Privacy is Dead
Don’t trust your beloved smartphone, because there’s a chance he could be cheating on your with your friendly neighborhood pizza joint.
A feature in the Wall Street Journal examines a slightly alarming new marketing trend: businesses are using sensors placed discreetly around the city to track their customers’ daily habits and interests.
Sorry, career psychics: you may soon be out of work.
Researchers from Google and Microsoft have devised a computer program that can allegedly predict your movements years into the future—whether you know your future plans, or not.
The average user may not have noticed some changes to Apple’s UDID, but with iOS 5 the company has closed off a valuable source of information for independent mobile ad networks. “A lot of people are scrambling to find alternatives,” says Giancarlo Maniaci, the CEO of TapIt. “The UDID allowed people to track what apps a user had installed and give our clients a sense of how well their campaigns were working. Now Apple is the only one who can offer that.”
No publication has led the charge against tracking users on the web harder than the Wall Street Journal. In their series, “What They Know,” reporters like Julia Angwin laid out the next generation of super-cookies and digital fingerprinting schemes. Much of it was fascinating, although as I wrote before, it sometimes bordered on Read More
Betabeat is back with another edition of modern justice. Back in March we brought you the story of Mark Bao, the serial entrepreneur who tracked his laptop thief and released humiliating videos of the culprit doing the rubber band dance on Youtube.
Last night a live drama played out on Twitter, as Sean Read More
There has been a lot of discussion over the past week about what exactly Apple and Google are doing with the location data they have been collecting from users smart phones.
Chris Dixon had an interesting take on this, pointing out that Eric Schmidt, before stepping down as CEO of Google, made the case for the evolution of an autonomous search engine.
Ok, maybe we were a bit quick to dismiss the notion that Apple was collecting location data about iPhone users. Something about the self-righteous fury of the blogosphere had us in full apologist mode.