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Uber pick-up point at LaGuardia. Photo: Seth Wenig / AP

Uber's belated announcement of a "2016 Data Security Incident" — the hack of personal information about 57 million Uber users around the world — is the latest in a barrage of breaches that shows we can't count on any privacy, regardless of how personally cautious/paranoid we are.

The big picture: This is part of a creeping change in our society — not based on any one announcement or event. But these breaches, which the targeted corporations have repeatedly tried to conceal and understate, show that all of us have either had private data captured and resold underground, or will soon enough.

Back to Uber:

  • Uber's new CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, admitted in a blog post that Uber failed "to notify affected individuals or regulators last year."
  • The CEO added: "We are changing the way we do business."
  • Bloomberg says Uber "paid hackers $100,000 to delete info, keep quiet."

USA Today compiled figures on other massive breaches. Consider the union of all these users — it's virtually everybody:

  • Yahoo: 1 billion (Dec. 2016) (Later updated to 3 billion in Oct. 2017)
  • Equifax: 143 million (Sept. 2017)
  • Target: 110 million (Nov. 2013)
  • LinkedIn: 100 million (May 2016)
  • Home Depot: 53 million, (Sept. 2014)
  • U.S. Office of Personnel Management: 21.5 million (July 2015)
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Poll: U.S. leadership approval rebounds from Trump low

A Gallup report published Tuesday found approval of United States leadership in 46 countries and territories hit 49% — up from 30% at the end of Donald Trump's presidency, and matching former President Obama's first year (2009).

Why it matters: Biden's efforts to reengage with the international community following the Trump administration appear to be improving the global approval ratings for U.S. leadership, though this poll does not take into account the withdrawal from Afghanistan in August.

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The U.S. has reached a tipping point in its shift from the industrial economy — one that relied on the buildout of hardware — to an information economy that relies on the transfer, storage and implementation of data, according to a new report.

Why it matters: This shift towards a data and information-based economy has allowed more businesses to establish themselves and scale quickly and at a very low cost. As such, the number of jobs created by the commercial internet has more than tripled since 2012.

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Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Amazon is touting the success of small sellers on its platform through the pandemic — and warning that antitrust legislation could jeopardize that success and blow up its open-marketplace model.

Why it matters: As online shopping became a lifeline for both businesses and consumers during the pandemic, Amazon reaped big benefits, but also saw its regulatory risk grow.