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Should You Worry About the Security of Apps Like Venmo? 

Should You Worry About the Security of Apps Like Venmo?  | The Internet | Scoop.it
Over on Lifehacker, Alan Henry looks at the security of a cadre of money transfer apps--from Venmo to Square Cash--and doles out great advice on how to use them without putting yourself to unnecessary financial risk.
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BitBeat: Stellar Takes a Step Into the Microfinance World

BitBeat: Stellar Takes a Step Into the Microfinance World | The Internet | Scoop.it
Stellar, a cryptocurrency-based payments system, forms a partnership to extend its protocol into the microfinance industry. A bitcoin veteran takes another stab at the killer app.
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Ditching Your Smartphone Bill and Going Wi-Fi Only

Ditching Your Smartphone Bill and Going Wi-Fi Only | The Internet | Scoop.it
Is it possible to never pay for wireless-phone service again? For 30 days, reporter WSJ Ryan Knutson disconnected his iPhone from AT&T and lived entirely off the free Wi-Fi connections—and it worked.
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AT&T charges $29 for privacy. Time for others to do the same

AT&T charges $29 for privacy. Time for others to do the same | The Internet | Scoop.it
AT&T just rolled out blazing fast fiber-to-home internet service in Kansas City for $70 a month. But there’s a catch: customers who don’t want the telecom giant spying on their web surfing will have to pay an extra $29. This is the same pay-for-privacy bargain that AT&T, which is competing with Google Fiber, first offered in Austin,…
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These Two Charts Show Why Net Neutrality Is Meaningless Without Mobile - TIME

These Two Charts Show Why Net Neutrality Is Meaningless Without Mobile - TIME | The Internet | Scoop.it
We're using mobile devices way more than desktops these days
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Samsung warns about 'listening' TV

Samsung warns about 'listening' TV | The Internet | Scoop.it
Samsung is warning people about discussing personal information in front of their smart television set.
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Privacy Please: Tools to Shield Your Smartphone

Privacy Please: Tools to Shield Your Smartphone | The Internet | Scoop.it
Our smartphones are the most personal communication devices we own, and they are compromised to the hilt. It’s time to lock them down.
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What Secrets Your Phone Is Sharing About You

What Secrets Your Phone Is Sharing About You | The Internet | Scoop.it
(by Elizabeth Dwoskin, The Wall Street Journal) - Fan Zhang, the owner of Happy Child, a trendy Asian restaurant in downtown Toronto, knows
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Gmail’s new tracker tells when, where users open email

Gmail’s new tracker tells when, where users open email | The Internet | Scoop.it
Google’s found a new tracking tool, and it’s called the Streak plugin, an email watchdog that allows users to tell just when their sent messages were opened – and where the recipients were when they read them.
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Facial Recognition Rises to the Fore of Washington's Privacy Debate

Facial Recognition Rises to the Fore of Washington's Privacy Debate | The Internet | Scoop.it
Facial recognition is about to become central to the debate about consumer privacy. On Thursday, more than 120 participants representing businesses, social media, advertising, privacy advocates, policymakers—anyone who has an interest in privacy—will meet to begin hammering out voluntary guidelines for the use of facial recognition.
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Bitcoin will soon help you set up a charity, release Kickstarter funds and trace payments (Wired UK)

Bitcoin will soon help you set up a charity, release Kickstarter funds and trace payments (Wired UK) | The Internet | Scoop.it
Bitcoin, the digital system behind the bitcoin currency, will become a platform for building new financial services, many of which are not possible today or require expensive and powerful third parties...
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Tech Giants Issue Call for Limits on Government Surveillance of Users

Tech Giants Issue Call for Limits on Government Surveillance of Users | The Internet | Scoop.it
Eight major companies, led by Google and Microsoft, are calling for tighter controls on surveillance of their customers’ data by governments worldwide.
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Google Pulls Privacy Feature it Says Wasn’t Supposed to Be in Android in First Place

Google Pulls Privacy Feature it Says Wasn’t Supposed to Be in Android in First Place | The Internet | Scoop.it
Google maintains that the unsupported feature can cause apps to crash.
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Data Security Is Becoming the Sparkle in Bitcoin

