More canceled rides for users with “black-sounding names.”
A study of Uber and Lyft by university researchers found signs of racial and gender discrimination by drivers: Longer wait times for black customers, more canceled rides for users with “black-sounding names” and longer-than-necessary routes for women passengers. — [Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg]
Venture capitalist Peter Thiel said he supports Donald Trump despite disagreeing with some of his controversial proposals because he doesn’t take the candidate’s pronouncements literally. He also defended his financing of the Hulk Hogan lawsuit that drove Gawker out of business. — [Kara Swisher / Recode]
Apple media boss Eddy Cue heads the speaker lineup for the 2017 Code Media conference, Feb. 13-14 in Dana Point, Calif. Also onstage: Ben Silverman of Propagate Content, Amazon Studios head Roy Price, Courteney Monroe from National Geographic’s TV unit, Brian Robbins of AwesomenessTV and Ashley McCollum, who runs BuzzFeed’s Tasty. Register early. — [Peter Kafka / Recode]
Telecom company CenturyLink is buying Level 3 Communications, a provider of enterprise-level internet service, for $34 billion to better compete with larger rivals like AT&T and Verizon. — [Alex Sherman and Scott Moritz / Bloomberg]
Shares of network equipment maker Brocade jumped 25 percent on news that it is in final-stage talks to sell itself. Chipmaker Broadcom is among the potential buyers. — [Alex Sherman and Ian King / Bloomberg]
GIF creation and search site Giphy has raised a fresh $72 million at a valuation of $600 million, up from $300 million when it raised money in February. The company is still looking for a business model. — [Rolfe Winkler / Wall Street Journal]
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