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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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work