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Lyft sued by drivers claiming they were stiffed out of bonuses

Lyft sued by drivers claiming they were stiffed out of bonuses

If you've toyed with the idea of driving for Lyft, arguably the second best-known ridesharing service, there's a good chance you've seen some sort of incentive, such as a promised bonus for signing on or, if you're an existing driver, a bonus for getting someone else to sign up. Some drivers are complaining that they've been stiffed out of the bonuses they were promised, however, and now two have had a lawsuit against the company filed on their behalf in California.

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Facebook acquires TheFind e-commerce site

Facebook acquires TheFind e-commerce site

Facebook has acquired TheFind, an e-commerce search site, it has announced. TheFind revealed the acquisition on its website today, saying that after nine years of hard work it is kicking off its "next chapter" by merging with Facebook, the social network powerhouse that is, apparently, looking to up its advertisements prowess. This comes shortly after a judge ruled Facebook must face a lawsuit related to its refusal to refund purchases made by minors who used their parents banking information.

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AT&T comments may indicate a lull in deals for mobile plans

AT&T comments may indicate a lull in deals for mobile plans

It's March now, so the holiday shopping season is long past which also means that the sweet holiday deals by mobile carriers past us as well. According to AT&T's CFO John Stephens, the mobile network market, "seems to have stabilized." This appears to indicate that AT&T and other mobile carriers are back to increasing their fees and scaling back on their promotional offerings. AT&T claimed that right now they aren't particularly seeking out net additions, or more customers joining than leaving their services. This may signify a strategy change for all mobile networks.

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FTC charges DirecTV with fraud for misleading customers

FTC charges DirecTV with fraud for misleading customers

DirecTV has been charged by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for misleading customers. The advertising in question was DirecTV's 12-month discount package. The plan was advertised as costing only $19.95, but obscured from customers was the fact that a 2-year contract was needed to get deal. Even more astounding is that the FTC alleges that DirecTV charged customers for premium channels after a 3-month trial period, and DirecTV never told customers that they needed to cancel these channels in order to avoid being charged automatically.

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Uber, Lyft strike out in ruling on drivers’ worker status

Uber, Lyft strike out in ruling on drivers’ worker status

Uber, Lyft, and other ridesharing services like them depend on the drivers that make their services what they are, and those drivers aren't terribly happy. They get paid as independent contractors, which means they do not enjoy employment benefits and must pay self-employment taxes, as well as vehicular maintenance, something that cuts heavily into their pay. Many drivers say that they should be classified as employees and have sought legal help in the matter, and the companies have, of course, pushed back against this, seeking a ruling that the workers are, indeed, contractors. The latest ruling in the matter is yet again not in the companies' favor.

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Google Store launches as new hardware home

Google Store launches as new hardware home

Joining the new Chromebook Pixel is a new online store for Google to hawk its wares, and it is appropriately called "Google Store". This shuttles the Internet giant's hardware from the Play Store to its own store, keeping the maker's worlds both separate and easily accessible. Those who want a new Nexus, smartwatch, Chromebook, or other Google-centric gadget will now need to head over to the maker's new online store, which also dedicates some space to praising the virtues of Android and related platforms.

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Uber partners with UN Women, vows a million female drivers by 2020

Uber partners with UN Women, vows a million female drivers by 2020

Latest among Uber's partnerships is UN Women with whom the ridesharing service is looking to boost "economic opportunity" for women, it has announced. Uber is dedicated to the goal, and as part of it the company has vowed to have a million female drivers by 2020. This announcement marks the Beijing Declaration's twentieth anniversary, and it'll be joined by "long-term programs in local communities" on UN Women's part. Joining the announcement is a video that makes it all clear, available after the jump.

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Flow Hive raises a record-breaking $5.3 million on Indiegogo

Flow Hive raises a record-breaking $5.3 million on Indiegogo

Crowdfunding records are being smashed right and left. We showed you Indiegogo's Flow Hive at the beginning of their fund. To catch you up, they asked for a measly $70,000 USD. Now, they broke the record for the most funds ever raised by a single project on Indiegogo. They raised $5.3 million USD for Flow Hive. Flow Hive broke the previous record on Indiegogo of $5 million USD raised by Hour of Code which aims to teach 100 million students, who don't have access to computer science courses, how to code.

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Facebook to close FriendFeed in April

Facebook to close FriendFeed in April

A flash from the past is being shut down, Facebook has announced. It's the now-dated social network FriendFeed, and the number of people still using it are dropping quickly, leaving little incentive for Facebook -- which bought it more than a handful of years ago -- to keep it around. Those still using the service will have a few more weeks to get any of their data off of it and say their final farewell, with the closure being scheduled to take place on April 9.

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