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Robots won't take your job, but automation might

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“Many of us will live to see the day where we have physical, non-human colleagues,” says Matt Beane, a researcher at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, and he doesn’t mean the office dog.  Beane’s research addresses what he calls “The Avatar Economy”, where remote workers operate robots. Such robots are...
Robots won't take your job, but automation might

Uber Now Allows Users To Order Motorcycle Taxis In Paris

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Uber has been steadily expanding its on-demand car service from black cars to SUVs, taxis, Hybrids, private drivers and more. Today, the company is announcing the addition of motorcycle taxis (aka moto taxis) in Paris. Starting Monday, Uber users in Paris will be able to order motorcycle taxis via the...
Uber Now Allows Users To Order Motorcycle Taxis In Paris
Cabulous Rebrands As Flywheel, Plans Major Marketing Push To Bring E-Hail To Cabs Across The US

Ironically, Cab Drivers 'Love' The New UberTaxi in DC

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After a year of online protests and fierce political battles between the D.C. taxi commission and popular smartphone sedan service, Uber, a new technology may bring the two factions together: UberTaxi. “I love it,” gushes one D.C. cab driver, who says he feels safer and is making more money with...
Ironically, Cab Drivers 'Love' The New UberTaxi in DC

Coming Soon to a Taxi Near You: Square Wants to Replace Taxi TVs with iPads and Apps

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What if instead of a squawking box, capable only of blaring at you from the partition, Taxi TVs looked more like your smartphone and came stocked with apps like Foursquare? Square, the mobile payment company headed by Jack Dorsey, is trying again with a daring proposal for the Taxi and...
Coming Soon to a Taxi Near You: Square Wants to Replace Taxi TVs with iPads and Apps
Startups: California Über Uber: Why Ride-Sharing Ruckus Should Surprise No One

Class-action lawsuit filed against Uber by San Francisco taxi drivers for unfair competition

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Continuing with Uber’s recent legal woes, Attorney Gary Oswald, who represents San Francisco cab drivers, has filed a class-action lawsuit against the transportation startup due to unfair business competition and for violating California Statutory and city regulatory mandates. This news is especially troubling, as Uber is now facing legal trouble...
Class-action lawsuit filed against Uber by San Francisco taxi drivers for unfair competition

NYC Has TLC For Uber

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This makes New York a worse off place. People are more likely to get stranded in outerboroughs and taxi drivers will have a harder time making minimum wage. This look like a regularity regime resisting change, but without the regulations to back it. –Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, reacting to a...
NYC Has TLC For Uber

San Francisco Puts Hackers To Work Fixing The Horribly Broken Taxi System

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The taxi situation sucks in San Francisco -- it's way too hard to find a cab, way too often. But at least the city is acknowledging that there's a problem and wants to improve the situation. So it put on a hackathon. On Saturday, taxi drivers, tech guys, and designers...
San Francisco Puts Hackers To Work Fixing The Horribly Broken Taxi System
Square card readers approved for pilot run in New York taxis

Uber Comes To Asia, Starts Trials In Singapore

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Uber has brought its premium taxi calling app to Singapore—the first country in Asia to get it. The company has been trialing its service here for the past week. According to users who have tried it out here, it runs Mercedes Benz S-Class sedans, setting it above the usual smaller...
Uber Comes To Asia, Starts Trials In Singapore

Uber Continues Asia Expansion With Seoul Test Runs

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Uber has begun testing its taxi calling app in Seoul, the startup’s second stop in Asia. Uber has been promoting its app and premium car service in South Korea since the beginning of May, right after it started looking for a community manager and operations manager in Seoul. The San...
Uber Continues Asia Expansion With Seoul Test Runs
Y Combinator-Backed InstantCab Provides A Hybrid Alternative To Ride-Sharing And Taxi Apps

This Scrappy Startup Has Beaten PayPal To The Cash Market (EBAY)

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PayPal just announced plans to start taking cash deposits through Moneygram, the money-transmission service, next year. But eBay's online-payments business has been beaten to the draw by a startup, PayNearMe, which is already letting consumers buy online with cash. Both PayPal and PayNearMe are tackling a huge slice of the...
This Scrappy Startup Has Beaten PayPal To The Cash Market (EBAY)

Uber quietly puts an end to NYC taxi service

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The company is taking back its phones from taxi drivers after the Taxi & Limousine Commission took aim at its service. [Read more]...
Uber quietly puts an end to NYC taxi service

Chinese city Shenzhen puts a stop to taxi-finding smartphone apps, citing lack of standards

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Finding a taxi via a smartphone app may be highly convenient, but authorities in the Chinese city of Shenzhen are cracking down on such services, which it accuses of lacking standards and breaching regulations. According to a report on Sina Tech (via Tech in Asia), an internal memo issued by the Transport...
Chinese city Shenzhen puts a stop to taxi-finding smartphone apps, citing lack of standards

Beijing authorities reportedly plan to rival China's Uber-clones with own taxi booking service

