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To catch a thief on social mediaApple won't tolerate apps that gather UDID, Square is spicing things up again in the mobile payment space, and listen up gumshoes -- the government creates its own Carmen Sandiego game to put social media to the test.
It's Monday, March 26, 2012. I'm Virgie Carey on CNET.com and it's time to get loaded. Apple is outright rejecting any app that can access the unique identification number of an iPhone or iPad called the UDID. Now it's similar to a vehicle identification number on a car and these serial numbers for Apple Devices are supposed to let a developer track a user's habits when using their app but if the information is abused, it could let advisers track every user habit without the user knowing or even worse. It's been found that a UDID type is just like gaming networks, also makes it easy to tap into that person's Facebook or Twitter account. Now about 6 months ago, Apple said it was gonna phase out apps using these unique numbers in the next operating system but (Techcon?) reports that this is the first time we're seeing apps being rejected from the app store for simply accessing this number. Well, the next generation to hunt down Carmen Sandiego turn to social media to find her? Okay, Carmen Sandiego isn't real but the US government is wondering if social media can help track down actual criminals and to test that idea, it is created a worldwide game called the Tag Challenge. On March 31st, 5 fictitious suspects of a jewel heist will have their mugshots published and actors posing as these thieves will be in public areas around the world. In New York, Washington DC, London, Stockholm and Slovakia. The first team to find an upload photos of each of the suspects by noon on Sunday, April 1st will win the competition and $5,000. The hope is to study how these players find the suspects and if social media can be used to track down fugitives or missing persons. Square had released a new development to pay with your phone without ever taking your phone out of your purse or pockets. The makers of that popular card swiping device attachment are pushing a new app that does not require the card swiper. Well, it used to be called the Card Case app has been renamed to Pay with Square and has been expanded to Android devices. So here's how it works. When you walk into a store that uses Pay with Square, you just give the person behind the register your name and they charge your account and then you just walk without without exchanging cards and pulling out your phone. It's just another Square's heating up the mobile payment space after PayPal recently invaled it's own card swiper from mobile devices and BlackBerry maker Research in Motion is closer to debuting a new BlackBerry phone. The company will give out as many as 2,000 Blackberry 10n test models to developers in May encouraging them to build apps for the new operating system and of course generate public interest for the new model which would be available toward the end of the year. Those are your headlines for today. I'm Virgie Carey for CNET.com and you just been loaded.