Uber August 26, 2014 Erin Carlson, writing for NBC Chicago: Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed a bill targeting Uber and other ride-share companies with stiff state-wide regulations including mandatory commercial insurance and chaffeur’s licenses for drivers. One small step forward.Casey Newton, with a pretty unbelievable scoop on The Verge: Together, the interviews and documents show the lengths to which Uber will go to halt its rivals’ momentum. The San Francisco startup has raised $1.5 billion in venture capital, giving it an enormous war chest with which to battle Lyft and others. While the company’s cutthroat nature is well documented, emails from Uber managers offer new insight into the shifting tactics it uses to siphon drivers away from competitors without getting caught. It also demonstrates the strong interest Uber has taken in crushing Lyft, its biggest rival in ridesharing, which is in the midst of a national expansion. Two large steps backward.This is why we can't have nice things.