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July 22, 2018, 12:40 AM

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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.
Catalin Cimpanu / BleepingComputer:
Android malware authors have been increasingly using “droppers”, which use a multiple-stage infection process, to sneak malicious apps into the Play Store  —  For the past year, Android malware authors have been increasingly relying on a solid trick for bypassing Google's security scans …
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Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Tel Aviv-based AI startup AnyVision, which is working on face, body, and object recognition tech, has closed $28M Series A led by Bosch  —  As image recognition advances continue to accelerate, startups with a mind towards security applications are seeing some major interest to turn surveillance systems more intelligent.
Bloomberg:
Banks are increasingly looking to mobile-only offerings to grab market share among younger, lower-income consumers and to boost their presence in new cities  —  - U.S. Bancorp, JPMorgan among firms with mobile-only offerings  — Lenders are no longer bound by geography, an executive says

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