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Facebook pulls Research app after backlash over use of teen data

Facebook has removed a controversial app, dubbed Facebook Research, from the iOS app store after coming under fire for essentially paying teenagers to let the company spy on their mobile activity. The story on Tuesday by TechCrunch found that since 2016 the company has been paying users, mostly teens, to download a VPN app that gives the …

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Marketers say Time Well Spent movement isn’t influencing social media plans

Social media apps and mobile device operating systems introduced a number of features this year to help people be more mindful of their digital usage. The initiatives are part of the Time Well Spent movement, a concept introduced by former Google design ethicist Tristan Harris whose Ted Talk “A handful of tech companies control billions …

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iOS 12 release gives users more power, marketers more options

On September 17, Apple will release iOS 12, a big update to its mobile operating system that’s packed with a lot of useful user features that are also a boon to marketers. Let’s dig right in. Changes to notifications make it easier for users to opt in — and opt out.The update gives users more …

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US market becoming a smartphone duopoly

Last week, Google received the largest antitrust fine ever imposed by the European Commission (EC). At the highest level, that fine is about Google’s dominance of the world’s smartphone market. Android is far and away the dominant operating system, with a global market share of about 77 percent (or more). In the US, the iOS-Android …

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Apple and Google try to help you curb your smartphone compulsions

Google and Apple are having their “Alfred Nobel moment.” Nobel was the Swedish inventor of dynamite who also established the Nobel Prize. Yesterday, Apple introduced a range of features at its WWDC developer conference that are intended to help you spend less time on your smartphone. That followed similar moves by Google at last month’s I/O conference. …

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Apple’s WWDC 2018 keynote: An overview of the announcements

Earlier today Apple wrapped its WWDC 2018 developer keynote, with a long list of announcements. Apple has four platforms, iOS, MacOS, Apple TV and WatchOS. Each one saw new upgrades or features. We’ll have “what it means” stories about several of the announcements later and tomorrow, but the following is a summary overview of everything …

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