Uber Gave Money To MADD Last Summer, 6 Months Before A Glowing Report

Dan Lyons · 02/03/15 05:30PM

Uber and Mothers Against Drunk Driving last week put out a report suggesting Uber helped reduced drunk-driving accidents. However, the claim gets a little wobbly when you take a closer look at the numbers, as ProPublica just did. Now MADD is backing away from the assertion, claiming the relationship is "purely correlational." Meanwhile, it turns out Uber started donating money to MADD last summer. Surely that is unrelated, right?

Google Betrays Uber, And Now It's War

Dan Lyons · 02/02/15 05:57PM

Remember how Eric Schmidt spent years sitting on the Apple board, quietly learning everything about the iPhone — and then, presto, Google suddenly came out with Android and it looked a whole lot like the iPhone operating system and Steve Jobs went nuts on Schmidt for being such a sneaky, backstabbing son of a bitch?

Uber CEO Posts 13-Tweet Apology Without Answering a Single Question

Nitasha Tiku · 11/18/14 04:15PM

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick just responded to privacy and ethics concerns about Emil Michael, after the top executive publicly suggested paying $1 million to smear journalists who have criticized the multi-billion corporation. Kalanick's medium of choice was Twitter and his method was a "tweetstorm," a series of thoughts that give the illusion of substance and circumspection because they are presented in a numerical order.

Kevin Montgomery · 11/10/14 12:55PM

Uber is reportedly raising another billion in cash, which could make the company "worth" $25 billion. This comes just five months after Uber raised $1.2 billion at a $17 billion valuation. Why does it need more money so soon? Re/code says "it's unclear."

Lyft's Board Allegedly Debated Ousting Their CEO 

Kevin Montgomery · 11/10/14 12:40PM

The legal battle between Lyft and its former COO is shaping up to be a long, ugly fight. The on-demand car company has accused Travis VanderZanden of stealing tens of thousands of secret company documents before he joined Lyft's main competitor, Uber. Now VanderZanden has fired back in a new court filing, saying he was plotting with Lyft's board of directors to dispose of the company's CEO before leaving the startup.

Amazon Is Beta-Testing Uber to Deliver Packages

Kevin Montgomery · 11/06/14 01:20PM

Amazon is pushing hard to satisfy their customer's demand for same-day delivery. And thanks for Uber and Lyft's aggressive price war, on-demand taxi startups just might make it possible. According to a Valleywag source and the Wall Street Journal, Amazon is now testing out delivering packages with Uber and Flywheel.

Uber and Its Shady Partners Are Pushing Drivers into Subprime Loans

Nitasha Tiku · 11/04/14 12:35PM

The subprime lending market that plunged America into the Great Recession is back and as unscrupulous as ever. Instead of mortgages, this time a bubble has formed around auto loans, and reliably ruthless Uber is in the thick of it. Two "partners" in Uber's vehicle financing program are under federal investigation, but Uber hasn't slowed its aggressive marketing campaign to get drivers with bad credit to sign up for loans.

Kevin Montgomery · 10/29/14 02:07PM

Uber just got caught trying to play the LA Weekly. Within a day of publishing an expose on the company, a "PR handler" representing a former taxi driver contacted the Weekly, looking to publish a piece praising Uber. After the paper did some digging, they discovered the $17 billion startup was trying to plant the story.