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Authorities in Beijing, China, are considering a foray into the taxi mobile app space, according to an unnamed official who revealed plans for a unified platform that would work with private companies’ services. The Beijing Times reports (via Marbridge) that the unnamed government worker said that the unified platform would operate much like...
Beijing authorities reportedly plan to rival China's Uber-clones with own taxi booking service

Another Mobile Card Reader Startup Cozies Up To Cabbies: German's SumUp Inks Deal With Local Taxi Hailing App, Taxi.de

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In the increasingly crowded mobile payment card-reader space, it’s not just technology that’s being cloned. In the scramble to build traction and outrun the pack, startups are borrowing each others’ business strategies too. The latest move comes from Berlin-based mobile payment startup SumUp, which opened for business in August backed by...
Another Mobile Card Reader Startup Cozies Up To Cabbies: German's SumUp Inks Deal With Local Taxi Hailing App, Taxi.de

Uber Rival Hailo Reportedly Set To Close $30M Funding Round As It Expands In The U.S.

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London-based mobile taxi network Hailo is set to close a $30 million round of funding as it sets its sights on the U.S. market, reports AllThingsD. The Series B funding round is likely being led by Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures. Earlier this year, Hailo raised a $17 million round of...
Uber Rival Hailo Reportedly Set To Close $30M Funding Round As It Expands In The U.S.

Click A Taxi launches redesigned mobile apps after upping its cabbie coverage to 50 countries

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Click A Taxi has launched its redesigned mobile apps today and expanded its coverage to 50 countries in total – up from nine before – to clinch the record for the app with the largest global network of taxi drivers. It’s quite a claim, and should help the app to...
Click A Taxi launches redesigned mobile apps after upping its cabbie coverage to 50 countries

From the archive, 11 July 1955: Reflections from a cab rank

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A taxi driver always knows where he is going; his big trouble is that he cannot get there and back quickly enough for the next jobEvery motorist is sure that his driving is above average and reproach, and a taxi driver is even more sure than most. He should be....
From the archive, 11 July 1955: Reflections from a cab rank

Uber confirms it is shuttering NY taxi service, blames TLC and NYC for not supporting innovation

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Following reports from The Verge that Uber has shuttered its taxi service in NY, the transportation startup has publicly confirmed this is true on its blog, blaming New York’s Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) for putting up “obstacles and roadblocks in order to squash the effort.” Going further, Uber explained to users that, in...
Uber confirms it is shuttering NY taxi service, blames TLC and NYC for not supporting innovation
SFO Serves Cease-And-Desist Letters To Keep Ride-Sharing Companies From Operating At The Airport

Mobile Taxi Network Hailo Raises $17M From Accel And Atomico To Take On Uber In The U.S.

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Hailo, a European mobile taxi network, is announcing a $17 million round of Series A financing led by Accel Partners. The company previously raised $3 million in seed funding from Wellington Partners and Atomico, who both participated in this round as well. Hailo, which has been operating in London since...
Mobile Taxi Network Hailo Raises $17M From Accel And Atomico To Take On Uber In The U.S.

Last Hurdle Falls in NYC Taxi App Battle; Judge Dismisses Black Car E-Hail Lawsuit

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A New York judge today dismissed a lawsuit aimed to stop e-hail apps like Uber and Hailo from helping people get rides with their smartphones in New York City. The lawsuit had been brought by black car and livery drivers who argued that e-hail could encourage discrimination when drivers decline...
Last Hurdle Falls in NYC Taxi App Battle; Judge Dismisses Black Car E-Hail Lawsuit
London taxis to offer free ad-supported Wi-Fi from next year

Chicago cabbies sue 'hip' car service Uber for pocketing 50% of driver tips

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Taxi drivers in Chicago want to run upstart car service, Uber, out of town. In a complaint filed Thursday in federal court, a coalition of cabbies accuse Uber of trademark violations and consumer fraud for keeping a portion of the drivers tips. The complaint says Uber is deceiving consumers about...
Chicago cabbies sue 'hip' car service Uber for pocketing 50% of driver tips

Qualcomm "Likes" Facebook, Apple, Google And Samsung

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Editor’s note: Howard Lindzon is co-founder and CEO of StockTwits, a social network for traders and investors to share real-time ideas and information. You can read his full bio here and find him on Twitter @howardlindzon. It’s Superbowl week so it’s time to talk about chips – the ones that go in “smart” things, not...
Qualcomm "Likes" Facebook, Apple, Google And Samsung

All In a Day's Disruption? Lyft, SideCar and Uber Get Fined, Plus a Class Action Lawsuit for Uber

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Rather than a heart-stopping moment of terror, receiving citations and lawsuits seems to be nearly turning into a badge of honor for some start-ups. If that’s the case, Uber is the current badge leader, racking up a citation from the California Public Utilities Commission and a class action lawsuit by...
All In a Day's Disruption? Lyft, SideCar and Uber Get Fined, Plus a Class Action Lawsuit for Uber
SideCar and Hailo CEOs slug it out over taxis, ride-sharing, & more
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