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The Korea Communications Commission has determined that Apple violated South Korea’s information laws when its iPhones collected location data about their users without first obtaining permission from the Commission. So the regulator levied a fine of 3 million won, or $2,829. It has also instructed Apple to change its location tracking practices.
If you’ve got an Android device you are 2.5 times more likely to encounter malware on it today compared to six months ago, while mobile users have a 30 percent chance of clicking on a malicious link, writes Elinor Mills for CNET, referring to a report released this week from mobile security firm Lookout at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas.
You’re traveling out of state when a client calls with an emergency task. Unfortunately, the files you need are saved on your desktop computer back at the office. Sure, if you use a cloud storage service such as Dropbox or Box.net, you’ll be able to access those files remotely and help your client. But some people don’t trust the cloud with their valuable business information. For them, iTwin might be a good alternative.
While Congress and the White House are engaged in a very public battle about the debt ceiling, a House panel has quietly approved a bill that would give the government greater access to your online activities. In a 19-10 vote, a House committee approved a bill requiring Internet service providers to keep logs of their customers’ use for one year, should law enforcement require the data.
Back in the 1980s, comedian Billy Crystal, in a Fernando Lamas impression, crooned, “Just looking into your eyes, darling, I can tell you have the legs of a dancer.” That was then. Now, what information will your social connections be able to glean from a picture of your face? Google might have some ideas.
Aaron Swartz first came to prominence for inventing part of the RSS code, and later for co-founding Reddit before selling it to Conde Nast. He’s also an Internet activist, so committed to the idea of open access that he’s been downloading millions of academic articles from the nonprofit academic service JSTOR, at one point crashing its servers. The plan was to put them online for free and make a larger point about free access to data.
Ludovic Fauvet is mad as hell—and he’s not taking it anymore. The VideoLAN developer is calling out companies that bundle adware and spyware with the open-source VLC media player, says ZDNet’s Ryan Naraine. These companies, Fauvet says, have been distributing tools that “trick” consumers into downloading malware. Fauvet has outed 25 companies that he says bundle “crapware” with the VLC media player.