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A Lyft driver navigates to her passenger. Photo: Mike Coppola / Getty Images for Lyft

TechCrunch reports that Lyft staffers were able to view passengers' information, including where they were picked up and dropped off, and the feedback from drivers about their customers. Lyft says it is investigating the issue.

Why it matters, per Axios' Dan Primack: Lyft has portrayed itself as the ethical alternative to Uber, but the contrast might not really be quite so stark.

  • Lyft told TechCrunch that some employees need access to this data to do their jobs; those departments include engineering, insurance, the trust and safety team, and more.
  • TechCrunch learned from "a supposed Lyft staffer" that other employees "could use Lyft's backend software to view unmasked personally identifiable information."
  • Lyft said to TechCrunch in a statement: "The specific allegations in this post would be a violation of Lyft’s policies and a cause for termination, and have not been raised with our Legal or Executive teams. We are conducting an investigation into the matter."

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Gaming CEO Kristian Segerstrale is calling on leaders in his industry to take action on climate change, after completing a $1.4 million fundraising campaign this summer.

Why it matters: Gaming's pandemic-fueled boom creates an opportunity, and maybe even an obligation, to do some good.

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U.S. releases updated vaccination, testing rules for foreign travelers

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Foreign travelers will be allowed entry to the U.S. beginning Nov. 8 if they can provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination with a shot authorized by the World Health Organization and a negative test within three days of departure, the White House announced Monday.

Why it matters: The updated guidance, which exempts children under the age of 18 from the vaccine requirement, is intended to provide further clarity for airlines and foreign nationals who have been restricted from traveling to the U.S. since early 2020.

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Unvaccinated athletes face 21-day quarantine at Beijing Olympics

Logos for the 2022 Winter Olympics at Yanqing Ice Festival in February 2021 in Beijing. Photo: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

Athletes, staff members and journalists at the 2022 Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games who have not been vaccinated against the coronavirus will be required to quarantine for three weeks, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) outlined in its newly-published "playbooks."

Why it matters: The quarantine period is longer than the Games themselves, meaning vaccinations or an earlier arrival date will be required to participate in or cover the Games.

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