"Using contractors it calls "brand ambassadors," Uber requests rides from Lyft and other competitors, recruits their drivers, and takes multiple precautions to avoid detection. The effort, which Uber appears to be rolling out nationally, has already resulted in thousands of canceled Lyft rides and made it more difficult for its rival to gain a foothold in new markets. Uber calls the program "SLOG
," and it’s a previously unreported aspect of the company’s ruthless efforts to undermine its competitors
In capital cities across Europe, taxi drivers took to the streets without passengers Wednesday afternoon.
They slowed to a snail's pace in what Parisians called "Operation Escargot." Horns blared around Trafalgar Square in London. In Berlin, taxis massed at the Central Station. All to protest the smartphone app Uber. [more inside]
On Monday, Toronto received over 100mm of rainfall
, leading to severe flooding, power outages, and hundreds of thousands of stranded drivers and transit users.
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