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Uber vs. Lyft: An app test
Which ride-hailing app is better: Uber or Lyft? asked Brian Chen in The New York Times. I made both companies “my only mode of transportation for the last week,” while comparing the two. “In terms of ride-summoning features, Uber wins hands down.” It lets you split fares with multiple riders, has different car-sharing options, and offers a solid reward system with perks. Lyft’s rewards program is more limited, though Lyft is generally more transparent about its pricing, and Uber’s surge pricing tends to be significantly higher. In the end, “in terms of features, rewards programs, and availability,” I’d take Uber. Even if you’re opposed to the company because of recent scandals, its availability worldwide makes it more “practical to keep the Uber app on your phone.”
Samsung’s folding disappointment
Samsung is delaying the rollout of its Galaxy Fold smartphone after multiple tech reviewers “reported their test devices had malfunctioned,” said Timothy Martin in The Wall Street Journal. The $2,000 phone, which has a tablet-size screen that closes like a book, was set to be released this week. But reviewers who received the phone last week almost immediately had problems. Some “unknowingly ripped off part of the phone’s display, believing it to be a protective cover.” Others reported distorted or flickering screens. Samsung said it planned to “give customers clear warning to not remove the display’s top layer” and would also improve the phone’s display protection. The delayed rollout could end up reminding buyers “of the 2016 global recall of Galaxy Note 7 handsets due to overheated batteries.”
Facebook’s inner turmoil
Some of Mark Zuckerberg’s biggest business decisions have been driven by jealousy, said Nicholas Thompson and Fred Vogelstein in Wired. After Facebook acquired Instagram in 2012, the Facebook CEO’s “pride turned to suspicion” as he fumed at Instagram head Kevin Systrom’s nice press and began to fear “Instagram’s growth was cannibalizing” Facebook’s success. Ahead of a 2018 conference call with investors, Zuckerberg debated saying that Instagram’s remarkable growth was due not “to its founders and vision but to its relationship with Facebook.” He later withdrew support Facebook had given Instagram through ads, link-backs, and access to “a new user’s Facebook connections in order to recommend people to follow.” Systrom and Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger quit over the tensions.