The epidemic of patent trolls and frivolous lawsuits has grown so pervasive and expensive that even some of technology’s biggest rivals are banding together to end this unsavory practice.
This week, Apple and Google are among the giant allies asking the U.S. Supreme Court to let them fight back against the companies that prey upon others by filing often absurd lawsuits that result in expensive legal fees.
It is believed that more than 100,000 companies were targeted by or threatened with infringement lawsuits in 2012 by entities that exist solely to extract royalty revenue.
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New reports show that Internet users are taking more and more steps to safeguard their privacy and that fully 25% of all Internet users worldwide are now using Internet privacy tools to protect their personal information from being recorded or tracked in some way.
The report from GlobalWebIndex estimates that 28% of Internet users, which equates to approximately 415 million people, are now using tools that “cover their online tracks” when using the internet. The survey also found that 56% of internet users are under the impression that their personal privacy is being eroded by Internet use.
The study involved approximately 170,000 users and found that, among 11% of them, the anonymity software Tor was being used to protect them from spying, in particular the NSA. It was also found that the highest increase in use of these tools was in Indonesia, Vietnam and India.
Posted in Announcements, Mobile Devices, News, Platforms, Privacy
Americans have something to hide. What is it, exactly? Recently, KS Mobile – the maker of a free cache cleaning Android application called Clean Master – explored this very mystery. And what they discovered is most interesting.
The findings of their smartphone privacy survey show that more than half of Americans (52%) would be embarrassed about friends or family seeing certain files or documents on their smartphone.
Now, before your mind goes to the gutter, consider this. The number one file American’s don’t want others to see on their smartphone has nothing to do with adult content or personal images, but bank account information. All told, 25% of Americans don’t want that information seen by others on their smartphone.
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Adweek recently connected with Jessica Rich, Director of the Federal Trade Commission’s consumer protection bureau. In a new interview published on Sunday, Rich made it clear that the Commission is not taking its sights off of native advertising any time soon.
Native ads – advertisements designed to look and read like organic newspaper and magazine content – have drawn intense scrutiny since their impressive surge began across the digital media landscape last year. Just this week, The New York Times will launch its redesigned website, which will prominently feature native ads.
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This holiday season, in fact, consumers are specifically requesting to read the privacy policies maintained by a host of merchants.
“If a consumer is using a service provider that in any fashion has access to sensitive user or payment information, it is wise to review their privacy policies,” says tech industry analyst and blogger Mike Randazzo.
Posted in Best Practices, Privacy, Technology
Dallas and Chicago are locked in a heated battle. And it has nothing to do with the Cowboys or the Bears. Not even the Bulls and the Mavericks. This, in fact, is entirely unrelated to sports.
Sadly, it’s all about spam – specifically, SMS spam.
Mobile security company AdaptiveMobile recently explored the growth of SMS traffic across the United States, an exercise that also revealed where the largest concentrations of SMS spam are located. Regrettably for Chicago, Illinois and Dallas, Texas, these two amazing cities are battling for the top spot among cities that receive the most unwanted text messages.
Posted in Mobile Devices, Mobile Spam, SMS / Text
It’s a new question for new times.
According to CNBC, a California woman is the first person to receive a traffic citation for wearing Google Glass while behind the wheel.
With Google’s computer-in-an-eyeglass expected to launch next year, this could be a scenario that plays out again and again in the headlines, but only if wearable technology is more widely deemed to be responsible for encouraging distracted driving.
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