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Uber's surge pricing is a PR crisis that won't go away — After dealing with weeks of tough headlines about tracking users, threatening journalists and receiving regulatory bans around the world, you could almost imagine a group of Uber executives taking deep breaths in their headquarters and saying, "It could have been worse." And then it got worse.

Lyft's cofounder on how Uber has helped it succeed — "Sorry, I was in the zone," John Zimmer says on the phone when he calls me back. He's feeling productive and in good spirits. Pumped, even. Ready and excited to talk. On the one hand, this shouldn't be too surprising. Lyft, the company he cofounded with Logan Green in 2012, has undoubtedly been one of the bigger successes of 2014.

Lyft expands its carpooling service to NYC, days after Uber's arrives there — New Yorkers will soon have yet another option for getting around the city. Lyft announced on Thursday that it is expanding its carpool service, Lyft Line, to New York City this week, barely a week after Uber brought its carpooling service to the Big Apple.

The power of GIFs: Imgur's plan to become a serious business — If a picture is worth a thousand words, then all the GIFs and memes on Imgur must be worth something to marketers. At least that's what the team at Imgur is hoping. The popular photo sharing platform is in the process of hiring a proper ad sales team and plans to launch a native ad product in mid-2015 with the goal of ramping up revenues significantly.

Uber's worst-case scenario: slowing down — "Because UberCab LLC is operating without a permit, and has demonstrated numerous violations, we demand that you cease and desist all activities, operations and advertisements related to car service in San Francisco."

Connect raises $10 million to help you monitor your friends across social networks — For social networking companies, this may go down as the year of the app split. Facebook carved out the messaging function from its flagship app to push people to use the standalone Facebook Messenger. Foursquare split its app in two, removing its signature check-in feature from the default app.

Instagram tops 300 million active users, likely bigger than Twitter — Facebook's billion-dollar Instagram acquisition is looking better and better. Instagram announced Wednesday that it now has more than 300 million monthly active users, up from 200 million in March. At that level, Instagram likely has about as many or more users than Twitter, which announced in October that it had 281 million active users in the third quarter.

Chinese taxi app Didi Dache raises $700 million — The taxi startup battle in China is heating up. Didi Dache, a Chinese ride-hailing startup whose name translates to something like "honk honk taxi," announced Tuesday that it has raised more than $700 million in funding to further cement its position in the country's market.

Uber launches first national giving campaign, wants to be 'good corporate citizens' — Uber is rolling out its largest charitable effort yet in the United States this week - and perhaps bringing in some much-needed goodwill as a result. The ride-hailing company announced the launch of its first-ever "national giving campaign" on Tuesday to raise money for No Kid Hungry, a group working to end hunger among children in the U.S.

Former Reddit GM's new project wants to turn 'assholes' loose for a good cause — Does your blood boil at the thought of being on hold with customer service? Do you have a knack for finding phone numbers to reach the right representative and talking points to deal with them? Have you used social media to complain to businesses directly?
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Dec 18, 2014

Comcast tries to prove it’s not the absolute worst by letting customers schedule time for reps to call them back…

Dec 18, 2014

I would love for someone to create a tool that tells me how many articles/links I open each day.

Dec 18, 2014

He doesn’t look a day over 94 RT @nycjim: Happy Birthday, Keith Richards. 71 candles for @officialKeef

Dec 18, 2014

@StephMBuck so many wonderful memories.. like the time the driver stayed awake by downing two Monster energy drinks

Dec 18, 2014

"bots designed to cause mayhem are now outworking the bots that crawl for good”…

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