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Will Uber and Lyft Become Different Things?

Ride-hailing companies are diversifying away from their core business, but right into more direct competition

For most people, an Uber is a Lyft and a Lyft is an Uber.

Uber’s roots are in the black-car business, while Lyft’s predecessor, Zimride, was a carpooling app. Yet over the last six…

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Alexis C. Madrigal

Host of KQED’s Forum. Contributing writer, @TheAtlantic. Author of forthcoming book on containers, computers, coal, and collateralized debt obligations.