AUSTIN (KXAN) -- Ride-hailing app Fasten announced Friday that with "heavy hearts" they are shutting down all operations in Austin and Boston after three years in business.
In a blog post by the Fasten co-founders, Kirill Evdakov, Vlad Christoff, and Roman Levitskiy, they announced Fasten has been acquired by Vezet Group, described in the post as one of the top 10 ride-hailing companies in the world. The app will shut down as of 12 a.m. on Monday, March 5.
"While they will be using our brand and our technology to grow their business in other parts of the world, they will be freezing our operations in the U.S.," the post said.
The co-founders said, for them, it has always been about more than getting people from point A to point B, saying, "We wanted to help drivers earn more of the fare, and we wanted to give you a better choice."
With more than 5 million rides completed, the company is asking riders to make a conscious choice the next time they use a ride-hailing app. "We know why you chose Fasten, and our hope is that you'll continue to think about the drivers who are doing this to make ends meet and of how rideshare companies treat their people."
In an interview last month, Evdakov told KXAN their company had not seen a big change in demand since Uber and Lyft returned to Austin, saying the company had just opened a new office and driver lounge in east Austin.
A few weeks ago, RideAustin told KXAN business has flattened out since Uber and Lyft's return to the market, but they're not worried about getting pushed out. Fare discontinued its service last summer after a massive drop in customer usage.
Facebook says some online quizzes were a guise to hack your account
GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) — Facebook has sued the makers of a number of online quizzes, saying these tests acted as a ploy to hack tens of thousands of accounts.
These quizzes asked broad questions like 'Do you have royal blood?', 'What is the color of your aura?' or 'What animal are you?'.
Facebook claimed in a lawsuit filed recently that the quizzes were created by two Ukrainian developers and were gaining access to private user data without user knowledge.Read the Full Article
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Monday is the last chance to use Payless gift cards
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Monday is the last day the failing Payless ShoeSource chain will honor gift cards and store credit.
The Topeka, Kansas, company filed for bankruptcy protection last month and a liquidation sale is underway. According to its website, locations have already stopped accepting returns and coupons.
Payless said it received court approval to support the orderly closing of about 2,500 stores in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada, as well as its e-commerce business. It also received authorization to pay employee wages and benefits, as well as claims from critical vendors.Read the Full Article
Chick-fil-A offers fish sandwiches for Lent
ATLANTA, GA (WSPA) - Get your tartar sauce ready! Fish sandwiches are back at Chick-Fil-A during Lent.
For a limited time, the restaurant chain is adding Fish Sandwiches and Deluxe Fish Sandwiches to the menu.
The sandwich, made with cod, will be available from March 6 through April 20 at select locations.Read the Full Article
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