“We are looking into related laws to block Uber and similar apps that arrange such illegal transportation activities,” said the city council.
“This is the first time that consumers can use loyalty reward points seamlessly in-app and in real time for on-demand transportation in this way.”
Facebook accidentally releases, then pulls Slingshot app. Instagram to expand advertising internationally. These stories, and more, in today’s Morning Social Media Newsfeed.
Uber announced an extension to its New York City services today, a courier service that delivers packages for a minimum of $15. The pricing increases based on designated zones – each additional zone traveled gets an additional charge of $5. It’s currently available to all of Manhattan below 110th.
Messengers are not allowed to buy items for users, so don’t expect to ask a courier to pick up your lunch unless it’s already paid. Further, they’re going to be on foot or bikes so oversized packages are not doable. The folks at VentureBeat reports that the messengers are making approximately $20-$30 per hour. If you’re interested in being a messenger, you must go through an interview process that involves a background check. Read more
Angry taxi drivers took to Parisian streets in a violent altercation against Uber drivers on January 13, throwing eggs, breaking windows, and flattening the tires of about 12 random Uber cabs. Luckily, no one sustained injuries.
Attackers tried to get in the car but our brave @uber driver maneuvered us to safety, changed the tire on the freeway and got us home.
— Kat Borlongan (@KatBorlongan) January 13, 2014
Alternative luxury cab service, Uber and DIY superstore, Home Depot really wants you to get into the mood for evergreens. The two are making Christmas Tree shopping super easy by offering Uber deliveries this Thursday. To get your own tree, just download the app and select the “UberTREE” option between the hours of 11 am – 8pm.
Instead of spending your weekend wrestling with a tree from the not-so-near farm or slushy street corner, kick back, pour yourself an extra glass of eggnog and watch your app as Uber takes care of the heavy lifting. With the help of The Home Depot and a bit of holiday magic, Uber will deliver a live tree to your doorstep with the touch of a button. Read more
Uber, Pinterest and AirWatch closed three of the top 25 venture capital deals of 2013 with more than a quarter of a million in funding combined.
LinkedIn to Offer $1 Billion in Stock (The Wall Street Journal)
LinkedIn looking to capitalize on a strong run-up in its share price, filed Tuesday to raise $1 billion in a follow-on stock offering. After going public at $45 a share in May 2011, LinkedIn’s stock has more than quintupled.
Uber today launched support for users to split, or otherwise divide, the fares for its black car and taxi services.
Taxi-hailing app Uber has added fare splitting so you can now split a cab with a friend or colleague and divide the cost up equally. You can split the fare with one or more parties. The Uber blog explains how to split a fare:
- Request a ride
- Tap the “up arrow” icon next to your driver’s info
- Select “Split Fare”
- Choose your friends
- Tap “Send”
If you friend is not an Uber user, they’ll be prompted to download the app and sign up.
Uber is available in more than 30 cities around the world. The company has been growing and opening services in new cities over the past year. At the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in New York this past April, venture capitalist Bill Gurley an early backer in eBay, said that Uber is growing faster than eBay did back in the day.