Found In Jewish Brooklyn Neighborhood

The flyer in question. (JPUpdates.com)

The NYPD’s Hate Crime Task Force is currently investigating a series of flyers found in a predominantly Jewish Brooklyn neighborhood, each emblazoned with a swastika and the logo of rideshare app Uber, JP Updates reports. The distribution of the anti-Semitic flyers may constitute a bias incident.

The flyers, pictured here on JP’s site, were reportedly discovered around 9 p.m. last night by a member of Shomrim, the Jewish neighborhood watch group. The flyers had been distributed around Bedford Ave. and Williamsburg St. — an area largely inhabited by Jewish residents. The person who discovered the flyers alerted a Shomrim dispatcher and the NYPD. Read More

This Means War

Uber Who? Gett Slashes All Manhattan Cab Prices to $10 Flat

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When two companies like Uber and Lyft battle it out in loud debates about allegations of sabotage, it can be easy to be distracted from the other contenders. That is, until one of them fires a warning shot in the air to remind everyone that they’re not happy playing third wheel.

Black car app Gett told Betabeat that as of this morning, all rides within Manhattan will cost $10 for the rest of 2014, no matter how far they are or how long they take. Read More

This Means War

Gett Calls Out Uber For ‘Playing Dirty Tricks’

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The battle for taxi app supremacy has gotten ugly between Uber and Lyft, with both companies firing snarky comments back and forth and accusing each other of sabotage. Along the way, they’ve decided that going after each other isn’t enough, and that they might as well throw a few punches at the smaller companies caught in the crossfire.

Apparently, Uber ran the same playbook on Gett this past January. In an appearance on Bloomberg’s “Street Smart,” Gett’s Head of Marketing Brooke Moreland accused Uber of ordering Gett rides and canceling them last minute to disrupt service. Read More

NYC Disrupts Disruptors

Yellow Cab Medallion Owner Hit With $1.6 Million TLC Fine Has a Police Record Including Public Nudity

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The strangest charge of all came on February 5th, 2008. Mr. Garber was arrested on Shady Tree Lane in Colts Neck, New Jersey after he stripped down to his underpants, hosed himself off in a neighbor’s yard, then strolled into the neighbor’s home and took a shower. The homeowners and their two young children panicked and escaped the scene to call authorities. He was charged with burglary, criminal mischief and trespassing. Read More

Rideshare Wars

Startup Sabotage: Uber Employees Allegedly Submitted 5,560 Fake Lyft Ride Requests

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We call it a war, but the numbers show that Uber has been dominating Lyft in the on-demand car service market.  Now, new numbers reveal that Uber may have used some questionable tactics to ensure their place on top.

According to new data, 177 Uber employees have allegedly requested and cancelled a total of 5,560 Lyft rides since last October, according to CNN Money. Read More