Uber Turned on Surge Pricing for People Fleeing Sydney Hostage Scene

In the midst of a hostage situation in downtown Sydney, Australia, Ayn Rand's favorite car service, Uber, turned on its wildly expensive surge pricing for customers trying to get away from the armed siege. And lest you think this was the fault of an insensitive algorithm that detected high demand, the company tweeted » 12/15/14 11:44am 12/15/14 11:44am

John Hodgman Quits Uber Over Executive's Threat to Dox Female Blogger

In light of Uber executive Emil Michael's villainous statements against the app's biggest critics, John Hodgman revealed that he's quitting the car service. In a blog post on his web site Tuesday night, the comedian critiqued Michael's moves and officially deleted the app in protest. » 11/19/14 12:36pm 11/19/14 12:36pm

6 Uber Alternatives Because Uber Is Run By Dirtbags

Have you had it with Uber yet? The company price-gouges customers, screws over its drivers, and now, an Uber exec just publicly outlined a cavalier plan to spy on journalists in retaliation for critical coverage. Good news! You don't have to use it anymore. You can use these alternatives instead. » 11/18/14 9:45am 11/18/14 9:45am

Lyft's Board Allegedly Debated Ousting Their CEO 

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… » 11/10/14 4:28pm 11/10/14 4:28pm

Uber and Its Shady Partners Are Pushing Drivers into Subprime Loans

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,… » 11/04/14 2:22pm 11/04/14 2:22pm

Uber Banned In Germany, Plans To Ignore It And Keep On Uber-ing

Ride-sharing service Uber is good for two things: catching a ride in a more convenient way than hailing a taxi in some cities, and pissing people off. They've done the latter just about everywhere, the latest example being in Germany, where their service was banned outright by a regional court. » 9/02/14 10:18am 9/02/14 10:18am