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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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Lyft is giving its fuzzy pink mustache the boot

Lyft is giving its fuzzy pink mustache the boot

There are many differences between Lyft and its maligned competitor Uber, but the most obvious one to the everyday consumer is the former's facial hair -- that big pink fuzzy mustache. Many drivers and riders alike have long been critical of that mustache, with some being reluctant to order Lyft cars for professional occasions or dates because of the corny look of the 'stache, and others being ticketed under claims that the mustache is some kind of obstruction. Now, finally, the ridesharing service is officially doing away with it.

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Lyft now lets up to five people split the fare

Lyft now lets up to five people split the fare

Lyft is making some changes, and among them is a new perk for customers: split fare. The feature is now available for those who use the ridesharing service, being presented in the app where users can choose a "Split payment" option and invite up to five other people to join in. Those invited people can then accept the invitation to be added to the ride (and thusly the final fare). This makes it easier for groups heading somewhere to divvy up the transportation cost.

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Study finds ridesharing services safer than taxis

Study finds ridesharing services safer than taxis

Ridesharing services -- Uber in particular -- have taken a lot of flak from taxi companies and critics in general over safety concerns. A new study looked into this matter by comparing the driving quality of drivers representing ridesharing companies with taxi drivers and non-commercial drivers. What they found likely won't be surprising to those who have used both types of commercial transportation: the ridesharing drivers were safer than taxi drivers.

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