By design, the Internet trends towards monopoly: There’s one major social network (Facebook), search engine (Google), encyclopedia (Wikipedia) business network (LinkedIn), classified-ads website (Craigslist), retail site (Amazon), auction site (eBay), and micro-blogging service (Twitter). This week, Uber took an important step toward creating a new monopoly with a software feature (API) that allows anyone to use its services to bring any item from point A to point B, whether it’s a person in a taxi or a maid with a raft of cleaning supplies. On top of that, Uber also announced a pilot program for what it calls Uber Corner Store, a service that would allow Uber users in the Washington D.C. area to get staple items like toothpaste and bandages delivered from local stores. Transportation may very well be the next big monopoly, and Uber has set its sight on winning the crown. Uber has raised five times more funding that the second-place opponent, Lyft. Get the full story at VentureBeat and Wired Read also "Uber hires former Obama adviser to wage regulatory battles" at Travel Weekly and "Why Google’s Eric Schmidt calls Uber’s new political mastermind a ‘game-changer’" at VentureBeat