Oct 302014
 

Jennifer Baker reports: In response to public outcry via Twitter and personal blogs on Wednesday, the Samaritans have announced an opt-out function for their stalker-friendly app Samaritans Radar. Samaritans Radar automatically scans the tweets of anyone the user follows and alerts subscribers to potentially suicidal tweets based on “trigger phrases”. However well-meaning the intention, many [...]

Oct 302014
 

IBM and Twitter inked a deal Wednesday that will give businesses a way to mine the social network for insight, forecasts and business insights. IBM, which has struggled to move the needle on its cloud business as it shifts focus from hardware to cloud, software and services, said it will offer Twitter-based Insights-as-a-Cloud service tied [...]

Oct 292014
 

Associated Press reports: The Virginia Supreme Court will consider a carpet cleaner’s attempt to obtain the names of people who anonymously criticized the business on the Internet. Arguments in the battle between Hadeed Carpet Cleaner and the online review site Yelp are set for Wednesday. A decision is likely in January. Read more on CSNWashington.com

Oct 292014
 

Ruth Reader writes: What’s worse than no privacy? Fake, malfunctioning “privacy” apps. A slew of anonymous apps and ephemeral messaging services have popped up in the last few years — some in direct response to news of data collection by the National Security Agency. But while well-intentioned, few consumer-level apps are actually anonymous — and they may be endangering [...]

Oct 282014
 

Kashmir Hill writes: The generally accepted trade-off on the Internet is that you give up your privacy to get free stuff. It’s summed up by a frequently repeated adage, “If you’re not paying for it, you’re the product.” But sometimes you’re paying for it, and you’re still the product. Verizon and AT&T  customers are paying an (often steep) [...]