Uber and Lyft, meet Curb; a use for Amazon same-day delivery, and other local news bits


Curb pairs well with a nice Syrah.

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If you can’t spell ‘Lyft’ or ‘Uber,’ you’ll love Curb

Meet Curb, the app, and company, formerly known as Taxi Magic. The Alexandria tech firm officially changed its name Wednesday, because Curb can hail both black car and livery services in many cities (though only taxis in D.C., for now), CEO Patrick Lashinsky says. Why the four-letter name, reminiscent of competitors Uber and Lyft? “Because we stopped teaching spelling in school, and we needed something people can easily spell,” he says. The rebranding coincided with a deal Virginia reached with Curb’s competitors, allowing Uber and Lyft to operate legally in Virginia so long as they start vetting drivers more rigorously. S.D.

Short Cynical Summaries

On Wednesday, Forbes declared D.C. America’s coolest city because 20-somethings eat at non-chain restaurants and have many fun places to go where they are likely to meet 20-somethings of other races or ethnicities.

The End Times start tonight, do you have your gas mask?

Amazon launched same-day delivery service in D.C. on Wednesday. Procrastinators and loafers will likely be early adopters. In terms of other scenarios, it’s near-perfect for last-minute disaster prep. That is, if you know about the disaster before 1 p.m. — the daily delivery cut-off — and you know that it won’t occur until after 9 p.m., the time by which package arrival is guaranteed. Here are some survival/escape essentials you can order RIGHT NOW for tonight. (See eligible ZIP codes here.) H.J.M.

Czech M10M Gas Mask, $17.90

Datrex Emergency Survival Water Pouch (Pack of 64), $34

Mountain House Just in Case Freeze Dried Food Assortments, $41.52

Duck Brand Justin Bieber Printed Duct Tape, $6.08

VIPERTEK Heavy Duty Stun Gun w/ LED flashlight, $24.98

 

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Holly J. Morris is Express' managing editor for features.
Sadie Dingfelder is a features writer for the Washington Post Express.
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