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FTC releases long list of mobile privacy recommendations

FTC releases long list of mobile privacy recommendations

As smartphones and the apps we run on them become more and more popular, concerns over privacy are growing as well. The FTC has taken a pretty strong stance on privacy issues throughout the years, and today it delivered a list of recommendations to pretty much everyone involved in the smartphone business. These recommendations give platform holders, app developers, and advertisers suggestions on what they can do improve mobile privacy, and we have to say that there are some pretty good ideas in the report.

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Scientists encode MP3s, PDF, photograph, and algorithm to DNA

Scientists encode MP3s, PDF, photograph, and algorithm to DNA

Scientists have written MP3 files to DNA, according to a report published in the journal Nature. The data that can be written isn't limited to just to audio files, however, and is achieved using trinary encoding. In this particular experiment, the researchers encoded all of Shakespeare's sonnets, as well as a part of Martin Luther King's speech, a photo, a PDF, and the binary-to-trinary algorithm used for encoding.

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Google Government data requests leap up in late 2012

Google Government data requests leap up in late 2012

This week Google is releasing an new report on what they're able to share about official Government requests for data across the second half of the year 2012. This is not the first report Google has done on such data, this type of report spanning back (in one way or another) to their first in 2010. What we're seeing in this newest report is a rather sizable increase in the number of requests Google is getting from the government, but an ever-so-slight decrease in the percentage of these requests Google ends up filling.

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T-Mobile lighting up LTE network in Las Vegas very soon

T-Mobile lighting up LTE network in Las Vegas very soon

Great news if you're a T-Mobile subscriber, as the company may just be a few short days away from launching its 4G LTE network in Las Vegas. The folks at FierceWireless recently had a talk with a representative of T-Mobile, who said that the original plan was to launch LTE in Vegas during CES 2013. That plan ultimately feel through as T-Mobile needed to make a few last-minute changes to its network, but now the launch should be coming up very soon.

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Nexus 7 $100 credit temps mobile data-loving AT&T users

Nexus 7 $100 credit temps mobile data-loving AT&T users

If you've been thinking of picking up a new Nexus 7 tablet, then AT&T has a new offer that's aimed directly at you. The Google Play listing for the WiFi + Mobile Data model shows that until February 14th (which happens to be Valentine's Day, in case you needed some ideas of what to get your significant other), AT&T will be running a promotion that grants new Nexus 7 owners a $100 credit on their bill. Of course, you'll need to sign up for a data plan with AT&T in order to take advantage of this deal, with AT&T requiring either a postpaid standalone or a Mobile Share plan in this case.

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Smartphones overtake tablets in data usage for first time

Smartphones overtake tablets in data usage for first time

We've been seeing a major push for tablets lately, but if a new study from Arieso is to be believed, then manufacturers might want to rethink their strategies. As it turns out, Arieso has found that smartphones have passed tablets in data usage for the first time in the three years the company has been doing these studies. You'd think that given the larger screens found on most tablets, users would turn to those devices more often for Internet access, but it seems that the tides are changing as far as mobile data goes.

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AT&T brings 4G LTE speed to four new markets

AT&T brings 4G LTE speed to four new markets

If you've got a 4G LTE-enabled handset and you're an AT&T customer, there's a chance you're seeing some faster data speeds today. That's because the company has rolled out 4G LTE in four new markets today, bringing the total number of markets with AT&T LTE up to an impressive 113. "Impressive" certainly is the word too, as AT&T has been launching 4G LTE in new markets at a very fast rate.

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