Korea remembers to fine Google for unauthorized data-gathering in 2010

South Korea’s communications regulator has fined Google $196,000 (or the more impressive-sounding 210 million won) for sucking up personal data during a Street View mapping project back in 2010. These “payload data” fragments apparently included details on unprotected WiFi networks — the same stuff you heard about when both Germany and France fined the company. The regulator has ordered Google to delete all...

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Google selling Motorola is win-win-win for Android

Well, that was unexpected most of you will have heard by now that Google just sold Motorola Mobility to Lenovo for almost $3 billion, taking Android’s parent company back out of the hardware game, and, possibly, putting the whole ecosystem on solid footing for the future. Initial reaction to the deal has been largely positive. Having a direct Google subsidiary playing in the viciously competitive and hugely profitable smartphone...

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Survey Says iPhone, iPad Top Kids’ Wish List

It may well be that they’re fleeing Facebook for sexier climes. But please don’t think that today’s American teens are talking about a revolution. Unless you have in mind a magical one. For a survey of their deepest holiday season needs reveals a certain stasis in their hearts. Performed on behalf of online cash-back shopping site Ebates, the survey probed deeply into the desires of 12- to 17-year-olds. 88 percent of...

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This smart handbag could stop you from overspending

If you’re the sort who overspends at the mall, you may need a firm reminder to watch your budget. How does an ever-vigilant handbag sound? Finder.com.au could soon make one: meet the iBag, a prototype carryall that locks you out if it believes you’re going to splurge. The Arduino-powered bag automatically shuts tight at those times you’re most likely to shop. Outside of those moments, it uses GPS to warn you when you...

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Bitcoin regulation urged by law enforcement officials at New York hearing

Due to a reporting error, the story “Bitcoin regulation urged by law enforcement officials at New York hearing,” posted Wednesday, misspelled the name of Stanford University Professor of Economics Susan Athey. The story has been corrected on the wire and the 19th paragraph now reads: View original post here: Bitcoin regulation urged by law enforcement officials at New York hearing weight loss...

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