Liz Gannes

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All in a Day’s Disruption? Lyft, SideCar and Uber Get Fined, Plus a Class Action Lawsuit for Uber.

It’s not necessarily a heart-stopping moment of terror. For some start-ups, receiving citations and lawsuits seems almost to be turning into a badge of honor.

If that’s the case, Uber is the current badge leader, racking up a citation from the California Public Utilities Commission and a class action lawsuit by San Francisco taxi drivers to add to its hefty pile of local disputes.

Ride-sharing services SideCar and Lyft confirmed they’d also been cited by the PUC yesterday to the tune of $20,000. Lyft COO John Zimmer said his company would appeal the citation and described it as a chance to accelerate a conversation about modernizing transportation laws. SideCar CEO Sunil Paul asked users to sign a petition supporting his company and urged them to “Ride on!”


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik