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Lyft Is Gaining on Uber in the US as It Spends Big for Growth

Visit many of America’s top landmarks, and amid the crowds of tourists, you’ll find hip, young people in pink, mustache T-shirts. This small army, spread across 20 of the largest US cities, has been out in full force since late last year, handing out $50 Lyft ride vouchers to anyone passing by. For those who happen to miss the street teams, Lyft Inc. has been running giant billboards in Times Square and on bus stops around the country. Once a customer signs up, the company keeps them coming back by…

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Ola, Matrix Partners Explicitly Deny Stake Sale to Uber

Bengaluru-based transportation aggregator Ola and its investors Matrix Partners India have categorically denied a report that appeared in DNA on Friday, which alleged that certain investors in Ola plan to sell their stake to Uber. The news report, based on information from an unnamed source alleged that Uber was acquiring stakes of all the investors, including the founders, except SoftBank, with a term sheet likely to be signed by this quarter. “We would like to state that the article, attributed to an ‘unnamed source’ is completely false, misleading, malicious and…

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Uber, Lyft Hitting Los Angeles’ Taxi Industry Hard

Uber and Lyft are eviscerating the taxi industry in Los Angeles three years after they began operating in the city, officials say. Thanks to the ridesharing services, which enable independent drivers to offer rides via a smartphone application, “taxicab service demand indicators have dropped (total trips and dispatch trips) beginning in the second half of 2013 and increasing through 2015,” according to a report by Department of Transportation seen by AFP on Thursday. The number of taxi trips arranged in advance has dropped 42 percent while the total number of…

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Uber Offers Free Rides in Argentina Amid Crackdown

Uber redoubled efforts to launch its services in Argentina on Friday by offering five days of free rides even as authorities cracked down on the rideshare company’s operations. Police raided homes where they believed Uber to be operating out of after a court had ordered the company on Wednesday to suspend operations and launched an inquiry into whether the service presents unfair competition. “The goal is to reach a ruling that can disable the company,” prosecutor Martin Lapadu told the C5N television channel after ordering the raids. “We searched for…

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Uber Slashes Fares by Up to 22 Percent in 10 Non-Metro Indian Cities

Taxi aggregator Uber has cut fares by up to 22 percent in 10 non-metro cities including Pune and Ahmedabad, a move that will intensify competition with domestic rival, Ola. While fares have been slashed by 9 percent in cities like Indore and Nagpur, the same has been cut by 22 percent in Jodhpur and Udaipur for its affordable service, UberGO, the company said in a blog post. Uber will now charge a base fare of Rs. 25 instead of Rs. 40 in Udaipur and Jodhpur. Also, the per kilometre charge…

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Uber Starts Motorbike Taxi Service in Indonesian Capital

Ride-hailing app Uber on Wednesday launched a motorbike taxi service in the Indonesian capital where Southeast Asian rivals Go-Jek and Grab are already battling for dominance. Jakarta is one of the world’s most congested cities and motorbike taxis ordered from a smartphone app have exploded in popularity in the past 18 months as a way to beat the traffic. Uber said that its “UberMotor” service would provide cheap and reliable transportation for hundreds of thousands of people. The company used a local social media and YouTube star Arief Muhammad to…

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