Tech 2.0 for Thursday, October 17, 2013

Contributor: Matt Davenport
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Updated: 10/17/2013 5:42 pm

Facebook is changing its privacy policy for teenagers. Users aged 13 to 17 will now be able to post items that can be seen by the public. The move reverses the company's long-standing policy preventing teens from sharing photos and comments beyond friends of friends. Facebook says the change will allow teens reach a larger audience. Critics say it could lead to trouble for some minors.

When people buy Apple, it appears they're prepared to pay big money to do so. The new Apple iPhone 5S seems to be outselling the cheaper iPhone 5C by more than two-to-one. Consumer Intelligence Research partners released data to show the 5S accounted for about 64-percent of Apple's cell phone sales at the end of September. The 5C only accounted for 27-percent of sales. It's not just the high-end market accounting for apple sales, though. About nine-percent of iPhone buyers purchased the two-year-old 4S.

Lawmakers in Washington, DC have approved a deal to reopen the government and avoid a U.S. default. But even though an end is in sight, Washington got some advice Wednesday from the leader of one of the world's most innovative companies. Google V.P. Megan Smith gave an outside-the-box idea for congress on how to come up with a more permanent solution.

Megan Smith/Vice-President, Google, "I respect you know the challenges they are facing. I think they need to figure out how to collaborate better. I have a crazy, fun idea, I guess, I'm a Googler, I think it would be really interesting in this age of creative collaboration with the web to put the budget data up online and ask the Americans, especially youth of America, challenge them, contest, whatever, ask them to help solve the problem."

Smith was one of 400 women who attended Fortune Magazine's Most Powerful Women Summit in Washington this week.
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