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Airbnb is donating $5 million toward helping the homeless in San Francisco

Airbnb is making its biggest donation yet in its hometown — $5 million — toward helping address the homelessness crisis in San Francisco. The announcement comes at a time when politicians and social justice organizations are increasingly calling upon tech companies to give more to the city where they created their wealth.

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  • Date:11/15/2018

French car-pool app Blablacar branching into bus lines

French car ride-sharing app Blablacar said on Monday it had offered to buy Ouibus, a bus operator owned by state rail firm SNCF, in the first major departure from its digital business model toward building a broader transport company. Blablacar did not disclose financial terms but said it had also raised 101 million euros ($114 million) in funding from investors including SNCF, which will become a shareholder.

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  • Date:11/13/2018

Uber is going to triple its Uber Eats staff across Europe, Africa, and the Middle East

The company has said it plans to add an additional 600 Uber Eats staff across Europe, Africa, and the Middle East in an attempt to better take on rival food delivery services such as Just Eat and Deliveroo, reports Bloomberg.  A tripling of its staff would mean that Uber will employ 900 people in its Uber Eats division–up from 300 today.

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  • Date:11/08/2018

This researcher rode 5,000 miles with Uber to understand the gig economy

If you’re a frequent passenger of Lyft or Uber, there’s a good chance you’ve met your fair share of drivers. But probably not as many as Alex Rosenblat, an ethnographer and researcher at Data & Society, a nonprofit in New York that studies the social and cultural issues created by new technology.

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  • Date:11/05/2018

Uber introduces an Amazon Prime-style monthly subscription service

Uber has a new plan to lock customers into its transportation ecosystem while also expanding the list of services it offers ahead of an expected public offering in 2019. It’s called Ride Pass, and it’s Uber’s attempt at an Amazon Prime-style subscription service.

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  • Date:11/01/2018

Lime offers free bike and scooter rentals on Election Day

If you're looking for a way to the polls this Election Day, you can snag a free ride via bike or scooter from Lime. The company is offering free trips on its fleet of shared bicycles, e-bikes, and occasionally abused electric scooters on Tuesday, November 6th.

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  • Date:10/29/2018

GM brings its peer-to-peer car-sharing service to 10 US cities

Earlier this year, GM unveiled a peer-to-peer car-sharing service, expanding its Maven platform to allow GM owners and qualified lessees to rent out their own vehicles. At the time, the company said the service was in beta in Chicago, Detroit and Ann Arbor, Michigan, but GM has now announced that it's bringing the peer-to-peer car-sharing service to 10 US cities in the coming months.

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  • Date:10/25/2018

Lyft is introducing a U.S. subscription service

The inevitable business model singularity has arrived, which is to say the Netflix for Ubers has arrived via Lyft.

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  • Date:10/18/2018

Zum, an Uber-like service for kids, is expanding—and parents can’t wait

Over the last three years, Zūm has safely driven more than 500,000 children over 3 million miles—no parents required. The Uber-like service ushers kids ages 5 and up to and from school or to after-school activities, making it easier for busy parents to juggle schedules.

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  • Date:10/16/2018

How a Middle East startup took on Uber—and won

Uber was supposed to take over the world. Investors dueled to stake billions in the company on the assumption it would become the global market leader—the Google- or Facebook-style winner-take-all of the ride-hailing industry.

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  • Date:10/15/2018
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