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Uber vs. FBI

In this Monday, Sept. 12, 2016, file photo, a self-driving Uber sits ready to take journalists for a ride during a media preview in Pittsburgh. Photo: Gene J. Puskar/AP

"Federal law-enforcement authorities in New York are investigating whether Uber used software to interfere illegally with its competitors, ... adding to legal pressures facing the embattled ride-hailing company," the Wall Street Journal reports on the front page:

  • "The investigation ... is focused on a defunct Uber program, known internally as "Hell," that could track drivers working for rival service Lyft."
  • How it worked: "Uber created fake Lyft customer accounts, tricking Lyft's system into believing prospective customers were seeking rides in various locations around a city. That allowed Uber to see which Lyft drivers were nearby and what prices they were offering for various routes."
  • Why it matters: This is "one of at least three federal investigations under way into Uber's practices."
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