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December 10, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Less than a week after being ditched by Instagram, Twitter has updated its mobile apps and added photo filters. The San Francisco-based social network announced that users will be able to edit and add pictures to the photos they post through their iPhone or Android Twitter apps starting Monday via app updates. "As one of the most compelling forms of self-expression, photos have long been an important part of these experiences," Twitter said in a Monday blog post announcing the news.
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April 10, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Facebook began notifying users of its mobile app Wednesday that it will soon disable the app's messaging feature. The Menlo Park, Calif., tech giant is instructing users to download the Facebook Messenger app -- a distinct entity from its main app -- if they wish to continue messaging friends from their smartphones. The Facebook Messenger app has been available for a number of years, and users who have both apps installed already can only message others through the separate app. But soon, all users will be forced to download the second app if they want to be able to message friends.
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January 10, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
California's top cop has issued guidelines on what steps software developers should take to protect the privacy of consumers on mobile devices. Until recently, the data collection practices of mobile apps makers -- and the rest of the mobile ecosystem such as advertising networks and data brokers -- have been loosely regulated. But last year, California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris began a campaign to extend privacy protections that are commonplace on the Web to smartphones and tablets.
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March 8, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Facebook is bringing back F8, its conference for software developers in a bid to get them to create more and better mobile apps for the giant social network. The conference will be held April 30 in San Francisco, Ilya Sukhar, Parse chief executive and Facebook product manager, announced at SXSW on Saturday. F8 will return to its roots by focusing on technical content for mobile and Web developers, not on major announcements for Facebook users, Facebook said. The conference will feature hands-on workshops and technical sessions for about 1,500 developers to learn how to create, grow and make money from apps, the company said.
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March 20, 2012 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles
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.
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December 6, 2012 | By Christine Mai-Duc
The state of California has fired the opening shot in its fight to get mobile apps to comply with state privacy laws. California Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris filed a suit against Delta Air Lines over its Fly Delta mobile app. The app allows Delta fliers to check into flights, pay for checked baggage and access their frequent flier accounts with the airline. But the suit alleges that Delta has not provided a privacy policy for its standalone app, which gathers information such as a traveler's full name, billing and home addresses, date of birth and credit card information.
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June 26, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
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.
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December 11, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
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.
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December 10, 2012 | By Pat Benson
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.
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July 12, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn
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.
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February 28, 2014 | By James Barragán
Tia Smith clutched her new phone in one hand and a phone case in the other as she shopped at a West Hollywood Best Buy. She clicked away into her smartphone's tiny screen and searched for the case in other nearby stores. "I'm trying to buy this Otter phone case for my new phone," she said. "But I'm trying to see if Target or Wal-Mart has it for cheaper so they can honor the price match," she said, as she scrolled through Target's mobile site on her new phone. As more people turn to their smartphones and tablets when they're thinking about making a purchase, retailers and marketing companies are rushing to figure out ways to transform these mobile browsers into buyers.
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February 25, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO - Less than two years ago, disillusioned investors were fleeing Facebook Inc. stock, worried the company would never figure out how to make the leap to mobile devices from personal computers, let alone make money on them. Now, more than half of the giant social network's advertising revenue is coming from ads for its 1.2 billion users on smartphones and tablets. And it's buying WhatsApp after outbidding rival Google Inc. for the most popular mobile app for sending messages on smartphones.
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January 28, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Indiegogo, one of the top crowdfunding websites, announced Tuesday that it had raised $40 million in its latest round of funding from investors. The San Francisco start-up is used by entrepreneurs to raise funds for projects and products from users on the Web. The company said it would use the additional funds to continue expanding onto mobile devices, as it currently does not have any mobile apps. Indiegogo said the funding would also be used to continue expanding globally. However, the 85-person company already has a large international presence.
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January 28, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Los Angeles entrepreneur Jason Calacanis is back with a new mobile news app that summarizes articles in 300 characters - - or about 40 words - - or less. His bet: With more people hoovering up news while on the go, they need a news app built for their smartphones . It may not be a groundbreaking notion, but its aim is true. Inside searches out the original article rather than rewarding someone who rehashed someone else's scoop and then slapped a clever, link-baiting headline on it (not to mention feel-good fluff and the now ubiquitous listicle )
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January 17, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Starbucks has updated its iPhone mobile payment app in response to concerns raised earlier this week by a cyber security researcher. The Seattle coffee company said the new version of its mobile app comes with added layers of security that will keep sensitive user information protected. The update comes after Daniel Wood published a report saying the Starbucks iOS mobile app stored user passwords, emails, user names and GPS location files in plain text, which hackers can easily access.
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January 16, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Starbucks has come under fire in the tech world this week for the security measures -- or lack thereof -- that it uses to protect user information stored within its mobile payment app. Security researcher Daniel Wood published a report Monday that says Starbucks stores user passwords, email addresses, user names and GPS location files in plain text in its mobile payment app -- a claim that has been confirmed by the coffee company. Potentially, this put users at risk should anyone steal their smartphone.
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December 30, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
When it comes to app downloads, no day is more important than Christmas. Each year, millions of new tablets and smartphones are given as gifts, which means users turn on their gadgets and quickly start downloading apps, making Dec. 25 a gold rush for software developers. But the growth rate for Christmas Day app downloads is slowing, according to Flurry , an analytics and advertising firm. Although Christmas 2013 saw a record-breaking level of app downloads, overall app downloads increased by 11% from a year earlier.
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December 18, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Embarrassed that you can't remember the lyrics to Christmas carols? Google has come to the rescue. The search giant has rolled out a feature for its mobile app that gives iPhone and Android smartphone users the words and the music to popular Christmas songs. To be the life of the Christmas party, users must open the app on their device and then say "OK Google" followed by "Let's go caroling. " The command will prompt Google to pull up a page asking users which carol they would like to sing.
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