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December 7, 2012
Re "Let the taxi app roll," Opinion, Dec. 4 Jonah Goldberg perpetuates the myth pushed by Uber, a car service customers can hail using their smartphones, that our laws may be selectively enforced. It is Uber, not the apps that compete against it, that has been ticketed by authorities for violations of public safety regulations. It is Uber that is being sued by cities, individual drivers and other transportation companies. Uber provides what amounts to a taxicab service at a rate up to 60% above the regulated fare.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 14, 2014 | By Jessica Gelt
Weekend No. 1 of Coachella is now officially a memory, but weekend No. 2 is careening down the road, gearing up to do it all over again. If you're getting ready to partake in the fun and want to find a way to hit some parties, you would do well to start digging up those elusive invites now. Yes, Coachella has expanded into two weekends, but the party scene really hasn't. That's because the parties are extremely expensive to throw. They're branded platforms with open bars at pricey private estates geared to draw attention to products and fashion labels like Guess, Corvette, McDonald's, Lacoste and H&M. PHOTOS: Coachella Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 When the first weekend is over, so are most of the exclusive parties.
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BUSINESS
November 19, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
Uber is now accepting Paypal. The popular ride service app announced on its blog that it will accept PayPal as a form of payment in the United States, Germany, Italy, France and the Netherlands. "One of the most important things we've learned: While we Americans charge our credit cards with abandon, not everyone does," the company said. Uber is rolling out a limited-time discount to celebrate the news: Through Nov. 28, customers can get $15 off their next ride when they pay with PayPal.
BUSINESS
April 3, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Uber will be out in full force in Palm Springs with a large fleet of vehicles for both weekends of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, the company announced Thursday. The popular ridesharing service said it will provide festival-goers with cars from all of its services. Uber said the festival, which kicks off its first weekend on April 11, marks the company's official launch into the Coachella Valley. UberX drivers have been available in Palm Springs since late last year , but the official launch this month marks the entrance of UberBlack and UberSUV.
BUSINESS
December 16, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
The ride-sharing firm Uber takes great pride in hewing rigorously to libertarian, let-the-market-decide business principles. It's unapologetically in love with  supply-and-demand, or "surge," pricing . When demand for rides peaks, such as on New Year's Eve, so do Uber's fares. What does Uber say about price-gouging complaints? It says: if you don't like it, walk . But Uber may just have discovered that there are limits to the surge. During a ferocious winter storm on Saturday night it ticked off Manhattanites no end with fares that ran seven or eight times normal rates.
OPINION
February 6, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
In the new world of the sharing economy, companies such as Uber, Lyft and Sidecar have made a compelling case that government shouldn't treat them the same way it treats conventional service providers. They're not taxi companies; instead, they empower people to act as part-time limo drivers. But regulators still have to make sure that the public is protected when something goes wrong. A recent fatal accident involving a driver who used Uber highlights gaps in the insurance coverage that ride-sharing services, their drivers and state regulators can't ignore.
BUSINESS
January 24, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
A recent effort by Uber to poach drivers from a rival ride-sharing service in New York has backfired, giving media attention to the lesser known service and making Uber come off as a bully. Gett, an Israeli start-up that launched in New York last August, saw its service get flooded with nearly 200 fake ride requests from Uber employees last week. "These individuals ordered cars and then canceled each order after the Gett driver was dispatched or had arrived," Gett said in a statement.
BUSINESS
February 11, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Forgot to plan a Valentine's Day gift for your loved one? Uber may be able to help. Uber, the mobile app that lets users hail drivers, will enable users in Los Angeles, San Diego, Dallas and New York request sky messages from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pacific time Friday. But the feature doesn't come cheap. Uber said each sky message costs $500. PHOTOS: 10 ways to use the sharing economy The feature is Uber's latest marketing stunt that lets users hail unique services.
BUSINESS
September 19, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher, Andrea Chang and Salvador Rodriguez
SACRAMENTO - California has given the green light to online services that link passengers with private car owners - a sign that government is adapting to peer-to-peer commerce that's disrupting established industries. On Thursday, the Public Utilities Commission unanimously approved new rules to support on-demand ride-sharing services such as Uber, Lyft and Sidecar. The vote makes California the first state in the nation to formally endorse and regulate such services, which have taken off in big cities as an alternative to driving or hailing taxis.
OPINION
June 26, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
The chief taxi regulator in Los Angeles tried to put his boot to the throat of upstart Web-based transportation services Uber, Sidecar and Lyft this week, directing them to stop picking up passengers in the city. The problem is, he doesn't have the authority to do so. Rather than operating conventional taxis, the three companies offer innovative ride-for-hire services that the state Public Utilities Commission oversees. In fact, the PUC has signed agreements with all three that govern their operations.
