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Uber pledges commitment to safety with new $1 fee on UberX fares

The on-demand transit app will tack on $1 to UberX rides to support the costs of background checks, insurance, and other safety measures.

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Lesson learned: Facebook's new friend-finding feature is optional

Facebook has tried friend-finding using your phone’s location before, but it's making the feature opt-in this time around.

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Lyft's calling cards: Pink mustaches, fist bumps, and now charity work

The sharing economy is getting a bad reputation. Lyft wants to show off its softer, friendlier side with the new Lyft for Good program.

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San Francisco wants to end Airbnb abuses with proposed rules

New regulations would require San Francisco Airbnb host to register with the city and limit rentals to 90 days a year.

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Airbnb's latest crisis: Homes used as brothels

The sharing economy company is dealing with the usual hospitality problems, and that includes prostitution.

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T-Mobile stops overage fees, starts petition pressuring other carriers to follow suit

The carrier continues to wage war against its rivals with a petition to eliminate overage penalties across the board.

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Meet the new Twitter, same as the old Facebook

Twitter is snagging some of Facebook’s features, but risks losing its personality in the process.

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Facebook wants to free your News Feed from spam

The network is again tweaking its News Feed algorithm to show more of the stuff you want to see.

Turns out most people prefer to watch TV instead of tweet about it

New research indicates all that second-screen social activity might be overblown.

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No more in-app chat: Facebook moving messages to Messenger

Users will have to install Facebook’s separate Messenger app to keep the conversation going.

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Breather bets $25 is a fair price for an hour of peace

Breather makes finding a quiet place to work in Manhattan or Montreal as easy as ordering a car on Uber or a vacation rental on Airbnb.

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Twitter’s radical redesign looks a lot like Facebook

The social network needs to jump-start its growth, and hopes a familiar look will help.

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Vine makes video-sharing more private with Messages update

Messaging apps are all the rage, but can Vine succeed where Instagram Direct faltered?

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Amazon's Fire TV: set-top box meets game console

Amazon isn’t revolutionizing the streaming space, but game support boosts Fire TV above its competitors.

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Airbnb tries to prove it's legit by helping hosts pay taxes

A new Shared City initiative in Portland and San Francisco proves Airbnb wants play by the rules.