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March 3, 2019, 4:45 PM

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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.
Ari Levy / CNBC:
Sources: Rakuten, which owns a 13% stake in Lyft, made the investment in 2015 after data from its consumer purchase tracker Slice showed Lyft was undervalued  —  - Rakuten invested $300 million in Lyft in 2015, when the ride-hailing company was trying to avoid being crushed by Uber.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Janet Morrissey / New York Times:
A look at on-demand medical startups in the US like Heal and The I.V Doc, which are helping users get treatment for nonemergency problems at home or work  —  Businesses can deliver everything on demand, from dinner to dry cleaning.  Some will even show up at your door to give you cupcakes or walk your dog.

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