Verizon and AT&T will stop selling your phone’s location to data brokers

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | skaman306) Verizon and AT&T have promised to stop selling their mobile customers’ location information to third-party data brokers following a security problem that leaked the real-time location of US cell phone users. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) recently urged all four major carriers to stop the practice, and today he published […]

Heartland Tech Weekly: What scaling startups look for in a second location

This week, there are a couple of stories in the Heartland Tech newsletter that touch on scaling startups looking outside of the Bay Area. First, there’s my story on Opendoor adding an engineering office in Atlanta, its first outside of San Francisco. Second, there’s a nice analysis from Crunchbase News on where unicorn companies are opening offices…Read More

Fortnite Bench, Ice Cream Truck and Helicopter map location – and ALL Week 4 challenges

Fortnite week 4 challenges are live for Battle Royale fans. Each week a new set of seven Battle Pass challenges are released by Epic Games. Fans need to complete any four of these challenges to be rewarded with 4,000 XP. The challenges are separated into hard and regular tiers of difficulty. The hard difficulty Fortnite challenges net […]

Tom Brady is reportedly working out with his health guru, and the location looks like a resounding message to the team

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Tom Brady has been working out with his trainer Alex Guerrero at the TB12 Sports Therapy Center during the Patriots’ OTAs. The TB12 Sports Therapy Center is located within Patriots Place, and a short walk away from Gillette Stadium, where the team is practicing. Brady’s decision to work out with Guerrero, who has […]

FCC investigates site that let most US mobile phones’ location be exposed

Enlarge / Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), as seen on April 18, 2018. (credit: New America / Flickr) The Federal Communications Commission has taken preliminary steps to examine the actions of LocationSmart, a southern California company that has suddenly found itself under intense public and government scrutiny for allowing most American cell phones’ locations to be […]

LocationSmart reportedly leaked phone location data onto the web

It’s starting to feel like everyone in charge of our sensitive data might be incompetent. It’s only been a day since Securus, the company that helps police track phones, was apparently hacked. Now, according to security site KrebsOnSecurity, tracking firm LocationSmart leaked real-time location data on its own web site. LocationSmart aggregates real-time data on […]

How a “location API” allows cops to figure out where we all are in real-time

Enlarge (credit: Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images) The digital privacy world was rocked late Thursday evening when The New York Times reported on Securus, a prison telecom company that has a service enabling law enforcement officers to locate most American cell phones within seconds. The company does this via a basic Web interface leveraging a […]

Apple is reportedly pulling apps that share location data

Apple has reportedly started enforcing an App Store rule regarding location data more stringently. According 9to5mac, the tech giant has already removed a number of apps from the Store that share users’ location to third parties without their explicit consent. In the letter it sent to the affected developers, Apple told them their applications didn’t […]