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July 21, 2018, 7:15 PM

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The Verge:
Uber and Lyft driver in St. Louis has live-streamed hundreds of rides on Twitch without passenger consent; Uber and Lyft say the practice is legal in Missouri  —  It's legal  —  An Uber and Lyft driver in St. Louis, Missouri has given around 700 rides since March 2018 …
Marrian Zhou / CNET:
Venmo says user transaction history is public by default because it's fun to share info with friends and the option to go private is clearly marked in the app  —  If you haven't noticed, your Venmo transaction history is public by default.  Unless you change the settings, people can see when you buy things.
Kirsten Grind / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook suspends data analytics firm Crimson Hexagon, which boasts repository of 1T social media posts, as it investigates the company's government contracts  —  Facebook says it was probing whether data-analytics firm Crimson Hexagon's government contracts comply with Facebook policies
Sean Hollister / CNET:
Google says it got duck.com after buying video compression startup On2 in 2010; will now redirect domain to a page with links to DuckDuckGo, Wikipedia, and more  —  Google owns Duck.com, which has been driving rival search engine DuckDuckGo up the wall for over six years.
Richard Waters / Financial Times:
With EU Android fine, some see futile effort to curb Google's dominance; others see first steps to check Google's data hoovering and guaranteed ad distribution  —  The tightly knit package of services Google has assembled around its Android smartphone software has supported one of the tech world's most profitable businesses.
Bloomberg:
Inside state-sponsored trolling efforts that combine virtual hate mobs, surveillance, and misinformation to silence critical voices and spread disinformation  —  Sitting cross-legged on a charpoy, an Indian day bed, Mahaveer Prasad Khileri taps on his laptop, his face lit by the screen …
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
Facebook executives struggle to describe a coherent strategy to deal with misinformation on the site; it's a hodgepodge of “exceptions to the exceptions”  —  Facebook was once the most nimble company of its generation.  The speed at which it adapted to every challenge was legendary.

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