Crime Does Pay
The long arm of the law has reached out and put a stop to one entrepreneurial young woman’s brilliant technology-enabled service for local burglars.
The BBC reports that 20-year-old Nicole Gibson, a “trainee hairdresser” from Donegal, allegedly went around informing local criminals that if they needed a getaway car, they could just give her a holler and she’d be right there. “She would be at home and would get a text message to pick people up,” a cop explained. Ah, ain’t the peer-to-peer economy grand?
The London (Sunday) Times has claimed–in an article behind its paywall–that Facebook has read texts by users who use the social networking giant’s smart phone apps. Facebook allegedly did this while looking into a message service of its own. The Times also noted that other major Web companies such as Flickr and Yahoo Messenger have accessed similar data.
Facebook, however, has issued a ‘clarification’ in response to a query from Business Insider, stating “There is no reading of user text messages.” The statement then explains why read/write app permissions in the Android version of its application may have given rise to rumors about the company reading messages. Facebook then argues it isn’t exactly working on its own messaging utility: