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Lyft and Starbucks deal adds coffee tipping, rewards

Lyft and Starbucks deal adds coffee tipping, rewards

While Uber has been busy striking up different partnerships with cities and others, Lyft has apparently been courting Starbucks, as today the two companies jointly announced a new multi-year deal that will have Starbucks customers earning stars, drivers getting gold status, and Starbucks employees having another option for getting to work -- the latter, at least, being possible, as Starbucks says it is exploring some options with Lyft. This is the latest among Starbucks' partnerships; it recently struck up a deal with Spotify.

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Lyft to pay settlement in New York over legal issues

Lyft to pay settlement in New York over legal issues

Among ridesharing services, Uber tends to be the loudest and gets the most attention. That does not mean its biggest competitor Lyft has managed to side step similar issues, though, and it has been waging its own battles. In New York, at least, it has not seen victory, and will be paying a $300,000 USD settlement over alleged legal violations. The news surfaced on Thursday, with Lyft agreeing to pay the settlement over an issue stemming from insurance and roll out methods.

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Lyft lures drivers and riders with new Verizon partnership

Lyft lures drivers and riders with new Verizon partnership

While Uber is busy battling away in some places and leaving others, its biggest competitor Lyft is slowly expanding its own presence, and part of that expansion is hinged on drawing in drivers and riders...and then keeping them. The company has announced its latest incentive in that regards, a partnership with Verizon Wireless that gets part of drivers' mobile bills reduced. Perhaps more import, however, is that under this partnership Verizon will start selling some Android handsets with the Lyft app pre-installed, getting it directly into the hands of potential riders.

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Uber, Lyft cleared for (temporary) operation in Portland

Uber, Lyft cleared for (temporary) operation in Portland

The Portland City Council voted last night to allow ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft to operate in the city. Late last year, Uber caused quite a stir in Portland when they began operating without so much as a temporary authorization from the city. In response, the city started targeting drivers, issuing warnings they’d be fined if caught driving for Uber again. Uber halted operation, paid some fines, and agreed to let the city hammer out some details that would make Uber legally operational.

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‘Lyft Profiles’ shoots for a happier ride-sharing experience

‘Lyft Profiles’ shoots for a happier ride-sharing experience

With ride-sharing services, two champions have emerged in Uber and Lyft. One gets a lion’s share of the attention, while the other seems content to ride it out under the radar. Uber’s negative press comes courtesy of bad actors using their platform, something Lyft has mostly been able to avoid. Whether it’s a matter of uneven scaling between the two or Lyft’s good fortune, we don’t know. In launching Lyft Profiles, it’s clear Lyft wants to avoid the bad mojo. They want to be your friendly ride-share option.

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Lyft adds Google Wallet payment option

Lyft adds Google Wallet payment option

If you've bought an app from the Google Play Store or any similar actions, your payment info is already stored in Google Wallet, making it easier to make payments the next time you want to buy something online. Lyft wants to make the payment process easier for you, as well, and so it has added Google Wallet as a payment option, letting those who use it skip the process of manually entering their billing information in to the Lyft app.

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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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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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Lyft entices drivers with new Accelerate rewards program

Lyft entices drivers with new Accelerate rewards program

In the emerging ride-sharing industry, Uber and Lyft have been going at it against each other for a while. Lyft has been trying to entice new drivers, and possibly to lure some away from Uber as well. Lyft's is trying to make their company a bit more alluring to drivers with their new Accelerate program. Accelerate is a rewards program that is designed to give drivers rewards, like a direct line to call Lyft headquarters, based on the amount of rides they give per month.

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Uber, Lyft swept up in drivers’ lawsuits challenging contractor status

Uber, Lyft swept up in drivers’ lawsuits challenging contractor status

Drivers for Uber and Lyft work as contractors, and as such they're left to deal with certain expenses themselves: gas, maintaining their vehicles, and more. New lawsuits hoping to get class-action status in California are looking to change that, contending that the services' drivers are employees and should be reimbursed for those aforementioned expenses. Uber sought a pretrial ruling that'll peg the drivers on its system as contractors, but didn't ultimately get what it wants, and the issue will be going before a jury.

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