Apple's privacy headache (week in review)
Apple says it's not stalking iPhone users, while Sony reports a massive security breach. Also: streaming deals.
Apple wants iPhone users to know that it is not stalking them.
The company finallyin an FAQ posted to its Web site, saying it's only trying to get more accurate location information. The fact that Apple has been storing location information on consumer devices--unencrypted and without a customers' permission--has caused an uproar in the privacy community.
In the FAQ, Apple says that it is not tracking users whereabouts. Instead it said it is logging the locations of Wi-Fi hot spots and cell phone towers that are close to the iPhone and is maintaining a database in an attempt to improve location-based services. Apple said that it cannot track individual users with the location information that is sent to the company because it is sent to Apple in an anonymous and encrypted form.
However, a Democratic congressman isn't satisfied with Apple's explanation and
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Sony says billing addresses, user names, passwords, and possibly credit card information belonging to its PlayStation Network customers have been stolen.
Google's video-sharing site has signed on three major Hollywood studios for the service, which could launch in the next week or two.
Data-stealing malware grabs banking credentials from small businesses for fraudulent wire transfers to firms in China, FBI says.
Software giant offset slowing PC sales with big gains in its Office and Xbox product lines, reporting net income of $5.23 billion and a 13 percent sales gain.
The console maker says it will formally unveil the upcoming system at E3 in June. Rumor has it that the device could cost $400 and be far more powerful than the current console.
As electric vehicles come to market, the auto and utility industries are experimenting with new business models to clear the way for the technology.
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