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MAY 10, 2016 - Yahoo! News

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Uber, Lyft halt Austin service after losing vote over fingerprint checks

By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - On-demand ride companies Uber and Lyft suspended their services in Austin, Texas, on Monday after a stinging loss in a weekend vote where they had spent heavily to repeal a city ordinance requiring them to conduct fingerprint background checks for their drivers. The defeat in Austin could encourage other cities to back the ...

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MAY 09, 2016 - New York Times

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Uber and Lyft End Rides in Austin to Protest Fingerprint Background Checks

The ride-hailing companies halted service after voters approved retaining a measure that the City Council said was the best way to weed out drivers with criminal records.

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MAY 09, 2016 - ReadWriteWeb

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General Motors flags down Lyft to start taxi trial

General Motors and Lyft want prototype autonomous taxis on the road by the end of the year, a preliminary step for the ride-sharing company in swapping human drivers with a machine. GM has spent $1.5 billion on the program so far – $500 million as the lead investor in Lyft’s funding round and $1 billion... Read more » The post ...

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MAY 09, 2016 - TechCrunch

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Uber and Lyft ‘pause’ Austin operations today in standoff over regulation

 Today, Uber and Lyft took their ride-hailing services offline in Austin, Texas, leaving drivers scrambling for other means of making income, and riders stranded or seeking another mode of transportation. Here’s why: this week, Austin voters upheld a rule that would require Uber, Lyft and other transportation network companies there to do fingerprint-based background checks of their… Read More

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MAY 09, 2016 - Huffington Post

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Uber Drivers Owed $730 Million More If Employees, According To Court Documents

By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Drivers who worked for ride-hailing service Uber [UBER.UL] in California and Massachusetts over the past seven years would have been entitled to an estimated $730 million in expense reimbursements had they been employees rather than contractors, according to court documents made public on Monday. The figure was calculated by attorneys for drivers in ...

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