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(Associated Press Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Government investigating makers of cellphone appsWASHINGTON (AP) _ The Obama administration says it's investigating software companies that make cellphone apps to determine whether they are violating the privacy rights of children by quietly collecting personal information from their phones, then sharing it with advertisers and data brokers. Such spying apps downloaded to mobile devices can capture a child's physical location, phone numbers of their friends and more. In its announcement Monday, the Federal Trade Commission did not specify which companies it is investigating. It described the marketplace for mobile applications as a digital danger zone.
SKorea's porn fight 'like shoveling in a blizzard'SEOUL, South Korea (AP) _ Moon Tae-Hwa stares at his computer, dizzy and nauseous from the hours of porn he's viewed online while his wife and children slept. He feels no shame _ only a righteous sense of mission. "I feel like I'm cleaning up dirty things," the devout Christian and family counselor said.
Deep divides in Dubai at UN talks on InternetDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) _ Talks over possible new U.N. regulations for the Internet were deeply divided Monday, with Russia and others advocating for more government sway while a U.S.-led bloc warned against rules that could restrict freedoms in cyberspace. The Dubai conference, which wraps up later this week, is not empowered to bring about any immediate changes on how the Internet operates. But the U.S. and its backers argue that sanctioning greater government roles in Internet oversight could allow governments that already heavily censor Web traffic, such as China or Iran, to justify more restrictions and monitoring.
STMicroelectronics to exit Ericsson joint ventureGENEVA (AP) _ Europe's largest chipmaker, STMicroelectronics NV, said Monday it plans to exit its money-losing joint venture ST-Ericsson, as it struggles to manage a downturn in global demand. Swiss-based STMicroelectronics said it is negotiating "exit options" from ST-Ericsson, its joint venture with Swedish telecommunications company Ericsson. It has already started working on leaving the venture, and expects the move to be complete during next year's third quarter.
McAfee wants to return to US, 'normal life'BACALAR, Mexico (AP) _ Software company founder John McAfee said Sunday he wants to return to the United States and "settle down to whatever normal life" he can. In a live-stream Internet broadcast from the Guatemalan detention center where he is fighting a government order that he be returned to Belize, the 67-year-old said "I simply would like to live comfortably day by day, fish, swim, enjoy my declining years."
UN climate talks in Qatar boost Gulf awarenessDOHA, Qatar (AP) _ Holding a high-profile U.N. climate change conference in Qatar, smack in the middle of the region that produces so much of the fossil fuel blamed for global warming, was a gamble. In the end, it displayed the hosts' drive for a leading place on the world stage and evoked a surprising new regional awareness of the environmental crisis. The two-week conference that ended Saturday challenged the tight control Qatar and other Gulf nations keep over their societies, and protesters took the brunt of that. It tested the ability of Qatar's ambitious effort to pilot an unwieldy gathering with divergent ideas to a successful conclusion as an example of its capabilities for future efforts, and the hosts got mixed grades.
'Walking Dead' wins game of the year at Spike VGAsLOS ANGELES (AP) _ "The Walking Dead: The Game" took a bite out of the Spike Video Game Awards. Telltale Games' interactive episodic series based on the zombie comic book franchise was selected as game of the year at Friday's extravaganza, which honors outstanding achievements in the video game industry over the past year.
Super-clear format can puncture 'Hobbit' fantasyLOS ANGELES (AP) _ One thought struck me as I watched the new "Hobbit" movie in the latest super-clear format: "The rain looks fake. It's not hitting their faces!" That is just one consequence of filmmaker Peter Jackson's decision to shoot his epic, three-part "Lord of the Rings" prequel with a frame rate of 48 images per second, double the 24 that cinemagoers have experienced for the past century.
Why is Wall Street losing its appetite for Apple SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ This holiday season is shaping up to be a record-breaking period for Apple as shoppers snap up iPhones and iPads. So, why is the world's most valuable company losing its luster with investors Apple began selling the iPhone 5 on Sept. 21, the same day the company's stock hit an all-time peak of $705.07 per share. Since then, the stock has plunged nearly 25 percent, trimming the company's market value by more than $150 billion. On Friday, the stock fell almost 3 percent and closed at $533.25.
Apple's softer side emerges under CEO CookNEW YORK (AP) _ "Those jobs aren't coming back." That's what Steve Jobs reportedly told President Obama when asked at a dinner in early 2011 whether Apple would consider moving some of its manufacturing from China to the United States.
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