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DIY Weekend: Shining a new light on an old video game classic

Bryan Duxbury and Adam Ellsworth loved playing Super Mario Bros. as kids. Now, as adults, they've turned the classic NES video game into a cool DIY project with help from membership-based workspace TechShop.

By March 17, 2012


Facebook app developers sold user info

Social-networking giant announces it has discovered that a data broker was buying identifying user information from app developers.

By October 31, 2010


Buzz Out Loud 1336: Introducing the Nook hook (podcast)

On today's show, we're predicting what Barnes and Noble will announce tomorrow for the Nook--early mockups seem to indicate a mystery hook on the bottom that could maybe, uh, attach to your belt-loop? Also, Google admits that the 600GB of data "fragments" it collected from its Street View cars might kind of, funnily enough, include email addresses, passwords, and complete email text. Oh, and phone numbers. Great. --Molly

By October 25, 2010


Understanding what Facebook apps really know (FAQ)

An in-depth look at how much Facebook applications know about the users who opt into them, and what it means in the bigger scheme of things.

By October 25, 2010


Report: Facebook apps sharing user info

Many of the massive social network's most popular apps are sharing users' personally identifiable data with ad and Internet-tracking companies, according to The Wall Street Journal.

By October 17, 2010


Has Facebook lost control of the Platform?

A report has it that the top app makers on the social network have been selling and sharing user data? That may mean some of them have grown too powerful even for Facebook to rein in.

By October 18, 2010


Buzz Out Loud 1332: Steve Jobs pitches a fit (podcast)

In earnings call news, only Steve Jobs can give an earnings call this much drama: a five-minute rant on how Android isn't open, but even if it was open, it would still fail, like that oh-so-open Microsoft Plays For Sure. (What?) Plus, the executive shakeups continue at Microsoft. --Molly

By October 19, 2010


Lenders using social networks to assess applicants?

A report from CreditCards.com suggests some lenders may be examining would-be borrowers' social networks to see if they associate with creditworthy friends.

By January 22, 2010


People search engine Rapleaf revises privacy policy

In response to queries by CNET News.com, specialized search engine discloses marketing business that sells data about people's social-network ties.

By September 4, 2007


At Rapleaf, your personals are public

The start-up aggregates social-networking profiles and, through TrustFuse, opens the possibility of selling that data to marketers.

By August 31, 2007