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AT&T updates Samsung Galaxy S 4 pricing, will offer both a 16 and 32 GB model

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When AT&T announced its Galaxy S 4 contract pricing, I wondered which version of the phone it would be selling. Samsung has said that the Galaxy S 4 will be available in 16, 32 and 64 GB models; all of which can be expanded through a memory card. I asked...
AT&T updates Samsung Galaxy S 4 pricing, will offer both a 16 and 32 GB model

Congress to Apple: One More Thing …

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Looks like Congress isn’t quite through scrutinizing Apple’s consumer privacy protections. The Energy and Commerce Committee today sent a letter to CEO Tim Cook asking that he send a company representative to Washington to formally brief it on just how it is protecting the personal information of mobile device users....
Congress to Apple: One More Thing …

Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and AOL back US 'consumer privacy bill of rights'

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Tech giants support Obama administration's plan to issue voluntary guidelines and commit to 'Do Not Track' technologyGoogle, Microsoft, Yahoo and AOL say they will sign up to a "consumer privacy bill of rights", announced on Thursday by the Obama administration in a move that would bring US law closer to...
Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and AOL back US 'consumer privacy bill of rights'

GAO report: Wireless consumers don't know how location data is shared

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A study released Thursday by the Government Accountability Office suggests that the government could do more to protect consumer privacy when it comes to mobile device location data. The report, which was requested by Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), concludes wireless companies are not fully explaining how they use location data...
GAO report: Wireless consumers don't know how location data is shared

FTC Chairman: New Google Privacy Plan Forces Consumers to Make a "Brutal Choice"

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It’s just a few days now until Google’s new privacy policy goes into effect. And lawmakers and regulators continue to raise eyebrows over the agreement, which will grant the company greater license to share user account information between a number of services. The latest to do so: Federal Trade Commission...
FTC Chairman: New Google Privacy Plan Forces Consumers to Make a "Brutal Choice"

Opera Software Launches Yet Another UDID Alternative For Anonymous Mobile Ad-Tracking

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Just when iOS developers had thought they had heard of every UDID replacement mechanism out there, Opera Software had to go and launch its own, too. Today, the company, best known as the maker of the Opera web browser, is introducing something it’s calling “App-Tribute” – and yes, it’s yet...
Opera Software Launches Yet Another UDID Alternative For Anonymous Mobile Ad-Tracking

FTC Chairman Leibowitz: More Privacy Could Actually Bring Bigger Revenues For Web Giants

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Privacy guidelines such as the “Do Not Track” option proposed by the Federal Trade Commission does not necessarily mean the end of the kind of targeted online ads that have brought such riches to web companies over the past decade. In fact, FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz says, more privacy on...
FTC Chairman Leibowitz: More Privacy Could Actually Bring Bigger Revenues For Web Giants

Growing Too Big for a Conscience

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Google came up with "Don't be evil" in 2000, but recently the company, now with $38 billion in revenue, has had to counter complaints that it invaded consumer privacy. Is it possible for a company that has grown big and faces aggressive competitors to not appear evil?...
Growing Too Big for a Conscience

Twitter ad revenues higher than expected on strong mobile numbers -- report

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A research firm predicts that Twitter will earn nearly $1 billion in advertising revenue in 2014, largely on the strength of mobile ad sales. The figure exceeds the firm’s earlier predictions and reflects Twitter’s ongoing emergence as a force in mobile marketing. According to eMarketer, Twitter will pull in $528...
Twitter ad revenues higher than expected on strong mobile numbers -- report

Obama’s Framework for “Consumer Data Privacy” And My “Data Bill of Rights”

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It sort of feels like “wayback week” for me here at Searchblog, as I get caught up on the week’s news after my vacation. Late last week the Obama administration announced “Consumer Data Privacy In A Networked World: A Framework for Protecting Privacy and Promoting Innovation in the Global Digital...
Obama’s Framework for “Consumer Data Privacy” And My “Data Bill of Rights”

Obama's Privacy Push Means Business As Usual For Web Firms

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If the Obama administration wanted a simpler way to protect consumer privacy, it didn't need to issue a dense report or pressure on Congress to pass laws increasing government oversight of the private sector - especially during an election year. The White House simply needed to look in its own...
Obama's Privacy Push Means Business As Usual For Web Firms
Is this the end of marketing’s nirvana, and the beginning of a Washington nightmare?

