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Tech 2.0 for Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Contributor: Matt Davenport
Published: 5/22 1:23 pm
Updated: 5/22 1:45 pm
Using your smartphone for communicating, shopping and web browsing might not be so private anymore. Some of the major phone companies are now selling the data they gather about their subscribers' locations, travels and web-browsing habits to marketing firms. Marketers rely on the information on consumers habits. It's a new step for phone firms, who are now not only offering customers a communication service, but are using their subscribers as sources of data that can be turned for profit. Phone company reps say no privacy laws are being broken, because they don't sell data about individuals, but rather about groups of people.
If you're one of those parents who are on
in part to keep an eye on what your kids are up to -- here's a news flash: your kids are on to you and have moved to
. A new poll finds that a growing number of teens are tipping over to Twitter to avoid their parents and what they consider the "oversharing" they find on Facebook. In the Research Center poll, 94 percent of teens who are social media users have a profile on Facebook -- that's unchanged from the year before. Meanwhile, 26 percent of teen social media users are now on Twitter -- more than double from the 12 percent on that site in 2011.
More taxpayers are e-filing their returns to Uncle Sam. The
reports more than 43 million people have self-prepared and e-filed their tax returns from home so far this year. That's a four-percent increase from last year. Another 70 million e-files came from tax preparers. The I.R.S. has doled out than 101 million refunds, worth almost 268 billion dollars, for 2013.
And finally, gamers get ready, Sony's
is only a few weeks away. This week, Sony released a long awaited trailer video of the Playstation 4. The video shows a camera slowly honing in on a blurry image of a black box, between flashes to close-ups of the console and its related hardware. Microsoft unveiled its competing
console on Tuesday.
AT&T sells your phone# to marketers, they did mine. Do we believe that if it makes sense to MaBell it doesn't make sense to Apple/Google/MS?
May 22nd, 2013 at 2:19am
Phone Firms Sell Data on Customers @WSJ >> Useful (even if controversial) for marketers and consumer #analytics
May 22nd, 2013 at 11:11am
RT @ricksschultz: Phone Firms Sell Data on Customers @WSJ >> Useful (even if controversial) for marketers and consumer #analytics
May 22nd, 2013 at 11:12am
Teens migrating to Twitter tell researchers that there are too many adults and too much drama on Facebook:
May 21st, 2013 at 1:42pm
Teenagers don't want drama—so they're leaving Facebook |
May 21st, 2013 at 6:40pm
Teens are shunning Facebook in favour of Twitter and Tumblr to avoid peers' oversharing and prying parents' profiles
May 22nd, 2013 at 1:55am
E-filed #tax returns increased in 2013, and more taxpayers are e-filing from home. #IRS stats @
May 22nd, 2013 at 11:16am
Do-It-Yourself E-Filing Is Up--And use of
Do-It-Yourself E-Filing Is Up--And use of http://t.co/hV1GbCtP6d grows by nearly 25%
May 22nd, 2013 at 11:44am
@IRSnews issued 2013 #tax filing stats:
May 22nd, 2013 at 12:14pm
Call of Duty looks awesome. The ironic thing is that this game will also be on PlayStation 4. Spending a lot of time on a non-exclusive.
May 21st, 2013 at 11:59am
Those of you who think consoles are irrelevant it's kind of funny how the Xbox One and Playstation 4 took over THE INTERNET when announced.
May 21st, 2013 at 5:34pm
#Destiny will absolutely be shipping on four platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and the newly announced Xbox One.
May 21st, 2013 at 12:04pm
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