Location, Location, Location – October 28, 2010

One of the latest “brands” to enter the Foursquare realm = the St. Louis Post-Dispatch‘s Go! Magazine. Users can now friend Go! for tips and highlights from reviews when they check in to venues where Go! has left such items… [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]

Mashable’s Top 5 Location-Based Services for 2010 = Yelp for Mobile, Neer, Loopt, SCVNGR and of course, Foursquare (note: conspicuously – well, not really conspicuously at all, but… – absent = Gowalla and Facebook Places) [Mashable]

“How To Use Gowalla’s New Features To Get More People In The Door” [Business Insider]

At an NYU panel discussion Tuesday night, Foursquare founder Dennis Crowley mentioned that he thought rewarding users for brand mentions and referrals would be a hot forthcoming trend…problem is, according to FTC rules, anything like this would require disclosing that the mention/referral was compensated for… [Forbes]

And finally, not really location-based service related (per se), but Google has introduced Places search – users can now either search Google’s Places database specifically or discover Places information through a straightforward Google search [Mashable]

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Privacy Net – July 29, 2010

“100 million Facebook users’ details published online”…ugh, here we go again [MSNBC]

Sounds like Mark Zuckerberg might as well just buy some property in our nation’s capital… [Washington Post]

The FTC’s thinking of instituting the internet equivalent of a do-not-call list [DMNews]

Meanwhile, the Department of Homeland Security‘s Deputy Secretary has spoken – There will be rules! [CNET]

I almost feel bad for the FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski. And not because he has one of the worlds least spellable last names…because all he wants is some clarity [Broadcasting and Cable]

And John Kerry jumps on board the effort to bring our nation’s privacy laws into 2010 [PC Mag]

Some guy in California is just NOW suing Google for its Street View chicanery? [Bloomberg]

Well, at least they’re off the hook in the UK [Guardian]

Elsewhere in litigious society (aka Virginia), a court has said some “privacy advocate” can post public figures’ social security numbers on the interwebz [Wired]

Oh, and if you’re curious to know if/when Google is “spying on” YOU, perhaps you should check out Google Alarm (probably best for users who mute their laptops and/or are deaf, though) [Mashable]

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Privacy Net – July 13, 2010

The Entertainment Software Ratings Board is on privacy detail [Ars Technica]

Europe thinking about saving every keystroke users type into search engines for two years to fight pedophilia… [Fox News]

Anyone who thinks privacy and transparency don’t go hand-in-hand is not to be trusted (or something like that)… [Huffington Post]

FTC kindly notes that selling user information during a bankruptcy proceeding would violate this now non-existent publication’s privacy policy [PC World]

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Privacy Net – June 23, 2010

Survey SAYS – teens don’t care about privacy…or perhaps don’t recognize it is the real implication [USA Today]

“FTC says current privacy laws aren’t working”…gee, what tipped you off? [CNET]

And apparently we’re not the only country that arguably has that problem – the EU is looking to update its data privacy and protection rules [ClickZ]

Reputation Defender, which helps you control your privacy online (ie, it’s not just a clever name), just raised $15 mil [TechCrunch]

Hackers aren’t the only ones who you should worry about when it comes to your privacy online… [WSJ]

Security vendor SMobile Systems estimates that about 20% of Android apps “can threaten privacy” [PC World]

To nail a couple of bank robbers last year, the FBI monitored about the locations of “about 180″ cell phones…to catch TWO people…oh right, and they didn’t have a warrant [CNET]

The House Judiciary subcommittee plans to discuss how location-based services threaten privacy tomorrow [Washington Post]

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