Tech 2.0 for Tuesday, December 11, 2012

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Updated: 12/11/2012 3:22 pm


Kid-friendly smartphone apps can collect a child's personal information. The Federal Trade Commission is warning parents to be aware. The agency wants mobile phone app developers and phone companies to make it easier for parents to control privacy features. According to an FTC report, a large number of apps collect kids' personal data and share it with third parties. By using the information collected through mobile devices, companies could potentially develop detailed profiles about children, without a parent's knowledge or consent, The FTC is investigating whether mobile app developers are violating the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act or are engaging in unfair or deceptive business practices.

There's a new warning about using the Apple Maps app. It comes from police in Australia. Officials in the city of Mildura are warning drivers using Apple Maps to find the city. The app has placed Mildura more than 40 miles away in the desolate Outback. Police call it a "potentially life-threatening issue". Several drivers have needed rescuing, in 100-plus degree heat, after getting lost and stranded. An Apple spokesman didn't comment specifically on this issue, but said that Apple is working hard to fix its Maps app.

Twitter has rolled out its own library of retro filters for its Android and iPhone apps. This comes as the social media site said it lost the ability to display images from the Facebook-owned Instagram. Twitter has eight filters, including desaturated, black and white and high contrast. There are also auto-adjust and cropping options. Twitter first added the ability to include images in tweets a year and a half ago. If you have an Android device, the updated Twitter app is available now in the Google Play store. It is coming soon to Apple's App Store.


Update: On Tuesday, Twitter released an update for iOS devices.
 
[TUAW] FTC looking into privacy issues relating to childrens apps: With more and more kids using smartphones t... http://t.co/FUPuCuKJ

RT @appletweets: FTC looking into privacy issues relating to childrens apps: With more and more kids using smartphones these da... http://t.co/xzhhtOXb

hahah classic Australia police discourage use of Apple maps app after rescues http://t.co/XF2WUchi

Killer app: Apple Maps ‘potentially lethal’ in #Australia http://t.co/zUOP5N76

Apple Maps got a bunch commuters stranded in the Australian Outback http://t.co/00Fmvigu

RT @Nightline: Take That, #Instagram: #Twitter Adds Own Photo Filters. http://t.co/QDQxHPkF

RT @meg_schultz: I don't like how pictures from instagram don't come up on twitter anymore

Twitter confirms Instagram disabled its integration for Twitter: http://t.co/6yRnZgYG

The Twitter vs. Instagram war just got real: Twitter now has photo filters http://t.co/CBFll6TE
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