Uber is a car service that connects drivers and riders via a great smart-phone app. It's upended the way that livery service works in 20 countries and a couple of dozen U.S. cities. It's particularly useful for off-the-beaten-path parts of towns that often get shorted by conventional methods of transit.

Which means that taxi commissions, cab companies, and grandstanding politicians have tried to shut it down or regulate it unto to death all over the place.

Check out the vid above about how the powers that be tried to squelch Uber - and ultimately failed.

Go here for more details.

And read Brian Doherty's story about Uber, Lift, and other new ride-sharing services that are taking more heat than they should.