This Day in Tech: Street View grabbed location data from millions

Too busy to keep up with the tech news? Here are some of the more interesting stories from CNET for Monday, July 25.

Some locations that Google associated with Wi-Fi devices spotted in a San Francisco coffee shop.

Too busy to keep up with the tech news? Here are some of the more interesting stories from CNET for Monday, July 25.

•  Here's the scoop today: Google's Street View collected the locations of millions of laptops, cell phones, and other Wi-Fi devices. CNET's Declan McCullagh reports: "The French data protection authority, known as the Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertés, recently contacted CNET and said its investigation confirmed that Street View cars collected these unique hardware IDs."

•  As RIM prepares to lay off 2,000 employees , CNET takes a look at how management got in the way of the phone maker's ability to respond to new trends in consumer preferences.

•  Quid pros land $10 million in funding. The company that analyzes open information to help companies and governments make better decisions secures $10 million in series C funding from some Silicon Valley heavyweights.

•  Anonymous hacker group has a new target: the Norway massacre suspect.

•  Private videos were exposed on Facebook , after a bug made titles, thumbnails, and descriptions of videos available to everyone in a person's network. If users had videos only available to select friends, the glitch would have made the thumbnails available to all their friends. File this under...embarrassing.

•  Netflix doesn't like upsetting customers but isn't that worried about cancellations. Why? The change in price structure could help the company generate $1 billion in revenue for the first time.

•  Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Canada-based Kobo changed the Kindle app at Apple's request. The companies removed links to their online e-bookstores from their iOS apps.

•  LG Electronics' Thrill 4G enters the 3D phone market, but it's still unclear if we even want to see 3D on our phones. On the upside, at least you don't have to wear glasses to see the 3D effect.

 

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