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5 HOURS AGO - Boston Herald

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Taxi applications shrink as ride-for-hire grows

The number of people applying to be taxi drivers in Boston dropped sharply in the first few months of this year, a Herald review found, as the industry faces increasing stiff competition from controversial ride-for hire companies such as Uber and Lyft.Only 22 people filed new applications to be taxi drivers in the Hub through March 12, according to Boston ...

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APR 17, 2015 - Yahoo! News

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Uber's background checks don't catch criminals, says Houston

After a passenger was allegedly raped by her Uber driver, the Texas city threatens to shut down the ride-hailing service.

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APR 17, 2015 - Washington Post

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Wonkblog: How Uber surge pricing really works

At the core of Uber’s wild success and market valuation of over $41 billion is its data and algorithmically fueled approach to matching supply and demand for cars. It’s classic economics, supposedly: “Prices go up to encourage more drivers to go online. The increase in price is proportionate to demand,” says the official Uber video explaining their surge pricing system. ...

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APR 17, 2015 - Yahoo! News

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The 'Sharing Economy' Is Way Overhyped

The convenience of on-demand businesses with mobile apps like Uber and Airbnb is a big thing. The “sharing” part is actually a downside.

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APR 17, 2015 - Huffington Post

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Here's What Uber Is Doing For Its Very Best Drivers

Uber is the poster child for disruption and technological innovation. Yet with a new program meant to inspire its drivers, the 6-year-old startup is deploying a pretty old-school tactic: an employee-of-the-week award for drivers. There's a bit of a twist though -- Uber drivers aren't technically company employees. Each week, Uber awards two drivers a Sixth Star for exceptional service. ...

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