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  • Google to pay $17 million as a penalty for unauthorized web tracking in Safari

    Last year, Google ponied up $22.5 million to the FTC as a penalty for bypassing cookie settings in the Safari browser to track users. While Mountain View no doubt wishes this episode were far behind it already, the company will pay a pretty sum once again as the result of a settlement today: $17 million in a suit brought by 37 states and the District of Columbia over that very same practice of tracking users in Safari.

    From 2011 to 2012, Google used a loophole in Apple’s browser that allowed for placing tracking cookies on users’ machines without them knowing. The search giant’s suffered more than a slap on the wrist, but it’s still not admitting wrongdoing; in a statement, a spokeswoman said that the company “has taken steps to remove the ad cookies, which collected no personal information, from Apple’s browsers.”

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    Via: The Wall Street Journal

    Source: New York State Attorney General

  • Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet reaches Verizon on November 21st for $500 contract-free

    Nokia Lumia 2520 reaches Verizon on November 21st for $500 contractfree

    Verizon isn’t going to let AT&T hog all the Lumia 2520 buyers this weekend — it just announced that it will start selling Nokia’s Windows RT tablet on November 21st, one day before the device is available at AT&T. Pricing will remain the same at $500 contract-free or $400 on a two-year term, but Verizon is sweetening its deal by offering a carrier-appropriate red model to online shoppers; retail customers will have to be content with black. There’s no word on 2520 variants for other carriers, but it’s good to know that Americans will have at least some choice in networks when picking up Nokia’s LTE-equipped slate.

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    Via: Windows Phone Central

    Source: Verizon

  • Goodreads on Kindle Fire OS (hands-on)


    Someone on the Kindle team was undoubtedly a bit broken-hearted when Goodreads integration failed to roll out in time for both the new Paperwhite and Kindle HDX launches. The acquisition certainly made a good deal of sense when it was announced back in March. After all, the service is well-positioned to bring recommendations and a sense of community currently lacking in the Kindle ecosystem. For users, it means more engagement and better tailored recommendations. For Amazon, it means the potential to sell more content – which, let’s face it, is kind of the whole bottom line for the company here. The feature finally arrived today for HD and HDX users, as part of a larger upgrade to Fire OS, which also brings along the Second Screen video feature and added enterprise support. It’ll be coming over-the-air soon enough, but if you want to jump the line, you can download it from Amazon right now.

    To get started (once you’re all finished downloading, dragging and dropping Fire OS 3.1), you’ll need to open up the Goodreads app. We were a bit surprised Amazon didn’t make integration feel more baked into the experience, given the time it took to roll out the product. Instead, the offering feels a bit siloed, not unlike the FreeTime parental monitoring available on the tablet at launch. Once fired up, you’ll be asked to create a Goodreads account or login with a current one, tying it to your Amazon account. I had one already, which has long since been dormant, but the official integration with the Kindle ecosystem seems as good an excuse as any to blow a little bit of dust off the old virtual bookshelves.

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  • Honda starts testing Walking Assist device in large-scale US trials

    Honda testing Walking Assist in largescale US trials

    Honda’s Walking Assist is finally getting a large-scale test run in the US. The company has started clinical trials of the leg-boosting device at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, where it will (hopefully) help stroke victims regain their mobility. While Honda hasn’t said how long the study will last, it could have a significant impact if it proves successful. Up to 80 percent of US stroke survivors have trouble walking quickly or smoothly, and Walking Assist’s combination of hip sensors and motors could get some patients back to a normal stride.

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    Via: SlashGear

    Source: Honda

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