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Nathaniel Mott is a staff writer for PandoDaily, covering startups and technology from New York.

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    Twitter wants companies to use its data to turn the whole world into a creepy Disney World

    The Guardian has an interesting report about how Twitter hopes to use its data to create a world where #brands are able to learn as much about their @audiences as possible. Chris Moody, the company’s data science chief, talked to the Guardian about how he hopes Twitter’s data might be used in the future: ‘Twitter gives this fascinating ability to understand people in context like we’ve never been able to do before. It’s not ‘I know that Chris Moody…
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    Twitter makes it easier to tell police about online threats, but will they care?

    Twitter has made it easier for its users to inform police of violent threats. Now, when a Twitter user reports threatening tweets, the company offers to send a summary of the report that can be forwarded to local authorities. This summary makes it clear who made a threat, when it was sent, and when it was first reported. The summary also links to a page which offers “guidance on how to request non-public user information from Twitter.” In this way, police won’t just…
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    Another health insurer has been hacked

    Premera Blue Cross revealed Tuesday it was the target of a “sophisticated cyberattack” which might have compromised the names, addresses, Social Security Numbers, and other personal information of an estimated 11 million people who have purchased its health insurance. Premera discovered the breach January 29. It’s thought to have started May 5, 2014, and to have “involved dates back to 2002.” The company says it began contacting its customers via postal mail yesterday — March 17 —…
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    Google will now screen Android apps before they’re released to the Play Store

    Android isn’t quite the bastion of freedom it once was. Google announced today that software distributed through its Play Store, the main app marketplace used by Android devices, will be reviewed before they are made available to download. Apple has always done something similar with its App Store to ensure that the software available on iOS devices doesn’t run afoul of its strict rules. Google, on the other hand, previously allowed developers to push apps to the Play…
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    The Book(s) of Jobs: Apple co-founders words weren’t gospel

    Apple is working on a television service that is expected to debut some time this fall. And according to the Wall Street Journal’s report on the product, it will boast access to most TV networks. The report should put to rest one of the most frustrating things about modern tech writing: trying to anticipate what Apple will or will not do based on things Steve Jobs said before his death. Jobs is often invoked whenever someone wishes to…
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    Pew: Almost one-third of Americans have changed habits because of Snowden

    Almost one-third of American adults have “taken at least one step to hide or shield their information from the government,” according to a new report published by the Pew Research Center. This desire to prevent government snooping results from the increasing awareness of mass surveillance programs revealed by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden in 2013. Pew’s study suggests that almost 90 percent of American adults have heard something about government surveillance programs. Of those, 34 percent are…
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    The PS4 could be the perfect media device, if only it would work the way it’s supposed to

    I’ve become obsessed with “Criminal Minds.” Sure, it’s a hokey show that makes “Law & Order” seem subtle, but it’s enjoyable. The quirky FBI agents profile a criminal, a chase ensues, and then… you wait five minutes for Netflix to start playing again. That last part might be too familiar to anyone who tries to stream videos on a PlayStation 4. I’ve spent the better part of the last few nights watching a progress meter empty, and then lie about…
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    Of course millennials are more afraid of the Internet than their elders

    Millennials aren’t supposed to be afraid of the Internet. We’re digital natives, cyborgs, the first generation without memories of a time when computers were oddities instead of mundanities. So why did a new study find that we’re terrified of technology? Rasmussen College surveyed more than 2,000 adults about their digital literacy. Its findings might surprise those who believe millennials don’t care about the Internet’s continued spread. “Around 37 percent of 18-34-year-old respondents said that they find the Internet…
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    Apple updates developer guidelines to safeguard health and fitness data

    Apple has updated its developer guidelines to mandate that companies take certain steps — like receiving a consumer’s informed consent — before using information collected via their iOS applications to inform any medical research. Here are the newly-introduced guidelines: Apps conducting health-related human subject research must obtain consent from participants or, in the case of minors, their parent or guardian. Such consent must include the (a) nature, purpose, and duration of the research; (b) procedures, risks, and benefits to the participant; (c)…
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    Google Apps bug revealed names, addresses, and other data about almost 300K people

    Registering a domain name requires that users provide a name, email address, and other personal information. Many registrars will keep this data from the public in exchange for an annual fee. But, as Google Apps customers who used the suite with a domain registered through eNom have discovered, total privacy isn’t guaranteed. Ars Technica reports that “the way Google Apps integrated with [eNom’s] domain registration program interface” created a problem which made this private data publicly available. People were paying $6…

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