Data Security Is Becoming the Sparkle in Bitcoin | The Internet | Scoop.it
Entrepreneurs worldwide are now working to harness that technology for use beyond Bitcoin transactions. The block chain, they say, could ultimately upend not only the traditional financial system but also the way people transfer and record financial assets like stocks, contracts, property titles, patents and marriage licenses — essentially anything that requires a trusted middleman for verification.
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Websites Are Wary of Facebook Tracking Software

Websites Are Wary of Facebook Tracking Software | The Internet | Scoop.it
Fearing the growing clout of Facebook, some publishers and retailers are reprogramming their websites to send less data back to the social network about who visits their sites.
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What Everyone Gets Wrong in the Debate Over Net Neutrality | WIRED

What Everyone Gets Wrong in the Debate Over Net Neutrality | WIRED | The Internet | Scoop.it
Even Sunday night HBO watchers are worried the Federal Communications Commission will soon put an end to net neutrality. Earlier this month, on the HBO comedy news show “Last Week Tonight,” host John Oliver went on a 13-minute rant against the new set of internet rules proposed by the FCC. He warned that the rules…
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Doorbells Become the Eyes and Ears of the Smart Home

Doorbells Become the Eyes and Ears of the Smart Home | The Internet | Scoop.it
Ring and Skybell are home-monitoring systems and two-way intercoms for the smartphone era.
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Simple and useful

 

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The Feds Lost on Net Neutrality, But Won Control of the Internet | WIRED

The Feds Lost on Net Neutrality, But Won Control of the Internet | WIRED | The Internet | Scoop.it
No matter what you think of network neutrality -- for it, against it, it’s complicated, who cares -- the fact that a federal court just struck down most of the FCC’s net neutrality rules is clearly cause for concern.
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Imgur Joins Chorus Of Tech Companies Calling For Net Neutrality

Imgur Joins Chorus Of Tech Companies Calling For Net Neutrality | The Internet | Scoop.it
Imgur, the popular photo sharing service, today filed comments with the FCC concerning net neutrality, arguing against paid prioritization and in favor of..
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Wonder if there's a way to mandate net neutrality without reclassifying ISPs as utilities?

 

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Cell Phone Security | Wireless Threats - Consumer Reports

Cell Phone Security | Wireless Threats - Consumer Reports | The Internet | Scoop.it
Consumer Reports tells you about cell-phone security and how to protect yourself from wireless threats.
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Facebook Tinkers With Users’ Emotions in News Feed Experiment, Stirring Outcry

Facebook Tinkers With Users’ Emotions in News Feed Experiment, Stirring Outcry | The Internet | Scoop.it
Last week Facebook revealed that it had manipulated the news feeds of over half a million randomly selected users to change the number of positive and negative posts they saw.
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Killing Net Neutrality Helps Underdogs Succeed | Wired Opinion | Wired.com

Killing Net Neutrality Helps Underdogs Succeed | Wired Opinion | Wired.com | The Internet | Scoop.it
We need to move away from the fear-mongering about threats to the internet. The real problems online are far more complex and less scary -- and it’s not about net neutrality, but about net capacity.
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Best of 2013: No 8 - Facebook’s Photo Privacy Settings Flawed…. A Safer Alternative Needed - State of Digital

Best of 2013: No 8 - Facebook’s Photo Privacy Settings Flawed…. A Safer Alternative Needed - State of Digital | The Internet | Scoop.it
Sharing photos on Facebook may not be secure as you might have thought. This post looks at this in detail and provides alternatives.
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Nice that there are places other than FB where people can share photos that only a select group of friends can access .  But it is so convenient just to post them on FB.  When you post them somewhere else, you need to alert your friends and they need to make an extra effort to see them. And its rare that a baby picture is that great that someone would take the extra ten seconds to type in a different url to find it.

 

Its true that it would be nice if FB changes its privacy settings. But it's doubtful that will happen.

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NSA Turns Cookies (And More) Into Surveillance Beacons

NSA Turns Cookies (And More) Into Surveillance Beacons | The Internet | Scoop.it
Yesterday, we learned that the NSA is using Google cookies—the same cookies used for advertisements and search preferences—to track users for surveillance purposes.
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Drawing the Line on Government Surveillance

Drawing the Line on Government Surveillance | The Internet | Scoop.it
The revelations that have come out about the National Security Agency's PRISM program are disturbing.
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