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Umbrella-Sharing Startup Loses Most of Its Umbrellas

Inside Sharing E Umbrella's woes

(Newser) - If you have a habit of regularly misplacing your umbrella, Sharing E Umbrella feels your pain. The startup intends to do what its name suggests: provide shareable umbrellas—like a rain-themed version of Citi Bike—in China. Except not even three months after launch, it has a big problem in... More »

Facebook Gives Political Campaigns the Boot

Company will let users restrict data shared on third-party apps

(Newser) - Facebook is putting the kibosh on a powerful tool that political campaigns (like President Obama's in 2012) have used to reach young voters, Yahoo reports. By next April, Facebook will have completed an overhaul that prevents third-party apps from gathering information about people who use the same app. What'... More »

New Law Makes Sharing Netflix Log-In Illegal In...

...Tennessee, the first state with an entertainment theft law

(Newser) - Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has signed into law a groundbreaking bill that makes it a crime to use a friend's login, even with permission, to listen to songs or watch movies from services such as Netflix or Rhapsody. The Tennessee measure was pushed by recording industry officials to try... More »

Facebook's Utopian Dream Hides Something Sinister

(Newser) - The recent scrap over Facebook’s privacy policy seems to be at odds with the site’s friendly, familial face, Vanessa Grigoriadis writes in New York. But the company’s aborted move to claim ownership of user content in perpetuity reveals a vague something about its ambitions. “Facebook’s... More »

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