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Uber logo on car. Photo: Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images

Uber and Getaround, a startup known for its peer-to-peer car rental service, are expanding a partnership that rents cars to ride-hailing drivers. The service, which debuted in the Bay Area last year, will expand to Los Angeles, San Diego, and soon Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia.

The bigger picture: Driver supply has long been a problem for Uber. The company has experimented with various ways to provide vehicles to potential drivers, including its now-defunct car leasing division and its partnerships with Hertz, General Motors, and Getaround.

Yes, but: While Getaround's own service lets customers rent cars from car owners who want to make a bit of money while they're not using their own vehicles, the cars Uber drivers rent are actually from select owners, including some individuals and some entrepreneurs who own multiple vehicles as a business.

  • Getaround says that's because the cars are equipped with ride-hailing accessories like Uber decals and phone mounts and charges and must be in specific pickup spots —though, presumably, many car owners might be reluctant to rent vehicles out on Getaround if they knew those cars were being used for ride-hailing.
  • Relying on Getaround also means that Uber doesn't have to build technology to unlock cars or manage fleets of cars (effectively becoming a taxi company).

The two companies also recently suspended a short-lived service that let Uber's riders rent a Getaround car via Uber's app.

Editor's note: The story has been corrected to show that the cars belong to select car owners, not Getaround itself. A Getaround spokesperson initially gave Axios incorrect information.

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Chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg thought Mark Zuckerberg was "nuts" when he raised the possibility in January 2020 that 50,000 Facebook employees might have to work from home. By March 6, they were.

Why it matters: In an interview Monday with Axios Re:Cap, Sandberg explained how Facebook moved quickly to respond to the pandemic with grants for small businesses and work-from-home stipends for its employees, and how the company has been watching the unfolding crisis for women in the workforce.

Supreme Court declines to hear case on qualified immunity for police officers

The Supreme Court on March 5. Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal for a lawsuit brought against Cleveland police officers that challenges the scope of qualified immunity, the legal doctrine which has been used to shield officers from lawsuits alleging excessive force, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: The doctrine has been the subject of scrutiny from civil rights advocates. Eliminating qualified immunity was one of the key demands of demonstrators during nationwide protests in 2020 following the killing of George Floyd.

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