Crime and Punishment
Apps that track your mobile devices are great for that Sunday morning when you can’t figure out if your phone is at the club, in a cab, or just in your damn pocket. But be careful where your phone-finding quest takes you — you could wind up meeting the person who stole it, and they might not be excited to see you.
Police are more and more concerned that apps like “Find My iPhone” are encouraging people to chase down and confront thieves, according to the New York Times. Theft victims have done everything from setting elaborate traps for thieves to teaming up with friends for a vigilante joy-ride — apparently hammers are popular on the list of scary weapons with which to intimidate phone-snatchers.
Those Olympic athletes better think twice before taking their opening ceremony selfies tomorrow.
We guess this is what happens when you leave too many apps open: a middle schooler is claiming that her iPhone ignited in her back pants pocket and caused her minor burns. The eighth grader said that it happened during class Friday in a Maine school.
Here’s a leaked memo from Google telling its employees what to think about its controversial shuttle program in San Francisco. [Valleywag]
Neetzan Zimmerman explains what he’s going to do at secret sharing app Whisper and we still don’t get it. [AdWeek]
Analysts are guessing that Apple sold between 50 and 60 million iPhones last quarter because numbers. [Fortune]
Besides the health insurance, there’s another good thing about being acquired by Google: you don’t have to make money. That’s what the founder of Waze joked yesterday. [Recode]
Beats Music, which offers nearly the same thing as Spotify but has 100 percent more Dr. Dre, is now available for download. [BGR]
Don’t be alarmed if Twitter looks different for you. The web interface is getting (another) redesign that aligns the look of it with its mobile apps. [TechCrunch]
iPhone supplier Foxconn has shipped 1.5 million devices to China Mobile as the telco preps for its launch. [WSJ]
The Dodo, the Lerer Ventures-backed website about, uh, animals, launched yesterday. [Recode]
Claiming it’s a “consequence of a quickly growing service,” Snapchat got defensive when it apologized for all the “snap spam” you’ve been getting. [Daily Dot]
Katie Couric made her Yahoo debut so text your mom if you want to know how she did. [Politico]
‘Tis the season for teens for acting like entitled jerks. Police in Brockton, Mass. say that 18-year-old Alexander Torres allegedly pulled a knife on his father Wednesday morning because he didn’t get the iPhone that he wanted for Christmas.
It looks like BlackBerry founder Mike Lazaridis won’t pursue a bid for his company as he “severely reduced” his stake in the troubled phone company to just 4.99 percent. [The Verge]
Um, millions of “dogecoins” were stolen in the lamest heist ever. [BuzzFeed FWD]
Taiwan has fined Apple nearly $700,000 for meddling with the prices of its iPhones. [Wall Street Journal]
Target is lashing out at reports that peoples’ PINs were also stoles in last week’s security breach. [CBS New York]
Gyft, a gift card website, claims more people used bitcoins than credit cards on its website during Black Friday. [AdWeek]
Most people try not to think about the germs that lurk on every railing, banister and doorknob. But one company, Sickweather, is determined to remind you that your health is at stake every time you leave the house with their handy new app.
Having your smartphone stolen tends to lead to a lot of aggravation, especially when it comes to replacing all of those lost contacts. So a thief in China had the decency to at least return the contacts–on a handwritten list that ran 11 pages.
Find your apartment finder Scrolling through disgusting and/or terrifying Craigslist apartment ads has become an unfortunate initiation ritual for NYC newcomers. But just in case you’re maybe, sort of, kinda getting tired of completely re-imagined neighborhood lines and surprise walkups, real estate site Lovely just added a direct-to-landlord application feature this week. Like job application Read More