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June 2014

Should Facebook Manipulate Users? – New York Times

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Android L features revealed: Multitasking and recent apps – Greenbot

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Report: Android 4.3 Devices Vulnerable to Bug – PC Magazine

UPDATE: IBM on Monday corrected its report to say that the problem is not as widespread as originally thought. “The vulnerability affects Android 4.3 only. Thanks for the Android Security Team for correcting our advisory,” IBM said. About 10.3 percent of Android devices run Android 4.3. Original story: Android users, beware: 86 percent of Google OS-based devices may contain a high-risk vulnerability. IBM security researchers uncovered the bug in September, quietly warning the Android Security Team, which two months later confirmed a patch for 4.4 KitKat. But the remaining Android versions do not yet have a fix, leaving them exposed to hackers. According to June 4 data from Google, about 13.6 percent of Read More

New iOS emoji might include a Middle Finger and a "Man In Business Suit … – tuaw.com

The Unicode Standard that governs the types of emoji that appear on mobile messaging platforms was recently updated with a plethora of new options. As initially relayed by The Verge, it’s now up to Apple to pick which of the new 250 emoji icons it’d like to toss into the iOS emoji alphabet. Some of the new items Apple can now choose from include a smattering of intriguing possibilities, including but not limited to the following: Man In Business Suit Levitating Derelict House Building Chipmunk Sleuth Or Spy Black Skull And Crossbones Reversed Hand With Middle Finger Extended Ah, yes. Apple now has the option of tossing a middle finger into the emoji mix. How fun an addition would Read More

Twitter Confirms Acquisition Of Mobile Ad Retargeting Startup TapCommerce – TechCrunch

Twitter just announced that it’s acquiring mobile ad startup TapCommerce. Re/code’s Ina Fried broke the news about the acquisition earlier this afternoon, reporting that the deal price was $100 million. (Twitter declined to provide a price). TapCommerce helps mobile businesses retarget their ads, i.e., target ads based on previous user activity — something that’s become common for desktop web advertising but not really on mobile, due to the lack of cookies. (Co-founder and CEO Brian Long has said TapCommerce is able to retarget using “large amounts of data coupled with sophisticated statistical analysis”) For example, an e-commerce app could use retargeted ads to convince a lapsed user to return, maybe by promoting new sales and promotions. It seems like TapCommerce’s Read More

Apple releases iOS 7.1.2 with iBeacon, mail attachment encryption fixes – Ars Technica

Apple today released iOS 7.1.2, the second minor update to iOS 7.1. The list of changes is short and focused mainly on minor bugs—it “improves iBeacon connectivity and stability,” patches a security hole whereby at-rest e-mail attachments could be accessed by an attacker if he or she had physical access to your phone, and fixes a problem with data transfers from accessories “including barcode scanners.” The e-mail attachment bug is probably the most important thing addressed by the update—it was reported widely back in April when Andreas Kurtz wrote about it on his blog. Kurtz was able to access e-mail attachments using standard tools on several different iOS devices running versions 7.1.1 and 7.0.4. As part of the iBeacon update, iOS 7.1.2 also re-enables Read More

The Trapper Keeper Is Back … This Time For Your iPad – Mashable

Brace yourselves children of the 1980s, the Trapper Keeper is back — and it now works with your iPad. The Trapper Keeper, the beloved organizational tool that was all but ubiquitous in classrooms in the 1980s and 1990s, kept two generations of school kids organized. Not only was the Trapper Keeper a great way to keep your papers from falling out of folders and classwork organized, it was the ultimate status symbol. See also: 14 Tech Supplies That Made School Tolerable in the ’90s Times have changed, however, and kids (and adults) in 2014 don’t really use loose-leaf notebook paper as much as they use laptops and tablets. Which is why Kensington has partnered with the good people at Mead Read More

Facebook Totally Screwed With a Bunch of People in the Name of Science – TIME

The Facebook Inc. logo is reflected in the eyeglasses of a user in San Francisco, Dec. 7, 2011. David Paul Morris—Bloomberg/Getty Images If you feel down on Facebook, it could have a lot to do with what your friends are posting Did your Facebook News Feed seem a little too happy, or perhaps a little too depressing, for one week in January 2012? That may have been because researchers were experimenting with your News Feed to figure out more about how humans’ emotions work when we’re physically apart. By tweaking the Facebook News Feed algorithm and studying nearly 700,000 Facebook users’ posts, Facebook’s data scientists and researchers found that emotional states can be transmitted between people without face-to-face interaction, according Read More

Furor Erupts Over Facebook’s Experiment on Users – Wall Street Journal

A furor has erupted over news that Facebook, in 2012, conducted a psychological experiment on nearly 700,000 unwitting users. WSJ’s Facebook reporter Reed Albergotti discusses the fallout on Lunch Break with Tanya Rivero. Photo: Getty A social-network furor has erupted over news that Facebook Inc., FB -0.46% Facebook Inc. Cl A U.S.: Nasdaq $67.29 -0.31 -0.46% June 30, 2014 4:00 pm Volume (Delayed 15m) : 26.62M AFTER HOURS $67.28 -0.01 -0.01% June 30, 2014 6:11 pm Volume (Delayed 15m): 486,110 P/E Ratio 87.39 Market Cap $173.49 Billion Dividend Yield N/A Rev. per Employee $1,406,970 06/30/14 Studying Your Users: Facebook’… 06/30/14 Facebook Furor Is Overblown, S… 06/30/14 Furor Erupts Over Facebook Exp… More quote details and news » FB in Your Read More

Apple iOS 7.1.2 Released: Update Patches Mail Encryption Bug And Activation … – International Business Times

Update Tuesday, 8:24 a.m.: Jailbreak developer, Steven De Franco (@iH8sn0w), confirmed with the International Business Times that iOS 7.1.2 closes the Activation Lock vulnerability used by Doluci. “[Doulci] relied on both a server side factor (certifyMe service from Apple) and a client side (lockdownd) one (CVE-2014-1360),” De Franco said. “Apple fixed the server side bug (certifyMe service) weeks ago and also added a flood protection to ensure a limited number of activation requests can be done within for example: 10 seconds.” But there is a caveat to the patch according to De Franco. Should another server side security flaw occur on Apple’s end, non-updated devices would still be vulnerable to the Activation Lock flaw. “With the addition of the lockdownd bug Read More