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Uber and Starwood to End Partnership in Possible Signal of Wider Loyalty Changes Ahead

Uber and Starwood to End Partnership in Possible Signal of Wider Loyalty Changes Ahead

Grant Martin, Skift

Business travelers will lament the end of the Uber-Starwood partnership, but much more may be on the horizon for Uber's loyalty plans.

4 weeks ago

Three Latina Women Challenge Uber With Employment-Discrimination Lawsuit

Three Latina Women Challenge Uber With Employment-Discrimination Lawsuit

Joel Rosenblatt, Bloomberg

Uber's new CEO has to not only talk the talk but walk the walk when it comes to turning around Uber's bro culture, including rooting out employment discrimination against women and minorities. Hey, this isn't just an Uber problem, but in the age of Harvey Weinstein and glass ceilings, Uber can play a leadership role in Silicon Valley and beyond if it truly addresses these issues.

4 weeks ago

Uber Enters the Loyalty Game With New Credit Card

Uber Enters the Loyalty Game With New Credit Card

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

It makes sense for Uber to enter the credit card and loyalty arena. This card could be a solid alternative for frequent travelers who don't want to shell out a large annual fee.

4 weeks ago

Uber Faces Challenge to Business Model in Brazil

Uber Faces Challenge to Business Model in Brazil

Samy Adghimi and Mario Sergio Lima, Bloomberg

Brazil's Senate is set to make it harder for ridesharing services to operate, representing a considerable blow to Uber's global growth agenda. It's a hurdle that Uber and competitors now face in locales as disparate as the UK and now Brazil.

4 weeks ago

Lyft Continues Steady Rise in Popularity Among Business Travelers

Lyft Continues Steady Rise in Popularity Among Business Travelers

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Signs point to an ongoing malaise for Uber, but Lyft still lags behind in overall usage by business travelers.

4 weeks ago

Internet Billionaires Are Playing a Game of Chess With Uber and Lyft as Pawns

Internet Billionaires Are Playing a Game of Chess With Uber and Lyft as Pawns

Eric Newcomer, Bloomberg

The battle for the future or transportation — self-driving cars included — looks like it'll be a dramatic one as these tech billionaires duke it out via their deep pockets.

1 month ago

Lyft Gets $1 Billion to Fight Uber With Alphabet-Led Investment

Lyft Gets $1 Billion to Fight Uber With Alphabet-Led Investment

Eric Newcomer, Bloomberg

Lyft is still a distant second to Uber in the ridesharing wars, but this investment should help the smaller company gain more ground.

1 month ago

Self-Driving Cars Likely to Be Tested on Manhattan Streets in 2018

Self-Driving Cars Likely to Be Tested on Manhattan Streets in 2018

Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher, Associated Press

New York wants to be a testing ground for autonomous technology, and General Motors is looking to bring fully automated Chevy Volts to the streets of Manhattan. We're glad an engineer and a second person will be in each car, just in case.

1 month ago

Ride-Sharing Apps Like Uber and Lyft Are Contributing to Urban Congestion

Ride-Sharing Apps Like Uber and Lyft Are Contributing to Urban Congestion

Justin Fox, Bloomberg

Like any new technology or service, there are often unintended consequences. Uber, Lyft and others are putting more cars on the road, which isn't great, but on the other hand they make for more affordable transportation and possibly see fewer people driving drunk. So there's that.

1 month ago

Uber’s Self-Inflicted Woes Have Created a Wave of Legal Challenges

Uber’s Self-Inflicted Woes Have Created a Wave of Legal Challenges

Eric Newcomer, Bloomberg

Uber's new CEO may or may not be able to get the brand past its multiple challenges. The truth is, the previous CEO was never going to get Uber past them because his successes were so closely tied to the issues that are now causing it so much trouble.

1 month ago

Uber Testifies in UK About Business-Model Issues

Uber Testifies in UK About Business-Model Issues

Adam Satariano, Bloomberg

Sooner — rather than later — Uber will need to address and reform its relationships with drivers. On the other hand, the company is already losing money, and treating drivers as employees could push Uber further into the red.

1 month ago

Connected Car Bells and Whistles Make for a Distracting Trip

Connected Car Bells and Whistles Make for a Distracting Trip

Joan Lowy, Associated Press

Voice technology could limit the distractions in the connected car. But as with smartphones, social media and the world, Permanxiety will now penetrate the sanctum of the automobile.

2 months ago