Category Archives: Tech

Uber Takes A Deep Data Dive On Its Drivers

After 40,000 new drivers joined the platform just last month, Uber published a study analyzing who they are and how they are doing. David Plouffe, senior vice president of policy and strategy at Uber. Jason Reed / Reuters Uber published a study today analyzing the company's market of drivers just before the second day of the U.S. Conference… Read More »

South Carolina Orders Uber To Stop Operations

The latest regulatory battle facing the ride-hailing giant. Uber's increasingly bitter fight to operate in states across the country worsened today, as South Carolina issued an order to cease and desist all operations in the state. Uber had already filed a petition requesting its certification as a Class C passenger carrier. A hearing had been scheduled for… Read More »

Big Mother Is Watching You: The Track-Everything Revolution Is Here Whether You Want It Or Not

The first thing I do every morning is take my phone, wedged carefully beneath my pillow, and check my sleep stats. They’re tracked, in a weirdly calming graph of blue-blacks, within an app called Sleep Cycle, where I’ve used them to feel very, very good about the sleep habits of a thirtysomething, childless journalist. Sometimes I take screenshots… Read More »

Here Is Where Uber And Lyft Are Facing Regulation Battles In The United States

Uber and Lyft are fighting for the ability to operate in cities across the country. Here are some of the regulatory battles, the resulting citations, and in some cases, law suits the companies are embroiled in. San Antonio Despite the newly approved rules, Uber will not be leaving San Antonio immediately. Uber San Antonio general manager told BuzzFeed… Read More »

What We Talk About When We Talk About PostSecret

Frank Warren’s PostSecret project in a post-“Secret” world. Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed For more than 10 years, strangers from around the world have been sending their secrets to a suburban home in Germantown, Maryland, scribbled or pasted onto anonymous postcards. Over time, the mailbox at 13345 Copper Ridge Road has held not only secrets but wedding bands, engagement… Read More »

Uber Advises Drivers To Buy Insurance That Leaves Them Uncovered

At a presentation for would-be Uber drivers attended by BuzzFeed News, a company representative advised getting less-expensive “personal” insurance that can leave drivers uncovered and in some cases lead them to incorrectly register their cars in violation of the law. Sergio Perez / Reuters Uber is steering drivers to purchase auto insurance that leaves them uncovered when they're… Read More »

Facebook For Felons

Kamaal Bennett built a social platform for incarcerated gang leaders. It’s already changing how they see themselves, and the outside world. Chris Ritter/BuzzFeed News Early in 2014, Jacqueline Nugent came across an online profile written by Roderick Sutton, her ex-boyfriend and the father of her teenage daughter. Hosted on a website called Live From Lockdown, the profile featured… Read More »

The Rise Of The Screenshort™

People are suddenly posting lots of screenshots of text to Twitter. What's a Screenshort? Essentially, it's a chunk of text, screen-shotted, and embedded in a tweet. It's become an extremely popular way to share a passage from a story. You could call it a Tweetcap, maybe. But I'm going with Screenshort. Embedding a text block means that people… Read More »

Digital Ad Company Will Pay $750,000 For Bypassing Browser Privacy Settings

Two years after Google settled a lawsuit for the same practices — installing software on Apple products that bypass cookie blockers — PointRoll reaches a multi-state settlement, BuzzFeed News reports exclusively. Carlo Allegri / Reuters Tashatuvango/Tashatuvango In 2012, Stanford researcher Jonathan Mayer found that PointRoll, a Gannett-owned company, along with Google, Vibrant Media, and Media Innovation Group were… Read More »