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Seattle rules Uber, Lyft drivers can unionize

Seattle rules Uber, Lyft drivers can unionize

Drivers for ridesharing services just won a big victory in Seattle, where the city council has voted in favor of a bill that allows Lyft, Uber, and similar services’ drivers to form a union. This marks a first in the United States, and could pave the way to similar rulings in other cities where the companies operate. Lyft isn't pleased with the ruling; Uber hasn't yet commented.

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Uber and Lyft team up, give free rides to homeless veterans

Uber and Lyft team up, give free rides to homeless veterans

Uber and Lyft are both on board with a White House effort that aims to get homeless veterans off the street. Under the Joining Forces initiative, both ridesharing services will offer free rides to homeless veterans who need a lift to a job interview or something else job-related. The announcement comes on the cusp of Veterans Day, and addresses one of the bigger needs homeless veterans face when attempting to reintegrate into every day life — getting from point A to point B in a timely and affordable manner.

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Lyft makes its way into Las Vegas airport

Lyft makes its way into Las Vegas airport

Uber was quick out of the gate when Las Vegas gave ridesharing services the thumbs up, but Lyft has become the first of its kind to start operating at the city's McCarran International airport. The company announced its new bragging right today, saying that it is now operating at two terminals at the airport. There are a pair of designation Lyft waiting areas, making it easier to find a driver.

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Lyft partners with Hertz so drivers can use rentals

Lyft partners with Hertz so drivers can use rentals

Lyft has announced a new partnership with Hertz, among some other things, under which it will give drivers a new option to get on the ridesharing service’s platform. Says the company, “Now you don’t even have to own a car to be” one of its drivers. Whether that’s a good thing depends on your situation, but regardless, drivers can now use rental cars to drive others around. The ridesharing service has also announced a partnership with Shell Fuel Rewards and a new Express Pay for same-day payments.

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Lyft partners with China’s ridesharing service Didi

Lyft partners with China’s ridesharing service Didi

Uber has been, per typical, hogging all the attention when it comes to ridesharing services, but Lyft has been busy with its own efforts, and one of those things is a new partnership with China's own largest ridesharing service, Didi. The goal is to make it easier for Didi customers to get rides when they’re in the US, and easier for Lyft users to get rides while they’re in China. Under this deal, the mobile apps will work in the partnering markets.

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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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