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Facebook Still Wants to Share Users' Personal Info With Third-Party Developers

Facebook plans to go ahead and share its users' home addresses and phone numbers with third-party developers, despite the concerns of privacy advocates, members of Congress, and just about everyone else. Yesterday, the company released a response (PDF) to Representatives Ed Markey and Joe Barton, who had penned a letter to CEO Mark Zuckerberg earlier this month voicing their concerns over...

Apple Relaxes iOS Developer Restrictions, But Doesn't 'Need Any More Fart Apps'

Apple turned a lot of heads this morning when it unexpectedly opened the App Store to apps created with third-party development programs -- including, apparently, those using Adobe Flash. In a news release posted on its site, Apple declared that it would be "relaxing all restrictions on the development tools used to create iOS apps, as long as the resulting apps do not download any code." The...

Teen Creates 'Twifficiency' App, Endures Twitter's Misguided Wrath

Yesterday, a harmless teenager from the U.K. suddenly found himself under a flood of Twitter attacks -- all because of an app called 'Twifficiency.' "Twifficiency calculates your Twitter efficiency based upon your Twitter activity," the service's site explains. "This includes how many people you follow, how many people follow you, how often you tweet and how many tweets you read." As with any...

Twitter to Roll Out t.co URL-Shortening Service

Take it from Twitter: "Length doesn't matter." It may not be a universal maxim, but when it comes to the size of a link referenced within a tweet, at least, Twitter apparently doesn't believe that its 140-character limit poses much of a barrier. With that in mind, then, the company has begun rolling out its own URL-shortening service in the hopes of enhancing both user experience and safety. ...

Why Your Tweet Contains Far More than 140 Characters

When you send a tweet, you're saying a lot more than just what's written in the body of text. According to ReadWriteWeb, each 140-character message you send contains a ton of metadata, or information. Each tweet contains the time it was sent, your username, your location, the timezone from which you tweet, your number of followers, whether or not your account is protected, your account's URL...

Twitter Acquires Tweetie, App Developers Hold Collective Breath

In 2009, Twitter managed to rake in considerable amounts of cash. Now, in 2010, it seems like it's finally ready to start spending some of that paper on serious expansion. As the New York Times reports, Twitter has agreed to acquire start up company Atebits, which owns the popular Tweetie app for iPhones and Macs. Although the final price of the acquisition wasn't disclosed, Atebits founder Loren...

Nintendo Holocaust-Era Game Draws Criticism

Putting players in first-person situations is one of the most popular narrative devices in video games, and a French video game developer, working for a British distributor, has done just that with his latest digital adventure. Typically, this would not draw much fanfare but his game topic is startling to some: a first-person experience of a first-person experience of a young child in France...