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

Expert Thoughts

Here’s Why I Was Afraid to Look Up My Uber Rating

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Yesterday there was this meme where you could look up your own Uber rating, see what the DRIVERS thought of YOU.

When I first heard about this, I was deeply offended. I was like, “wait WTF, so I am paying all this money to be judged?!”

I am still pretty pissed about it, I think I am going to switch to Lyft. That way, I don’t have to be analyzed, I can just fist pound with my bruh-bruh. I am not a piece of meat, I am a human being! I think it is pretty shameful that Uber even lets the passengers judge the drivers, but whatever, at least I am paying to objectify this dude. Read More

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Uber For Business Launches to Make Life Even Better for People With Expense Accounts

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Getting a cab is pretty freaking easy these days, especially if money is no object to you. But now, Uber is making it even easier — provided you are rich and important enough to have a corporate expense account.

“Today, Uber is truly open for . . . business,” Uber’s blog announces, sounding disappointed in itself. “We’ve heard from loyal users that the ability to use a shareable business account would make their lives a lot more seamless — and a lot more Uber.” Read More