FTC says little progress made on privacy for kids apps#thecircuit

December 10, 2012

FTC assesses progress on kids app privacy: The Federal Trade Commission released a report Monday saying that mobile applications aimed at children were still not providing adequate notification regarding data collection.

As The Washington Post reported, the agency did not identify how many or which companies it reviewed in its investigation. The FTC is expected to rule on updates regarding Internet privacy for children 12 and younger as early as this month.

Samsung rules Seoul: As Samsung grows, some Koreans have taken to calling South Korea the “Republic of Samsung,” The Washington Post reported Monday. The company’s high-quality, relatively low-priced goods have made it a tech powerhouse and a company that some fear is exerting too much control over the country.

“You can even say the Samsung chairman is more powerful than the South Korean president,” Woo Suk-hoon, host of a popular economics podcast, told The Post. “Korean people have come to think of Samsung as invincible and above the law.”

NBC Sports, Yahoo News sign deal: NBC Sports and Yahoo News signed a content deal, announcing Sunday that they will collaborate on some sports news and events coverage online and over the airwaves.

The two departments will still have separate Web sites and separate editorial staffs, the announcement said.

The deal includes agreements to share original video programming concepts, promote NBC Sports Live Extra’s video player and to make Yahoo Fantasy Sports the official provider for NBC Sports’ Rotoworld.

Instagram cuts Twitter preview support: Twitter confirmed Sunday that previews of photos from Instagram no longer appear on the social network.

In a company blog post, Twitter said that Instagram has “disabled photo integration with Twitter,” though tweeting links to Instagram photos is still possible. Photos from Instagram no longer appear in Twitter user photo galleries.

Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.
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