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UberX Drivers in Boston Reportedly Plan to Strike

Who's shrugging now???(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

More than once, Uber has responded to public transit strikes with cheeky promotions. One major investor even responded to the government shutdown with the cry, “Let’s just Taskrabbit and Uberize the Government.” But now the shoe’s on the other foot: Reports suggest that Boston UberX drivers are preparing to strike today, from 3 to 8 p.m.

Worth mentioning: The World Series is supposed to start tonight at 8 in Fenway Park.  Read More

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This Weekend You Can Ride UberX for Free–As Long As You Start or End in Brooklyn

The borough of skulls!(Photo: Uber)

This ought to help you cram in a couple more nights of sloshed summer bar-hopping. This weekend, Uber will be shamelessly attempting to buy our affections by making it free to ride UberX with a discount code–as long as your trip begins or ends in Brooklyn, that is.

It’s basically the UBERChopper promotion, but for Girls super-fans and New York Times trend-spotters. Read More

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How’s New York City Treating Hailo? An Update from the E-Hail Pilot

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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. Read More

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Court Rules the E-Hail Program Is A-Okay, Again

Whee! (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

It was a big day for the TLC. First, the state Supreme Court Not upheld the city’s five-borough taxi scheme. An appeals court also ruled that the e-hail pilot program can proceed. That means the temporary restraining order put into place when the livery business appealed the dismissal of their suit against the program has been lifted, and you can now e-hail your little heart out.

In a press conference in front of City Hall, an apple-green five-borough taxi parked on the cobblestones behind him, Mayor Bloomberg called the ruling, “another great sign that taxi riders are winning.” He added, “special interests are always afraid of new things.” Read More

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Here We Go Again: Appeals Court Puts the Kibosh on the TLC’s Taxi Apps Pilot Program

Some of NYC's famous orphaned iPhone transport vehicles. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

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.  Read More

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Hailo’s Now Approved for the TLC’s Taxi App Pilot, But Sidecar Sure Isn’t

Look out, Jay! (Photo: screencap)

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. Read More

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Hailo Launches Taxi App Beta Test; Uber Approved for TLC Pilot Program [UPDATED]

Mr. Bregman (Photo: Hailo)

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.” Read More

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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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City Council Members Who Joined the Lawsuit Against E-Hailing Apps Received Donations from the Black Car Industry

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The fight over whether smartphone apps that allow New Yorkers to hail yellow cabs will be permitted became more convoluted this afternoon, when City Council Members Ydanis Rodriguez and Elizabeth Crowley announced on the steps of City Hall that they were joining a lawsuit against the Taxi and Limousine Commission’s e-hail app pilot program. Read More