The difference between saying something and actually doing it 

About a quarter of the time I take Ubers here in Delhi the driver asks me, when I get out, to give him a five-star rating. (Drivers must maintain a certain rating to ensure they can continue working on the platform.) Usually I just nod my head and say “yeah okay,” and proceed to give […]

Newley’s Notes 77: Uber in India; Apple Scoop; OMGWTF: New ‘Bladerunner’?

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By Me Monday: How Singapore’s Grab is Battling Uber Here in Southeast Asia

The story begins: SINGAPORE—Uber Technologies Inc. is locked in major tussles with local rivals in China and India, but a homegrown upstart is also grabbing an advantage in the race for another Asia prize. A startup called Grab is winning ride-hailing turf in Southeast Asia—home to 600 million people, almost double the population of the […]

By Me and a Colleague Wed.: Uber to Launch Motorbike Service in Bangkok

The story begins: BANGKOK—Uber Technologies Inc. is breaking into motorcycle bookings, taking its battle to win over users in Southeast Asia to the traffic-clogged streets of Bangkok. Beginning Wednesday, users in select parts of the Thai capital will be able to open the firm’s app and summon a motorcycle driver, who will pick them up […]

By Me Yesterday: Lyft Teams up with India’s Ola and Singapore’s GrabTaxi

The story begins: The international alliance of Uber Technologies Inc.’s ride-hailing competitors is growing stronger. San Francisco startup Lyft Inc. confirmed Thursday it is teaming up with Southeast Asia’s GrabTaxi Holdings Pte. Ltd. and India’s Ola to allow users of each app to hail rides from drivers of the other apps while they are traveling […]

By Me Today: Uber’s Controversial ‘Surge Pricing’ in Sydney

Earlier today, I wrote: Uber acted quickly Monday in an attempt to tamp down the latest controversy to hit the company, saying it is offering passengers free rides amid an unfolding siege at a Sydney café after complaints that rates had soared to exorbitant levels. The reversal came just a short time after the ride-sharing […]