Microsoft hits Google on Android privacy: name, email, and location given to app developers

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July 9-10, 2013 San Francisco, CA Early Bird Tickets on Sale Whenever you install an app on your Android phone from Google Play, the app developers gets your name, email address, and neighborhood. Microsoft thinks that’s an egregious breach of consumer privacy, and a new video it published today...
Microsoft hits Google on Android privacy: name, email, and location given to app developers
Mobile User Privacy Bill of Rights lays down guidelines for app developers

Carrier IQ hires former Verizon privacy counsel Magnolia Mobley as Chief Privacy Officer

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It's been several months since Carrier IQ explained its data collection practices and responded to FCC and Senatorial inquiry about its privacy policies. Despite the fact that it's no longer in the headlines, Carrier IQ's still intent on improving how it handles consumer info. That's why the firm has...
Carrier IQ hires former Verizon privacy counsel Magnolia Mobley as Chief Privacy Officer
FTC consumer privacy report advocates for a “Do Not Track” option

Mozilla: Welcome Google and Obama, We Invented ‘Do Not Track’ A Year Ago

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Mozilla took a moment this morning to remind everyone that it invented Do Not Track in February 2011, was the first to implement it with Firefox, and 18% of mobile and 7% of desktop Firefox users currently  have it activated. Now the President and competitor Google Chrome are joining the bandwagon, but Firefox offered...
Mozilla: Welcome Google and Obama, We Invented ‘Do Not Track’ A Year Ago

Microsoft wants to monetize the buttons of your TV remote

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How much would you pay to watch a replay of a great play, or skip a bunch of television commercials? And should you have to? Those are a couple of the questions raised by a newly surfaced Microsoft patent application. It’s called “Control-based Content Pricing,” and the idea is dynamic...
Microsoft wants to monetize the buttons of your TV remote

Path announces Sprint partnership for easier app downloads

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Path plans to announce a partnership with Sprint on Wednesday that will allow Sprint customers to download the social networking app to their Android phones without having to search for it in the Google Play store. Allowing Android users of certain phones, including the Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One and Torque...
Path announces Sprint partnership for easier app downloads

As Microsoft Shifts Its Privacy Rules, an Uproar Is Absent

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The difference in reactions to broader gathering and use of users' data at Google and at Microsoft illustrates the confusion around Internet consumer privacy....
As Microsoft Shifts Its Privacy Rules, an Uproar Is Absent
Why we don’t need the government to protect us from online tracking

Lawmakers press Apple’s Cook to come clean on iOS developer data access following Path address book debacle

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The Path debacle has just taken a turn for the worse as House Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman and Commerce Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee Chair G.K. Butterfield issue a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook (via The Next Web). In it, the legislators seek to discover whether Apple is doing...
Lawmakers press Apple’s Cook to come clean on iOS developer data access following Path address book debacle

Location Privacy Goes to Washington

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Testifying before a congressional hearing in late February, Mike Altschul with the Wireless Association was blunt: Federal mobile phone privacy policy is undefined and the privacy guidelines for location-based services written in 2008 are obsolete. The hearing on consumer privacy was the fifth in a series that seeks to evaluate...
Location Privacy Goes to Washington

Path Settles With FTC Over Privacy Row, Will Pay $800K And Establish New Privacy Program Including Outside Audits

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Path’s 2012 included a major hiccup when it was discovered in February last year that the app uploaded user address books in their entirety to its servers. The company quickly responded by deleting the data and apologizing for the transgression, but the damage was done: The FTC levied charges against the startup, and today...
Path Settles With FTC Over Privacy Row, Will Pay $800K And Establish New Privacy Program Including Outside Audits
AVG follows FTC’s privacy lead, adds “Do Not Track” tool for its 108M users

Friday Poll: Will the Privacy Bill of Rights matter?

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Obama's Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights is designed to address online privacy issues, but wary Web users aren't sure if it will have a real impact. [Read more]...
Friday Poll: Will the Privacy Bill of Rights matter?

3 Big Privacy Issues Of 2013 - And What You Can Do About Them

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On the surface, 2012 saw some major shifts in how privacy is treated online. The Federal Trade Commission's Do-Not-Track Online Act and the White House's Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights prompted Facebook and Google to change allegedly deceptive practices for tracking users. And most Web browsers and even Twitter adopted the do-not-track functions in one...
3 Big Privacy Issues Of 2013 - And What You Can Do About Them

State AGs sound alarm over Google privacy changes

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Larry Page In a letter today to Google CEO Larry Page, attorneys general from dozens of states question the company’s plan to unify its privacy policies across its different web properties and say the company should give users the option of opting in or out of the changes. Here’s the...
State AGs sound alarm over Google privacy changes

The Cloudy Future of Facial Recognition In Stores

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Department store surveillance cameras are not just watching for thieves. Some are also tracking customer activity. Knowing the ebb and flow of the number of shoppers, the path they take through the store and the products they touch can provide valuable information for boosting sales. While customers may find this...
The Cloudy Future of Facial Recognition In Stores

The Great Privacy Debate takes place tomorrow in D.C.

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Join us for a privacy debate at the National Press Club tomorrow at noon in Washington, D.C., moderated by CNET's Declan McCullagh. The topic for debate is especially timely: "Consumer privacy can be adequately protected without new legislation." [Read more]...
The Great Privacy Debate takes place tomorrow in D.C.
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