Uber’s data could be a treasure trove for cites. But they’re wasting the chance to get it. Cities are starting to pass laws requiring insurance and background checks for services such as Uber -- but they're not asking for data about rides and passengers. "Such data could be tremendously valuable to local governments, but one city after the next has been leaving it on the table," Emily Badger reports for Wonkblog.
Somebody’s Already Using Verizon’s ID to Track Users. "Twitter's mobile advertising arm enables its clients to use a hidden, undeletable tracking number created by Verizon to track user behavior on smartphones and tablets," reports Julia Angwin and Jeff Larson for ProPublica. "The data can be used by any site – even those with no relationship to the telecoms -- to build a dossier about a person's behavior on mobile devices – including which apps they use, what sites they visit and for how long."
Hungary internet tax cancelled after mass protests. "Hungary has decided to shelve a proposed tax on internet data traffic after mass protests against the plan," reports the BBC.
Apple’s Tim Cook just publicly announced he’s gay. That’s extremely rare among business leaders. Apple CEO Tim Cook publicly announced he's gay in a Bloomberg Businessweek editorial Thursday, making him one of the only openly LGBT business leaders in the country. "Even while public sentiment has shifted dramatically in favor of LGBT rights in recent years, the business world continues to be an area with few openly gay leaders," the Switch reported.