BUSINESS
April 2, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Popular ride-sharing start-up Lyft announced Wednesday that it has raised an additional $250 million in its latest round of funding and that it intends to begin expanding internationally. Lyft connects users seeking rides with others who are driving around in their cars. Users hail drivers with the Lyft smartphone app, which is also used to deliver payment. The ridesharing company launched in 2012 in San Francisco. It now delivers rides in 30 cities across the U.S. PHOTOS: April Fools' Day tech roundup Lyft said the new funding will allow it to expand into more cities within the U.S. and to begin expanding internationally.
BUSINESS
March 14, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - Ride-sharing company Uber is upping the ante in its drive to persuade government regulators that the public is protected when its drivers are between fares. Uber announced Friday that it was closing a so-called insurance gap in its service. The company has been insuring its drivers when carrying Uber passengers. Now it says it is providing contingency insurance that covers property damage and injuries caused by an Uber driver even when he or she is between fares.
BUSINESS
February 11, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Forgot to plan a Valentine's Day gift for your loved one? Uber may be able to help. Uber, the mobile app that lets users hail drivers, will enable users in Los Angeles, San Diego, Dallas and New York request sky messages from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pacific time Friday. But the feature doesn't come cheap. Uber said each sky message costs $500. PHOTOS: 10 ways to use the sharing economy The feature is Uber's latest marketing stunt that lets users hail unique services.
BUSINESS
February 6, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - Ride-sharing company Lyft is improving its insurance coverage for drivers and passengers after state regulators complained that there could be holes in the coverage that Lyft and its competitors provide. Critics questioned whether the policy goes far enough to fully protect people involved in accidents. Lyft announced this week that it's giving drivers the option of getting collision insurance to repair damage to their cars. It's also offering protection against being hit by an uninsured or underinsured driver to its basic, $1-million commercial liability coverage.
OPINION
February 6, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
In the new world of the sharing economy, companies such as Uber, Lyft and Sidecar have made a compelling case that government shouldn't treat them the same way it treats conventional service providers. They're not taxi companies; instead, they empower people to act as part-time limo drivers. But regulators still have to make sure that the public is protected when something goes wrong. A recent fatal accident involving a driver who used Uber highlights gaps in the insurance coverage that ride-sharing services, their drivers and state regulators can't ignore.
BUSINESS
February 5, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher and Salvador Rodriguez
SACRAMENTO - A deadly accident involving a California ride-sharing driver has brought to light a potential downside to this new high-tech carpooling: Who pays when something goes wrong? Companies such as Uber, Lyft and Sidecar have long insisted that the insurance they provide their drivers is sufficient to cover accidents. But a recent tragedy shows the murky legal terrain in which these new taxi-like services operate. On New Year's Eve, an Uber driver struck and killed a 6-year-old girl who was crossing a San Francisco street with her family.
BUSINESS
September 4, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
Like many Southern California residents, I resisted ever hailing a taxi. The region's traffic and sprawl hinted at exorbitant fares. Figuring out whom to call and then waiting on hold to order a cab added to my reluctance. But now with a smartphone, I've found ordering a taxi has actually become inviting. Anxious waits have been eliminated because you can track a taxi's journey to you on a digital map. Estimating fares, paying them, leaving tips and getting receipts can all be completed through an app. People who avoid taxis because they consider them scary or their drivers frustrating also have easy smartphone options.
OPINION
October 23, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Angelenos have more options for getting around town than ever before, thanks to the arrival of services such as Uber, Lyft and Sidecar, whose drivers can be summoned with a smartphone app. But to some members of the City Council, that's a bad thing because the services aren't regulated the same way taxi companies are - by them, in other words. The city doesn't need to throw its bureaucracy at these services, however; the state Public Utilities Commission has adopted rules that address the public's safety concerns without forcing the upstarts to abandon innovative business models.
NEWS
January 29, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
It's a match made in demographic heaven: Ride-sharing company Uber is teaming up with the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas to offer a $1,200 journey from L.A. to the Strip with an overnight stay at the hipster hotel. The new service starts Friday and continues through March 1 as a test run. Uber Chief Business Officer Emil Michael said Tuesday the package blends the "hip, new, modern Las Vegas hotel " scene with Uber's "lifestyle" component. Here's how it works: You book the entire trip through Uber 's smartphone tap-it-and-go app. It will appear as a Las Vegas option from L.A. for the company's UberBlack car (read fancy)
BUSINESS
January 27, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Uber, the popular ride-sharing company, is facing a lawsuit for the death of a 6-year-old who was hit and killed by a company driver in San Francisco on New Year's Eve. Sofia Liu died after being hit by a driver while crossing a street with her brother and mother Dec. 31. The driver, Syed Muzaffar, worked for the company's UberX service. So far, Uber has distanced itself from the incident, claiming Muzaffar was not working for the company at the time of the accident because he was not giving a ride to a customer when it happened.
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