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Facebook Offers App Makers Your Home Address and Phone Number

Update: Facebook has temporarily suspended contact information sharing with developers. Share On Friday, Facebook quietly announced that app developers will now be able to access users' home addresses and mobile numbers, in a move that has already raised concerns among privacy advocates and security experts alike. Developers who take advantage of this new feature will still have to request...

Web Program With Phone Counseling Helps More Smokers Quit, Study Says

A recent study claims that smokers who received personal phone calls from counselors for 18 months and participated in QuitNet.com, an online smoking cessation program, had double the quit rates of smokers who only used the online program. According to a Reuters report, about 2,000 smokers participated in the large-scale study, which was conducted at the American Legacy Foundation's Schroeder...

Gmail Call Recording Lets You Save Your Voice Conversations

A few months back, Google integrated Google Voice into Gmail, allowing users to make calls through its Web interface. (Since the debut of 'Call Phone,' we can count on one hand the number of times we've actually used it.) We did just notice, however, that Google recently added the ability to record incoming calls to the VoIP service. A small record button now appears just above the dial pad when...

A Man Named Justin Bieber Gets Kicked Off Facebook for His Name

Justin Bieber has a hard life. He receives tons of fan letters every day, his phone rings at all hours of the night -- and he's not even a celebrity. Unlike the teen heartthrob of the same name, this Justin Bieber, from Jacksonville, Florida is an adult, married man who enjoys playing pinball, and, by all indications, has absolutely no intention of pursuing a career in the bubblegum pop...

One-Third of U.S. Families Live Without Landline Phones, Report Says

If you terminated your landline phone service recently, count yourself among a growing number of Americans transitioning to a purely mobile existence. According to a new Citi Investment Report from analyst Jason Bazinet, nearly 30-percent of all U.S. households have now disconnected their landlines -- up from 25-percent just one year ago. As Business Insider explains, the "wireless substitution"...

FTC's 'Do Not Call' List Hits 200-Million Mark, but Telemarketers Still Call

Back in 2003, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) put the clamps on the telemarketing industry by creating a nationwide Do Not Call registry. This list faced some stiff opposition at the time (from telemarketing companies, of course), but today the proof's in the pudding. Seven years later, according to Ars Technica, the list now totals 200 million phone numbers. If a telemarketing company ignores...

Cell Phone Autocorrect: How It Works and Why You'll Never Avoid Embarrassing Texts

The modern smartphone possesses the ability to surf the internet, scan retinas, fly a hovercraft and even make calls using your left hand. So, you'd think getting one of these hunks of plastic to send a sensible text would be a cinch. It's not, however. Auto-correction software for phones too often mutates a word into something completely nonsensical or embarrassing. [Ed. Note: We once had a...

Best Buy Worker Faces Firing Over Viral iPhone vs. Evo Videos

What began as an innocent viral joke may end up costing one Best Buy worker his part-time job. Brian Maupin, of Missouri, recently posted two videos making fun of iPhone and Evo acolytes, respectively. Although neither video made explicit reference to his employer, managers at the Independence, MO Best Buy decided to suspend him from his duties after Maupin refused their polite suggestion that he...

Kim Jong-Il Uses 'Invisible' Phone to Advise North Korea's Soccer Coach

Earlier this week, Brazil's national soccer team beat North Korea at the World Cup. The result wasn't shocking, but the fact that North Korea actually has a soccer team certainly took us by surprise. The team may be the lowest ranked squad in the tournament, and the country may be making its first World Cup appearance in 44 years, but the underdog of this year's Cup apparently has a secret,...

SNL's Top 10 Greatest Fake Tech Commercials

Share Despite the dozens of iconic characters 'Saturday Night Live' has spawned over its 35 years, the most consistently funny and memorable moments have come from its hallmark spoof ads. After striking comedic gold in its very first season with a sketch about Mel's Char Palace, SNL's writers soon keyed into the parodic potential of America's longstanding obsession with technology, resulting...

Skype Rolling Out Five-Person Group Chat for Windows Users

According to the AP, Skype plans to roll out a beta version of a new group video chat feature, which will let as many as five users talk simultaneously. While the feature won't cost a dime, for right now anyway, you will have to be a Windows user to enjoy it. Skype has said, though, that it will introduce the feature to Mac users later this year. You better get it while you can, too; Neil...

Man Busted for Harassing Nancy Pelosi with 'Untraceable' magicJack

Share According to Ars Technica, San Francisco resident Gregory Giusti used magicJack, a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) provider, to make 48 harassing phone calls to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's California home, her Washington DC home, her San Francisco office and her husband's California office. The calls began on February 6th and continued until March 25th. In a sworn FBI affidavit (.PDF),...

Steve Jobs Delivers Personal Call to Doubting Buyer of 10 Billionth iTunes Song

Share What would you do if you picked up the phone and the voice on the other end said, "This is Steve Jobs from Apple?" Laugh, hang up, utter a choice word or two? All would be appropriate responses -- unless you happen to be 70-year-old Louie Sulcer. According to Rolling Stone, the grandfather from Woodstock, Georgia recently received a personal phone call from Jobs after he downloaded...

New Year's Prankster Meets Annual 'Victim' After 36 Years of Phone Friendship

Share Growing up, most kids make a prank phone call or two -- especially before the era of caller ID. But according to the Chicago Tribune, one Chicago area man never quite grew out of the habit. In 1973, 10-year-old Kevin Nolan prank called fellow Chicagoan and recently returned Vietnam vet Bob Cortese on New Year's Eve, and told him that he'd won 10,000 gold-plated rubber ducks. Cortese kindly...

Boy Calls 911 to Question Legality of Xbox Punishment

When we were kids, it was the worst punishment imaginable. How could our parents, the heartless tyrants that they were, take away our video game consoles? There was nothing we could do about it, except huddle up in our rooms and stare at those lonely, desolate, blank screens. At least, that's what we thought. But a 15-year-old from Buffalo Grove, Illinois, decided he wouldn't take his...