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Lyft changes major policy, Mastercard makes acquisition, Google fixes potholes

Here are the companies Yahoo Finance is watching today.

Lyft (LYFT) is pledging more oversight of its drivers. The ride-hailing company now says it will run continuous criminal monitoring and require drivers to carry an up-to-date photo. Lyft previously only did annual background checks.

Mastercard (MA) is getting into the "buy now, pay later" business. It's buying financing company VIZE, which lets merchants offer financing options to shoppers. Terms were not disclosed. VIZE already works with companies like Home Depot, and the space is seen as a nearly $2 billion business, with Klarna and PayPal offering similar solutions.

Google (GOOG) is paying up big time. The tech giant agreed to pay $3.84 million to Louisville, Kentucky, over the next 20 months to repair the damage caused to the city by its Google Fiber service. Local authorities will use the money to remove the company’s infrastructure from the city’s roads and to repave areas that were affected.

Game of Thrones set a massive ratings record for the premiere of its final season. A record 17.4 million people tuned into the season 8 premiere Sunday, according to Nielsen and the network, and that figure is expected to grow once streaming numbers are added. The previous season of Game of Thrones averaged 32.8 million viewers across all platforms, making it the most popular show on HBO (T).