March 20, 2012 |
Next time you log into Twitter, whether on a Web browser or smartphone and tablet app, you may see an advertisement from a company you don't follow on the popular social networking site. On Tuesday, the San Francisco company announced that it had made changes that will allow it to publish "promoted tweets" from advertising companies across its apps and website. Twitter also said, in a blog post , that it will offer advertisers the option of targeting promoted tweets by filtering them to show up only on the iPhone and iPad, on Android devices or on other mobile gadgets.
December 6, 2012 |
June 26, 2012 |
Facebook updated its Messenger and Pages mobile apps, and Instagram also gave its mobile app an update, making it more compatible with Facebook. The updates came Monday with plenty of new features for the three apps, including a new logo for Messenger. For Pages, this is the app's first update after its release in May, and for Instagram, it's the app's first major update since Facebook announced it was buying Instagram for $1 billion in April. Messenger's update makes the app faster, allowing users to switch more quickly among multiple conversations.
December 11, 2012 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Parents often hand over their smartphones and tablet computers to keep their kids entertained. But most parents are unaware the mobile apps and games that delight their kids are secretly collecting personal information they then share with marketers and other third parties. Now federal regulators are investigating whether mobile apps makers, in transmitting this data without parents' knowledge or consent, have violated laws that protect children's privacy. The Federal Trade Commission declined to name or say how many mobile apps makers it's probing.
December 10, 2012 |
The Federal Trade Commission found in a study that most mobile apps for kids are secretly collecting information from children without their parents' knowledge. The information collected includes device IDs, phone numbers, locations, and other private information without their parents' knowledge or consent, the study found. Read more about the here. Join us for a live video chat on the topic at 3 p.m. with consumer columnist David Lazarus, who will be speaking with a spokesman for the app industry, Morgan Reed of the Assn.
July 12, 2012 |
Skout will reopen to teens Friday with some major changes aimed at keeping those teens safer including removing the location feature, Chief Executive Christian Wiklund said in an interview late Thursday. The mobile flirting app that connects strangers banned minors last month after three men were accused of raping children they met through the app. The company created a separate, more protected app for 13- to 17-year-olds, who make up a significant portion of its users, but adult predators infiltrated the forum.