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'Creepy' App Uses Photo Data to Pinpoint Your Location

Ever wonder how easy it would be for someone to track your every move? You can now find out with a new app called 'Creepy.' Created by 26-year-old Yiannis Kakavas, 'Creepy' is a software package that allows users to pinpoint anyone's location, using geographic data embedded within shared photos. All you have to do is type in a person's Twitter or Flickr username, and hit the 'Geolocate...

German Politician Exposes Personal Data Gathered by Cell Phone Companies

Looking for another reason to feel paranoid about your privacy? German politician Malte Spitz may have found one. Spitz recently sued his mobile provider, Deutsche Telekom, in order to obtain data that the company had collected on his own whereabouts. Deutsche Telekom complied, and handed over all the geographic information it had gathered over a six-month period. As it turns out, the provider...

Google Unveils Valentine's Day Homepage Doodle, 'Map Your Valentine' Feature

It's Valentine's Day, and Google is celebrating the occasion with a special homepage doodle, and a new, 'Map Your Valentine' location-sharing service for lovers. The doodle is designed as a pretty obvious homage to Robert Indiana's famous 'LOVE' image, with a heart replacing the first "O" in a re-arranged Google logo, and the second one slanted to the right. Unlike recent homepage doodles,...

Privacy, Pervs and 'Pads: The Tech Moments of 2010 We Won't (and Can't) Forget

Is it just us, or did 2010 seem like an abnormally long year? Of course, it was no longer than any other year in history. But, from a tech perspective, at least, this year saw more seismic changes and game-altering developments than any other in recent memory. From Android to Zuckerberg, 'FarmVille' to Foursquare, iPad to iPhone 4, 2010 certainly wasn't short on memorable moments. Here are 15...

Surprise? No One Likes Foursquare or the Rest of That Location-Based Baloney

If you actually get a kick out of using location-based services like Foursquare and Gowalla, you're part of a very small online minority. According to a recently released report from the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project, just 4-percent of online Americans share their locations with their friends and family. Only 7-percent of people who access the Web from their cell phones...

Earthjustice Ad's Foursquare Check-ins Raise Money for the Environment

Generally when you "check in" with social services like Foursquare, it's to announce your arrival at a bar to your friends (and, inadvertently, that your home is vulnerable to thieves). But the environmental group Earthjustice sees the social-gaming engine as a tool with potential for more than simply sharing where to get the best bagel with a schmear. The nonprofit has plastered transit stations...

Google Makes Finding and Changing Your Location Easier

The Google search page is getting a small but significant tweak that makes identifying and changing your location much easier. Now your current (or at least assumed current) location is displayed on the left-hand navigation bar on the results page. You can easily update your whereabouts by clicking the "change location" link. Pretty simple, really, but quite handy....

Shopkick Wants to Reward You For, and Track, Your Shopping Habits

Advertisers and retailers have been looking for new and unique ways to leverage the recent influx of GPS-enabled smartphones in attracting customers and gathering important information about their shopping behaviors. Foursquare introduced some new ideas, but retailers wanted to take it a step further. Enter Shopkick. The new app turns shopping (and violating your privacy) into a game that,...

Google Location History Dashboard Makes Latitude Appeal to Data Nerds

We never really grew to accept Google Latitude. Apple's refusal to approve a proper Latitude app ensured the social network was doomed, but its rather rudimentary feature set certainly didn't help matters. When Google launched Buzz, it only seemed natural that the location-based status updater would be folded into the newer product. But, for some reason, Google decided to maintain them as...

McDonald's, Facebook Team Up to Offer Location-Based Obesity

Share Facebook has made clear its intent to incorporate location-based technology into its platform. And McDonald's has made clear its intent to shed its unhealthy, fatty factory image. So the two have joined forces to bring location-based services to the world's most sedentary population: McDonald's customers. Soon, fast food fanatics will be able to check in on Facebook from any McDonald's...

Facebook Connects the Web at F8 with Social Graph, Pandora and More

Share The first day of Facebook's f8 developer conference got underway yesterday in San Francisco. After welcoming their attendees with a set of ankle bracelets discretely packaged as RFID tags, Mark Zuckerberg & Co. got down to the business of explaining their plans to take over the entire Internet. The RFID devices enabled users to tag themselves in photos and share their location and...

MoSoSo 101: Checking in With Foursquare, Yelp and Location-Based Apps

The social media fast lane is heating up with real-time location updates. Apps now tap into your cell phone's GPS to track where you and your friends are, and, more importantly, what's happening nearby. Now that the world can finally say "tweet" with a straight face, there's a new term to learn: MoSoSo, or mobile social software. Read on to find out what it is, how it works and how to setup...

'Nosquares' Helps Users Avoid Annoying Foursquare Addicts

Share Foursquare, the location-based social network, has officially jumped the shark. This could be attributed to the swarm of politicians that recently joined the site, or maybe when reality TV stars started using the service. Regardless, Foursquare has moved from, "Wow, that's neat," to "Kill me, she's trying to become 'Mayor' of this place." But Gawker, which has done its share of...

Facebook Teases 'Places' Feature, Stirs Up More Privacy Concerns

Share On Friday, Facebook announced some proposed changes to its privacy policy and statement of rights and responsibilities. As usual with this type of document, the language is dense with legalese, but Facebook graciously offers a so-called "redline" version (even though the lines in question are blue). The simplified document highlights the new language while crossing out major changes....

Stalk Your Family With AT&T's FamilyMaps

Attention worry-prone parents: AT&T is now offering location-tracking for their subscribers with FamilyMap. The service is similar to Sprint Nextel's Family Locator and Boost Mobile's Loopt. FamilyMap utilizes built-in GPS and cell-tower triangulation to locate users. AT&T's offering is limited to those within a family plan and allows members to track one another online or on their phones....