Technology News Briefs — Nov. 2, 2012

App Developers Face Fines

California’s attorney general is cautioning nearly 100 app developers to follow the law or face fines.

Attorney General Kamala Harris said these app developers are breaking a state law requiring them to post conspicuous privacy policies. Any who don’t begin to offer privacy policies in the next 30 days could be fined $2,500 per download.

Harris’ office will send warnings to the most popular apps available on mobile platforms, she said.

The California Online Privacy Protection Act decrees that commercial website operators who gather personal information from state residents must clearly exhibit links to privacy policies. The 2003 law may have come out long before Smartphone apps, but Harris maintains it also applies to mobile apps.

Although the attorney general has not publicized the firms she is pursuing, OpenTable, Delta and United Airlines are thought to be part of the group, news reports have revealed.

Yahoo Partners With Wenner Media

Yahoo and Wenner Media have partnered in a cross-promotional content pact involving Rolling Stone, Men’s Journal, Us Weekly and Yahoo’s omg! and Yahoo Music to name a few.

As part of the deal, editorial teams from both companies will jointly create exclusive content pertaining to various entertainment topics.

The deal also means Us Weekly and Rolling Stone will each have branded pages on omg! and Yahoo! Music. In turn, omg! and Yahoo! Music will have branded pages in both the online and print editions of Us Weekly and Rolling Stone. Men’s Journal content will also be available on Yahoo.

Australian Man Wins Defamation Case Against Google

Google is liable for damages in connection with a its search results linking a Melbourne man to gangland crime, an Australian jury has decided.

Milorad Trkulja, 62, sued the search giant for images and Web results that hurt his reputation.

Trkulja, who previously won a related case against Yahoo, said Google refused to remove the material when asked.

Google has yet to comment on the verdict and could launch an appeal.

The judge is expected to set the level of damages owed in about two weeks.

ShadowMe App Lets Users ‘Creep’ Fellow Twitter Users

New app ShadowMe allows users to get up close and personal with their favorite celebrity, or person of their choice, on Twitter.

Announced this week by Tendy Apps, the new iOS 6 app gives users a “more meaningful Twitter experience.”

“ShadowMe is a discovery tool that lets users ‘shadow’ a Twitter user to see exactly what that person sees in their personal Twitter feed, taking advantage of the Twitter follow lists already cultivated – whether he/she is a friend, family member, colleague, celebrity, athlete, newsmaker, politician, activist or influencer,” the company press release says.

Keith Savitz, co-founder of Tendy Apps says the app is particularly useful for newcomers to Twitter.

“Twitter newbies get quality content, not overwhelming quantity and all users get the engaging, informative, entertaining social TV/second screen experience.”



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  • The Australian man who won a defamation case against Google sets a very interesting precedent. Websites that link to offensive material may no longer be able to hide behind the defense that they are not technically publishers.