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Lyft drivers’ lawsuit against Uber over ‘Hell’ program isn’t over

A class-action lawsuit led by a number of Lyft drivers against Uber regarding the alleged “Hell” spying program is moving forward in an amended way. The lawsuit, brought by Lyft driver Michael Gonzales on behalf of other Lyft drivers, alleges Uber wrongfully intercepted the communications and whereabouts of Lyft drivers, and resulted in the loss of revenue. Uber reportedly used Hell to track Lyft  drivers to see how many were available to give rides and what their prices were. Hell could allegedly also determine if people were driving for both Uber and Lyft. Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley dismissed most of the lawsuit yesterday, but is allowing Lyft drivers to file an amended complaint that pertains to monetary losses as a result of unfair competition. In Judge Corley’s ruling, she determined the plaintiff did not sufficiently argue Uber’s violation of the Wiretap Act via interception of communications. Judge Corley also dismissed the plaintiff’s claim that Uber violated the Stored Communications Act and the California Invasion of Privacy Act. Additionally, Judge Corley dismissed the claim that Uber violated the California Comprehensive Computer Data Access and Fraud Act with leave to amend “to the extent Plaintiff can allege facts that plausibly suggest Uber violated a particular subsection of the Act.” While Judge Corley dismissed the majority of the plaintiff’s claims, Gonzales can file an amended complaint specifically pertaining to unfair competition. From the ruling: Plaintiff alleges that by encouraging drivers to use the Uber platform exclusively, and not also drive for Lyft, that reduced the supply of Lyft drivers thereby increasing wait times and causing Lyft drivers to experience decreased earnings; in particular, the longer wait time would cause a passenger to cancel the Lyft request and request a new ride from Uber. (FAC ¶ 9, 101, 102.) These factual allegations, which the Court must accept as true, are sufficient to satisfy the lost money or property requirement of UCL standing. Judge Corley went on to say that Gonzales sufficiently argued he lost revenue as a result of Uber’s attempts to decrease the supply of Lyft drivers. “Whether Plaintiff will be able to prove that allegation is a question for another day,” Judge Corley wrote. This comes after Judge Corley dismissed Gonzales’ original complaint with leave to amend in August . Gonzales then filed an amended complaint seeking similar relief with two additional claims. The added claims alleged Uber violated the Federal Stored Communication Act and the California Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. In response, Uber filed a motion to dismiss.

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Alibaba invests $717.2M in e-commerce platform Huitongda, which serves rural Chinese consumers, as Alibaba seeks to expand sales outside major cities…

Yimian Wu / China Money Network : Alibaba invests $717.2M in e-commerce platform Huitongda, which serves rural Chinese consumers, as Alibaba seeks to expand sales outside major cities   —  China's e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding will invest RMB4.5 billion (US$717.2 million) in Huitongda Network Co. …

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Reddit and Hootsuite data says the platform has 330M MAUs in April, up 30% in the last six months from 250M in November 2017, on par with Twitter…

Simon Kemp / The Next Web : Reddit and Hootsuite data says the platform has 330M MAUs in April, up 30% in the last six months from 250M in November 2017, on par with Twitter   —  The number of people using Reddit has surged in the past few months, and the platform now reports as many active users as Twitter.  —  A rapid growth spurt

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Interview with Jeff Wilke, who runs Amazon’s worldwide consumer division and has been Bezos’ right-hand man for 18 years, on its usage of USPS and…

Bloomberg : Interview with Jeff Wilke, who runs Amazon's worldwide consumer division and has been Bezos' right-hand man for 18 years, on its usage of USPS and more   —  Retail chief Jeff Wilke talks about the company's AI ambitions and downplays Trump concerns.  —  Donald Trump has hammered Amazon.com …

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Lyft announces "multimillion-dollar" initiative to invest in environmental projects as it hopes to offset 1M+ metric tons of carbon in the…

Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge : Lyft announces “multimillion-dollar” initiative to invest in environmental projects as it hopes to offset 1M+ metric tons of carbon in the first year   —  The plan is to offset over a million metric tons of carbon  —  Lyft announced a multimillion-dollar investment to become …

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Motorola introduces a range of new mid-range handsets: $249 Moto G6 with 5.7" 1080p display and USB-C, $199 Moto G6 Play with large battery, Moto…

Jeffrey Van Camp / Wired : Motorola introduces a range of new mid-range handsets: $249 Moto G6 with 5.7" 1080p display and USB-C, $199 Moto G6 Play with large battery, Moto E5 and E5 Plus   —  YOU AIN'T HIP unless you've got an extra long screen, dual cameras, and a glass back.  Those are three of this year's many smartphone trends, and Motorola has 'em all.

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Oculus begins rolling out GDPR-compliant changes including a user-facing Privacy Center, updated ToS, and new Code of Conduct for users (Lucas…

Lucas Matney / TechCrunch : Oculus begins rolling out GDPR-compliant changes including a user-facing Privacy Center, updated ToS, and new Code of Conduct for users   —  While Facebook is still struggling to regain user trust following a data fiasco that ultimately brought Zuckerberg to testify in front of Congress …

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Nest says it will donate 1M smart thermostats to low- and moderate-income Americans over the next five years, as part of its new Power Project…

Abner Li / 9to5Google : Nest says it will donate 1M smart thermostats to low- and moderate-income Americans over the next five years, as part of its new Power Project initiative   —  The smart home is often touted as delivering conveniences like automation and remote control.  One often overlooked aspect of installing …

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Netflix launches 30-second preview videos on iOS shown in vertical format, to be displayed like a slideshow, and coming soon to Android (Cameron…

Cameron Johnson / Netflix Media Center : Netflix launches 30-second preview videos on iOS shown in vertical format, to be displayed like a slideshow, and coming soon to Android   —  One of the best ways to know if you'll like a new series or movie is to watch a quick trailer.  Today, we are excited to introduce mobile previews …

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