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Whisper CEO suspends staff pending inquiry into 'anonymity' revelations

theguardian.com — The chief executive of the "anonymous" social media app Whisper has placed at least two employees on administrative leave, pending an internal investigation by the company. Earlier this month, the Guardian revealed that Whisper, which promises users anonymity and claims to be "the safest place on the internet", was tracking the location of its users, including some who had specifically asked not to be followed.

Ten questions Whisper must answer at its Senate hearing about user tracking

theguardian.com — The 'anonymous' social media app Whisper has been summoned to Capitol Hill to answer questions posed by the powerful chair of the Senate commerce committee. Jay Rockefeller said revelations in the Guardian about how Whisper tracks its users raise "serious questions" over privacy and demanded an explanation.

Top senator asks Whisper to explain itself after user tracking revelations

theguardian.com — The chair of the Senate commerce committee has said revelations about how the "anonymous" social media app Whisper is tracking its users raise "serious questions" over privacy and demanded an explanation from the company. Senator Jay Rockefeller wrote to the chief executive of Whisper to ask for a detailed, in-person briefing for his committee staff.

Twitter launches new service Fabric aimed at app developers

theguardian.com — Twitter made a bold move beyond 140 characters on Wednesday when the microblogging company launched a new service aimed at developers it hopes will get its technology embedded in a new generation of apps and services. More than 1,000 developers packed the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco for Flight, Twitter's first developers conference since it became a public company.

Apple sells nearly 40m iPhones in three months of year 'for the record books'

theguardian.com — Apple sold a record 39.3m iPhones in the last three months, the company said on Monday, helping the tech giant win its highest revenues of the year. Entering the Christmas shopping season, its strongest sales period of the year, Apple predicted its latest iPhones would help boost sales by at least 10% during the crucial holiday quarter.

Whisper chief executive answers privacy revelations: 'We're not infallible'

theguardian.com — The chief executive of the "anonymous" social media app Whisper broke his silence late on Saturday, saying he welcomed the debate sparked by Guardian US revelations about his company's tracking of users and declaring "we realise that we're not infallible".

Anonymising router Anonabox suspended from Kickstarter campaign

theguardian.com — An internet router that promised to anonymise online activity and raised over $600,000 in funds has been suspended from the Kickstarter fundraising site after an online backlash. Anonabox developer August Germar confirmed to the Guardian on Friday that the fundraising site had suspended its pitch. Kickstarter has informed funders that their money will be returned.

Privacy experts call for Whisper to be investigated over tracking of some users

theguardian.com — Privacy experts on Friday called for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to examine social media app Whisper's tracking of "anonymous users". The US consumer watchdog has broad powers to sanction companies it believes have breached their promises to consumers and has become increasingly interested in claims made by tech companies, sanctioning Facebook, Google and Snapchat in recent years.

Whisper: the facts

theguardian.com — On Thursday the Guardian published three stories detailing how Whisper, the social media app that claims to be "the safest place on the internet", is tracking the location of its users, including some who have specifically asked not to be followed.

How the 'safest place on the internet' tracks its users

theguardian.com — In an elegant warehouse-style building on Venice Beach known locally as "the fortress", Michael Heyward, a tech entrepreneur, was struggling to control the remote-controlled drone hovering above the heads of his employees. The 27-year-old son of Andy Heyward, one of cartoon character Inspector Gadget's co-creators, giggled as the drone came crashing down to the floor, narrowly missing the head of a female developer.
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Oct 24, 2014

3 hour delay at SFO. Now comparing divorce stories with guy from NJ & FL. :(

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