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America Pays More For Internet, Gets Slower Speeds, Than Other Countries

by Gerry Smith, Huffington Post

Consumers who can get such service don’t have to worry about videos buffering or websites loading. They can share large files in seconds and take advantage of new offerings in online education and health care that require fast access. … The New America Foundation’s report highlights how city-owned networks are becoming more competitive with the offerings from Internet providers around the world. … But many cities are banned from creating their own Internet service. Read More ›

As data overflows online, researchers grapple with ethics

by Vindu Goel, The New York Times

Facebook manipulated the news feeds of nearly 700,000 people to learn how the changes affected their emotions. When the research was published, the outrage was immediate. Now university and corporate researchers are grappling with how to create ethical guidelines for this kind of research. “Consumers should be in the driver’s seat when it comes to their data,” said Edith Ramirez, chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission, which regulates on issues like privacy and the Internet. “They don’t want to be left in the dark and they don’t want to be surprised at how it’s used.” Read More ›

Google Glass is the perfect tool for stealing your phone’s passcode

by Polly Mosendz, The Atlantic Wire

Most people using smart devices have a simple password set up — four digits that protect your phone or tablet from prying eyes and theft. Usually, these passwords are quite easy to protect when in public; just type it in quickly and no one will notice, especially outdoors sun glare makes it hard to read your screen. However, if you find yourself typing in your password in the presence of a Google Glass wearer, beware. Read More ›

What you really agree to when you click ‘accept’

by By Jose Pagliery, CNN Money

You can spot the words “privacy policy” at the bottom of nearly every website. Don’t be fooled. Those policies are more about data collection than privacy. Companies use these policies to alert you to how they track your location, read your emails, spy on your Web browsing – and sell some of that to advertisers. With the help of several legal experts, CNN has reviewed policies at many top websites and apps. The conclusion: Most privacy policies are basically useless. Read More ›

Google must honor requests to delete some links, E.U. court says

by James Kanter & Mark Scott, New York Times

The highest court in the European Union decided on Tuesday that Google must grant users of its search engine a right to delete links about themselves in some cases, including links to legal records. Read More ›

Top Android app a scam, pulled from Google Play

by Stephanie Mlot, PC Mag

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According to Android Police, Virus Shield is a fake security app: Instead of scanning apps, settings, files, and media, like the service advertises, its shield icon simply changes from an “X” image to a check mark after a single tap. Read More ›

Google Sued Over Kids’ In-App Currency Purchases

by Chris Morran, Consumerist

Because Google makes it so easy for users to make these in-game purchases, the plaintiff argues that games and apps are being created primarily for the purpose of enticing consumers to spend money on things like in-game currency. “Such games, by design, are highly addictive,” reads the complaint. Read More ›

How a Hacker Intercepted FBI and Secret Service Calls With Google Maps

by Nitisha Tiku, Valleywag

The recorded callers thought they were speaking directly to the government agencies because they looked up the telephone number on Google Maps. What they didn’t know was that they had called fake listings for the San Francisco FBI office and Secret Service in Washington, D.C., displaying numbers that actually went to a private phone account. Read More ›

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