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You can now use Google Maps to show people exactly where you are

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Google Maps is the undisputed champion of mobile navigation and it's an extremely powerful tool for helping you find locations, but what about people? The search giant wants that to be just as easy and, as long as you're cool with it, you can now use Google Maps to share your real-time location with whoever you choose, and for however long you want. 

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Mike Wehner

March 22nd

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Can your smart home be used against you in court?

 First responders found a body floating in a hot tub. The home’s resident, James Andrew Bates, told authorities he’d found the body of Victor Collins dead that morning. He’d gone to bed at 1 AM, while Collins and another friend stayed up drinking. Authorities subpoenaed Amazon over the case — they hoped Bates’s Echo might hold some insights into what happened the… Read More

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Brian Heater

March 12th

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Republicans want to let internet providers sell your data without your consent

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It's easy to feel that you have zero privacy or control over anything you do on the internet. Between mass surveillance programs, Google reading your emails, and Comcast sliding into your internet-browsing DMs, it's a pretty bad time to be afraid of The Man.

But cherish it while it lasts, because Republican lawmakers are moving at speed to scrap one privacy-guarding rule that controls your ISP.

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Chris Mills

March 9th

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Meet the tiny phone company that’s making modularity sustainable

fairphone-mwc-2017-8 With retro phone brands Nokia and Blackberry remerging at Mobile World Congress this year you’d be forgiven for thinking Mistress Fortune was up to her old wheel-spinning tricks again. And as old tech becomes tech news again, it’s a sign — say some — that smartphone innovation is on the scrap heap. But a commoditized smartphone market offers fresh opportunities if you… Read More

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Natasha Lomas

March 4th

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The court system should know as much about electronically stored information as does your teenager

esi-law Devices that compile, analyze and store electronic information are everywhere. Known as the Internet of Things, the number of devices connected to the internet is already double the number of humans on earth. Electronically stored info from smart appliances, home security systems, fitness trackers and personal assistants are compiling a mass of info that is making its way into U.S. courts. Read More

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Duren Banks,Brian A. Jackson

February 21st

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Zuckerberg Cut a Line About Monitoring ‘Private Channels’ From His Facebook Manifesto

On Thursday, Mark Zuckerberg published an updated founder’s letter for Facebook, his first since the company went public in 2012. Largely summarizing the CEO’s previous comments, the sweeping manifesto was newsworthy while containing little news. In at least one version of the text, however, Zuckerberg wrote about…

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Hudson Hongo

February 17th

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Vizio settles for $2.2 million in FTC suit over snooping on consumers’ viewing habits

vizio_d60-d3_60_1 TV maker Vizio will pay $2.2 million to settle a lawsuit after it was shown that for years the company has been secretly collecting viewing data and selling it to third parties. The penalty may seem light, but the damage to the Vizio brand may be irreparable. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

February 7th

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Managing Facebook privacy settings is now easier than ever

Facebook Privacy Basics Tool

Facebook lets you customize plenty of privacy-related aspects of your Facebook experience, but not everything is crystal clear, and you might ignore some important settings while digging through the various menus at your disposal. Apparently, Facebook is also aware that managing privacy settings isn’t a comfortable experience for all users, so the company came up with a better way to do it.

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Chris Smith

January 27th

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You should probably still avoid toys that talk with your kids

ique-cayla If you were thinking of getting your kid a little doll or robot that they can talk to — and, critically, that responds — you should probably hold off for a few years. A complaint to the FTC filed by consumer watchdog groups highlights ongoing privacy and security concerns with this creepy class of toy. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

December 6th

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iCloud stores your iPhone’s call history for four months

Lock If you share the same Apple ID with your family, you may have noticed that the call history get synced between those devices. The Intercept found out that Apple stores this log on its servers for up to four months and law enforcement could take advantage of it. Apple wants you to be able to browse your missed calls on multiple devices. That’s why the company is using iCloud to sync this… Read More

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Romain Dillet

November 17th

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