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California wants privacy policies for mobile apps, declared California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris . At a press conference in San Francisco, Harris announced that the California Attorney General’s office has struck a deal with Apple, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft and Research in Motion in which the companies will require mobile app developers to post privacy policies. This means that many hyperlocal apps that use location data may be required to provide privacy information. The state’s law already requires online services that collect personal information from users to post their privacy practices conspicuously on their home pages.
Here at Telefonica's Campus Party Europe tech festival in Berlin, this morning has seen some interesting sessions about privacy, with one in particular tackling the potential and risks of the internet of things. We should already be having a widespread discussion about this subject, because the push is on , even if – as with the embedded sensors themselves – it's not visible to most people. The talk that really grabbed me was by Joe Huser, an LA-based corporate attorney who tends to represent entrepreneurs that are trying to get their heads around the regulatory issues associated with the internet of things.
The new location-sharing app Glassmap wants to transform how we view and utilize location — in a way that will likely raise privacy questions among consumers. At a panel at the Street Fight Summit in New York last October, panelists from Foursquare, Goby and SCVNGR/LevelUp debated how the “check-in” behavior might evolve. Glassmap’s answer is to remove the check-in entirely, allowing users to passively broadcast their location to friends (and, potentially one day, to local merchants) all the time. But are consumers really ready to voluntarily submit themselves to a form of constant surveillance?
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The check-in got a lot of press in 2010 although it was still an activity limited to early adopters, with the Pew Internet & American Life project reporting in November that just 4% of US internet users participated in location-sharing services. Like social networking on mobile devices, location-based services are still in their infancy. eMarketer projects the number of mobile social network users will more than double between 2010 and 2015, and adoption of location-based services will rise with it. “Savvy marketers know there is more to geolocation than just the check-in and immediate proximity to the consumer,” said Noah Elkin, eMarketer principal analyst and author of the new report, “ Beyond the Check-In: Best Practices for Location-Based Marketing .” “Location services enable marketers to deliver a compelling offer when consumers are near the point of decision, yet they also help marketers understand the context of their target audience—their intent and state of mind.”
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Checking in can be pretty solitary. It’s what you do when you’re waiting for a friend at a coffee shop or killing time at an airport. Location-based game company Scvngr , however, wants to make the check-in process social by having people “bump” their phones together to declare their location. Building on the idea of bumping, or tapping, phones together, which has been made popular by Bump Technologies , Scvngr is making checking in at places a group activity instead of everyone fiddling quietly with the app. The feature is rolling out today for the iPhone and Android devices and includes integration with social networks Facebook and Twitter (see embedded video demo below).
Location-based social networks Foursquare and Gowalla , which launched the craze of “checking in” at locations such as restaurants or stores in exchange for points, are often described as games. But they’re fairly simple examples as far as games go. Checking in at a bar with Gowalla (or Loopt , or Foursquare, or Brightkite ) is done in a matter of seconds. But new location-based games are emerging that hope to command much more of a player’s attention. Booyah ‘s MyTown, for example, has over 2 million active users, and the population grows by more than 100,000 players per week.
I'm currently assessing how mobile operators modify and enrich HTTP headers. I´ve already analyzed the main operators in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and UK with very interesting results I´ll publish soon. The focus of the study is double, first, check how users are identified when using mobile connections to browse the web and second, the modifications that the operators do to the HTTP headers like the User-Agent, Accept, Accept-Encoding... Regarding user identification mobile operators will normally have two methods depending on the site that the user is accessing. For internal trusted sites they will add the user MSISDN (the phone number) in an HTTP header like x-up-calling-line-id, x-up-subno, x-nokia-msisdn or a proprietary one, while for the rest, and in order to protect user's identity, they will add a temporary ID instead. That will help the web site to track the user activity during a browsing session but will prevent the web site from fully identifying the user.
Dr John Sullivan and Master Burnett The smart phone and the applications associated with it are radically changing the game for advanced, technically savvy recruiters (others need not read on unless you like shaking your head in disbelief). For those not afraid of evolution and innovation, an emerging class of “location aware” social networking applications can and are enabling recruiters to facilitate impromptu face-to-face meetings with top talent outside the structured assessment process. Originally intended to help friends with time to kill coordinate impromptu meetings with other friends physically located nearby, services like foursquare, Facebook Places, loopt, and countless others provide savvy recruiters with an opportunity to engage face-to-face with elusive top talent often difficult to convert to an applicant or the offer-stage candidate sitting on the fence.
The Mippin Portal has been discontinued As of June 2012 the Mippin Portal will no longer be in operation. The Mippin team is focusing its energy on creating award-winning mobile apps and world-leading app creation platforms. App Spotlight
Mark Schiefelbein for The New York Times Elizabeth Aley of Nixa, Mo., uses the Shopkick app on her phone to earn reward points in return for visiting stores. But while a home on the beach will always be an easy sell, it may be more difficult to persuade people to start using location-based Web services. Big companies and start-ups alike — including , Foursquare, Gowalla, Shopkick and most recently — offer services that let people report their physical location online, so they can connect with friends or receive coupons. Venture capitalists have poured $115 million into location start-ups since last year, according to the National Venture Capital Association, and companies like and Gap have offered special deals to users of such services who visited their stores. But for all the attention and money these apps and Web sites are getting, adoption has so far been largely confined to pockets of young, technically adept urbanites.
The denizens of internet troll hive 4chan.org launched an attack on Gawker Media's servers at noon Eastern today, apparently unhappy we wrote about how they coordinated the harassment of an 11-year-old girl. We survived the onslaught, but 4chan isn't done. "We need to silence them," wrote a user of 4chan's notorious /b/ message board about an hour and a half before the attack, "unless they remove ALL articles mentioning 4chan" ( NSFW link here ). This apparently isn't the first time /b/ users have gone after a media outlet; we've read members mocking Fox News on the site, and claiming their attacks on the news network's website resulted in no more Fox stories about 4chan offshoot group "Anonymous's" war on Scientology.
This week, the Internet was transfixed by the Evil British Cat Bin Woman, Mary Bale, who was caught on tape throwing a neighbor's cat into a trash can. Guess who tracked her down? The web marauders of 4chan's /b/ board.
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