Tech 2.0 for Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Contributor: Matt Davenport
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Updated: 5/22/2013 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 Facebook 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 Twitter. 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 I.R.S. 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 Playstation 4 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 Xbox One 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?

Phone Firms Sell Data on Customers @WSJ >> Useful (even if controversial) for marketers and consumer #analytics http://t.co/ZpRQ2H24R9

RT @ricksschultz: Phone Firms Sell Data on Customers @WSJ >> Useful (even if controversial) for marketers and consumer #analytics http://t.co/ZpRQ2H24R9

Teens migrating to Twitter tell researchers that there are too many adults and too much drama on Facebook: http://t.co/aejTAoMCVx

Teenagers don't want drama—so they're leaving Facebook | http://t.co/OE6afySiU9

Teens are shunning Facebook in favour of Twitter and Tumblr to avoid peers' oversharing and prying parents' profiles http://t.co/JYoOLUMJOG

E-filed #tax returns increased in 2013, and more taxpayers are e-filing from home. #IRS stats @ http://t.co/Bkz2hCEnSH

Do-It-Yourself E-Filing Is Up--And use of http://t.co/hV1GbCtP6d Do-It-Yourself E-Filing Is Up--And use of http://t.co/hV1GbCtP6d grows by nearly 25% https://t.co/MYt25d4UK8

@IRSnews issued 2013 #tax filing stats: http://t.co/yf6GAONYgg

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.

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.

#Destiny will absolutely be shipping on four platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and the newly announced Xbox One.
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