The daily business briefing: August 31, 2016

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1. Google to start ride service to rival Uber

Google plans to launch its own ride-sharing service to rival Uber, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday, citing a source close to the matter. Google, considered an ally of Uber after investing $258 million in the company in 2013, started a pilot program around its California headquarters in May, enabling thousands of workers at select firms to use the Waze app to carpool at low rates, and plans to open the service to all Waze users in San Francisco this fall. Uber and Lyft, a rival service, let users hail rides like taxis, but navigation app Waze, which Google acquired in 2013, is branching out by helping users connect with fellow commuters.

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