There’s so much going on out there in the world — from something called “vomit fraud” being an issue for Uber to Lime’s massive expansion throughout the US — and by reading this newsletter, you’re getting the lowdown on the biggest news happening this week.
Vomit fraud is a thing — and if you use Uber, you might be a victim of it
There's a scam going around in some cities and it's dubbed "vomit fraud" because as it sounds, it's fraud involving vomit. When passengers request an Uber, victims will receive notice of an adjustment to their total, ranging from $80 for vomit to $150 for other bodily fluids, that is almost impossible to dispute.
This is the big issue because most of the time, these charges are fake and because it's so impossible to get into contact with Uber, they usually get away with the extra money and don't get caught. Driver's often keep staged photos of these scenarios on their phones to send as proof, which is sufficient evidence, according to Uber, for the fee to be added.
The Miami Herald went in-depth on this disgusting issue in the city where it's most often occurring and spoke with a victim of this fraud about their experience, which you can give a read here.
WIRED takes a look inside JD.com, the Chinese-based internet behemoth that is beginning to pose a threat to Amazon. With 15,000 employees and drone deliveries a common sight, the company is now setting its sights on Europe and is bringing its fully automated warehouses with it.
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Bike and scooter-share company Lime has hit six million rides since launching in June of 2017, since then raising a whopping $335 million from GV, Uber and others. The service originally launched in Greensboro, NC and has expanded to over 70 cities since, but that's not without some difficulties. Lime's operations in San Francisco are currently paused as the city reviews applications from 12 companies to operate electric scooter services.
In case you missed it
💰 Snapchat is discontinuing Snapcash as of August 30 due to the inappropriate nature that it was used for (if you didn't hear, people were using it to hire adult porn stars). Code inside the Android app includes a message saying “Snapcash will no longer be available after %s [date]” which ends the four year payment experiment.
🚃Taking the train in the US and Canada is a brutal experience and it is because of many different factors — Grist goes full-in on this in a helpful, explainer video which details the issues with 1990s train infrastructure.
🏘 $117,000 is now considered low income in San Francisco, according to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development's newest qualifications for affordable housing. In the US, nationwide the median income is $59,039, but due to SF's booming housing market and sky-high prices, it's a lot more expensive there.
🎧 Many games have technologies built into them that listen for audio signals while they're listening to TV and report it back to advertisers, which is both scary and seems like it should be illegal. There's more than 250 games using this technology on the Google Play Store, some of which are also available on iOS.