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December 10, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO - Social networks have found a promising new source of advertising revenue: targeting users with ads for products they browsed online. The latest form of advertising, called "retargeting," is expected to not only get more pervasive but intensify worries over privacy. Tania Mulry, an entrepreneur from Santa Clarita, said she and other people are noticing and talking about the flood of retargeting ads. One of Mulry's students in a mobile app design class at USC was unnerved that a swimsuit she browsed on Nordstrom.com showed up as an ad on her Facebook page.
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BUSINESS
March 31, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Hungry for doughnuts? Let Doughbot guide you to the nearest shop. Doughbot is a new app released this month for the iPhone and iPad that helps users quickly find the nearest doughnut shops in their vicinities. "Never be lost without doughnuts again. Ever," the app's description reads.  PHOTOS: Comparing the HTC One (M8), iPhone 5s, Galaxy S5 Pulling information from users' smartphone GPS, Doughbot quickly finds the closest doughnut shops. Users can see the shops in a list, scroll through them or see them all on a map -- represented by big round sprinkled doughnut icons.
BUSINESS
November 14, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Before being removed from the Apple App Store and Google Play, an app called InstLike duped Instagram users into sharing their login information with the app in order to gain 'likes' and followers, a report said. The app asked users to share their Instagram username and password, all the while reassuring users that it would not misuse the information. But once users shared the information, InstLike turned accounts into digital zombies that would follow other InstLike users who had paid to gain followers and 'likes' for their photos.
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December 19, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Vine will begin letting users register for custom website URLs, like the ones they can already get on Twitter and Facebook, on Monday. The benefit to custom URLs, which look like "vine.co/salrodriguez," is it lets users direct others toward their profiles with short and easy-to-remember links, rather than links with seemingly random numbers. Users can head to vine.co on Monday to register for their custom, or vanity, URL. To do so, users will log in with the information for their Vine account.
BUSINESS
February 28, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The good news is Netflix has built a feature for its service that can detect if users fall asleep while watching a movie. The bad news is that users may never get to try the feature out. The video streaming company held a 24-hour hack day earlier this month during which staffers created numerous features that could potentially be integrated into Netflix's service. Among them was "Sleep Tracker," a feature that capitalizes on the technology of wearable devices to detect if users have fallen into a slumber.
BUSINESS
April 16, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Snapchat, the popular app known for letting users send photos that disappear after a few seconds, announced Tuesday that its users are now sending more than 150 million pictures per day. Evan Spiegel, one of the app's founders, announced the impressive tally at a mobile technology conference held by AllThingsD on Tuesday. By comparison, Snapchat said that its users were sending 20 million photos a day in October, and currently the users on Instagram, a photo-sharing social network owned by Facebook, are sending 40 million photos a day, according to the company's media page.
BUSINESS
December 28, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Instagram says it continues to see daily user growth despite a flap over its terms of service that prompted threats by some users to drop the service. The Facebook-owned social network was responding to a New York Post report that said the popular photo sharing app had lost a quarter of its daily users as a result of Instagram's controversial move to change its terms of service. The change would have allowed the social network to let companies pay to place users' photos in advertisements that would run within the Instagram app. Instagram withdrew the change after protests from Instagram users, but some users still vowed to drop the service.
BUSINESS
March 4, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Evernote, a cloud-based note-taking app, is the latest company to fall victim to hackers, and as a result, it asked its 50 million users to reset their passwords. In a blog post sent out this weekend, Evernote said hackers were able to gain access to users' email addresses, their user names and encrypted passwords. Fortunately for users, hackers were not able to access any of their files or their payment information, the company said. "While our password encryption measures are robust, we are taking additional steps to ensure that your personal data remains secure.
BUSINESS
October 28, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Remember when you needed an invitation to get a Gmail account? Google is using a similar system to sell its smartglasses to more users. The Mountain View, Calif., tech company announced Monday that current Google Glass users will be able to extend an invitation to buy one of the company's $1,500 smartglasses to three of their friends. Google has yet to release Glass to the general public, but earlier this year, thousands of users were able to buy the device after being selected and invited by Google to be "Glass Explorers.
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.
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