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The GSMA Tuesday announced that AT&T, Bell Mobility, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon have adopted the GSMA’s Spam Reporting Service. The measure will help US carriers keep spam out of the inboxes of their customers, and share intelligence globally. Customers will be able to report spam messages through short codes to carriers, which will then be used globally to block future messages.
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Google: 850,000 Android Devices Activated Each Day, More than 300 Million Total – 450,000 Apps Available Too
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Android and iPhone apps will offer more disclosure about their use of personal data. Undera new deal between California and six tech giants, users of Android, iPhone, and other mobile devices will get disclosures before they download mobile apps.
By Gerry Shih, Reuters / February 24, 2012
Six of the world's top consumer technology firms have agreed to provide greater privacy disclosures before users download applications in order to protect the personal data of millions of consumers, California's attorney general said on Wednesday.
The agreement binds Amazon, Apple, Google , Microsoft, Research In Motion, and Hewlett-Packard -- and developers on their platforms -- to disclose how they use private data before an app may be downloaded, Attorney General Kamala D. Harris said.
"Your personal privacy should not be the cost of using mobile apps, but all too often it is," said Harris.
Currently 22 of the 30 most downloaded apps do not have privacy notices, said Harris. Some downloaded apps also download a consumer's contact book.
Google said in a statement that under the California agreement, Android users will have "even more ways to make informed decisions when it comes to their privacy".
Apple confirmed the agreement but did not elaborate.
The policy change would give Google access to user information across its products, such as GMail and Google Plus, without the proper ability for consumers to opt out, said the 36 U.S. attorneys general in their letter.
EU authorities have asked Google to halt the policy change until regulators can investigate the matter.
California's 2004 Online Privacy Protection Act requires privacy disclosures, but Harris said few mobile developers had paid attention to the law in recent years because of confusion over whether it applied to mobile apps.
"Most mobile apps make no effort to inform users about how personal information is used," Harris said at a press conference in San Francisco. "The consumer should be informed of what they are giving up".
The six companies will meet the attorney general in six months to assess compliance among their developers. But Harris acknowledged "there is no clear timeline" to begin enforcement.
The attorney general repeatedly raised the possibility of litigation at some future time under California's unfair competition and false advertising laws if developers continue to publish apps without privacy notices. "We can sue and we will sue," she said, adding that she hoped the industry would act "in good faith."
There are nearly 600,000 applications for sale in the Apple App Store and 400,000 for sale in Google's Android Market, and consumers have downloaded more than 35 billion, said Harris.
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There are also more than 50,000 individual developers who have created the mobile apps currently available for download on the leading platforms, she said.
These figures are expected to grow. She said an estimated 98 billion mobile applications will be downloaded by 2015, and the $6.8 billion market for mobile applications is expected to grow to $25 bil
Smarter Apps has just launched a beta version of its Google+ app for . One of the coolest features of the is that it lets you automatically upload images to Google+ that you take with your camera. Generally, we don’t hear of many people using Google+ and it seems like a pretty lackluster , but perhaps this BlackBerry app will bring some new interest in the social network from #teamblackberry.
Features of the app include:
- Circles let you determine who you are going to share information with. Create and view circles and add people to your circles using your BlackBerry
- Photos lets you view your Google+ photos as well as the pictures of people in your circles.
- Visit the stream to get updates from your circles or see what people are saying nearby.
- Instant Upload automatically uploads photos to your own private album on Google+, making sharing a snap.
- Messenger is not included in the first version of Google+ for BlackBerry but is coming soon!
on February 23, 2012