Feb 26, 2018

Despite year of scandals, Uber driver satisfaction is up

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Uber had a tumultuous year in 2017, but drivers' satisfaction with the service is at 58.2%, up by 9% a year ago, according to a new survey compiled by The Rideshare Guy blog.

Between the lines: The media (including Axios) spilled a lot of ink over Uber's scandals and inside drama, but drivers don't seem to care. Instead, Uber's "180 Days of Change" — the addition of tipping and its decision not to cut fares in January as it had in previous years — likely had a bigger effect on drivers.

Yes, but: Lyft drivers appear to be more satisfied that Uber's, according to the survey, which found that 75.6% of drivers are satisfied with the service.

Go deeper: Check out the full results of the survey.

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U.S. cities crackdown on protests against police brutality

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Major U.S. cities have implemented curfews and called on National Guard to mobilize as thousands of protesters gather across the nation to continue protesting the death of George Floyd.

The state of play: Hundreds have already been arrested as tensions continue to rise between protesters and local governments. Protesters are setting police cars on fire as freeways remain blocked and windows are shattered, per the Washington Post. Law enforcement officials are using tear gas and rubber bullets to try to disperse crowds and send protesters home.

Trump to invite Russia and other non-member G7 countries to summit

President Trump at Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Saturday. Photo: Saul Martinez/Getty Images

President Trump told reporters on Saturday evening he would postpone the G7 summit to September and expand the meeting to more nations that are not members of the Group of 7.

Details: Trump said he would invite Russia, South Korea, Australia and India to the summit, according to a pool report. "I don’t feel that as a G7 it properly represents what’s going on in the world. It’s a very outdated group of countries," he said.

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George Floyd protests: What you need to know

Thousands of protesters march in Denver, Colorado, on May 30. Photo: Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images)

Curfews are being imposed in Portland, Oregon, and Cincinnati, while the governors of Georgia, Kentucky, Ohio and Texas activated the National Guard following unrest in the states, per AP.

The big picture: Floyd's fatal run-in with police is the latest reminder of the disparities between black and white communities in the U.S. and comes as African Americans grapple with higher death rates from the coronavirus and higher unemployment from trying to stem its spread.