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CNET Update: Twitter attempts to beef up security

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CNET Update: Twitter attempts to beef up security

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Twitter lets users add a second layer of password protection, Jennifer Lopez has a new mobile brand, and Nextdoor brings text alerts to the neighborhood.

You don't have to know your neighbor to send them a text message. I'm Bridget Carey, and this is your CNET Update. Twitter is adding more security when you sign in to make it harder for someone to hack into your account. And Twitter is doing this because there have been some high-profile accounts hacked recently, including the account for the Associated Press. This extra security is called Two-Step Authentication. You could turn it on by going into your Settings at Twitter.com, and every time you log in, you'll have to enter a 6-digit code that's sent to your phone as a text message. Jennifer Lopez has a new wireless company called Viva Movil, which is targeting the Hispanic market. And through a partnership with Verizon, Viva Movil will sell the same devices and plans sold by Verizon. Lopez is chief creative officer of the brand, which will have 15 stores opening up this year. And these stores will cater more to the growing Hispanic demographic in different ways. For example, employees will be bilingual, and stores will have a children's play area. And Lopez says that's because Hispanic families often shop with their children, and these stores would offer more devices for people to test up before they buy. Those all sound like pretty good improvements. Maybe other stores could take a lesson from JLo. Android users can now create a digital archive of receipts with the updated Google Drive app. With the scan feature, you can use the phone's camera to take a photo of your receipt and the text on the receipt is searchable. That's all thanks to optical character recognition. The Google Drive app also added new ways to edit a spreadsheet cell. And the new app worth checking out is called Nextdoor. It's a social network for people in your neighborhood to post news about what's happening. It could be anything from a garage sale ad, to a notice about construction nearby, or babysitter recommendations. It's existed as a social network on the web for about 18 months now. And it just launched an iPhone app with Android coming soon. I spoke with Nextdoor CEO, Nirav Tolia, and he said the app will be useful for when you need to send a real-time alert to your community about something urgent, like a disaster, a crime, or a big accident nearby. And that wasn't the original purpose for this site. But Tolia said there were hundreds of urgent alerts sent to Boston community users during the bombing, and the same happened with warnings about the tornado in Oklahoma. So, to answer that need for real-time alerts, users can send them as a notification or text message to others in a private community. Right now, there are more than 12,600 neighborhoods using it. And if your neighborhood isn't on it, well, you could start. And say you wanna just message people inside your apartment building-- well, you can make a private mini-network within a neighborhood. That was your Tech News Update. You could find more details at CNET.com/update. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.
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