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After stonewalling for weeks, Uber makes nice with NYC and offers up trip data to the city

Earlier this month, I addressed why I believed “Uber would rather be suspended in New York than hand over data to the TLC.” Whoops.

Google Now learns even more about your likes, habits, and activities

Google has taken another step towards knowing everything about its users. The company announced today that Google Now, the virtual assistant software that promises to provide information before a consumer even knows she needs it, will now be able to collect and present relevant data from some 40 third-party applications.

Calm down, tech journalists: It’s okay if you don’t use Snapchat

On the day Snapchat announced partnerships to host media content from publications like VICE and National Geographic, Bloomberg’s Joseph Weisenthal tweeted, “Real talk for a moment.

The Silk Road trial is proof positive that bitcoin is not (and has never been) anonymous

So much for the anonymity of bitcoin. What crypto-currency insiders have long known, but much of the media, regulators, and general public failed to grasp about bitcoin – that it is not actually anonymous, but rather is only pseudonymous and, if you can connect a digital wallet address to an individual, you can track very transaction ever made to and from that account – was demonstrated in stark detail in a Federal District Court in Manhattan this week.

Vine Kids is loud, colorful, and everything a child wants from a smartphone

Vine has introduced a new mobile application dedicated to allowing children to watch six-second videos in an app that caters to their love of bright colors, weird sounds, and cartoon characters that will haunt their dreams a few years from now.

Verizon plans to let consumers opt out of its invasive “perma-cookie” program

Verizon will soon allow consumers to “completely opt out” of the program which assigns permanent identifiers to every device on the carrier’s wireless network.

Russian dating site pays hacker to recover stolen emails, but don’t call it a ransom

Russian dating service Topface has paid a hacker an undisclosed sum to return 20 million customer email addresses he stole — but the company would prefer if you wouldn’t refer to the exchange of goods for stolen information as a ransom, thank you very much.

Uber sued in California by Delhi rape victim, compared to “electronic hitchhiking”

A 26-year-old New Delhi woman has sued Uber in California in response to her alleged December 6 rape by one of the company’s transportation network drivers (full complaint below).

Google settles with UK watchdog to protect consumer privacy

Google has agreed to change its privacy policy after an investigation from the United Kingdom’s privacy watchdog, the Information Commissioner’s Office, decided the existing policy wasn’t clear enough for consumers to understand.

Flywheel calls bullshit on Uber’s claims that it’s three times bigger than SF’s taxi industry

One of the biggest arguments critics make when calling into question Uber’s sky-high $40 billion valuation is that the company can’t possibly be worth that much — because that’s bigger than the entire existing taxi industry it’s disrupting.

From “Selma” to “Social Network,” stop complaining when historical fiction plays loose with facts

“I think it’s such a big disconnect from the way people who make movies think about what we do in Silicon Valley — building stuff.

Startups Anonymous: Serial entrepreneurs have a problem with shiny red balls — and that’s okay

[This is a weekly series that brings you raw, first-hand experiences from founders and investors in the trenches.

How pot startups are rewriting the playbook for Silicon Valley disruption

Software will eat everything, they say. But it has mostly abstained from the legal marijuana economy, stymied by the uncertainty of enhancing shareholder value in a line of business that was at best an extension of the health care industry and at worst a felonious traffic in dangerous drugs, depending on your jurisdiction.

Join us and Slack/Flickr founder Stewart Butterfield for our first PandoMonthly of 2015

Last year, our PandoMonthly lineup was heavy on founders and CEOs of giant public companies — like Jerry Yang of Yahoo, Aneel Bhusri of Workday, and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn.

FCC tells carriers to implement better location-tracking for emergency calls

The FCC has unanimously approved a measure which will require wireless carriers to monitor a person’s location inside a building to enable more accurate emergency calls.

Google did fight to reveal warrant for WikiLeaks journalists’ Gmail accounts, attorney says

An attorney for Google has told the Washington Post that the company did fight a gag order preventing it from telling three WikiLeaks journalists their Gmail accounts were monitored by the Justice Department as the result of a warrant issued in March 2012.

Cargomatic picks up $11M to bring local trucking into the on-demand era

The global taxi industry is estimated to be worth less than $100 billion annually, $11 million of which comes from the US.

Here’s why it’s so hard for tech companies to screen for “extremist content”

Google’s public policy manager likened sifting through the 300 hours of video uploaded to its YouTube service every minute to “screening a phone call before it’s made” yesterday during a meeting with the European parliament about a counterterrorism action plan.

MileIQ raises $11M to take the pain out of mileage tracking and put more cash in users’ pockets

How much would you pay for an app that put more than $500 extra into your pocket each month without any effort or behavioral change on your part?

Apple pundits are wrong again as the company reportedly beats Samsung in smartphone sales

Apple has done two things few ever thought it would be able to manage at the same time: made the most profit in a single quarter of any company in history, and sell as many smartphones as Samsung, the company with which it has the fiercest rivalry.