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November 22, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
LG this week confirmed that its Smart TV sets are collecting information on users' viewing habits even when they have not been authorized to do so. The South Korean tech company's Smart TVs include a feature that gathers information on what users are watching and sends it back to LG in order to come up with recommendations for other content that they might like. LG gives users the option of turning the feature off, but LG said it has verified that its TVs continue to collect that information even if users opt out. LG looked into the issue after it was brought to its attention by a tech-savvy user . PHOTOS: Top 10 ways to take advantage of the 'sharing economy' "LG regrets any concerns these reports may have caused and will continue to strive to meet the expectations of all our customers and the public," the company said in a statement.
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January 27, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Even when you're slinging angry birds across the screen of your smartphone, the National Security Agency may be tracking your information, Monday reports said. The New York Times , the Guardian and Pro Publica have revealed documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden that say the government agency and Britain's Government Communications used data from numerous smartphone apps to track users' locations, age, sex and other personal information. This initiative is referred to as "the mobile surge" in some of the documents . The surveillance tapped apps of popular services like Facebook, Flickr, LinkedIn and Twitter for user information such as address books, buddy lists and phone logs.
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BUSINESS
January 28, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
Twitter said Monday that requests from governments around the globe for information on its users jumped nearly 20% in the second half of 2012. The company said it received 1,009 requests from July through December, up from 849 in the first half of the year. "Over the course of 2012, we saw a steady increase in government requests (with a slight decline in copyright takedown notices). All signs suggest that these government inquiries will continue to climb into the foreseeable future," Twitter noted.
BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
February 22, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Tumblr, Pinterest and Twitter have become the latest in a long list of companies to be hacked. And this time, some user information appears to have been compromised. The three companies announced that some users' email addresses may have been exposed by a hacker who was able to access them by hacking the computer system for a third-party customer service company, Zendesk. The company provides customer service software for the three social networks and thousands of other companies.
BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
November 14, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
People love iPhones about as much as they hate paying taxes, and that's exactly why the Christiana Mall Apple Store in Newark, Del., claims to sell more iPhones than any of the tech giant's other retail shops. Delaware has no sales tax, which makes buying an iPhone in the nation's first state cheaper than it is in others. The Christiana Mall is also situated just off of I-95, the main highway connecting the East Coast states. Those two factors combine to make the Christiana Mall Apple Store a mecca for shoppers looking to purchase iPhones for cheap.
BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
February 22, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
It was a rough Friday for Microsoft, which suffered a major outage with its Azure cloud-storage service and revealed that it too was a victim of a large hack that hit big tech companies this week. The Redmond, Wash., tech company said some of its employees' computers were breached as part of a hack that affected Facebook and Apple in a similar way. "During our investigation, we found a small number of computers, including some in our Mac business unit, that were infected by malicious software using techniques similar to those documented by other organizations," Microsoft said in a statement Friday afternoon.
BUSINESS
November 25, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Waze users can now add a little laughter to their rides thanks to newly added voice commands by comedian Kevin Hart. The Google-owned navigation app is now letting users adjust their settings to select Hart as the voice for their turn-by-turn commands. "Kevin's got your back, keeping an eye out for traffic hazards and getting you where you need to go," Waze said in a blog post . "Bonus -- he's hilarious. " Need a laugh? Let this website come up with your next Facebook status To enable Hart's voice commands, users need to go into the settings portion of the Waze app, then tap "Sound" and choose the "English - Ride Along" option.
BUSINESS
January 16, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple's iPhone is owned by more than 40% of smartphone users in the U.S., giving the Cupertino tech company a larger share of the national smartphone market than any of its rivals, according to a report Thursday. Apple's U.S. iPhone ownership grew from 35% during the fourth quarter of 2012 to 42% during the same period in 2013, according to a study by NPD Group. The study found that Samsung came in second place, with 26% of smartphone users reporting they own a device by the South Korean tech giant -- up from 22% during the fourth quarter of 2012.
BUSINESS
January 16, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Facebook has announced a new feature called Trending that shows users the most popular topics being discussed on the social network. The new feature is set to roll out to users in a few countries, including the U.S., on the Web version of Facebook. Users can find the Trending section toward the top right corner of the screen. PHOTOS: Top 10 tech gadgets we want to see in 2014 Trending on Facebook is very similar to a feature that's been around on Twitter for years, but Facebook managed to make its version of it slightly different than Twitter's in two ways.
BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
December 27, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
A weakness in Snapchat's developer tools apparently has been discovered and published online. The vulnerability could allow hackers to find individual Snapchat users' information, whether or not those users keep their accounts private. Gibson Security, a collective of Australian hackers, published the vulnerability this week, claiming others can use an exploit called "find_friends" to try and match up phone numbers with Snapchat users. If there are any matches, the hacker will get the phone number's corresponding Snapchat username, display name and information about whether that account is public or private.
BUSINESS
November 25, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
Good news from everyone's favorite cryptocurrency. If you happen to be among the digital vanguard holding Bitcoins, then you're in line for some exclusive deals on Black Friday.  A group of online activists, Bitcoin boosters and retailers have launched a website called Bitcoin Black Friday. PHOTOS: Top 10 ways to take advantage of the 'sharing economy' The site says: "On November 29, Bitcoin takes holiday shopping by storm, with the best deals for Bitcoin users, and easy ways to buy all your presents and give to charity with the new, world-changing digital cash!"
BUSINESS
November 25, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple has confirmed its acquisition of PrimeSense, an Israel-based company that specializes in making chips used in 3-D motion sensors. The move may signal Apple's plans to increase use of the technology that allows gestures to control functions on devices. So far, PrimeSense's biggest claim to fame is helping Microsoft create the Kinect, a 3-D motion sensor for the Xbox. Apple was rumored to have purchased PrimeSense last week, but it has just now been confirmed by the two companies.
NATIONAL
August 1, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
U.S. law enforcement requests for Twitter users' personal information continued to rise in the first half of 2013, the San Francisco-based company reported this week. Twitter received 902 requests for users' information from U.S. government entities in the first half of 2013, a 33% rise from the same period a year earlier, according to the company's biannual transparency report. As with many online services, the microblogging site's contents often prove useful evidence for criminal cases, and the requests included warrants, subpoenas and other court orders for users' information.
BUSINESS
November 25, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
How much do people love Jony Ive's designs? So much so that an aluminum desk co-designed by Apple's chief designer was auctioned off for $1.7 million. Ive teamed up with fellow famed-designer Marc Newson to create special items for an auction to benefit Product (RED), a charity started by musician Bono. The purpose of Product (RED) is to fight AIDS. Besides the aluminum desk, specially created headliners included an all-red Mac Pro and a special edition Leica M digital camera.
BUSINESS
November 25, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google isn't expected to release its futuristic Glass device to the public until next year, but if you really want one now, there are plenty on sale on EBay and Craigslist. The official way to get Glass is by receiving an invitation to purchase the gadget either from Google or an existing Glass user. Once users have an invitation, they can then pay the Mountain View, Calif., tech giant $1,500 for the gadget. Google has been sending invitations to select users throughout the year, but for a while, the company said that if users tried to resell the device they would be disabled and rendered useless.
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