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Wireless Carriers Caught Playing Fast and Loose With Location Data
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AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint have sold access to subscribers’ real-time location data to aggregators, which in turn have sold it to about 250 bounty hunters and related businesses, according to a report. In some cases, the data allowed users to track individuals to their specific locations inside a building. Some companies made thousands of location […]

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Remember the woman who was killed by an Uber AV? Her family sued Tempe
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Enlarge (credit: Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images) According to the family of an Arizona woman who was killed by a self-driving Uber car last year, the City of Tempe is liable for her death and owes $5 million each to her husband and her daughter. News of the lawsuit was first reported by the Arizona Republic, which […]

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Highbrow meets lowbrow in Netflix’s art world/horror mashup Velvet Buzzsaw
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Enlarge / Reunited: former Nightcrawler co-stars Rene Russo and Jake Gyllenhaal play a manipulative art dealer and snobby art critic who become enthralled with a sinister stash of paintings by an obscure artist. (credit: Netflix) An obscure artist dies and leaves behind a trove of strangely alluring paintings, becoming a posthumous success, in the Netflix […]

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Startups Weekly: Even Gwyneth Paltrow had a hard time raising VC
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I spent the week in Malibu attending Upfront Ventures’ annual Upfront Summit, which brings together the likes of Hollywood, Silicon Valley and Washington, DC’s elite for a two-day networking session of sorts. Cameron Diaz was there for some reason, and Natalie Portman made an appearance. Stacey Abrams had a powerful Q&A session with Lisa Borders, […]

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Facebook warned over privacy risks of merging messaging platforms
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Facebook’s lead data protection regulator in Europe has asked the company for an “urgent briefing” regarding plans to integrate the underlying infrastructure of its three social messaging platforms. In a statement posted to its website late last week the Irish Data Protection Commission writes: “Previous proposals to share data between Facebook companies have given rise […]

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Austin in January: Cash rich and maturing
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Mary Ann Azevedo Contributor Share on Twitter Mary Ann Azevedo covers startups and tech at Crunchbase News. 2019 has been good to the Austin startup scene so far. Combined, Austin startups have raised $240.3 million in January. That’s not much less than the nearly $300 million raised in all of Q4 2018. And since the beginning […]

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Super Bowl 2019 stadium pestered by drones, despite ban     – CNET
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Temporary flight restrictions are in place around Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. But apparently that’s news to some drone operators.

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Facebook and Google offered gift cards for root-level access to iOS users’ data
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Enlarge / Google and Facebook circumvented the App Store to distribute VPN apps that collected user data against Apple’s policies. (credit: Aurich / Getty) Both Facebook and Google have used Apple’s Enterprise Developer Program—which is intended for exclusive use by companies to give system administrators the ability to distribute apps to employees’ devices internally—to circumvent […]

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Audi bets you’ll pay extra for the A7's design and tech upgrades
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Logically, you should buy the lower-cost Audi A6. I made an argument that when it comes to the A6 and A7. They share the same powertrain. They handle nearly identically. The problem is, we don't buy cars based on logic. Which is good news for the won…

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