| Feb 6, 2014
In the new world of the sharing economy, companies such as Uber, Lyft and Sidecar have made a compelling case that government shouldn't treat them the same way it treats conventional service providers. They're not taxi companies; instead, they empower...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 9:22 AM
Chicago's new ride-sharing services market their drivers as friendly and safe, asserting they have passed stringent criminal background checks.
But a Tribune investigation revealed that one of the companies, Uber, did not check some of the criminal...
| Feb 22, 2014
| 7:07 PM
The Newport Beach harbor has long attracted residents and visitors alike.
Beyond the allure of the water itself, ample opportunity for entertainment can be found along its shores. There is the Balboa Fun Zone with its iconic Ferris wheel, and a number...
| Feb 25, 2014
| 6:23 AM
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. — The world that Henry Ford put on wheels is poised to stall.
Several auto-industry analysts predict "Peak Car," a point at which annual global sales growth will top out, in the next decade, Researcher IHS Automotive, for one,...
| Mar 12, 2014
| 8:10 PM
Over the past few years, an explosion of smartphone apps have arguably made our lives a tad easier. They help us get a cheaper cab, make it seem totally normal to photograph all your meals or even monitor how well you are performing in the bedroom.
| Mar 13, 2014
| 2:32 PM
Newport Beach residents and visitors could be cruising to their favorite bayside destination by boat this time next year.
The Harbor Commission voted unanimously Wednesday night to form two ad-hoc committees, made up of harbor commissioners, to evaluate...
| Mar 13, 2014
| 10:20 PM
The three major for-profit ride-share companies operating virtually unregulated in Chicago face a Friday deadline to respond to subpoenas calling on them to turn over copies of their insurance policies, which critics contend fail to protect the public....
| Mar 14, 2014
SACRAMENTO — Ride-sharing company Uber is upping the ante in its drive to persuade government regulators that the public is protected when its drivers are between fares.
Uber announced Friday that it was closing a so-called insurance gap in its...
| Mar 14, 2014
| 3:07 PM
Rideshare in Chicago is already kind of a hot mess. Think 4 a.m. pickups by strangers ghost-riding their pink-mustache-adorned whips. And now it's sloppier: lawsuits, regulatory proposals and threats of outing secretly gay aldermen. (If you don’t...
| Feb 26, 2014
| 12:01 PM
Chicago Tribune business columnist Melissa Harris explains how ride-sharing companies like Uber have met resistance from Chicago government.
| Jan 13, 2014
| 11:25 AM
Snapchat has apologized for an excessive amount of spam that some users have been receiving lately.
The Los Angeles start-up, which lets users send each other picture and video messages that vanish seconds after users open them, said its team is working...
| Nov 10, 2013
| 5:24 AM
When Sobrio's co-founders gave their business pitch at Connecticut's Innovation Summit a year ago, they were a bit intimidated.
After all, Tom Bachant and Nadav Ullman were both undergraduates at the University of Connecticut. Sobrio, which uses a...