The wildflower field @nolacitypark is glorious (at New Orleans City Park)
There are several reasons for the downward spiral of local news companies. One, though, is very apparent but seldom acknowledged by publishers: Most news publishers are providing lower quality products year after year and charging more for them.
That’s not Gannett’s announced strategy, but it’s been its de facto one. And unfortunately, it’s not alone. Within the last month, we’ve gotten new numbers on newsroom loss.
Uber is arming teams of independent contractors with burner phones and credit cards as part of its sophisticated effort to undermine Lyft and other competitors.
Interviews with current and former contractors, along with internal documents obtained by The Verge, outline the company’s evolving methods. Using contractors it calls “brand ambassadors,” Uber requests rides from Lyft and other competitors, recruits their drivers, and takes multiple precautions to avoid detection.
The effort, which Uber appears to be rolling out nationally, has already resulted in thousands of canceled Lyft rides and made it more difficult for its rival to gain a foothold in new markets.
Uber calls the program “SLOG,” and it’s a previously unreported aspect of the company’s ruthless efforts to undermine its competitors. Together, the interviews and documents show the lengths to which Uber will go to halt its rivals’ momentum.
The San Francisco startup has raised $1.5 billion in venture capital, giving it an enormous war chest with which to battle Lyft and others. While the company’s cutthroat nature is well documented, emails from Uber managers offer new insight into the shifting tactics it uses to siphon drivers away from competitors without getting caught.
It also demonstrates the strong interest Uber has taken in crushing Lyft, its biggest rival in ridesharing, which is in the midst of a national expansion.
After The Verge asked Uber for comment on its report, the company stalled for time until they could write this blog post introducing Operation SLOG to the world. “We never use marketing tactics that prevent a driver from making their living — and that includes never intentionally canceling rides,” the company said.
Do we really want Uber? They sound like a bunch of assholes and I don’t particularly enjoy handing my money to assholes.
Shambhala Live Mix Series 001 - Mr. Scruff
Mr. Scruff comes through with the initial offering of our Shambhala Live mix series. Four hours of seamless, genius genre-hopping with a couple crates of records and a book of CDs - this is the definitive Living Room Experience. Check out the accompanying interview on our website: http://www.shambhalamusicfestival.com/news/shambhala-live-001-mr-scruff/
Recorded live on The Living Room Stage at @shambhalamusicfestival on Saturday August 9th, 2014
Get more of Mr. Scruff at @mr-scruff
Today is national dog day, and GoPro is celebrating with a product launch that’s going to take your pup’s creativity to the next level.
The Fetch is an innovative dog harness that includes a mount for your GoPro, allowing your precious pug to capture some sweet shots of his own.
This + Hyperlapse = Awesomeness I’m sure
This is why I love Louisiana.
Nowhere else can you get this ambiance, this archaic hauntly beautiful atmosphere…
Clearly y’all haven’t visited Savannah then.
^ Savannah 💛
You’re all assholes for sharing Frank Relle's photos without attribution, and some of you even call yourselves photographers. Cut that shit out already.
If you ever wanted to watch Stanton drumming from the perspective of his hi-hat stand…
Here’s some behind-the-scenes video from our Guardian of the Groove taping with Stanton Moore. See WWOZ Show Host Murf Reeves’ interview with the polypheme of percussion tonight (Monday 8/25) at 10 on WWLTV, Channel 4.