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'Thousands Of iPhones' Confiscated By The Authorities

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Bill Would Require $1 Million In Liability Insurance For Each Ride

A new bill filed by Massachusetts governor Baker would force companies like Lyft and Uber to conduct background checks and carry insurance.

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Oklahoma's HB 1614 would allow ridesharing companies to operate in the state, but a new amendment would also allow discrimination of gay customers.

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Uber is showing that the ride service can make the roads safer with Uber Safe in Canada. A sidewalk breathalyzer offers free shuttles to those who are too drunk to drive.

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Lyft and Uber are spending more than $1 million on lobbyists to change the rules and so they can operate in Texas without as many restrictions.

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'Surge Pricing' Impacting Normal Cab Schedules

Some taxi drivers In Columbus, OH are finding ways to drive for Uber as well as their traditional cab companies.

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Uber offices in The Netherlands are raided twice in a week when the ridesharing company ignores a Dutch judge's order to shut down its UberPOP service.

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After A Temporary Stop Last Fall, Things Don't Go UberPop's Way One More Time

A German court banned Uber and UberPop from offering ridesharing services anywhere in the country, adding to the company's troubles in Europe.

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Uber is working with BYD to lease the automaker's E6 five-door hatchback EV to the ridesharing drivers in Chicago, as part of the pilot program. The test already includes about 25 drivers and could grow to around 200.

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Special $1,000 Offer Proved Too Popular, It Seems

Lyft is being sued for fraud and breach-of-contract in 16 US cities for allegedly not paying numerous drivers $1,000 bonuses.

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A short on Funny or Die clip has Uber apologizing for its bad press in 2014. For 2015, the company plans to fix things by making itself even worse in this potentially not-safe-for-work video.

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A company called Gotham Air is hoping to take ridesharing to the skies. Somewhat like Uber for helicopters, the service lets customers reserve flights from Manhattan to either JFK or New Liberty airports. The company claims it can shuttle people from place to place in as little as six minutes.

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Are you offering ride-sharing services through a network like Uber or Lyft in Virginia? You'll now be able to get a special insurance policy through Geico.

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The Taxi and Limousine Tribunal in New York City temporarily closed five of Uber's six bases in the Big Apple until they handed over some ride data from last year. However, while an appeal is pending, they are open again.

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Ridesharing service Uber is having a rough time legally these days. The app is blacklisted in India because a driver is accused of raping a female passenger, and now Portland, OR, is putting up its own legal defense against the on-demand taxis to keep them off the city's roads. The business is facing an investigation in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as well.

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The growing popularity of on-demand taxi services like Uber and Lyft is revolutionizing the way people get around in many cities. Early data is starting to show that in the long term, they could lead to a fundamental change in the whole industry. The first steps of this transformation are already being felt on the streets of New York.

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More and more users are finding on-demand ridesharing services to be extremely convenient. However, there isn't much love for the competition among traditional taxi drivers for these new services, with some going so far as to protest their development in Europe earlier this year. Now, fresh controversy is popping up around Uber, with accusations surfacing that it's instructing drivers how to illegally pick up and drop off people at South Florida airports, including Miami International.

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To Be Sure, The Future Is Unclear

Green transportation issues were not at the top of this year's midterm elections in the US, but the sweeping Republican victories – and probably new Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell – could affect at least some aspects of how we get around without using as many resources as we used to.

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In just a few years, on-demand ride services like Uber and Lyft have gone from practically nonexistent to a major presence in many cities around the world. While this change has caused consternation among governments and traditional taxi drivers, there's no doubt that the apps have had a huge effect on how many people get around. Now, researchers are trying to investigate what effect they might play on traffic congestion, and so far the results are bit cloudy.

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Taxi Companies Say Upstarts Not Playing Fair

Those not-a-taxi ridesharing services are facing all sorts of difficulties, from union challenges to unfriendly local laws. Of course, they're also enjoyed by thousands of people around the world and have support from other union groups, so you're forgiven if you can't keep straight who's in favor of what on the issue. One thing is certain, though, France might soon be a completely anti-ridesharing country.

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The ridesharing service Uber promises to connect people needing a lift with drivers offering one, and it appears to be pretty useful. After all, you can use it to summon Optimus Prime. For many cab drivers around the world, though, the app is basically the bane of their existence. The French passed a law mandating wait times before pickups in January, and 30,000 European cabbies staged a mass protest in June. The latest group hoping to ban Uber is the government of Seoul, South Korea.

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