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July 22, 2018, 12:10 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.
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.
Stacy Cowley / New York Times:
UpGuard: sensitive documents from 100+ companies including VW, Toyota, and Tesla were exposed on a publicly accessible server belonging to Level One Robotics  —  Automakers like Tesla, Toyota and Volkswagen go to great lengths to keep their technical information confidential.
Li Tao / South China Morning Post:
Huawei executive says the company shipped 100M smartphones this year as of July 18 and is now aiming for shipments of 200M units by the end of 2018  —  Huawei has maintained fast growth momentum despite headwinds for broader industry shipments this year  —  Huawei Technologies …
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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Andrii Degeler / Tech.eu:
Telecommunications company Orange has acquired Basefarm Holding, a Norway-based cloud infrastructure and critical application services company, for €350M  —  Major European telecom operator Orange has acquired Basefarm Holding AS, a Norwegian-founded cloud infrastructure …
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.

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