Jan 28, 2017

Lyft's new strategy to take on Uber

Lyft, Uber's pink-colored rival in the U.S., has laid off 17 sales employees, the company told Bloomberg.

The reason: According to chief business officer Baga, Lyft is adjusting its corporate sales strategy away from pitching banks, consulting firms, and other companies to use its service. Instead, it will focus on government and health care organizations, he told Bloomberg. For example, Lyft recently announced a partnership with the National MedTrans Network in New York City to provide rides for medical appointments.

Lyft's tough challenge: Uber has a growing share of business travel. Just this week, expense software management company Certify released a report that found that Uber now makes up 52% of all ground transportation business expenses in the U.S. What's more, it was the vendor with the most transactions overall, making up 6% of all transactions. Lyft, on the other hand, only has 4% of ground transportation expenses.

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American carnage

Protesters race up a hill to avoid tear gas in Philadelphia, June 1. Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images

The list of victims has swiftly grown since George Floyd died in police custody just eight days ago.

The big picture: Protests against police brutality have turned into a showcase of police brutality, with tear gas and rubber bullets deployed against crowds. The police have the arsenals at their disposal, but we're also seeing law enforcement officers becoming targets.

McConnell blocks resolution condemning Trump's actions against peaceful protesters

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) blocked a resolution introduced by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday that would have condemned the use of tear gas and rubber bullets against peaceful protesters outside the White House on Monday in order to allow President Trump to walk to St. John's Church.

What they're saying: "Justice for black Americans in the face of unjust violence, and peace for our country in the face of looting, riots, and domestic terror. Those are the two issues Americans want addressed," McConnell said on the Senate floor.

George W. Bush breaks silence on George Floyd

Goerge Bush in Michigan in 2009. Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

Former President George W. Bush (R) wrote in a statement Tuesday that he and his wife, Laura, are "anguished" by the death of George Floyd, and said that "it is time for America to examine our tragic failures."

Why it matters: It's a stark juxtaposition when compared to fellow Republican President Trump's response to current civil unrest. While Trump has called for justice in Floyd's death, he's also condemned protestors and threatened to deploy military personnel if demonstrations continue.