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Your Cellular Provider Is Selling Your Location (Again!)

Remember last year when that story came out about how all of the major US cell networks are reporting user location data to shady third parties? Remember how all of the telcos posted contrite messages about how they would never, ever share user location data with random third-party companies ever again? Well, surprise: they were lying.

Joseph Cox, for Motherboard:

Nervously, I gave a bounty hunter a phone number. He had offered to geolocate a phone for me, using a shady, overlooked service intended not ...

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Twitter Carefully Deliberates the Merits of the Obvious

Jack Dorsey reveals Twitter's huge new plans:

For the first time since the end of 2016, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey shed some light on the company’s thoughts about building an edit button for tweets. Speaking at an event in India’s capital of New Delhi, he said that the company has to carefully consider use cases for the edit button before making it a reality – and it could potentially be tooled to help fix typos.

Dorsey might also consider formulating a sane business ...

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Your Life Insurance Company Wants to Keep Tabs on You Via Your Watch

A Canadian-owned life insurance company wants to track your health data and base your life insurance premiums on it:

John Hancock, one of the oldest and largest North American life insurers, will stop underwriting traditional life insurance and instead sell only interactive policies that track fitness and health data through wearable devices and smartphones, the company said on Wednesday.

There are lots of caveats to their actual approach given the highly regulated nature of the insurance industry, which may make this sort of situation sound ...

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Venmo Just Wants to Help You Share Experiences, Man

It's quite entertaining to watch Venmo try to explain away the default behavior of their app, which broadcasts users' transaction info publicly. The unnamed PayPal spokesbot cited in that story claims the service was "designed for sharing experiences," which is a delightful wad of claptrap devised in order to spin the fact that they must want to publish this data about your finances in an attempt to attract new users.

Everything in Silicon Valley may "need" to be a disgusting "growth hack" in order ...

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Instapaper (and Your Data) Are Changing Hands Again

Instapaper has announced that it's going independent (again!):

We want to emphasize that not much is changing for the Instapaper product outside the new ownership. The product will continue to be built and maintained by the same people who’ve been working on Instapaper for the past five years. We plan to continue offering a robust service that focuses on readers and the reading experience for the foreseeable future.

It's great that they're going indie again, and it's especially good to ...

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