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March 4, 2019, 12:10 AM

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Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Facebook has urged users to enable phone number-based 2FA, but the numbers are used in a user lookup feature with no opt out and to target ads, sparking outcry  —  Users are complaining that the phone number Facebook hassled them to use to secure their account with two-factor authentication …
Fast Company:
A list of 121 data brokers operating in the US, available due to a new Vermont law requiring companies who buy and sell third-party personal data to register  —  You've probably never heard of many of the data firms registered under a new law, but they've heard a lot about you.  A list, and tips for opting out.
Shwanika Narayan / San Francisco Chronicle:
Tristan O'Tierney, a Square co-founder who created the company's first mobile app, dies at age 35 from causes likely related to addiction  —  Tristan O'Tierney, a co-founder of San Francisco payments company Square, died Feb. 23 in Ocala, Fla., of causes related to addiction, his family said.
The Guardian:
Leaked Facebook memo describes company's lobbying efforts in 2012 and 2013 against a proposed European data directive which later became GDPR, more  —  Social network targeted legislators around the world, promising or threatening to withhold investment  —  Facebook has targeted politicians around …
Messari:
Coinbase exec says they felt compelled to buy Neutrino quickly to bring blockchain analytics in-house, because Coinbase's vendors were selling its clients' data  —  In an alarming interview on Cheddar, Coinbase Director of Institutional Sales, Christine Sandler, suggested …
Alison Griswold / Oversharing:
An analysis of data between August and December 2018 from Louisville, KY estimates that the average lifespan of shared scooters in the city was 28 days  —  CXLIV  —  Hello and welcome to Oversharing, a newsletter about the proverbial sharing economy.  If you're returning from last week, thanks!
Cade Metz / New York Times:
Sources: CEO of AI startup Clarifai says internal ethics officers do not suit small companies and that Clarifai would one day supply autonomous weapons  —  HALF MOON BAY, Calif. — When a news article revealed that Clarifai was working with the Pentagon and some employees questioned the ethics …
Bill Bostock / Business Insider:
Google rejects calls to remove Absher, an app from the Saudi government to help men in the country track and dictate where women can travel, from the Play store  —  - Google has rejected calls to remove a Saudi government app which offers a tool for men to control where women travel.
Will Oremus / Slate:
Picking a VPN to trust is a problem, but as demand grows, there's incentive for the industry to outgrow its Wild West phase and develop industry standards  —  Virtual private networks are now a must-have privacy tool.  But good luck figuring out which ones will actually make you safer.
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
Light, which has been known for its 16-lens DSLR rival, unveiled partnerships with Nokia, Sony, and Xiaomi at MWC, with the 5-camera Nokia 9 featuring its tech  —  This year's MWC has been very much the beginning of a new phase for Light .  Until now, the Palo Alto startup has been best …

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