Twitter, Uber Mobile Snooping; EU vs. Google

Posted November 27th, 2014 at 2:25 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

European Parliament Calls On Commission to Consider Breaking Up Google

In a non-binding resolution, European Union legislators urged antitrust regulators to consider separating search engines from other commercial products to boost search market competition. The move is widely seen as targeting Google, which controls about 90 percent of Europe’s search engine market.

In 2014, Internet Added an Entire United States to Its User Base

The United Nations’ International Telecommunication Union’s latest report says the number of  new Internet users in 2013 was equivalent to the population of the United States, most of whom are relatively well-off, educated young people. The report expects the Internet will have added 3 billion users for 2014.

Twitter to Track List of Apps Installed on Your Mobile Device

In making the announcement, Twitter said it will only track installed mobile apps to help improve personal experience and customized content. But the company claims no data will be gathered within applications.

How To Opt Out of Twitter’s New Mobile App Tracker

If you don’t want Twitter looking into your mobile phone to check your installed apps, here are a few steps you can take to keep yourself out of the spying loop.

Uber Under Fire for Android Permissions

Phoenix-based security researcher Joe Giron says Uber’s Android app requests all kind of permissions from users looking to hail a cab from the ride sharing company, including permission to access contacts, cameras, Wi-Fi and a host of information that Google requires from developers working with its Android operating system.

Syrian Electronic Army Hacks Global Websites

Numerous companies and organizations have been targeted, according to the Syrian Electronic Army, including Dell, Microsoft, Ferrari, CNBC, Forbes, UNICEF and others. Security experts say the attack was not malicious, but redirected visitors to a Syrian Electronic Army website.

Aida Akl
Aida Akl is a journalist working on VOA's English Webdesk. She has written on a wide range of topics, although her more recent contributions have focused on technology. She has covered both domestic and international events since the mid-1980s as a VOA reporter and international broadcaster.

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