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Uber Tussles With Lyft Wooing Drivers With $1,000 Bonuses

Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. are racing to recruit drivers to spur the growth of their ride-sharing businesses. Stefanie Leifer recently found herself caught in the middle.

Leifer has worked for San Francisco-based Lyft, the mobile application that lets people hail rides from cars festooned with pink mustaches, for the past year. In May, she picked up a passenger who was working for Uber and tried to convince her to switch sides, she said. That same month, Uber dangled a $500 bonus to Lyft drivers to attract them to Uber instead.